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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Healthy Halloween--Is it possible?

Healthy Halloween or any holiday for that matter is totally possible, and I even say it's ok to have a little treat too, just don't go overboard!  

Here are my suggestions to keep it all in balance:  
  • Make sure to eat a healthy meal before heading out, then you won't be as tempted to eat your weight in candy! 
  • Trick or Treat the old fashion way--WALK house to house.  It amazes me to see how many families drive their child house to house these days!  
Additionally, here are some healthy alternative options for Halloween treats you may not know about! 

A healthier alternative to Reese's & Snickers: Figamajigs are “as delicious as a candy bar,” but they’re made from figs and covered in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Even better, they give you a boost of 5 grams of fiber.

A healthier alternative to M&Ms & Skittles: Although they are somewhat higher in calories, coated chocolate SunDrops candies contain no artificial colors or flavors or preservatives.

A healthier alternative to Twix & KitKats: Qbel Double Dark Chocolate Wafer Bars, which are covered in high-antioxidant 70% dark chocolate, will shave off another 40 calories and save you 80 milligrams of sodium (versus Twix). Bonus: You’ll get 10 percent of your daily-recommended iron intake.

A healthier alternative to Jolly Ranchers & Starbursts: Real fruit sweetens and flavors gelatin-free Seitenbacher gummy treats, which even come in a seasonally right “Vampires Lunch” pack.

A healthier alternative to Smarties & Sweet Tarts: While not as powdery sweet as a mouthful of Smarties, it’s true, Panda licorice (which gets its sweetness from molasses) contains no artificial ingredients, and it comes in individually wrapped, portion-controlled pouches that may help prevent overindulging.

A healthier alternative to Milky Way or PayDay: Try satisfying your chocolate cravings with Organic Dark Chocolate Bug Bites. While they won’t save you much in the way of calories or grams of fat, they’re made with heart-healthy, antioxidant-packed organic fair-trade chocolate. Candy doesn’t get much more virtuous than that.

A healthier alternative Mounds or Almond Joy: Go for an old-fashioned coconut macaroon, recommends Laura Garrett, RD, a diabetes educator. “If you look at the fat and sugar, they are probably equal, but the macaroons are made with egg whites, which offer you a little protein.”

A healthier alternative to Candied or Caramel Apples: If you want to steer clear of red dye, add a little protein and heart-healthy fat, andbe kinder to your teeth; try substituting apple slices with a smear of peanut butter. Just don’t attempt to hand them out to trick-or-treaters.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!  Hope these tips help! 

Other alternatives:

Here are the WORST Halloween candies: In no particular order:
  1. Twix- There are about 300 calories, 27 grams of sugar and 14 grams of fat in a standard Twix. 300 calories of boring.
  2. Milk Duds- Contain no milk. This candy is a sticky liar.
  3. Whoppers- These malty little balls are also liars. You may think they are chocolate covered, but there is no chocolate in the formula.
  4. M&Ms- You’d think the simple pleasures would just be freaking chocolate nubs covered in candy shells, but no, they’re little sugar and corn syrup fakers.
  5. Sour Patch Kids- These sugary little acidic guys are rotting your teeth by breaking down your precious tooth enamel.
  6. Milky Way- How are there 21 ingredients in these things? Also 31 grams of sugar. And 9 grams of fat.
  7. Baby Ruth- Are these even good? A two ounce Baby Ruth is about 275 calories and 32 grams of sugar. This seems shockingly high. How do they fit it all in?
  8. 3 Musketeers40 grams of sugar. 40 grams of sugar. 40 grams of sugar.
  9. Candy Corn- 150 calories per ounce of disgusting waxy abominations poorly masquerading as corn.
  10. Skittles- ”Taste the rainbow?” Apparently the rainbow tastes like a butt because it needs 47 grams of sugar to be appealing.

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