Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, the holiday season's fast approaching and we can't avoid seeing all the holiday treats in our stores, our offices, and all too often in our hands. And the little treats that are meant to keep the ghouls and goblins from tricking us don't do a bit of good for our waistlines.
It's great that Halloween candy comes in a miniature size, but it can be deceiving. Just a couple of these little devils every day over the month of October will add a pound of weight to your body. And who stops at two?
A good rule to follow for you and your children is to limit your intake of candy to 100 calories a day. If you want more, plan on burning off the extra calories. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds and you walk at a rate of two miles per hour, you would need to walk for about 30 minutes to burn off that extra treat.
Although this "trick" has worked for me in the past, it would be great to have a few extra ideas to fall back on. What tricks do you have in your bag to keep Halloween and the other holidays fun, and not fattening?
You are encouraged to share your thoughts on this or any other topic in our forum: Trick or Treat (Making It through the Holidays)
Megan Porter, RD