It’s that time of year again. All the grocery store aisles and television commercials are filled with tempting bags and images of delectable candy. As a country, we purchase about 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, and the average person consumes 3.4 pounds, up to 7000 calories, of sweet treats!
The keys to successfully navigating the endless stream of sugar are moderation and mindfulness. Allow yourself to have a few pieces of your favorite candy, but sit down and really savor it. Just grabbing a handful every time you walk by the bowl will lead to trouble. Try to keep the treats out of sight, and ideally keep things portioned in small bags, not just a large bowl, to help with portion control for the adults and the kids in the house.
After Halloween, check with your dentist or another local business who often take candy donations to send overseas to our military personnel. This is a great way to get the temptation out of your house and also teach your kids the importance of giving to others.
There also tend to be a lot of Halloween parties, which are notorious for sweet treats and alcohol. If you are going to drink, stick to a low calorie drink like vodka and tonic water with lime. Drink a glass of water between each beverage to help stay hydrated. Alcohol is empty calories, but it also lowers your will power, so try to stand away from the food and dessert tables so you’re less tempted.
Halloween Trail Mix
• 1 cup almonds
• 1 cup peanuts
• 3 cups pretzel sticks
• 1 cup caramel popcorn
• 1 cup Reece’s Peanut Butter M&M’s
Place all items in a bowl and mix together. Using a ¼ c measuring cup, separate into plastic baggies and hand them out as treats!