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Buy Halloween candy late to avoid a diet 'don't'

Too much candy can literally make you green in the face.
Too much candy can literally make you green in the face.Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Are you one of the many Chicagoans who has to make a second trip to the grocery store to re-buy Halloween candy? It happens all too often. You buy early, when the sales begin, and stash it away, planning to bring it out when the trick-or-treaters arrive. Later that week, you get a chocolate craving, open a bag for just one or two pieces, and a few days later, the bag is empty and you're back to square one.

Next year, buy only a week--or a few days--before the holiday to avoid this common diet flub.

Here are a few other ways you can keep the calorie intake to a minimum during Halloween.

- Give out packets of hot cocoa. Not only will the kids have a treat that they can enjoy later at home, but you can use any leftovers for a relatively low calorie snack during the winter months.

- Buy small candies, and opt for the ones with lower calories, like tootsie rolls or smarties.

- Give away any extras at the end of the night to the kids next door. Their parents may not thank you, but your waistline will.

- Take advantage of the good Midwest weather while it lasts by taking a walk at the beginning or end of trick-or-treat time. You can take in all of the cute costumes and get some cardio in.

Comments

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    I have a better plan. Don't buy candy and, thereby, don't give it out. Like Michelle Obama says, "Kids are fat!" When they come to your door to trick or treat, tell them to throw the candy they've got in the bag away and run around the block... For real!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    I have a better plan. Don't buy candy and, thereby, don't give it out. Like Michelle Obama says, "Kids are fat!" When they come to your door to trick or treat, tell them to throw the candy they've got in the bag away and run around the block... For real!