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.