The parties are about to begin, but if you've not yet come face to face with bagfuls of chocolate and sugary candy, then it's nearly go time. Halloween is bearing down with all its tempting goodies. You can still indulge without blowing all the hard work you've put into a healthier you this year.
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council has offered some helpful tricks to keep you on track without feeling deprived of all the sweet fun.
The blueberry council suggests that, if possible, you take a trip to the pumpkin patch and enjoy the brisk walks, hayrides and corn mazes. What a better way to burn some calories and accumulate steps on your tracker? Then, points out the council, you can head home to carve the pumpkins with friends or family, just in time for the trick-or-treaters!
Likewise, you can visit an orchard (or your local farmers market) and try your hand at apple picking. See who can pick the most and then use them in a fresh and delicious fall treat, such as this better-for-you applesauce.
Before trick-or-treating with the kids (or by yourself — hey, we're not judging), sit down for a nutritious dinner to reduce the urge to snack on candy. And, just in case hunger strikes, bring along a bag of dried fruit or trail mix with roasted pumpkin seeds.
Afterwards, divvy up the candy and separate them into “reward bags.” Throw a couple pieces of candy into a baggie and reward the kids (or yourself) with a treat each time they’ve played outside, gone on a walk or completed a helpful chore.
That's all for the tricks. Now how about some treats? It is supposed to be Halloween, after all. Well, the blueberry council's got your back.
Whip up some festive “Boo-Berry” Shakes for the kids to sip on while carving pumpkins.
Come home and munch on these quick and easy-to-make Blueberry Chocolate Clusters to satisfy your sweet tooth.
We really love that last one!