Halloween can be a difficult time, because the temptations of small bite size chocolates are everywhere! We think that because they’re so small, it wouldn’t hurt to have one… But how many of you can honestly stop at just one? Here are some ways to avoid the candy that worked for others.
Avoid the sales
Even if you have a coupon for cheap candy bars, it is still going to be a large, 5lb bag of chocolate that is tempting you.
If you have already bought your candy, don’t worry! The trick is to not open the bag until the VERY FIRST TRICK OR TREATER IS AT YOUR DOOR! That way, there is less temptation !
Buy candy you don’t like
If you go for candy that you’re not fond of you won’t want to eat it! Try giving out sugar-free gum, or dried fruits!
Make up a game plan
If your kids specifically ask for the Reese’s peanut butter cups that they will absolutely love you for, come up with a game plan. As the night moves on, start handing out more and more. Or donate any leftovers to a charity, collect it all and hand it out to the neighbours, or bring it to work and drop it off in a different department!
Go out on a full stomach
If you go out walking with your kids, make sure you have eaten before. There is nothing worse than being hungry with a bag full of candy at hand. Carry a hot thermos of something to sip on, or chew peppermint gum. They will both keep your mouth busy and will kill the urge to snack.
Come up with a candy strategy
Talk to your children about what they should do with most of the candy. Tell them to pick their 10 favourite and then donate the rest to their class at school, or separate 2 pieces of candy in zip lock bags and store away and out of site until a treat is earned.
Literally, put the left overs in the freezer. If you find yourself digging around for candy, at least it will take you a while to bite through it, forcing you to eat slowly.
Ditch the sense of occasion
Tell yourself that you can buy candy at any time of year! It doesn’t have to be just a Halloween chocolate thing, remind yourself that you should be conscious of how much chocolate you eat, and that if you want to stay on track, there is always chocolate at the grocery store when you really want a treat.
Keep things in perspective
Eating a couple pieces of chocolate doesn’t make someone overweight. It is the constant eating. So don’t deprive yourself. Deprivation often backfires, so try choosing 3 that are you absolute favourite and eat it with a fork and knife so that you enjoy it slowly.
Often it is hard to steer completely clear of the candy bowl. So why not opt for candys that are lower in calories than others. Miniatures are great for portion control, while chewy candies take a while to get through, and lollipops and hard candies last long and each are just as satisfying.
Here are a couple candies Weight Watchers has suggested:
- Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Twists
- Charm’s Blow Pop
- Weight Watchers by Whitman’s Mint Patties
- Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pops
- Weight Watchers by Whitman’s Peanut butter crunch
- Skittles Original Bite Size Candies (fun size)
- Candy corn
- Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats
- Jolly Rancher Gummis
- Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
- Twizzler’s Cherry Bites
- Junior Mints
- Tootsie Rolls