Halloween Candy – What is a Smart Choice?

Halloween Candy

Halloween is often when the dieting downfall begins. Denying yourself sweets isn’t the answer. Making smart choices is.

I recommend to my clients to buy the candy on Halloween day.  This way there won’t be candy in the house to  tempt you.  It may also be a reduced price by then.

When you do buy candy I always recommend you buy a candy you don’t like and you won’t be tempted, but if that doesn’t work for you than read some of the tips below to make a smart choice:

  • Three Muskateer Bars can satisfy a chocolate/candy craving but at a smaller calorie cost than a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
  • Hard candies can help curb sugar cravings and you can savor them as well (and sugar-free ones taste good too).
  • A box of Dots is a better choice than a Baby Ruth (less fat, fewer calories).
  • A small dark chocolate bar actually has health benefits as long as you don’t overindulge. Studies have shown that the flavonoids in dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • When choosing any candy, the “bite size” will satisfy your craving without all the calories of a “full size” candy.

Snack size alternatives:

Fun Size Starbursts (2 candies)   40 Cal; 1 g fat
Mini Peppermint Pattie   47 Cal; 1 g fat
Tootsie Pop   60 Cal; 0 g fat
Snack-size Junior Mints (6-7 candies)   60 Cal; 1 g fat
Individually Wrapped Twizzlers (1 piece)   40 Cal; 0 g fat
Hershey’s Kisses (2 candies)   50 Cal; 2 g fat


Holly Kouvo is a certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist, speaker and writer who specializes in helping people lose hundreds of pounds. Learn more at www.FittingFitnessIn.com.

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