Mini Candy Small in Size But Not in Calories -- 4 Tricks to Avoid the Treats

Sahar Aker

What is it about those cute trick-or-treat-sized chocolate bars that make you want to take them home way before Halloween? You think you will just eat one ... maybe two ... and save the rest for the ghosts and goblins that will come a knockin'. Before you know it, the bag is empty and you're running to the store on Halloween to re-stock, this time for the trick-or-treaters.

But what if you could stop yourself from eating all those tiny little chocolates once you bring them home? What if you could buy them when you spot a good sale and still have them around on Halloween? With these four tricky tips, you can.

Go on a quick walk. Research finds walking for 15 minutes can stop chocolate cravings. When you come back, your urge to chow down on the sweets will have vanished.

Imagine rainbows. Yes, for real. This study shows you can stop food cravings when you form images of common sights like rainbows ... or smells like eucalyptus. 

Eat an orange. It takes time and effort to peel it. And experts say this forces you to slow down and makes you more aware of what you're eating so you may not want candy anymore.

Count the wrappers. Instead of throwing them away after you eat those little chocolate bars, put the wrappers in a bowl or jar. It will make you more aware of how much you're eating. With popular minis like Kit Kats and Snickers at 70 to 80 calories a pop, the pile of wrappers will remind you how quickly those calories can add up.

What do you do to make sure your treats are still around for the trick-or-treaters?


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