Halloween is right around the corner, and for those of us who are trying to watch our sugar intake, this is not a favorite season. The availability of candy makes it very difficult to stay away from sugar, as everyone seems to have it out for all to enjoy. Finding ways to tame a sweet tooth without feeling like you are sacrificing may ensure that you do not overindulge.

We all know that sugar isn’t the healthiest thing for our bodies.  In fact, one study recently recommended children consume no more than 6 teaspoonfuls of sugar each day.  Since most candy bars contain more than 6 teaspoons of sugar, Halloween is a Holiday where we should be mindful of how much sugar our children are consuming. While it is the tradition to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, there are other options to provide a fun and celebratory Halloween to all.  Here are a few tips and tricks.

Do Not Buy Until Halloween

Procrastinate. Do not buy your Halloween candy until the day before or even the day of Halloween. The more time it spends in your home, the more time that you have to eat it. If Halloween candy is not in your home, you may be less likely to eat it. This is a time when it is a good thing to procrastinate! You may even save some money, as stores may start marking down candy the afternoon of Halloween.

Take Advantage of the Size

One of the best things about Halloween candy is the serving size. If you can limit yourself to one piece, you are not going to totally derail yourself.  Make sure to determine if one piece is going to be a trigger to binge, or if it will be enough to fill the desire for a sugary treat.

Get Away From Sugary Candy Entirely

There are dozens of non-food Halloween treat options that you can consider