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October 30, 2012
Avoid purchasing your candy until a few days before Halloween
If it’s not in the house, you won’t eat it.
Stock Up on Dark Chocolate
A pair of Dove squares or Hershey’s Kisses are only 50 calories. But do keep that to pure dark cocoa. Avoid bars with nuts, caramel, or peanut butter — all which add unnecessary calories.
Don’t stock up on Halloween candy you love.
Buy types you are not fond of. You will be less likely to overindulge while waiting for the doorbell to ring on Halloween night.
Give Out More Lollipops
Although horrible for your teeth, they take a long time to eat (unlike other candy you devour in seconds). With only 60 calories, they can be one of the leanest options.
Ensure yourself and your children eat dinner before the trick-or-treating begins. By approaching the evening with a full tummy, one will have much more self-control when it comes to the candy. Crockpot meals are ideal — they are quick and easy. Make a batch of chili or hearty soup in the morning and its ready when arriving home from school.
Stock up on Granola Bars and Fruit Leathers
Kids love packing these items in their lunch box. Although not an everyday choice — they are likely one of the more nutritious Halloween giveaways.
Set a limit on the number of pieces yourself and your children can have each day and stick to it. Avoid deprivation by allowing yourself a few pieces of your favorites. Give yourself time to savor them and enjoy the flavors. Eat them at a time of day when you are not starving — you are more likely to feel satisfied.
Sugar-Free Gum is Your Secret Weapon
Let’s face it — kids love gum. This is a win-win item all around.
Give Back with Candy
After a few days of eating, agree to throw the rest out or donate it to a crisis shelter or charity. This is a good practice of self-control for yourself as well as your children.
100-Calorie Snack Packs are the New Candy
Teddy Grahams, Oreos, pretzels. You name it — there is a sweet or salty portion-controlled snack pack available. This is one giveaway that moms always adore.