Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of year. I remember growing up my dad would take me and a big group of all of my friends to different neighborhoods to trick-or -treat. We would go door to door filling pillow cases (yes, pillow cases) full of candy. One of my favorite costumes was when I dressed up as a sumo wrestler. I brought home about 20 pounds of candy that year, which could have easily made me feel like a sumo wrestler the next morning if I would have eaten it all at once.
I am a big believer in enjoying holidays because of all the fun memories they bring, and Halloween is no different. However, there are ways to celebrate without making you feel like a sumo wrestler the next day. Some people may tell you to hand out pencils or apples as an alternative to candy. I don’t know about you, but I do not want my house tee-pee’d so I would recommend sticking to the candy. Here are a few tips to prevent you (and your kids) from gorging and potentially throwing off all the hard work you have done to stay healthy.
- Before heading out for the evening, eat a hearty and nutrition packed meal. One of our favorites is Turkey Chili. You can find our favorite recipe to use at the bottom of this post. This recipe is packed with protein and fiber which are sure to fill you up.
- Make sure to not have too much candy at your own house, that way you are not snacking before the big trick-or-treating festivities start.
- When shopping for candy to hand out, try to get the fun size or snack size options.
- Make the time after trick-or-treating just as exciting as all the candy the kids brought back. Plan to watch a movie or have a sleepover with friends. That way there is more to focus on then just candy.
- Have your little goblins pick out a few of their favorite pieces and lay the rest aside until a later time. Moderation, especially during Halloween, is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Makes 8 servings
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 large diced yellow onion
- 2 diced fresh jalapenos (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 (14.5 oz) can of red kidney beans (drained)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes (not drained)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can of plain tomato sauce
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 1- 2 cups of water to desired thickness
- 2 TBSP chili powder (add more to taste)
- 1 TBSP cumin
- 1 TBSP paprika (smoked paprika if you have it)
- 1 TSP oregano
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cheese for topping (if desired)
- In a large soup pot, sweat onion, garlic, and jalapenos in 1 TBSP olive oil
- Add ground turkey and brown
- Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for 30 minutes
- To serve, top with cheese (if desired) and crackers
Have a fun and safe Halloween.