Halloween, this coming weekend! A time to get a little crazy, rock a cute outfit, or dress up a cute, little munchkin and watch them parade around in their costume. However, it’s also a time for tons and tons of candy, and if you go too crazy, say goodbye to that cute, little physique of yours.
While it’s okay to have a couple pieces of candy in celebrating the holiday, one should be mindful as to what and how much they decide to indulge in. Let’s take a peek at some of your options:
- Snickers– Peanutty, chocolaty goodness
Full-size bar: 270 calories, over a quarter of your day’s saturated fat
Fun- size bar: 80 calories, eat two and you’re well over a 100 cal. snack, with the addition of a significant 8 grams of fat
Mini bar: Around 42 calories per bar. Not bad if you stick to one, instead of the 4 bar serving size which will cost you 170 calories.
- Twix– Chocolate with a smooth caramel twist
Full-size bar: 290 calories, over half a day’s recommended amount of saturated fat.
Fun-size bar: 80 calories, made up of 45% fat
Mini bar: Sorry, fun-size is the smallest option…break it in half and make your own if you can resist just eating a single bite of this chocolaty sinfulness
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups– Peanut butter + chocolate, how could you get a better combo? One of the few candies I actually prefer made with milk chocolate.
Full-size (Two cups): 230 calories, 21% of a day’s fat, plus a whopping 21 grams of sugar
Snack-size (One cup): 100 calories in about 2 bites, 12% of daily saturated fat
One Mini: 36 calories- Not bad, eat two and you’re still less than 100 calories. Try to stick with just one, and if you want to make it a little more of a treat, top it with some extra peanut butter, but go all natural. Don’t load on extra sugar and processed ingredients by using a brand like Jiff or Skippy.
- Butterfinger- A variation of crunchy, sticky, sweet peanut brittle smothered in chocolate.
Full-size bar: 290 calories, 30% daily saturated fat, and almost 8 teaspoons of sugar
Fun-size bar: 100 calories, 11 grams of sugar
Mini bar: 45 empty calories, once again, if you can stick to one, go for it but be careful not to let it stick to your teeth for too long
- Baby Ruth- Similar to a snickers with twice as many peanuts.
Full-size bar: 280 calories, 13 grams of fat (a 5th of your daily allowance)
Fun-size bar: 65 calories, 45% of them from fat
Mini bar: 53 calories…more than the comparative mini candy bars
- Candy Corn– Shaped like corn, tastes like sugar
26 pieces: 140 calories, no fat but 28 grams of sugar which will turn into fat in your body….However, can be consumed in 26 bites, rather than simply gulped down in one
- Tootsie Roll– Imitation chocolate chewiness
One mini thick roll: 50 calories
One regular mini: 25 calories….No fat and will leave you chewing for a little while
Tootsie pop: 60 calories, 10 grams of sugar…How many licks will you get in before taking a bite?
Bottom Line: It can’t be denied, chocolate is tasty. Don’t deprive yourself, but instead be mindful of portion controls and opt for mini sizes. The individual wrappings will help keep you from indulging in a huge fat-filled bar’s worth of chocolate. Note that if you eat more than one of these mini’s, the fat can add up. If you’re looking to entirely skip the fat, opt for something such as a tootsie roll or candy corn. Because these types of treats tend to leave you chewing, a little can go a long way. Even so, be conscious not to overindulge because they are simply empty calories full of sugar.
To help keep your mind off of Halloween candy all together, try popping in a stick of gum. Also try indulging in an apple or sweet potato, both fall harvest sweet-treats that are natural and healthy too. And don’t forget about pumpkins. Loaded with fiber, potassium, and vitamin A, these babies can be used for more than just carving.
So conjure up a “drop-dead” gorgeous costume and get out there and have fun this Halloween. Even let yourself be a kid and eat a few pieces of chocolate. If you decide to go trick-or-treating, or take your little munchkin(s) out, and end up finding yourself with an overload of candy, freeze some and enjoy it on a later occasions.