7 Ways to Defeat the Halloween Candy Monster
Halloween can bring out the magic and fun in people of all ages, but beneath the Halloween party spirit lurks a sinister struggle for many adults - candy. What do you do after trick-or-treating is over and the tempting, fun-size candy bars are all over your house and office?
This struggle can be a fast-track to weight gain if ignored. Candy is high in sugar, saturated fat and empty calories that don't provide the nutrition your body needs. It can also cause tooth decay, leading to expensive visits to the dentist.
To Avoid Overindulging:
- Stop buying candy that you love. You'll be more likely to cave into your desires if you buy those chocolate covered pretzels that you can’t resist. Instead, purchase candy that others like.
- Start the night with a healthy dinner. An empty stomach and late dinner preparations can be a gateway to overindulging on candy. Instead, make a healthy, filling crock pot meal that will be ready when you get home. Consider recipes like this Pasta E Fagioli soup from The Recipe Critic or this Low Carb Lasagna from Well Plated.
- Plan fun activities that don’t focus solely on candy. If you have kids who are trick-or-treating, consider taking them to a location that offers additional activities the whole family can enjoy, like hay rides, ghost stories or sight-seeing. You’ll enjoy quality time with your family and be far away from the candy bowl.
- Limit your indulgences to one candy per day. If you do enjoy one candy or sweet per day, consider some that are lower in fat (like sour or gummy candies) or even sugarless options (like gum or jelly beans). Some fall-friendly drinks, like light hot chocolate or apple cider, have fewer calories than a traditional chocolate bar.
- Donate extra candy to good causes. Rather than subjecting your colleagues to similar temptations, consider donating your extra candy to causes that really need it. Organizations like Operation Gratitude and Operation Stars & Stripes send candy in care packages to U.S. Troops. Other organizations, like children's hospitals, homeless shelters, food pantries or nursing homes, may also accept candy donations.
- Freeze candies to use later in holiday baking.
- Make your own Advent Calendar. Check out this idea at Alphamom.com
Weight management is not about being perfect. It's about moderation. Focus on celebrating Halloween for the fun it is. Choose activities with friends and family and you'll forget all about that scary candy monster.