5 Tricks To Treating Yourself on Halloween

5 Tricks To Treating Yourself on Halloween

October is the beginning of the “holiday” season. Halloween typically is the start of indulgences that don’t end until January.  These tricks will help you treat yourself while maintaining healthy habits. 

Here are the 5 tricks:

  1. Don’t buy candy if you don’t need it, especially if you don’t get trick or treaters. Better yet, another option is giving out candy you don’t like, go old school and give out pennies or be creative and give out a toy or some piece of swag.
  2. If you buy candy, keep it out of your eyesight and immediate reach. AND don’t open the bags until Halloween!!!
  3. Workout in the morning and eat nutritious meals all day before trick or treating, and if you can, indulge in 1-2 pieces.  However, if you’re like me and have trouble stopping, don’t start!
  4. When Halloween is over, get rid of the candy ASAP. Several dental offices in the area have a buyback, where they give you a dollar for leftover candy, and send it to the troops overseas.
  5. If you overindulge, don’t throw in the towel until January, and start again the following morning.

Cool Weather makes me think of soup.  Try this healthy version of an indulgent soup.  

Pumpkin Soup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 4 cups fat-free broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup carrots minced
  • Optional toppings such as chives, shredded cheese, and sour cream

Instructions

  1.  Add olive oil to the pot set over medium heat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, chili powder and cumin, and stir until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add broth to the pot and bring it to a simmer.
  4. Add the pumpkin and stir until it is well blended.
  5. Add the black beans, corn and carrots bring mixture to a boil.
  6. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  7. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and a little dollop of sour cream on top, if desired
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