Smarter Halloween Treats

It’s a day to have fun, celebrate, and perhaps indulge in some tasty treats. But before you opt for the obvious treat–candy–consider this:

Because sugar is addictive, a big (or perhaps not-so-big) candy treat can cause cravings for days. It can alter your brain chemistry to make resisting sugar more difficult. It can make sugar taste even better the next time you eat it. Plus, research now shows that sugar depresses mood, after the brief high. All this saps willpower to resist the next sweet treat.

But don’t worry! There are plenty of yummy indulgences that do not come with this hidden cost. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Almond butter spread on apple slices
  • Toasted pecans
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds with salt and spices
  • An extra good steak
  • Popcorn
  • Spaghetti squash with meatballs and marinara
  • A Greek yogurt sundae, sweetened with fresh fruit, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, vanilla extract, slivered pecans

You get the idea…anything that isn’t a sugar binge. It’s an opportunity to enjoy an indulgence AND feel virtuous.

Have fun tonight!

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