Embrace seasonal superfoods
Pumpkins are good for more than just carving—they’re jam-packed with immune-boosting vitamin A, are low-cal and low-carb, and can be roasted, mashed, turned into a soup, or used in baking. Here’s how nutritionists love to use pumpkin puree. And plenty of other autumn veggies can also add a healthy bump to your diet, like fiber-filled beets, vitamin C-packed hearty Brussels sprouts, and potassium-rich sweet potatoes. “Fall is a great to time to get all these new vegetables so you can be smart about the way you change seasons,” says Shanna Levine, MD, a primary care physician and clinical instructor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Buy Halloween candy strategically
“Never buy candy you like; that’s an easy set up for getting yourself into trouble,” says Dr. Levine. Another good trick is to wait until right before Halloween to stock up for trick-or-treaters so you’re not tempted by sweets lying around the house. If you can’t deny your sweet tooth, opt for fun size candy bars. This is what 100 calories of your favorite Halloween candy actually looks like.