Tips to Avoid the Halloween Weight Gain

by Jen on October 24, 2014

Tips to help you navigate Halloween with confidence!

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Halloween brings MANY sweet temptations, and this can wreak havoc on your weight loss goals.  Here are some basic tips to help you stay on track this Halloween season:

TIP #1:

The basics of healthy eating do not go away during the holiday season.  Just because it’s a “sweet” time of year, doesn’t mean you throw away everything you’ve been doing to stay healthy.  Strive to eat 5-6 small meals a day so that you never reach the point of being really hungry.  I find when I’m eating small meals throughout my day, I’m never starving, and therefore are less tempted to grab something unhealthy.  Planning is the KEY to keeping your overall daily calorie goal in check.

TIP #2:

Stay hydrated.  Often, thirst can masquerade as hunger.  You may be tempted to grab a Halloween treat when really, you just need a glass of water. Have a glass or bottle of water with you at all times.  When you feel the urge to eat a treat, drink a bottle of water first.

TIP #3:

Buy candy late.  There is no need to buy candy the second it comes out in the stores.  Wait until a day or two before Halloween to buy the treats you are giving out.  By storing the goodies for 24-48 hours instead of a month, you can save yourself a lot of temptation.

TIP #4:

Buy candy you don’t like!  Don’t buy the stuff you really love, that’s just asking for trouble.  Personally, that means I need to stay away from chocolate.  Instead, I buy the hard candies that are not as appealing to me.   This way, I’m not tempted to eat it.

Tip #5:

Store Halloween treats out of sight.  Don’t keep a box of candy in a place that you’re going to see it every day, like your pantry or snack cupboard.  Instead, store it somewhere you won’t see it.  I store our treats in the front closet area.  I NEVER go in that closet, so I never see the treats until it’s time to put them out on Halloween night.

TIP #6:

Take time to enjoy your Halloween treats.  I’m not saying NEVER enjoy a Halloween treat…you still can, just in moderation.  Only pick out your absolute favourite treats, and then savour them.  By slowly eating your treats, you’ll have a better handle on how much you’re eating, plus you’ll really appreciate the treat.  Just as you would for a meal, sit, eat, and savour the treat.  I like to give myself a certain number of treats I will eat.  For me, it could be 5 treats..PERIOD.  Not 5 treats every day, just 5 treats TOTAL!  Then I savour those treats over the next 5 days.  And when they are gone, they are GONE!!

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Enjoy Halloween parties for the atmosphere, not the food.  Don’t waste your allotted indulgences at one Halloween party.  Enjoy your friends and have fun without overeating.  Here are some bonus tips to help you with that:

  • have a healthy meal or snack before you go to the party.
  • plan ahead on what you’ll allow yourself to eat/drink at the party and stick to the plan.
  • choose a small plate, allow yourself one trip to the spread, and savour each bite.
  • position yourself away from the food table.

TIP #8:

Bring your own Halloween treat.  A Halloween party is going to full of unhealthy food temptations, so why not bring your own healthy dish! That way, you know there will be at least one healthy food you can enjoy at the party.  Check out the ones posted here!

TIP #9:

Handle Halloween temptation at the workplace.  There are always one or two co-workers who feel the need to bring in tons of leftover candy to the workplace.  If you just can’t resist, then allow yourself ONE treat and cut it off there.  Or else, ward them off by filling the communal candy dish with a bag of treats that you don’t like.  If you find you are still being tempted, then move the candy to a place where you won’t walk by it every 5 seconds.

TIP #10:

Last but not least, in case of an emergency, have a pack of gum with you.  When you are faced with temptation, chew on a piece of gum instead.

I hope these 10 tips will help you avoid the Halloween weight gain!  I would love to hear some of your favourite tips for avoiding Halloween treats.  Please leave a comment below icon smile Tips to Avoid the Halloween Weight Gain


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Clean Eating Pumpkin Creme Bars

by Jen on October 20, 2014

Healthy Pumpkin Creme Bars that are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.

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I just love a good pumpkin recipe this time of year…don’t you??!  I love to make my Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins for a quick snack on the go, but this time I wanted to make a dessert or “treat” recipe. And I love that this one is no bake!

It’s not always easy trying to make unhealthy desserts healthy.  It takes a lot of creativity and thought as to what you can use as a healthy substitute.  But one substitute I absolutely love is coconut milk!!  I’m not sure if you’ve tried this, but you can actually use cold coconut milk like whipped cream.  I’ve even fooled my family into thinking it’s whipped cream!

While these Pumpkin Creme Bars look like the popular “Nanaimo Bar,” I assure you, they are not.  These bars need to be kept frozen.  When you use natural and wholesome ingredients, you need to keep the final product fresh, there is no shelf life.  Nanaimo Bars are LOADED with sugar, which is why they can be kept at room temperature for days on end.

But having treats in the freezer is a good thing right?!  That way you don’t eat them all at once icon wink Clean Eating Pumpkin Creme Bars

The medjool dates give the crust a natural sweetness.  This combined with the cool pumpkin creme filling and chocolaty top layer give these bars a wonderful, refreshing taste.  I used dark chocolate chips for the chocolate topping, but if you want this recipe to be vegan, then you can use vegan chocolate chips.

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Healthy Pumpkin Creme Bars


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 12 squares

Serving Size: 1 square

Recipe slightly adapted from My Whole Food Life


    For the crust:
  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup dark (or vegan) chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk


  1. In a food processor or strong blender (I used my Vitamix), mix the pecan and cinnamon until the mixture starts to become moist. Add in the dates and process until a loose dough forms.
  2. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Gently press the date filling into the bottom of the pan. Place into the freezer while you make the creme filling.
  3. Open the can of cold coconut milk and scoop out the solid white coconut milk into a mixing bowl (you can save the coconut water for a smoothie!) With an electric mixer, whip the coconut milk into a cream.
  4. Process the remaining filling ingredients in your food processor or blender. Gently fold the pumpkin mixture into the coconut cream.
  5. Spread the mixture on top of the crust in the baking dish, and place back into the freezer.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on low or on the stove top in a double boiler. Add the almond milk and keep stirring until smooth.
  7. Spread the chocolate mixture over the creme layer in the baking dish and place back in the freezer to set.


For best results, let bars sit in the freezer for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Before cutting, you'll want to let them sit for about 10 minutes so they are soft enough to cut. Store bars in the freezer.

21 Day Fix Portions: 1 yellow, 1 blue
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