Halloween is right around the corner and everywhere ya look there’s tonsa
candy. What’s a girl to do? We’ve got the deets on which treats are sweet on
your bod and which are anything but. Keep reading to make your Halloween healthier.
Hard Candies are a Li’l Bit Better
We’re not saying you have to stick to ho-hum Werther’s. But goodies like Runts
and SweeTarts have way fewer calories than their chocolate-y counterparts.
Make Yours Mint
Refreshing mint-y chocolates (like York Peppermint Patties) are a lot lighter
than most regular chocolate bars.
Be Skeptical of Skittles
These rainbow-inspired sweeties don’t look like much. But take a glance at the
nutrition facts and you’ll spy they’re stacked with sugar. If you want something
chewy and fruity, go for organic fruit snacks or, at the very least, some
Opt for Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is better for your heart so if you’re deciding between a pile of
Hershey’s Kisses or Godiva squares, go for the ones with a high amount of
Smaller is Better, but Watch Your Portions
Obvi, skipping the king size Snickers bar is key. But when plowing through a
ton of mini bars, make sure you don’t, say, scarf the whole bag. Just because a
piece of candy is small, doesn’t mean you should have six.
Other Ways to Make Halloween Healthier
Donate Your Treats
Pass by sweets you dislike. Sounds basic, but when there’s so much sugar in
front of you, it’s easy to devour it all. If you hate coconut, say buh-bye to
the Almond Joys and Mounds in your bag. Post trick-or-treating, round up all
the candy you don’t l-o-v-e and trade it or give it away.
Trick-or-Treat for Charity
Who says you have to collect candy? Let your neighbors know ahead of time that
you’ll be, say, asking for canned goods or moolah for a charity. You’ll still
get to dress up, but can put a do-gooder spin on the day.
Have a Healthy Bash
If you and your girls are all super into eating right, why not pull a trickster
prank and celebrate the healthy way? Instead of hitting up your neighbors for
candy, stay in and whip up butternut squash soup, kale and lots of fruit salad.
It’s not THAT scary, right?
Take Care of Those Chompers
It’s all well and good to be candy-conscious, but even the
best of the sweet treat bunch have the power to hurt your teeth. After
consuming your candy, rinse your mouth out with water. Be sure to end your day
with a thorough flossing and brushing.
BY KATIE ABBONDANZA AND NATALIE VARGAS ON 10/1/2010 12:28:00 PM