When my kids were little  and came home with bags loaded with candy I took out a “mommy tax” which means I got a few of my favorite candies off the top. We also learned that buying Halloween candy early usually means buying it twice. Here are a few tips to keep you from going off the deep end:

1) Go out on rounds – Leave the candy home with your spouse or an older child, walk around outside with the young ones, or a niece, or grandchild. The crisp fall air will do you good.

2) Eat a healthy dinner before –  When my kids were little we had veggie pizza, it was a treat in itself, a full tummy doesn’t have as much room for candy.

3) Treat yourself – Have something decadent you would not normally have to help remove temptation, like a serving of premium ice cream. I am having a graham cracker with chocolate hazelnut spread.

4) Move the candy –  seriously, it’s surprising how having the bowl right next to you makes it more tempting, keep it on a small table next to the door, or even on the porch.

5) Give out healthier treats –  if you find something delicious and healthier, use that, that way if you do splurge a little it won’t be as costly to your waistline. Try dark chocolate covered raisins or almonds, pretzels, or organic fair trade chocolate

Enjoy the holiday without going overboard, all things in moderation. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

About the author:
MamaSteph has 2 kids by birth and several by love, she is a nurse and enjoys finding healthier ways to make comfort foods, gardening, enjoying nature, and living life to the fullest…For a list of her blogs please click here.


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