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Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls, Oh My!

Halloween is a scary holiday but not many people actually think about what the scariest part of Oct. 31st is… The amount of sugar consumed!

We all know too much sugar isn’t good for us but even as adults it’s hard to resist the infinite amount of candy available during October! I used to fall into the same pattern every year. I told myself I was only going to have one Snickers bar, just one!

But then, a couple of months later, my number one New Year’s resolution was to lose the weight I gained over the holidays that all started on Halloween.

Ugh, dieting. Now that’s a scary picture!

Over the years I have developed a few strategies that have helped me and my family control ourselves.

8 Tips To Defeat the Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  1. DON’T open the bags of candy you plan to pass out until Oct. 31. Hide them if you have to!
  2. Feed your family (and maybe some friends too!) before everyone starts “Trick or Treating.” A full belly of something healthy keeps that night’s candy consumption way down.
  3. Separate and bag the candy by variety from your kid’s loot bags (after they’ve counted it all!)
  4. Keep the top 3 favorite candy-types and give the rest to charity the next day. GET IT OUT OF THE HOUSE!
  5. Allow your kids to take a piece to school in their lunch box for a few days and maybe give them a piece after dinner too.
  6. Everyone’s candy bags go in the freezer. No secret candy stashes at my house!
  7. Out of sight out of mind. By day 5-6 they will have forgotten about it and you can move the rest out of the house.
  8. Substitute with an apple or clementine for dessert to wean everyone back to healthy sources of natural sugar.

I hope everyone enjoys a happy and healthy Halloween!

 Filling and nutritious recipes to fill up your big and little goblins before heading out.

Search for more kid-friendly recipes in your Dinnertime Recipe Box.

Easy Slow Cooker Tuscan Beef Stew

Filling and easy to make ahead so you have more time to put on your costume.

Panzanella Panini

Delicious crowd pleaser, even the ghosts like it!

Burger Soup

Hearty and easy for all the witches and ghouls to help make it.