This year was going to be the year you lost the weight and stuck to your New Year’s resolution, the year you would cut back on sugar, calories, and all the divine indulgences contributing to your waistline. However, the devilish days of Halloween may cause you to dip into the goodie bag a few more times than you’d like. Halloween candy season is already underway, with stores stocking up on candy corn, tootsie rolls, snack size candy bars, and tasty baked treats that you’re too busy to prepare. With so much temptation around, it may be difficult to enjoy ‘just one.’ Here’s a quick summary of nutrition facts on some of our favorite Halloween candy, and a few tips on making this Halloween a little healthier:
Snickers Snack Size: 72 calories, 4 grams of fat. It’s the second best selling Halloween candy next to candy corn, and when you’ve got that chocolate and peanut butter craving, one of these bars won’t overdo your calorie budget. The true challenge is that it’s hard to eat just one of these. The tiny fun size bars weigh in at just 15 grams and are about 2 inches long-a bite size for most, and you can easily indulge in 3-4 of these to get your fix. Try low-fat peanut butter on a graham cracker with a drizzle of chocolate syrup for the same effect-and a much more nutritious snack.
Twizzlers: 133 calories and 1 gram of fat for 4 teeny-tiny pieces. That’s a lot of sugar for a miniscule serving, and you can easily overeat these if you’re not counting the pieces. These are not for low-carb dieters or anyone watching sugar intake, so steer clear of these chew snacks when possible. Real fruit works just as well for any sugar fix (though it doesn’t come in a funky shape or fun wrapper)
Butterfinger Snack Size: 100 calories and 4 grams of fat may not seem like much, but this candy bar is sure to stick to your teeth and keep that sugar buzz running in high gear-often leading to another fix. Crunchy sugar, a peanut butter center, and rich chocolate are all it takes to get you on a roller coaster of sugar highs and lows; reach for a homemade peanut butter cookie if you can.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup: 80 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. No matter how you eat your Reese’s, this one packs a lot of calories in a very small serving. Try it frozen to make it last longer, or opt for a (small) handful of peanut butter M&M’s instead.
Milky Way Snack Size: 77 calories and 3 grams of fat; the snack size of this little trip to galactic bliss can work out well for dessert if you enjoy just one (okay, two). Milky Way is a little lower in calories than other peanut-butter based Halloween Candy on the market, and it’s high-sugar and chocolate formula might be the fix you need on a sugar slump. Still, moderation is key; for a healthier caramel and chocolate taste, try a small spoonful of Milky Way ice cream topping instead. You’ll get the same silky smooth caramel flavor, without the extra calories and fat.
From the Snickers bar to the Reese’s Peanut Butter cup, stocking up on Halloween candy is an American tradition that isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. Planning ahead may stop any oncoming Halloween candy binge ahead, so be sure to stock up on your own healthy alternatives when that Jack-O-Lantern of treats is calling your name. . .