Is it just me or is time flying? One minute I'm enjoying warm temperatures and then next thing you know it's time for some tricks and treats! It's a bittersweet feeling as we wrap up the month. I admit that I'm looking forward to the holidays, but I'll most certainly miss the beautiful fall weather we've had here in Germany. Being able to workout in the great outdoors is such a blessing! Not to mention, I'm a tiny bit obsessed with delicious fall recipes and activities (as if you couldn't tell). There's just something so warm and cozy about this time of year. I feel like it's the kick off for the upcoming holidays. From trick-or-treating (if you have little ones), to Halloween parties, and not to mention sweets and treats galore. We've truly had a blast this fall, but before you begin celebrating, I would like to give you a few healthy treats from our "kitchen."
If you have kids, you've probably set the limit on how much candy they're allowed to have after trick-or-treating. Yes, it's Halloween so go ahead and let them enjoy a few pieces. In fact, allow yourself a few pieces too! It's all about moderation. To keep yourself and your little ones on track, here are a few ideas on how to balance the sugary loaded fun.
1. Feed yourself and your children a balanced and healthy meal before taking on the sugar. This may help with the urge to snack while walking through the neighborhood. This will also help if you plan on attending a Halloween party, where you'll most likely come across many goodies. Allow yourself to have a few treats in moderation but don't hang out by the snack table all night. It's too tempting and may become a freightening sight for your stomach.
2. Set a limit. Decide how many treats will satisfy you, without giving yourself (and the little ones) a night time sugar spike. Set aside the amount you have chosen, enjoy it without the guilt, and then quickly put the rest away.
3. Donate the candy. If you are anything like me, having treats in the home can be tempting and dangerous. This is why I rarely buy any. Set a small amount aside and then consider giving away the rest. I've read suggestions like donating to children at The Ronald McDonald House and also sending to soldiers overseas (there may be a non-profit that participates in this). This would be a great way to encourage your little ones to give!
4. Pass out healthier alternatives. You may not be the "cool" house on the street giving away king size candy bars, but you will be doing the little ones a favor. Instead of candy consider passing out oranges, stickers, or other fun toys.
5. Take in the fresh air and get moving. There's no better time to go for a lovely walk than on Halloween. The air is crisp and there's a certain smell that reminds you of your childhood. If you don't have little ones to walk with like me, plan on going for an evening walk. There's something special about Halloween night as the leaves crunch below your feet and neighborhoods come to life.
I believe every season should be embraced to the fullest and that doesn't mean deprivation. It means living a fufilled life where you can enjoy little indulgences in balance and moderation. Here at www.JennaLento.com we've spent a lot of time creating and bringing you fall recipes that would allow you to enjoy what everyone else is, with a healthy spin. My goal is to show you being healthy means a balanced life, filled with love, and happiness. Here's s a look back on some of the fall recipes we brought you.
We have had so much fun this fall! You can find these recipes and others in the recipe section right here in our "kitchen." Here at www.JennaLento.com we are wishing all of you a SAFE, HAPPY, and HEALTHY HALLOWEEN!