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It’s that time of year again! Halloween is approaching, which means most of us will have our houses stocked up with candy. The end of October can oftentimes be a slippery slope for a lot of us; falling off the wagon by eating handfuls of fun-sized treats around Halloween, leading up to the binge-fest that is the holiday season. In order to stay away from that dietary spiral, we wanted to go over some helpful tips on how to stay away from the bad stuff, but first, let’s consider your Halloween snacking options.

The crowd favorites are usually always the most fattening. We rounded up three popular treats that you’re most likely to hand out on October 31st and took a look at their nutritional value:

Milky Way Mini – 80 calories, 11.5 grams of sugar

Peanut M&Ms – 90 calories, 9 grams of sugar

Snickers Mini – 80 calories, 9 grams of sugar

Then, we took a look at some less threatening options for your waistline. If you’re thinking of munching on whatever the trick or treaters haven’t taken, you might want to purchase these instead:

Fruity Lifesavers – 15 calories, 3 grams of sugar

Smarties (one roll) – 25 calories, 6 grams of sugar

Starburst (single) – 20 calories, 2.75 grams of sugar

Sweetarts – 25 calories, 6 grams of sugar

Dum-Dums – 25 calories, 5 grams of sugar

Double Bubble – 20 calories, 5 grams of sugar

Despite buying the least fattening candy options, you may wind up bingeing on enough of it to do some damage if it is within your reach. So, take a look at this list of tricks you can try to avoid eating all of those treats.

Buy candy you don’t like.

Store candy in a sealed, opaque container and keep it in a place that’s hard to reach.

Indulge in one piece of candy a day.

Chew gum!

Keep track of the empty wrappers so you don’t forget how much you’ve had.

Don’t go hungry! Stay full with healthy options throughout the day.

Sip on a (healthy) low-calorie beverage, preferably one that wouldn’t go well with candy.

The approaching holiday season shouldn’t fill you with dread when it comes to your diet. Remember that you can always enjoy some of your favorite treats in moderation, as long as you balance them out with healthy options throughout the day!

Give us a call today to get your nutrition and fitness-oriented goals on track! (732)-780-3770

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