Happy Hallowe’en! Many people will begin celebrating this weekend with lots of indulgences – especially sugar and alcohol. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy this holiday in a healthy way without compromising your fun!
Hallowe’en Trick #1: Don’t skip meals
When planning a big evening out, many folks tend to eat sparingly throughout the day so they can indulge more freely in the evening. Busted! This is a ghoulish problem because it creates imblanced blood sugars which will likely cause you to eat more junk food and sweets when you find yourself starving at 6pm, 8pm or even 2am! Alternatively, eat standard meals throughout the day and ensure you have a healthy, satisfying dinner before you head out. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to skip the third Hallowe’en treat if you are not hungry!
Hallowe’en Trick #2: Make protein and healthy fat a priority before you go out.
The main danger on Hallowe’en is sugar. Too much sugar causes blood sugar to rise and insulin to skyrocket. Over time, this leads to insulin resistance and weight gain. Furthermore, too much sugar can cause your immune system to stop functioning for up to 5 hours (check out our article on sugar and the immune system)! To help mitigate this, fuel up on healthy foods before heading out for the feast of treats!
Hallowe’en Trick #3: Minimize Extra Carbs.
You will likely be getting more than your fill of sugars and starches this weekend. Minimize extra carbs by skipping breads and pastas and opt instead for fruits, vegetables and legumes. These complex carbohydrate choices are rich in vitamins, minerals and finer – nutrients the refined carbs severely lack.
For a deadly Hallowe’en treat that is certain to satisfy your craving for chocolate and sweet, while at the same time nourish the body, check out our ‘Silky Bean Fudge’ recipe!
- 1 large tin black beans, rinsed
- maple syrup to taste (can substitute dates, coconut sugar, or other sweetener of choice)
- sea salt, just a pinch!
- dark cocoa powder to taste
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- In a high powered blender or food processor, pour the tin of strained beans
- Add the melted coconut oil
- Add the maple syrup, starting with 1/4 cup
- Blend in the cocoa powder, starting with approximately 2 tablespoons
- Add a pinch of sea salt and blend until smooth.
- If it is too dry to blend properly, add more coconut oil.
- Adjust syrup, cocoa powder and salt to taste
- Pour into a 9’x9′ baking dish and place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes
- Slice and enjoy!