My 7 Top Tips for Surviving the Halloween Candy Stash

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It’s that time of year again. The unofficial start of eating season is Halloween! Maybe you’re invited to a chic grown-up costume soiree with cocktails and hors devours. Perhaps you have kids and you’re heading up to the school for the annual “sugar fest” class party before trick or treat time. Neither may apply but you may be that generous neighbor that gladly dispenses sweet treats to the hordes of children that come ringing your bell. One thing is certain, October 31st is a day that can easily derail your best efforts to eat cleanly and live a healthy lifestyle. The allure of sugary sweets is hard to resist on Halloween.  Here are my top 7 tips for surviving that Halloween Candy Stash:
1.    Prior to Halloween: If you’re hitting box stores for behemoth-sized bags of candy, consider buying candy that does not appeal to you.  If you love chocolate caramels with nougat, DON’T BUY THEM! Instead opt for your least favorite candy. Better yet, select a healthier option for the neighborhood kiddos like individual bags of pretzels or maybe some natural fruit leather. Kids are excited to take something and run to the next house. You won’t get egged for handing out healthier treats!
2.    Morning of Halloween: Start your day off with a cup of warm lemon water to wake up your digestion and hydrate you. Add in a bit of honey and sprinkle some cinnamon for a seasonal kick. Cinnamon is great for regulating blood sugar and the room will smell like that five dollar autumn latte’. Continue drinking lots of water to keep you from feeling hungry and to help you stay hydrated which will help curb your cravings.
3.    Halloween Breakfast or Lunch: Make one of your meals a delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. You will definitely feel like you’re in the holiday spirit and the sweet and spicy shake is just what you’ll need to get a super dose of nutrition on an otherwise, not nutritious day.  Here’s my favorite recipe: 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup canned organic pumpkin, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 2Tbsp raw honey or 5 drops of liquid Stevia.  Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
4.    During the Day or For a Party: Offer to bring a festive healthy snack such as carrots sticking out of Homemade Hummus dip with almonds as finger nails to look like creepy hands or edible eyeballs made from layering round dried apples with dried apricots and raisin pupils. You can even show off your carving skills by making mini fruit cups out of jack o’ lantern oranges.
5.    Party activity: Some of my fondest memories of Halloween include the party game, Bobbing For Apples. I remember laughing so hard that I cried when my friends’ face was in the water and the folding table that held the cauldron collapsed. Many kids today have never played this game and the adults at that soiree would probably get a kick out of this “retro” activity. Best part is that after you create your own funny memories you end up with a super healthy snack. An apple a day…
6.    Halloween Night: The day is done. The kids are asleep. All you can think about is the forbidden candy stash. I’m not a fan of deprivation but if you think you can stop at “just one”, hear me when I say, YOU CAN’T! Instead, opt for a piece of fruit and you won’t have the guilt knowing that it’s actually a nutritious food that’s high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and is heart healthy too! A few Medjool dates would be a perfect sweet replacement here!  If you still feel tempted to go overboard then it’s time for a back up plan. Do some yoga, meditation or light stretching to get you ready for bed.
7.    The Next Day: Set aside one or two of your very special treats and allow the kids to keep a few too. Pack up the rest and send them into to school or donate them to your dentist. Many schools and dental offices have a candy buyback program in place. They typically donate one dollar for every pound of candy to a selected charity or for educational programs at your child’s school. You know you don’t need that candy in the house and your kids certainly don’t need it either. The bonus is you’re doing something philanthropic and that will make you feel far better than overdosing on those chocolate miniatures will.
Have a happy, safe, and healthy Halloween!

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