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Tips for a Healthy Halloween

October 1, 2012

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes the opportunity to overindulge in sweet treats. The only thing scarier than the costumes and haunted houses is the amount of sugar we consume during the holiday and the weeks following. The best way to avoid the temptation of eating sweet treats is to not have them sitting around the house. Wait until the very last minute to buy candy. Instead of experiencing a sugar-binge, Halloween can be enjoyed in moderation. Here are some tips for a guilt-free holiday:

  • Do not supersize. Select miniature bars or fun-size packets.
  • Select dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has more antioxidants.
  • Buy candy you do not particularly like. Do not purchase your favorite treats; you will be less likely to sample the goodies.
  • Keep candy out of sight. (“Out of sight, out of mind.”)
  • Keep a few pieces of candy for yourself, then give away the leftovers.
  • Remember, do not be too restrictive. If candy becomes a forbidden treat, it will become more tempting. Everything in moderation!

Almond Joy Snack-size bar (17 g) 80 Calories
Baby Ruth Fun-size bar (18 g) 83 Calories
Butterfinger Fun-size bar (18 g) 85 Calories
Kit Kat Miniature bar (10 g) 42 Calories
M&M’s, milk chocolate Fun-size packet (13 g) 60 Calories
Milky Way Fun-size bar (17 g) 80 Calories
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniature (7 g) 36 Calories
Skittles Fun-size packet (15 g) 60 Calories
Snickers Fun-size bar (15 g) 71 Calories
3 Musketeers Fun-size bar (15 g) 63 Calories
Twix Fun-size bar (16 g) 80 Calories