With Halloween around the corner, grocery shelves are lined with every sort of Halloween treat possible. From marshmallow goodies to chocolate delicacies, this holiday does not lack in sweet treat variety. However, for folks watching their weight or with conditions like diabetes, Halloween can be considered more of a trick than a treat. Here are a few tips for keeping your Halloween healthy and tasty!

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  • Become a Label Reader

    When choosing treats, it’s important to compare calorie content. Candies such as 3 Musketeers contain significantly less calories compared to Snickers or Twix. For individuals with diabetes, candy labels can reveal carbohydrate content to keep you in check throughout the evening. Paying attention to serving size on a nutrition facts label can also help you determine how many pieces of candy are considered a serving. With many treats available in “mini” size varieties, there can be a difference in serving sizes among different brands of candy.

  • Consider Giving Out Non-Candy Items

    There may be times when the candy we’re giving out can be the candy we’re munching on ourselves. To remove temptation of goodies in the house, consider giving out non-food items to trick or treaters visiting your door. Glow sticks, stickers, crayons, or bookmarks can be fun gifts for kids to enjoy. Goodies such as jump ropes, hacky sacks, or bouncy balls can promote physical activity. If you’re partial to giving out edible items, trail mix, animal crackers, or granola bars can be great healthy options.

  • Eat Before You Trick or Treat

    If you’re out with the kids for a trick or treat adventure in the neighborhood, be sure to have a snack or meal prior to heading out. Eating ahead of time can keep you from impulsive nibbling on candy as you’re traveling from door to door. Coming home on a full stomach after an evening of trick or treating can also help you and the kids thoughtfully pick out and save your favorite goodies for a later time.

  • Keep Treats Out of Sight

    Once you’ve decided which candies you want to keep for the family, consider storing your goodies in an opaque container in an inconspicuous area such as a cabinet or pantry. Leaving candy in a clear bowl on the kitchen counter can make it more likely to mindlessly indulge on candy every time you visit the kitchen.

Whether you’re trick or treating or giving out goodies yourself, Halloween can be overwhelming with high calorie treats. However, with a little preparation, Halloween can be happy and healthy!