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Healthy Nutrition Tips for Halloween

28th October 2023

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Halloween is commonly associated with the temptation of indulging in an array of sugary treats and snacks. For people trying to lose weight or focus on a healthy diet, this can be a stressful time.

I am a firm believer in not following strict diet rules or forbidding yourself from enjoying treats. I think that you can and should enjoy the various occasions and delicious food available without it sabotaging your commitment to your weight loss, health progress and/or goals.

Enjoying Halloween treats while still maintaining your health and weight loss efforts is possible with some mindful strategies.

Here are some nutrition tips to keep in mind as we approach Halloween:

Nutrition tips for a healthy Halloween

Portion Control:

Limit the quantity of Halloween treats you consume. You can use small bowls or plates to control portion sizes.

Choose Wisely:

Be selective about the treats you indulge in. Opt for your absolute favourites and skip the ones you don't love as much. Consider giving away or throwing out Halloween treats that you don’t love to ensure you don’t reach for them!

Plan Ahead:

If you know you'll be indulging in treats, plan your meals and snacks for the day accordingly. Prioritize lean proteins, vegetables, and fibre-rich foods to help you feel full and satisfied. 

If I eat healthy food before indulging in Halloween treats then I find it easier to limit the amount that I eat. 

Stay Hydrated:

Sometimes, thirst is mistaken for hunger. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day to help curb unnecessary snacking.

I am currently loving this Hydrate jug! The large design can help you reach your recommended water intake each day!

Mindful Eating:

Pay attention to each bite, savour the flavours, and eat slowly. This can help you enjoy your treats more and reduce the urge to eat mindlessly.

Find out more about mindful eating and its importance in a weight loss or health journey.

Avoid Late-Night Snacking:

Try to avoid eating Halloween treats late at night. Eating closer to bedtime can disrupt your sleep and make it easier to overindulge.

This blog shares tips to stop snacking at night

Share with Others:

If you have a stash of Halloween candy at home, consider sharing it with friends, family, or coworkers to reduce temptation.

Substitute Healthier Options:

Look for healthier alternatives to traditional Halloween treats. For example, you can make your own dark chocolate-covered fruit or yogurt-covered pretzels.

Set a Limit:

Decide in advance how many treats you'll allow yourself to have and stick to that limit. Put the rest of the treats out of your view to ensure you don’t mindlessly grab extras.


Increase your physical activity on or around Halloween. A brisk walk or workout session can help offset some of the extra calories and can reduce the chances of a mindless binge.

Meal Prep:

Plan healthy meals and snacks in advance so you're less likely to reach for candy when you're hungry. Read this blog to find out the many benefits of meal planning!

Download Hutton Health's free Meal Planner to help you prepare for a successful week of mindful eating!

Keep the Candy Out of Sight:

If you have Halloween candy at home, store it in a less visible or less accessible place. Keeping candy and treats out of sight can be effective at reducing the amount that you eat.

Choose Dark Chocolate:

If you're a chocolate lover, opt for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content. Dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% or more is a good choice. It tends to be lower in sugar than milk chocolate, and it also offers potential health benefits due to its antioxidants.

Enjoy a small piece or two to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ditch any self-sabotaging thoughts:

Remember that one day of indulgence won't ruin your overall health or weight loss progress. It's about balance over time.

Plan a Healthy Treat:

Host a Halloween party and serve healthier snacks like roasted pumpkin seeds, fruit kebabs with a yogurt dip, or vegetable platters.

Don't Feel Guilty:

If you do indulge a bit more than planned, don't beat yourself up. Guilt can lead to more emotional eating. Acknowledge it and move on.

Remember, it's okay to enjoy Halloween treats in moderation. The key is to balance indulgence with healthy habits before and after the holiday to stay on track with your health and weight loss goals.

Happy Halloween from Hutton Health

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