Sticking to your low carb lifestyle can be downright scary when it comes to Halloween, a holiday all but centered on the consumption of sugar. But just because you’re avoiding sugar doesn’t mean you can’t have your sweets and eat them too. Here are simple Halloween tips and low carb recipe ideas for a healthier holiday, whether you are trick-or-treating, at the office, or hosting a party of your own.
1. Don’t skip trick-or-treating
According to data from Fitbit, trick-or-treaters walk an average of 1.25 miles more on Halloween than those who stay home. So go the extra mile and torch calories while walking around the neighborhood with your family. Get even more exercise by donning an `80s fitness-inspired costume and committing to your character with some lunges, squats, and bicep curls along the way.
2. Do eat sweets
Instead of reaching into the office candy jar or your child’s trick-or-treating haul to satisfy your sweet tooth, keep your own candy treat on hand that’s in line with your low carb diet. Be stocked and ready with favorites like Atkins Chocolate Candies, Atkins Milk Chocolate Caramel Squares, and Atkins Peanut Butter Cups. Atkins also offers an array of candy bars, including Atkins Chocolate Coconut Bar and Atkins Chocolate Caramel Mousse Bar.
3. Don’t throw away your candy
Donate it! Encourage your family to make two piles of candy. Keep one for them to enjoy at home and give the other to one of the several organizations who help distribute candy to the U.S. military, shelters, children’s hospitals, and other charitable organizations.
4. Do make healthy Halloween treats to enjoy at home
Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want some festive treats to enjoy at home, these simple Halloween dessert recipes provide homemade, delicious alternatives to your typical sugar-loaded options.
Pumpkin Biscotti: With only two grams net carbs, this pumpkin biscotti recipe fits every Atkins phase. Filled with fall flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon, dip one of these Italian cookies into a hot cup of coffee for the perfect treat on a crisp October night.
Pumpkin Spice Donuts: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin create a warm, comforting taste, while coconut flour and flaxseed meal add a nutritious dose of superfoods. Each pumpkin spice donut has 4 grams net carbs, making these ideal for individuals following the Atkins diet.
Coconut Panna Skullotta: With only 3.2 grams net carbs per serving, this skull-shaped panna cotta won’t scare you from sticking to your healthy goals.
Black Velvet Cupcakes: Filled with fiber, protein, and only 2.7 grams net carbs per serving, there’s nothing spooky about the ingredients in these festive Halloween cupcakes.
Looking for other treats or recipes perfect for a Halloween night? Check out our featured low carb recipes for fall!