Gearing up for Halloween

Last year I posted about which Halloween treats you could savor for minimal calories. I thought I would bust that old post back out today as we head into the Halloween weekend. Here ya go!

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Halloween is usually the time of year when people begin falling off the healthy eating wagon and start consuming an abundance of sugary treats. Falling into the trap of overeating leftover Halloween candy leads into Thanksgiving goodies, and before you know it’s holiday party after holiday party that’s setting you back. So if lack of trick-or-treaters leaves you with piles of candy still sitting at your house, here are a few things you can do with it that won’t leave you moving up a pant size:

*Give it away. If the sight of it in your house is too tempting, then find someone to give it to. Friends, neighbors, co-workers, homeless shelters, church functions, etc are all places to send you goodies.
* Bake with it. So maybe no one wants your leftover loot because they are drowning in their own piles of sugary goods. Try baking with it then! Bite sized candy bars can be placed in brownies, cookies, and cupcakes for a special treat with a surprise center. Bake up some goodies and share with friends!

Ok, now that we have dealt with the leftovers, let’s talk about what the best options are for sneaking a few pieces from your child’s trick-or-treat bag. These candies will satisfy your sweet cravings without setting you back too much.

*3 Musketeers Mini = 24 calories and less than 1 gram of fat
*Fun-sized lemon heads = 50 calories and 0 grams of fat per 10 pieces
*York Peppermint Patty (full size!) = 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat
*Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop = 60 calories and 0.5 grams of fat
*Dum Dums = 20 calories and 0 grams of fat
*Hershey Kisses (3) = 67 calories and 4 grams of fat
*Candy Corn (10 pieces) = 64 calories and 0 grams of fat
*Tootsie Roll = 26 calories and 0.5 grams of fat

Halloween doesn’t always have to be about candy either. Here are some ideas to offer healthier items to trick-or-treaters this year:
*mini bags of pretzels
*glow sticks
*homemade trail mix (mix together nuts, dried fruit, and mini chocolate chips, but be careful of kids with nut allergies with this one)
*Temporary tattoos
*Sugar free gum
*Fruit leathers

**For vegan candy options, check out this link for a list of what to hand out or give your kids!

Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!

Also, if any of you are wondering about how the pup is doing, he’s still wearing the collar. Until the medicine has a few days in his system and his wounds heal, he’ll have to keep it on. Hopefully we’ll be able to remove it this weekend. For now we’re just telling him it’s his Halloween costume 😉

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