The Scream on Halloween

26 10 2012

Chelsea Butters-Wooding

Halloween is a fun time and symbolizes the start of the holiday season. But for those of us trying to make healthier choices, the tricks and treats can be just as tempting as Thanksgiving and Christmas. As we prepare for a day full goodies galore, here are a few tips that might be helpful in holding yourself more accountable and in turn set you up for success and healthy habits heading into the New Year!

  • Don’t be scared to be “that” house. As kids, we may not have appreciated the house that handed out apples and bananas, but they were onto something. Instead of handing out traditional candies, consider healthier options like fruit snacks made with 100% fruit juice, 100 calorie packs, single serving nuts, dried fruit or popcorn balls. Purchasing these healthier options is not only great for the kids, it keeps your home environment candy free.
  • Still considering candy? Buy some you don’t like. We are much less likely to mindlessly eat if the temptation in front of us isn’t appetizing.
  • Out of sight, out of mind: If you have it in the house, hide it from yourself rather than putting it in a bowl in the middle of the living room or dining room table. If it is out in front of us and easy to get to, we are much more likely to overindulge!
  • You’re never too old to Trick or Treat: if you have children, take the opportunity to go trick or treating with them! Not only is it a wonderful bonding opportunity, but you also are going to get some extra physical activity and burn some extra calories.

We all know the “fun size” candy bars are mighty tempting, but they are not as “fun” as we think. Here are the different calorie amounts for some of the more popular choices:

  • Kit-Kat: 80 calories, 4g fat, 8g sugar
  • Skittles (3 packs): 180 calories, 2g fat, 34g sugar
  • Snickers (4 pieces): 170 calories, 8g fat, 18g sugar
  • 3 Musketeers (7 pieces): 170 calories, 5g fat, 27g sugar
  • Milky Way (5 pieces): 190 calories, 7g fat, 26g sugar
  • Starburst (8 chews/4 stick wraps): 160 calories, 3g fat, 22g sugar

Halloween is a day known for sweets and treats. However, there are ways you can maintain the healthy choices you are already making and still enjoy your day! Not to mention, creating an opportunity to be a healthy role model for both your family and the families and friends around you.

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