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.