Families can participate in Halloween fun without overloading on sugar. My personal mission is to combat obesity, and one great way to do this is by offering fun, healthy alternatives for holiday occasions
Rancho Mirage, Calif. (PRWEB) October 13, 2009
JJ Virgin, celebrity wellness expert and founder of JJ Virgin and Associates, today announced her top tips for a spooktacularly healthy Halloween.
"Families can participate in Halloween fun without overloading on sugar. My personal mission is to combat obesity, and one great way to do this is by offering fun, healthy alternatives for holiday occasions," said Virgin. "It's not about deprivation - it's about finding solutions which satisfy the taste buds, and don't add to the waistline."
Ms. Virgin's top healthy Halloween tips include:
- Jack O' Lanterns - This family-friendly activity also provides a healthy snack. When you're done carving, roast the seeds with a little sea salt.
- Don't Trick With Treats - When the kids say Trick or Treat, don't "trick" them with raisins…nobody is ever fooled into thinking raisins are candy! Do give great, non-edible treats such as vampire teeth, mustaches, eye patches, removable tattoos, silly putty and costume jewelry. It's easy to load up at the dollar store!
- Choose Candy Carefully - You're not tricking anyone except yourself when you buy the candy you like and then only pass out the kind that you don't. This is a quick way to overdose on sugar and throw your healthy lifestyle off-course. Also, buy candy that takes a longer time to enjoy, such as hard suckers. If you're going to dig in, at least get a "bigger bang" for your calorie buck.
- A Three-Bite Indulgence - Bite-sized Halloween candy bars are the perfect natural enforcement of JJ's recommended three-bite rule. To satisfy your sweet cravings, allow yourself small indulgences a few times a week - three "polite bites" of a treat. Stick uneaten candy bars in the freezer so that they're rock hard and difficult to eat on a whim. When you're ready for an indulgence, simply thaw one of your treats.
- Bobbing for Apples - Apples are a classic favorite that you can enjoy after you're finished playing and will satisfy your sweet tooth. Slice up apples, dip them in caramel and nuts, and enjoy the perfect, three-bite treat. You get a little sweet, alongside a little nutrition with some chopped almonds and apple. You can also enjoy warm apple-infused tea with a cinnamon stick as a great cold-night beverage.
- Sugar Scare - The American Heart Association recently released a report stating that added sugar should make up no more than 50% of a person's discretionary calories, which are the number of calories an individual has to spend on "extras" after meeting basic nutritional requirements. This translates into approximately 100 calories per day for women and 150 calories for men. This means you should check food labels since certain types of chocolate bars are better than others. Dark chocolate is the preferred choice, but when choosing among traditional Halloween favorites, Hershey's milk chocolate with almonds is a "good" option since it has less sugar than a plain Hershey's milk chocolate bar; and you get the added healthy fat from the almonds. Nestle's Chunky and Nestle's 100 Grand are also possible options with lower calories and lower sugar levels than others.
About JJ Virgin and Associates
JJ Virgin and Associates is dedicated to making a serious dent in the obesity epidemic by providing scientific tools for metabolic healing so clients become lean for life. The company is led by founder and CEO JJ Virgin, a 25 year veteran of the health and fitness industry, and practitioner of holistic nutrition and functional medicine. She is a UCLA graduate and has attended 6 different graduate and doctoral programs including biomechanics at California State University Northridge, sports medicine at University of Miami, doctoral level courses in exercise physiology, nutrition and aging at USC, and nutrition at University of Bridgeport. Most recently, JJ received her PhD in Holistic Nutrition at Clayton College of Natural Health. JJ is also President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Visit http://www.jjvirgin.com for more information.
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