Halloween. It's the first holiday to derail our diets as we come down the home stretch of 2011. Temptation is everywhere--peanut butter cups, Twix, Kit Kats, Snickers, lollipops, and more. And it's not just what your kids bring home from trick-or-treating, it's what you stash in your house to give to neighboring trick-or-treaters-sometimes that loot, is the most damaging of all. Here's a five great tips, to stay on track AND enjoy your treats this Halloween.
1. Buy Your Least Favorite Candy To Give Out. Do you love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? If so, having three bags of them in your home is not a good idea. Try passing out your least-favorite candy. Or, for a healthier, but still tasty alternative, you can try chocolate chip bar, like Kudos.
2. Hard candies and gummy candy are "better for you" than chocolate treats. I say ‘better for you' loosely, because they're not good for you, but they have less saturated fats than most chocolate treats-and they take longer to eat, which means you'll eat less of them.
3. Don't Waste Calories Don't eat candy you don't love. Why waste calories on a Mounds bar, when all you really want to sink your teeth into is a Twix. The Mounds isn't going to satisfy your candy craving. Enjoy the Twix, but stop there.
4. Bite Size, Fun Size, and Mini's These are great for diet-watching moms, but just watch how many you pop in your mouth. It's very easy to eat more than a serving, or two.
5. Try for healthier meals I know it's hard to get in healthy meals in between Halloween parades, trick-or-treating, and parties, but if you can try to give your kids a healthy breakfast like oatmeal and fruit, and if you're having dinner at home-bypass a quick McDonald's stop, and whip up something a bit healthier at home. Even if it's frozen sweet potato fries, and veggie burgers, or mac and cheese with some spinach stirred in. And for you mom, don't skip meals, otherwise you'll find yourself devouring the candy bowl, and fighting your kids for that last chocolate-caramel pumpkin.
Moms, what will you be passing out this Halloween?