While NO candy is certainly a ?healthy? option, we do need to be okay with rewarding ourselves with a treat every now and then, guilt-free. Halloween is a great time to do this. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing what pieces of candy might satisfy your sweet tooth, without pushing you over the edge.
- Fun Size pieces are ?portion perfect?, and a clear winner in our family, over king-sized or regular-sized candy bars. Portion control is key to rewarding yourself, and these mini treats make it easy. Oftentimes, we find it hard to eat only half of a Snickers bar. Thanks to Fun Size, we can eat the entire portion and cut our calories in half, compared to the regular or king-sized versions.
- Chocolate Lover? Choose a handful (or Fun Size pack) of peanut or almond M&M?s over Tootsie Rolls. Tootsie Rolls may be lower in fat, but are loaded with sugar, which will spike and crash our blood sugar levels, leaving us craving even more! The fiber and protein in the peanut or almond M&M?s will keep you fuller longer (protein is the most satiating macro-nutrient), and the fat/fiber combo will actually slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, helping us to avoid the spike-crash-craving cycle.
- If you are looking for a fruity candy to satisfy your sweet tooth, choose a hard over chewy candy. Chewy candies not only get stuck in your teeth and lead to tooth decay, but they also disappear much quicker in our mouths, leaving us vying for more. While hard candies are pure sugar and have a higher calorie count, one piece can last quite a while (as long as you don?t crunch it to pieces), satisfying the craving, and leaving us less-likely to reach for more.
Now go enjoy your Halloween with a little less guilt. Regardless, don?t forget to brush your teeth, and leave the candy where it belongs?on Halloween ?.
For all those moms who just get candy overload (especially when I have 3 gathering the candy) – some local Girl Scout Troups collect unwanted candy to send to troups overseas. So you can get rid of the excess with out the guilt of just tossing in the trash. 🙂
Heidi I want to add that there is this delicious Chocolate I discovered recently. It has no corn syrup or other crappy things. Its the “healthier” version of PB cups, snicker bars and they even have M&M’s that the coloring of the coating is made of Veggie juice! They really taste heaven! its called UNREAL UNJUNKED Candy. You can find it in CVS pharmacy or check out their website for other stores they sell it in. I wonder what your thought is on it and if you had heard of it before. Thanks and Happy Halloween!
That is good to know, even though I don’t go Trick or Treating anymore, I do enjoy a treat, so for me its a payday , I love all the peanuts gives me protein, and I love the Brach’s candy corn made with honey. a small amount and I am good. Thank goodness it only comes once a year and there is only ine store in the neighborhood tht sells the small bags of candy harvest corn.. my fav
These tips are wonderful. They certainly take away some of the ‘guilt’. Hope your family enjoys the holiday
How about diabetic hard candies? They are a healthier option aren’t they?