Watch out this Halloween: It’s not just the kids’ teeth and bellies that are negatively affected by the trick-or-treating tradition. Adults often consume more than half of all the candy distributed on Halloween night.
Chocolate is a common Halloween favorite, and one of the most potentially damaging to a healthy diet. One mini candy bar (about 2 inches long) is recommended to satisfy your sweet tooth, but the spirit of the night may compel you to dig right into a huge bowl of sugary bounty. Set out with a plan to moderate your family’s candy intake well before the sea of brightly colored wrappers is staring you right in the face.
Six tricks to keep candy consumption under control
- Enjoy your treats on Halloween eve, giving away as much of the leftovers as possible.
- Freeze as much of the candy as possible for portioned enjoyment in the future.
- Decide in advance on your daily consumption (by number of candies or number of calories) and be consistent.
- Drink two glasses of water before indulging to limit your hunger and cravings.
- Keep in mind that there are plenty of other holiday temptations in the next two months.
- Stick to mini or fun size versions instead of the regular or king sizes.
Try these smaller, lower calorie candy options:
|3 Musketeers Mini||24 calories||0.7g fat|
|3 Musketeers Fun Size||63 calories||2g fat|
|Milky Way Mini||38 calories||1.5g fat|
|Milky Way Fun Size||80 calories||3g fat|
|KIT KAT Mini||18 calories||2g fat|
|KIT KAT Snack Size||70 calories||3.6g fat|
|Twix Mini||50 calories||2.6g fat|
|Twix Fun Size||80 calories||5g fat|
|Candy Corn (14 pieces)||100 calories||0g fat|
|Tootsie Roll Mini||23 calories||0g fat|
|Peanut M&M’S Fun Size Bag||90 calories||5g fat|
|Regular M&M’S Fun Size Bag||73 calories||3.3g fat|
|Charms Blow Pop||60 calories||0g fat|
|Skittles Fun Size Bag||60 calories||0.7g fat|
|Butterfinger Mini||45 calories||2g fat|
|Butterfinger Snack Size||100 calories||4g fat|
Have a happy and healthier Halloween!