Make Halloween Less Scary For Your Diet
10 tips to help you conquer candy cravings and enjoy the holiday.
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2. Give Out Nonfood 'Treats'
Another option is to offer trick-or-treaters small toys, stickers, pencils,
erasers -- even shiny quarters -- instead of candy.
In one study, 3- to 14-year-olds who were given a choice between toys and
candy on Halloween night were just as likely to choose the toys as the sweets.
Do your own experiment this Halloween: Let kids in your neighborhood choose
between toys, money, or candy and see which is most popular.
3. Offer Healthier Treats
You can offer healthy foods to kids on Halloween, says Rebecca Puhl, PhD,
psychologist and researcher at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at
"Not only does this give kids a healthy option in their bag of treats,
it also prevents parents from having to bring lots of candy to the house,"
she says in an email interview.
Some healthful options include granola bars, sugar-free gum, and
individually packaged portions of raisins, apple slices, dried cranberries, and
4. Don't Ask Your Kids to Hide the Candy
If you're a parent, Halloween offers an opportunity to set a good example
for your kids. Model moderation, not deprivation, nutrition experts
"We know restriction only makes people want it more," says Barbara
Rolls, PhD, a researcher at Penn State University and author of The
Volumetrics Eating Plan.
So don't ask your kids to hide their candy from you. That would only
encourage the "candy ban" mentality.
5. Make the Candy You Do Eat Last
Put a handful of your favorite candy bars in your freezer so that when you
do enjoy a piece or two, it will last longer and you'll have the chance to
truly savor the flavor. It takes twice as long to eat a frozen candy bar as one
at room temperature.
6. Enjoy, but Be Mindful
Levitsky urges grown-ups to enjoy Halloween and the candy that goes with it.
But, he says, that doesn't mean you can just forget about the calories. Prepare
by eating a little less in anticipation of Halloween night, or adjust your
eating a bit after partaking.