Trick-Or-Treat?! Tips to make the CANDY disappear!

If your little pumpkins and ghosts are excited for their day of Halloween festivities, then let them enjoy the holiday!  Go ahead; let them collect, trade, and EAT that candy!  However, I’m sure there are many parents like myself that by tomorrow morning will want to get rid of all this CANDY! What’s a FITmama to do?!?!


Here are a few Tricks to make those TREATS disappear!

  • Family Fun Traditions.  My personal favorite trick that other FITmamas’ have shared with me is the story of the Switch Witch!! After trick-or-treating, let the kiddos choose a few pieces of candy to eat and enjoy!  Then the rest gets left in their trick-or-treating buckets by the side of their beds for the Switch Witch. Tonight the Witch will sneak in their room, take the candy and leave a little toy for them! So fun!!


  • Cash for Candy!! Check out the Halloween Candy Buyback program which was founded by dentist Chris Kammer in Wisconsin. Kammer’s office offers $1 a pound to buy back candy collected by the young trick-or-treaters in his practice.This year, more than 2,500 dentists and orthodontists have signed up to participate. (There’s a zip code locator, if you want to find a dentist near you.)  And where does all this candy end up….


  • Send to our Troops! Operation Gratitude care packages.  Families are welcome to remove the middle man/dentist and deal directly with Operation Gratitude. Kids can participate by writing a letter to someone in the armed forces who may receive their candy!


  • Freeze it! Bake it! Craft it! Check out Parenting Magazine for tricks to bake it in small treats or use it for holiday crafts and games.


  • EAT it 🙂 Let’s be honest…. you can always just eat it!  But remember, everything in moderation!!  Two pieces of candy– no problem! Twenty pieces of candy– a tummy ache!

Wishing you all a Safe and Happy Halloween:)




Eat this NOT that

FITtrition has been hard at work trying to come up with a way to help our clients with meal planning. One of the ideas we had didn’t end up working because too many of our clients ate out for a decent number of meals and our guide required that the client cook a majority of their food. While this is still the preferred method (cooking is the ONLY way you can control exactly what you are eating. Even when something seems like a healthful choice on a menu, it is very hard to ensure that it is. Most restaurants are in the business of making delicious food…delicious tends to go hand in hand with things like butter, oil, lard, duck fat, bacon…you get the point).

But – we get it! Sometimes your schedule doesn’t allow for enough time to cook. Sometimes eating lunch away from the desk is the only way you will actually get away from the desk. Sometimes, you made lunch and forgot to bring it. The fact of the matter is, life is complicated (which is part of the reason why sticking to a nutrition plan is very, very hard). So FITtrition is here to help. For our next series, we will showcase some restaurants in the DC area (particularly those that are popular for quick, on-the-go lunches and dinners) and help you make the right choice every time.


#1 Le Pain Quotidien  *the website has the menu for your local Le Pain with calories listed

Eat this: So many good and lower calorie options here. Too many good choices to name…so let’s focus on the items to avoid.

NOT that: PASTRIES! Even the “healthy” sounding ones like Chia Seed Pudding (460 calories) and Quinoa and Spelt Scone (500 calories compared to 250 calories for a regular croissant) are brimming with calories and sugar. Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (720 calories), Paris Ham and Aged Gruyere Tartine (790 calories), Grilled Chicken Cobb (640 calories), and the Tuscan Platter (1090 calories) all fall under the NOT list.

#2 Chipotle *they have a great nutrition calculator right on the website

Eat this: Salad option with any meat or tofu (carnitas is the worst choice), pinto over black beans, any salsas you want, fajita veggies, and NO CHEESE, SOUR CREAM, OR VINAIGRETTE! If you can, try using the salsa’s as a dressing of sorts. And if you are really hungry, choose between the guacamole OR the brown rice.

NOT that: Basically any combination with the burrito, white rice and a meat or tofu as the base STARTS you at 660 calories (that is without any cheese, salsa, guac, sour cream, etc.) – so avoid the burrito. There is no way to make the burrito a healthful choice.

#3 Panera Bread *the website lists the nutrition information as well

Eat this: Sandwiches: Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT (ideally the 1/2 sandwich with a side of carrots or an apple) or for my vegetarians, the Mediterranean Sandwich (ideally 1/2 again), Salads: Asian Sesame is a great choice!, Soups: (NO BREADBOWL) Vegetarian Autumn Squash

NOT that: Sandwiches: ANY whole panini, the Italian Combo sandwich (whole), Salads: Chicken Cobb with Avocado, Pastas: ALL, Soups: New England Clam Chowder

Let us know your favorite lunch or easy dinner spot and we will add it to our list to investigate for you! Also note that most chains do have nutritional information available, so ALWAYS ask!!

Willow Street Yoga + Pilates at Home

New neighborhood means new exercise studio! I am just like all of you – I only a limited amount of time to exercise, so I can’t spend a half an hour getting to and from a studio and then take an hour (sometimes more) class. Thank goodness Willow Street Yoga has two separate locations right down the street from me, and is wonderful! I took a Pilates class there the other day, and the teacher was very knowledgeable, friendly (but tough) and really hands on. The studio space is clean and simple, and unlike a lot of other studios, while drop in’s are always welcome, the studio encourages students to buy packages so that they can progress with the same group of people over an 8-12 week session. For most people, this is a HUGE perk. The class sizes are small and you are allowing the teacher to really know your body and help you strengthen and progress. Best of all – they have classes ALL DAY! That is particularly great for me and my odd schedule.

But in case you don’t have time to make it to class, have no fear. Our favorite online source for FREE in-home videos is here. Check out POPsugar Fitness and  the 30-minute CardioPilates workout!