23 Oct Lean Halloween
With Halloween quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to review some healthy snacks. Will you sneak a few treats out of you kids’ loot bags? Sure. And that’s perfectly okay. Just try to fill up on healthy snacks, so you don’t end up sitting in front of the television noshing on chocolate bars and downing sugar straws. Actually, these healthy snacks should also help keep the kiddos from doing that too.
So, here are some healthy snack ideas to enjoy pre or even post trick-or-treating:
Mozzarella String Cheese – Cheese is definitely an indulgent food, so you want to enjoy it sparingly. But it’s also a low-sugar treat that will help keep your mind off of all that candy. Cheese is also a good source of calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth. This isn’t just important for the kids!
No-Sugar Added Popsicles – The sugar free pops are usually loaded with artificial sweeteners, but the “no sugar added” ones may just have enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar levels. Get the ones that are marked as having “Real Fruit” on the box for the greatest nutritional value.
Popcorn – Who doesn’t love popcorn? Even the kids will find it to be a suitable snack. The benefit? Well, in addition to being yummy, popcorn is high in fiber, so it’ll keep you feeling too full to overdo it on candy.
Ants on a Log – The old classic snack is packed with dietary fiber and protein. Oh yea, and it’s also fun to eat. Just fill celery sticks with peanut butter and top it off with a few raisins. Somehow, Halloween seems the perfect time to eat some “ants.”
Pistachio Nuts – Just one serving of pistachio nuts has 26 grams of protein and nearly 13 grams of dietary fiber. Translation, it’s a snack that will fill you up and keep you away from those tempting candies.