Prospering with Plant-based Paige: 5 Ways to Have a Healthy Halloween

By Paige Snyder on October 31, 2014 , categorized in Plant-based Nutrition

It’s that time of the year again. The beginning of the holiday season, when temptation to eat less healthy food begins. I’ve noticed it seems to start with Halloween; festive parties, plates piled high with cookies featuring jack-o-lantern frosting faces, cupcakes with witch hats, cakes with gummy worms hanging off and let’s not forget the endless bowls of fun-sized candies, that when added together aren’t so fun for overall health or weight management!

This year let’s beat out temptation before it even starts. Sticking to your routine will help you survive while still enjoying your costume parties and zombie-themed office days.

1. Eat before you head out:

If you are attending any parties or events have a healthy meal, large salad or some veggie sticks before leaving. You’ll be full of wonderful healthy food and won’t be starving. That way you can enjoy a small treat, without feeling like you have to eat the entire buffet.

2. Offer to bring a dish or two:

If you are invited to an event offer to bring some healthy side dishes. Like salads, fruit, quinoa salad, or black bean hummus. There are all kinds of ways to use carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives in fun Halloween themes!

3. Make your own sweets:

I’m not unreasonable; you can absolutely join in on the fun. For curbing that sugar craving reach for sweets with nutrition like chocolate protein balls, or if you are feeling fancy chocolate stuffed persimmons (shaped like jack-o-lanterns). If you are on tight schedule cut up Vega® Protein+ Snack Bars and toss them in a container with tooth picks and you’re on your way.

4. Bring your own snacks:

I am a huge believer in always having snacks on hand; whether it’s being stuck in overwhelming city traffic, long days of running errands, traveling or a morning at the DMV, I don’t like being caught by a hunger attack. Bring some mixed nuts, veggie sticks or a Vega® Protein+ Snack Bar along for the Halloween fun. True story: I’ve brought my own juice to cocktail parties!

5. Take advantage of October seasonal foods:

Eating in season is an incredibly easy way to get more nutrition in our meals. Mother Nature provides all the natural treats we need! Try pomegranates, persimmons, sweet potatoes, apples, blackberries, dates, or figs this Halloween.

Among all the nutritional tricks and treats this time of year it’s important to make yourself a priority with proper nourishment. If you are worried about seeming rude by bringing your own food or not indulging in what is being offered, don’t be!  You are the only one living in your body; making choices to take care of yourself is a strong decision and a great example for your friends, family and children. Planning ahead for these occasions allows us to take responsibility for our own well-being all year long.

What are your healthy Halloween snacks and goodies?  Comment below!

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Paige Snyder

Paige Snyder works at Vega as a Regional Educator. She is a plant-based nutritionist who specializes in sport performance, stress management, and achieving your optimal weight. Paige is currently completing her Masters in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and loves to develop raw dessert recipes.

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