Halloween is here. It’s time to carve the pumpkins, don the costumes, and buy treats for the kiddies. But here’s the thing, if you are trying to manage your weight, do you really want 5 pounds of candy sitting around your house continuing to haunt you long after the trick or treaters have left? Do yourself favor and try a few of these not so tricky Halloween treats.
1.) Microwave Popcorn Mini Bags
2.) Small Toys/Party Favors (Think Spider Rings, Plastic Eyeballs & Vampire Teeth)
3.) Peanut Butter & Cracker Packs
4.) Crayons/Mini Coloring Books
5.) Individually Packaged Rice Cereal Treats
6.) Stickers or Washable Tattoos
7.) Granola Bars
8.) Fun Decorated Pencils and Erasers
10.) Mini Deck of Playing Cards
Warehouse stores and party supply houses are great sources for quantity shopping of small items. If you’ve already bought several pounds of candy and are beginning to regret it, fear not! Here are a few ideas to keep your little goblins happy and your waistline in check.
- Avoid opening the candy bags until the first trick or treater arrives. It’s all too easy to snack on an “already” open bag.
- If you’ve already opened the bag and find yourself doing a little sampling, run back out to the store and pick up a pack of treat (favor) bags. Fill the small bags with a few goodies and seal them up. They not only look great in a decorative bowl, but the extra time it will take for you to get to the candy may help you to think about whether it’s worth it or not to eat it.
- Remember, that a healthy lifestyle is not about what you can’t have. That’s called a “diet.” Rather, our focus should be on what we can have to support our goals. Having healthy alternative snacks on hand is an important tool to help us not feel deprived during the holiday season and throughout the year.
As we begin moving toward all the parties and food-centered festivities, let’s make this time of year one that we can enjoy and also feel better about ourselves in January.