Candy corn forming a happy face.

Halloween is tomorrow and if you’re anything like us, you’re already regretting all the candy you’re going to eat in what may already be an old Halloween costume that just barely fits. Each year, we’d like to say we’ll fight the urge to indulge in sugar-coated candy corn and other festive confections. Who wants to miss out, though? Plus, there’s no way you’re leaving a Halloween party without  a couple torn candy wrappers in tow.

Preventive Tips:

1. Avoid the really bad stuff.

Like anything, not all candy is created equally. In fact, researchers have discovered that some of it is far worse for you than its other sugary counterparts. To put this in perspective, enjoy this food for thought.

Just one Reese’s pumpkin can pack a whopping 11 grams of fat and over half the daily recommended sugar intake.  

No point in breaking the sugar bank with just one piece of candy!

To keep your digestion in check, avoid some of the more punishing items on Reader’s Digest list of Halloween’s worst offenders.

2. Indulge in the better — read: still-not-healthy– treats.

Okay, so we’re done bossily telling you what you can’t – or rather, shouldn’t — have. Time for the good list!

For your sweeter cravings, look to Jolly Ranchers, Blow Pops, and Peppermint Patties. On another Reader’s Digest list, you’re sure to find a sweet that will keep your palate happy and your digestion sound.

3. Take your probiotics.

Let’s be clear about a couple things. First off, candy is never “healthy.” But, with a little self discipline and some research, it can be less unhealthy.

Also, probiotics aren’t a catchall when it comes to maintaining healthy digestion. However, taken daily, researchers have observed some pretty great benefits, namely enhanced digestion. And when you combine healthy or in this case, healthier, eating habits  with probiotics, you’ll have your digestive tract practically humming.

Happy Treating!