Happy Halloween! Halloween unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday season. And for anyone trying to watch his or her weight, the scariest part of Halloween is not ghosts and goblins but the Halloween candy. Sugar and mostly empty calories is what you get in Halloween treats! Before you reach into that candy bowl, check out the calorie content of the top Halloween treats, as voted for by HealthNet employees!
Caramel Apples (31%): It’s an apple, it has to be healthy, right? Think again. Caramel apples, depending on thickness of caramel and if it has nuts can range from 250-250 calories.
Chocolate Candy (31%): M&M’s, Reese’s and Hershey’s oh my! If you think you’re saving calories by reaching the for snack size, you might be surprised. Snack sizes & fun sizes tend to be different amount and most still rack up calories. Reese’s snack sizes are 100 calories or 180 if you go for the pumpkins instead, while M&M’s only rack up 70 calories.
Gummies (6%): If gummy treats like Dots and Lifesaver gummies are more your style, you might save some calories compared to other Halloween treats. A snack size Dots container has 70 calories, while Lifesaver gummies have 52 calories.
If you are worried you won’t be able to control yourself from reaching into the candy bowl, check out these tips from HealthNet Clinical Dietitian, Karen Gough.
“Don’t get sucked into the ‘see food diet’ that just makes you want to eat the candy because you see it,” says Brian Wansink, PhD, a Cornell researcher and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. “We eat more of visible foods because it causes us to think about it more, and every time you see the candy bowl you have to decide whether you want a piece of candy or not.
Several ways to avoid eating extra calories is:
- Buy candy you don’t like
- Keep the candy out of sight – when you see it you want it period!
- Savor one or two pieces of your favorite candy once a day
- Chew sugar free gum
Make sure you are eating regularly and including healthy snacks. Skipping meals and snacks will only cause cravings and you guessed it…. you go for the HALLOWEEN CANDY!