No need to be scared of this calorie-crazed, candy-packed holiday. We've got ALL the info & advice you need to know right here...
Those downsized candy bars given out at Halloween usually don't have room for nutritional labels. Boo! (FYI -- we're sad, not trying to scare you.) No worries, though. Here are the highlights on those reduced-in-size snacks...
*Don't kid yourself into thinking that eating a few small-sized candy bars is better than ripping open a full-sized bar. Research shows that you're likely to take in MORE calories and fat if you snack on the smaller sweets rather than the regular-sized ones.
* Snack Size & Fun Size bars are similar, both weighing in at a little more than a half-ounce. Depending on the candy type, most clock in with 70 - 100 calories and 3 - 6 grams of fat apiece.
* Miniatures are the extra-small squares -- those babies are each about a quarter-ounce in weight. One Miniature bar typically has 40 - 65 calories and 2 - 3 grams of fat.
* If you're gonna indulge, keep it simple. Chocolate bars with nuts, caramel, peanut butter and toffee pack in the most fat and calories. The best of the candy bunch? Light 'n airy Milky Way and 3 Musketeers bars. A Milky Way Mini has about 38 calories and 1.4g fat, and a Fun Size one has 75 calories and 3g fat. A 3 Musketeers Mini has just 24 calories and 0.7g fat, and the Fun Size version contains 63 calories and 2g fat.
* A Tootsie Roll Midgee has 23 calories and a half-gram of fat. An individually wrapped Twizzler has 40 calories and only 0.25g fat. A roll of Smarties serves up 25 fat-free calories. And each Mini AirHeads bar has just around 45 calories and a half-gram of fat.
Halloween Helpful Hints
HG's tricks to get you through treat season...
Stock UP on Sweet Snacks - You read right! The best way to avoid tempting Halloween sweets is definitely NOT to clear your kitchen of all candy and chocolate -- do that, and you'll probably wind up feeling deprived and ravaging your kid's candy sack in the middle of the night. Instead, keep all your favorite guilt-free goodies on hand so you can celebrate this sweet holiday HG style! We recommend CocoaVia bars, Fiber One Chewy Bars, Vertigo Pops, sugar-free gummi candies, and Tootsie Roll Pops! Just remember not to overeat the stuff.
Pass Out Stuff Youd Pass On - Resist the urge to buy a ginormous bag of your favorite candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters. You'll only end up eating too much of it. So if you're not a candy corn fan, give those sugary snacks to this year's doorknockers. If you LOVE chocolate, hand out fruity lollipops instead... you get the picture.
Be a Rebel - Where is it written that every homeowner and renter must sacrifice their day, dollars and diet to play slave to a ringing doorbell? We're fairly certain your pint-sized neighbors will have plenty of candy to chew even if you skip the festivities and plan your own night of fun. Or you can leave a big bowl of candy outside and head out to the movies (just know that the first group of trick-or-treaters may very well take ALL of it -- we're SO cynical!).
Hungry Ghoul Puddin'
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 131 calories, 2g fat, 245mg sodium, 28g carbs, 0g fiber, 10g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 3*
Snack it up, baby! The stats on this one are NOT scary...
Ingredients: 1 Jell-O Sugar Free Pudding Snack; Creamy Caramel, Dulce de Leche, or Vanilla 5 candy corn pieces 2 chocolate graham crackers (1/2 of a sheet); crushed 2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip
Directions: Spoon pudding into a small bowl, and cover it with the crushed graham crackers and candy corn pieces. Top with the Reddi-wip, and enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
For TONS more Halloweeny tips 'n tricks, click here to check out HG's Halloween Survival Guide on Yahoo!
CHEW ON THIS: October 28th is National Chocolate Day, people! (Some people say this holiday falls on December 28th, and we're happy to celebrate it then as well!) Chew on some of HG's favorite chocolate swaps. YES!!!
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