Don't Let Ghost and Goblins Derail Your Plan

Healthy Halloween Treats

Fall is in full swing and that means the beginning of the holiday season. From the end of October through the New Year, your best-laid meal plans can take a beating. Many folks will consume over 1/4 pound of candy during the Halloween season, amounting to more than 5,000 unexpected calories. How can you enjoy the season yet stay on track?

Tips to Deal With Halloween Candy and Parties

Whether your little ghosts and goblins are out trick-or-treating or you are at home solo manning the candy bowl, try these tricks to limit the damage the holiday can wreak:

  • Wait until the last minute to purchase candy for your trick-or-treaters so that you don't have these sugary temptations laying around your kitchen for long. Buy the kinds of candy that you do not like to reduce temptation.
  • Eat a satisfying dinner with plenty of fresh, whole foods the day of the party or event. Prepare a meal you really enjoy so that you feel that sense of satisfaction brought on by a truly good meal.
  • If you must have a holiday treat, choose one or two of your favorite treats. Rather than paw through your kids' treats and eat mindlessly, decide on a couple small candies you really like and pull those aside first. Savor them over the next few days.
  • Extra points for choosing treats with nutritional benefits like healthy nuts or dark chocolate.
  • Never keep extra candy around to tempt you. After the kids have their fill, look for a local program that will "buy back" candy to get it out of your home.

Don't let Halloween derail your momentum. Follow these common sense tips, concentrate on fresh foods, and stay hydrated to have a great holiday.


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