Healthified Survival Guide: Halloween Edition

Halloween should be scary, but not where your health is concerned. Try these tips and tricks to keep the spookiest of holidays fun, happy and healthy — and to keep you and the kiddos in your life from experiencing the dreaded post-Halloween sugar hangover.

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  • Donate the leftovers.

    What to do with all the leftover candy the trick-or-treaters didn’t eat? Consider donating it to a fire station, nursing home or local business that provides treats to customers. Let the kids or grandkids be involved in making the donation.

  • Have a nutritious meal or snack before the Halloween party.

    This tactic will keep you from overloading on sweets, and from nibbling on unnecessary extras. The best strategy for party-going is an obvious one: Don’t arrive hungry. <a href="">Get the Curried Pumpkin Vegetable Soup recipe</a> (pictured)

  • Give away non-candy foods that won’t get your house egged.

    If you don’t want to contribute to your neighborhood’s collective Halloween sugar rush, give away,crowd-pleasing treats that are still delicious – and that will keep your house safe from eggs and toilet paper! Choose single-serving cereal or raisins, or savory treats like popcorn, trail mix and pretzels. <a href="">Get the Gingered Cereal Snack Mix recipe</a> (pictured)

  • Better yet: Give away non-food treats.

    Let’s be real: The neighborhood kids’ baskets will be filled with enough candy. Be the one on the block who gives away non-food items that will make the kids cheer, such as pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, silly bands, cards and bubbles.

  • Go out on the town.

    Instead of staying at home while the kids are trick-or-treating, find someone to man or woman the door at home and get out into the fresh night air for a walk. This is a great chance to get some needed exercise. (Plus, the trick-or-treaters are fun to watch.)

  • Limit other sugar extras.

    Just because you’ve dipped into the candy bowl doesn’t give you an excuse to turn to other sweets, too. Get back on track and grab a piece of fruit to munch on instead.

  • Make a trade.

    Instead of eating leftover candy, let the kids use it to barter for books or games. Of course, get rid of the excess (see tip #1) so you don’t end up eating it.

  • Count to three when you pour.

    No need for a measuring cup. If you find yourself drinking wine at a Halloween party, count to three when you are pouring – this will give you approximately the standard 5 oz. portion. If you’re drinking a cocktail, swap to a calorie-free mixer. <a href="">Get the Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Slush recipe</a> (pictured)

  • Save leftovers (and save some money while you’re at it).

    Instead of eating all the leftover candy, save it for making gingerbread houses in December. There’s no need to purchase candy at Christmas, when you can repurpose Halloween candy for a later date.

  • Keep the stash out of reach.

    Out of sight, out of mind. When the doorbell stops ringing Halloween night, keep the candy in a stash away from eye level.

  • Be a role model.

    Remind the kids in your life to eat mindfully. Model healthy habits for the little ones; when they see you controlling your sweet tooth with one to two pieces, they will learn how to eat candy in moderation.

  • Find a seat farther away from the door.

    If you’re on candy duty, park yourself farther away from the door in order to fit in extra steps each time a ghost or princess arrives. Or, create a mini-workout routine you can complete between trick-or-treaters.

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