Halloween will soon be here and for many of us, that means CANDY, CANDY, CANDY! Once all the little pumpkins and scary ghosts have stopped knocking on your door or come home from trick-or-treating, what should you do with all that leftover Halloween candy?? Of course, other than eat it all…here are a few ideas that we loved:
- Make your own homemade trail mix: use small bags of Reese’s Pieces or M&M’s along with unsalted nuts, dried fruit, and whole-grain cereal.
- Keep the leftover Halloween candy to decorate your gingerbread house for Christmas. Great day after Thanksgiving project with the kiddos!
- Have a birthday coming up? Save the leftover Halloween candy to stuff a piñata or put a couple pieces in each gift bag that you hand out.
- Attending a cookie exchange? Look for recipes that will include candy or crumble candy (Butterfinger) and sprinkle into frosting on top of cupcakes.
- Make a small care package to bring to your child’s teachers, day care provider, grandparents, or a small gift to give your cashier and bagger. Great way to teach your kids to give!
- Check with your dentist or orthodontist to see if they offer candy exchanges. You turn in some candy and get healthy treats, services or even money in exchange.
- Give it away…bring it to the office where it is sure to disappear quickly!
A few pieces of candy will not make or break your health goals…but a lot will!
Have a Happy Halloween from all of us here at Anderson’s Nutrition!