As you shop for candy for Halloween, are you dreading it for the candy that you will eat and the pounds you may add? There may be a way to enjoy and not feel guilty. We know chocolate is not going away anytime soon, but there must be a way to co-exist without overdoing it. Chocolate sales reached $19.5 billion in 2011 and are projected by to grow by 4 % annually. A Swiss survey of U.S. chocolate eating behavior found 46 percent of Americans eat chocolate at least a few times per week. The majority of Americans (80 percent) still prefer milk chocolate but dark chocolate and other varieties are on the rise. A reason to like dark chocolate is that it contains serotonin and antioxidants. The cocoa powder has also been proven as an effective appetite suppressant. Studies show a square of dark chocolate eaten earlier in the day, actually reduced appetite and reduced the intake of participants between 17 and 20% for the rest of the day.  Meanwhile, the trend toward portion-controlled, calorie-controlled packages continues to grow. This is welcome to us calorie-conscious. I tried an interesting  product from Godiva that tastes great at 25 calories per serving. 25 calories??? Yes, Godiva’s Chocoiste Pearls. They come in a tin containing 8 servings for around $2.99. Each serving contains 25 calories and consists of 8 chocolate pearls. They have several flavors: milk chocolate, dark chocolate and dark chocolate mint. So put down the Snickers and the Milky Ways minis at 170 calories a pop…try Godiva Pearls. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist