5 Ways to Avoid Eating Halloween Candy


5 Ways to Avoid Eating Halloween Candy

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Does a part of you ever dread Halloween just a little bit?  Not the costumes and cute kids, but all the treats and candy you’re tempted to eat?

Do you ever wonder how you can avoid eating pounds of candy and maintain healthy eating habits through this holiday season?

It seems that every year, the treasure trove of candy gets collected, and when it loses its luster with the kids, the candy is left to you to sit on the counter right before your eyes just asking to be eaten.

To help you avoid eating all those left-overs (or all the candy at work) here are…


5 Tips to Help You Avoid Eating Holiday Candy

  1. Sanitize your environment.  

At Columbia’s Cooking, one of the first things we tell people no matter what is to sanitize your environment. This is especially true around Halloween.

If there’s candy sitting on your kitchen table, in the living room, in your office and in the office break room, you’re more likely to eat it than if it were only in a kitchen cabinet.

Your kids shouldn’t be eating candy 24-7 anyway, so store it in a place that’s out of sight and out of mind.  Allow your kids to only have 1-2 pieces at the end of the night and explain to them that it’s also to help mommy not eat candy too.

  1.  Stock up on healthier treats.  

It’s impossible to completely avoid Halloween candy.  But, what you can do is have healthier treats around you to grab instead.  Try this 15 minute chocolate “cookie” recipe we love from the Forks Over Knives cookbook.  

You can also have other non-treat foods around you to grab instead such as sweet, sweet chunks of pineapple, mango or Lara bars.  When a craving comes on or you walk into the break room and there’s candy available, make sure you have something else around that you can eat instead.

  1.  Make a gingerbread house.

Yes.  Hide it away for a month, then take all that candy and have your kids make a gingerbread house with it and NOT eat it.  Let it go stale as a house decoration and help your kids get creative.

  1.  Give it away or throw it out.

I know you don’t like wasting money, but you’re going to feel bad about yourself if you finish off all of the candy in the house.  Either give it away or throw it away.

  1.  Offer healthier options at work and to kids.  

You can always lead by example and offer these “12 Healthy Halloween Treats” or check out our Pinterest board with other healthy Halloween ideas.


*Also know that it’s okay if you eat Halloween candy.  The most important thing is that you don’t a “slip-up” as an excuse to continue to eat unhealthy.  Just get back on the horse and continue eating healthy afterwards.  If you need extra motivation and support, come cook with us in the kitchen.  That’s what we’re here for 🙂  Check out our classes here.


Now, we’d love to hear from you.  Please answer today’s Columbia’s Cooking question…

What tips and tricks do you use to avoid eating mountains of candy during Halloween?

Answer in the comments section below.



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