With Halloween just around the corner your house is probably stocked with mini chocolate bars and sweets galore, and if you aren’t yet, you will be! Whether you have kiddos who will bring home their loot for you to “taste test” or you plan on sitting by the door and doling out the goods to your own neighborhood kids, the temptation remains the same…SUGAR!
We all love it from time to time and the more we eat, the more we crave! So here are a few tried and true tricks to keep you out of the treats 😉
1. Eat Before You Trick or Treat
Serve a healthy family dinner before the fun begins, this way the kids will be less tempted to eat candy along the way and so will you! After trick or treating, offer a cup of warm sugar free hot cocoa made with almond milk or low fat milk with just one treat to ensure that blood sugar is stable before bedtime, and hold yourself to the same treat 😉
2. Trick-or-Treat and Exercise Make your children walk from house to house instead of driving them, and walk along with them. Parents can even encourage siblings or friends to wear pedometers or activity meters and start a friendly competition for who can be the most active while they are collecting candy.
3. Keep the Best, Donate the Rest!
When children get back home from trick-or-treating, have them make two piles: one for the candy they want to keep, another for the candy they will not eat. Consider donating the second pile to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, or children’s hospital.
My family personally donates our leftovers and extra to Operation Gratitude, where it is shipped over seas to our troops and brightens the day of a hard working soldier who is missing the Halloween fun! My kids look forward to doing it every year and it starts off the season of giving! Ask your dentist about it or find local drop offs here!
Purchase Halloween candy the day of trick or treating to avoid temptation. Buy less than what you think you will need to avoid leftovers and purchase candies that you do not like, if you still have leftovers donate them! If you really have a hard time with temptation choose to pass out non-candy treats such as bouncy balls, spider rings, pencils, erasers, bubbles or stickers.
5. Stock Up on Non-Candy Alternatives
Both for you and your kiddos, stock up on items you and they enjoy and offer those as alternatives to candy or in addition to eating 1 piece of candy vs. 2 or 3. Some great examples might be Trail Mix, Yogurt Covered raisins or pretzels, fruit for smoothies and frozen sugar free yogurt or popsicles. Non food items are great too like an extra 10-30 minutes of screen time, a special movie, a fun project, bubble bath, bubbles, nature walk etc.
When you’re tempted to grab a candy bar or your kiddos are begging you for them, reach for an alternate fun snack or activity and keep that craving at bay!
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