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healthy halloween recipes DIY
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

No Tricks, Just Treats: Healthy Halloween Recipes

Food
Drink
Recipes
Expert Advice

Two things keep people stuck in an eating rut: restrictive dieting and fad dieting. Halloween seems to scream out to both of these.

Those seeking to improve or maintain their health believe they have to restrict and completely refrain from enjoying any festive treats. It’s like a bad spell! It's a mind trick that results in you feeling deprived, unworthy, or worse—binging on the Reeses-filled candy jack-o-lantern by the front door when no one is looking.

Then there are fad diets. The “I’ll start Monday” mentality kicks in, or people desperately search their phone, ordering the nearest juice cleanse to undo all the damage. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work! These tricks not only take us backward; they can cause damage to both our mental and physical health.

It’s all about an anti-deprivation and pro-understanding approach. As nutrition coaches and personal trainers, we value sticking to one track: your track.

So when spooky season comes around, it’s even better when we can integrate festive and gut-friendly treats into Halloween. Each of these recipes is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free with no artificial sweeteners or flavors. Your sweet tooth and tummy will thank you!

Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

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Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

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Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

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Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

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Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

Mooch & Mel - MINDBODY
Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).