FIVE THINGS TO DO WITH LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY

Let’s face it, most houses are haunted with the remnants of piles of Halloween Candy the days and weeks following the festive eve.  Most parents go crazy because their kids want to fill up on the sugary goodness instead of eating fruits and vegetables. Plus, the parents themselves grab a quick, sweet bite each time they pass the candy bucket.  Halloween leftovers can be a lose-lose situation, but for some reason, you can’t seem to throw the candy away!  After all, that’s wasting perfectly good food.

Oh, the haunted dilemma!  Truth be told, this scary holiday launches us into months of eating from left-over candy to Thanksgiving pies and casseroles to Christmas cookies and treats topped with New Year’s wine and celebrations and don’t forget the sweet goodness of Valentine’s.  Stock-piling all these treats is likely not the best idea for our waistline or cholesterol levels!  So here are a few things you can do to use and get rid of left-over Halloween candy without “wasting” perfectly good “food”:

1. TOP YOUR PARFAIT

Try eating protein-rich Greek yogurt!  Top it with a crumbled Halloween candy and some nuts.  A little sweet crumbled on a parfait gets you protein, a serving of dairy and calcium along with other nutrients.  It is a great way to enjoy a sweet treat in moderation paired with a healthy food.   

2. MAKE HOMEMADE TRAIL MIX

As an alternative to sweets, make your own trail mix.  Pair nutrient-rich nuts and dried fruit with a mini bag or your favorite treat.  Again, a little sweet surrounded with nutrition makes a healthy snack that is satisfying and ready for a long ride.

3. SPICE UP YOUR COFFEE

Want to save $5 and be your own barista?  Make a normal cup of coffee with or without steamed milk, and drop one of your bite-size Halloween treats into your cup of Joe and let it melt.  From a dark chocolate mocha to a snicker doodle treat, your normal routine coffee can be spiced up this fall with some remaining Halloween goodness, for free!

4. GIVE IT AWAY!

This might be the quickest option to get rid of temptation!  Take leftover candy to work and dump it in a bowl for everyone to eat. Giving candy away might not only solve your sugar-high, but also allow you to be a light to others.

5. AVOID THE TEMPTA

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