Healthier Halloween!

Halloween is known for costumes, parties and lots of candy! It has been estimated that the average child consumes between 3500 and 7000 calories on Halloween! As terrible as that sounds, it’s really easy to do when you consider how many calories are in all of those fun-sized treats:

  • 2 Starbursts = 40 Calories
  • 1 Hershey’s Miniature Bar = 45 Calories
  • 2 Tootsie Rolls = 50 Calories
  • 1 Fun Size Skittles = 60 Calories
  • 1 Fun Size plain M&M bag = 70 Calories
  • 1 Fun Size Twix Bar = 80 Calories
  • 1 Fun Size Butterfinger Bar = 100 Calories
  • 1 Mini Bite-Sized Candy Bar (Snicker’s, Milky Way, Butterfinger, etc.) = 55 Calories
  • 1 Full-Size Hershey Bar = 210 Calories
  • 1 Full-Size Snicker’s Bar = 280 Calories
  • 1 King-Size Candy Bar = 500 Calories

 

Halloween can be a terrible holiday for anyone trying to lose weight, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many strategies you can use to stay on track and still partake in the festivities surrounding the holiday.

  • Give away something other than candy to your trick-or-treaters. Try a deck of cards, Yo-Yo, sugar-free gum, raisins, small boxes of cereal or pretzels. This way, if you have any leftovers, you have something healthier around the house than chocolate bars and fruit-flavored candies.
  • Donate your extra candy.
  • Put your child’s candy in the freezer. Thaw one piece at a time and the rest remains frozen. This way you have to wait for it to thaw before you can eat it. By then, the temptation will (hopefully!) be gone.
  • Throw out the candy your child brings home in exchange for a new toy they have been wanting. They still get something they want and neither of you has to be tempted by the sweets.
  • If you are giving out candy on Halloween, wait until the last minute to purchase it. This will help lessen the temptation to eat it beforehand. Try to give all of it away, too. If it’s getting close to the end of the evening and you still have a lot of candy left, hand out two or three pieces to each child instead of just one.
  • If you end up making poor choices on Halloween, be sure to eat sensibly after that. One day is not the problem that will set you off track on your weight loss journey, but letting that one day turn into several days, weeks or months can do some damage.