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Yep, this year, of all years – it’s 2020, people, can I get a double eye roll please - Halloween falls on a Saturday, bringing with it the month’s second full moon, during Mercury’s retrograde, and of course, a global pandemic. I mean, if spirits and witches and wolves are ever going to show their faces, this is the year. But what about us? States are opening and closing left and right; cities are split between supporting and banning trick-or-treating; some schools are open, while others remain closed - - we don’t know what’s up or down anymore. Frankly, with all of the craziness, I’m not sure who’s even in the mood – to treat or even to trick.
So, what can and should we do to lift our spirits, get ready for a fun fall weekend, and raise the dead – or at least dress up with the kids and help them celebrate – safely and without too much of the sugar madness? Read on for a few ideas.
Apart from the standard “keep it outside” and “keep it socially distanced”, to get into the spirit this year, think about adding the following to your Halloween agendas…
Any other sugar addicts in the house? Well, whether you are or not, the vast majority of the holidays can be dangerous or stressful territory for the nutrition knowledgeable, macro counters, athletes, parents, and dessert fans alike. Whether or not you have to deal with small people on sugar highs for weeks on end, Halloween, in particular, is tough to navigate when it comes to managing good nutrition practices. Here are a couple tips for managing the sugar scaries…
Pick a Day: Choose a day and time that best suits your schedule for each of the following: to plan, shop, and then prep.
Make it Simple: Don’t over complicate things. Choose 2 meals for breakfasts, a couple of proteins, a couple of veggies, and a couple of starches and healthy snacks to incorporate. OvaEasy makes that, well, easy for you! Shop our site for meal options and recipes.
Make a List: Write out your grocery list, grouping the items according to where they are in the grocery store to simplify your trip and shorten your time at the store. To save even more time, use an app like Instacart to to shop. You’ll be able to watch your spending more closely this way too!
Prep: Choose the day and time that you will PREP your foods for the week or weekend. Follow any recipes you’ve selected, or prep foods with basic seasonings so that you can enhance them specifically for each meal as desired.
When thinking about the planning and prep, consider OvaEasy Egg in a Cup. It’s our little effort, no mess way to cook up scrambled eggs – no equipment necessary. Just add water, microwave, and enjoy. Each cup packs approximately 12-13 grams of protein, is a great keto-friendly, low carb option, and comes in three delicious flavors. Add this to your breakfast meal plan or even as a snack option!
OvaEasy Egg Crystals are all natural, whole, dried eggs that taste just like their fresh counterpart, only they have an extra-long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration! When it comes to micro nutrients - all the good stuff, like folate, iron, vitamins a, b, c, d, potassium, calcium, magnesium and more is contained in the tiny yellow center of the egg, and our crystallization process keeps everything intact. So, scramble them or make a quick omelet, try them in fried rice, or even steak and eggs. You’ll feel better knowing you’ve filled up on delicious and necessary nutrients and complete proteins rather than too many processed sugary treats.
If you need to make a quick smoothie for the kids after school, before sports, or on Saturday before trick-or-treating, OvaEasy Egg White Protein is the perfect addition. Our protein contains all amino acids needed for muscle recovery and growth, but most importantly, especially with kids, our egg white protein is delicious, mixes well, and gets the job done. Whether you’re making a nutritious snack, treat diversion, meal substitute for your family, or trying to hit your macros after a tough workout, it doesn’t hurt to have a bag or two of this around.
As long as the rant list might be this year, in hopes of drumming up some spirit for All Hallows Eve and Día de los Muertos, let’s put on our big person pants, display all of the pumpkins and cornstalks, decorate our houses and our yards with all things Fall, pick a few fun Halloween activities for ourselves and our loved ones, and have a Spooktacular weekend. And when it comes to managing the sugar scaries, let OvaEasy help. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to keep an eye on Halloween’s full blue moon – you might even hear a few cackles and howls!
A little bit about our author:
Kerry is a writer, nutrition coach and consultant. She’s an active runner, skier, triathlete, CrossFitter, and a crazy busy mom of three. She dreams of being able to spend more time outside doing the things she loves with those she loves…and eggs of course, she dreams of eggs. Kerry’s still obsessing over her pumpkin spice smoothies with our Vanilla Crème Bruleé Egg White Protein, and she’s busy making sure she gets a good amount of protein into her kids’ meals to counter all of the extra sugar that’s around the house from the daily boo-ing. The kids’ current favorites are the Sea Salt and Pepper Egg in a Cup and Sausage Seasoning Egg in a Cup – both with cheese. If you have questions for her, let us know - she loves questions that don’t start with “Mom, can you buy…”