Halloween is over, but the leftover treats can be quite frightening. What to do with all this candy? Well, you could always just eat it. But if sticking to your goals is a priority (and we know it is!), try these tips instead!
It’s that time again. HOLIDAY SEASON. It starts with Halloween, and continues through the end of the year with all sorts of reasons to #eatallthetreats. Family parties. Work parties. School parties. Even some fitness centers treat their members to festive foods during the holiday season. WHY? But also thank you.
This year, we’re going balls-to-the-wall with reaching our goals. While we encourage you to enjoy food and treat yourself, the holidays are not a free for all. With Thanksgiving just around the corner (how did that happen) we’re starting you early with ways to avoid that leftover Halloween candy.
Buy Candy You don’t Like
We get this is too little too late, but there’s always next year! Love chocolate? Avoid purchasing irresistible candy bars and stick to fruity or sour treats. Are Starbursts your crutch? Don’t buy em! Let’s be real – you know if those are sitting around after the trick-or-treaters have come and gone, they WILL be eaten…probably by you. Of course, this tactic is not foolproof. Sometimes we’ll eat candy regardless if we like it or not. Like when those sugar cravings are way too real. Buy better-for-you treats like individual bags of pretzels or granola bars. Sadly, you will be ‘that house,’ but you’ll thank yourself later.
Here’s one of our favorite ‘healthier’ bars to stock up on!
There are plenty of families who cannot enjoy a night of trick-or-treating or simple indulgences. Give them the gift of the Halloween spirit with a candy donation! This could be your local charity, church organization, children’s hospital or food drive. You’ll also want to consider shipping candy care packages to overseas troops.
Bring it to Work
The classic way to get rid of stuff you don’t want – pawn it off on your colleagues. Seriously though, this is a tried-and-true method that is sure to take that candy off your hands. Now all you have to do is avoid grabbing a handful every time you enter the break room.
There’s nothing wrong with savoring a treat here and there. Be mindful about it, and make a mental note of how much you’re eating. Personally, I like to have one small serving of chocolate everyday. Some days I have more, some days less, but always something. Keep portion sizes small and create a setting so you can truly enjoy it. Maybe this is in the morning with your coffee, or while you’re catching up on a Netflix binge. Walk away from the pantry (or candy bowl) once you’ve snagged your treat. Out of sight, out of mind.
Put mindful eating into practice – here’s how to do it.
Sugar cravings strike when we’re hungry and haven’t consumed enough of the right foods to keep blood sugar levels in check. Make sure to eat meals high in protein and rich in fiber the days before and after Halloween (and every other day, really). This will make you less tempted to hit up the candy bar buffet.