No matter how religiously you swear off Halloween candy, this time of year makes even the most pure of heart feel a little... wicked. But don't despair. Give into your cravings without suffering any evil consequences with this handy guide to healthier treats.
Healthy Halloween Quiz:
Q: There are three mini versions that are low in calories and fat- which is the best candy? Milky Way Miniatures, 3 Musketeers Miniatures, or Snickers Miniatures?
A: 3 Musketeers Miniatures, at 24 calories and less than 1 gram of fat per piece. Milky Way Minis contain 38 calories and 1.6 g fat per piece. Snickers Minis rank highest, at 42.5 calories, and 2.25 grams of fat per piece.
Q: Which has fewer calories 2 Twix (Fun Size) or 1 Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin?
A: Believe it or not, the 2 Twix bars have fewer: They have 80 calories per cookie, so two Twix bars have 160 calories. One little Peanut Butter Pumpkin has 180 calories! Be careful with these small treats -- they pack a lot of fat and calories (11 grams of fat total; 3.5 g saturated fat). Note: the saturated fat is higher for the Twix: 6 grams for the 2 cookies. The point is not that Twix are good, it's just that the single treats can pack a lot of fat and calories.
Q: Which is highest in calories and saturated fat: Mounds, Almond Joy, or 2 packs of Fun-Size M&Ms?
A: Almond Joy and Mounds tie for highest calories (200 each, for 3 Miniatures, compared to 180 calories for 2 packs of fun size M&Ms). Mounds and Almond Joy also tie for highest in saturated fat (8 grams per serving each), which is more fattening than a Quarter Pounder (7 grams of saturated fat). Two packs of Fun Size M&Ms have 180 calories and 8 grams total fat, 5 grams of which are saturated fat.
Q: Which has more calories: 5 mini Kit-Kats or 35 pieces of candy corn?
A: Believe it or not, 35 pieces of candy corn have 12 MORE calories than 5 mini Kit-Kat bars. But the Kit-Kats have 8 grams of saturated fat per serving. If you like them, limit your serving to 1 mini-size bar.
5 mini kit-kats is 210 calories; 12 grams of fat; 8 grams saturated fat
35 candy corn = 222 calories
(1 candy corn = 6.36 calories)
Q: Which has more calories 20 Peanut M&Ms or 7 Hershey Kisses?
A: If you are calorie-conscious, you are better off going with the Hershey Kisses. Each one has 22 calories, so 7 Kisses adds up to about 155 total calories. Twenty Peanut M&Ms have 220 calories. That said, the peanut M&Ms have a little more nutritional value (4 grams of protein and less saturated fat) so if you are craving these treats, don't worry. It's only Halloween once a year.
Why Sugar-Free Candy Doesn't Mean Healthy
And now a look at a healthy option that really isn't so healthy after all...
Sugar-free Hershey's Chocolate Candy: 5 pieces contain 160 calories, 8 g of saturated fat, 10 mg of cholesterol, 25 g of fat 1 g of protein
vs.Hershey's Miniatures: 5 pieces contain 210 calories, 13 g of fat, 7 g of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 25 g of carbs, 22 g of sugar, 3 g of protein.Sugar-free has 50 fewer calories, but an equal amount of fat and one gram MORE gram of saturated fat. Also, it has an equal amount of carbohydrates, 5mg MORE of cholesterol, and has 2g LESS of protein.Note: Many low-carb and sugar-free versions contain higher amounts of fat and have similar calorie counts -- something to consider if you're watching your weight or health. You may as well indulge in the regular chocolate, preferably dark chocolate, or candy versus the sugar-free/low-carb version.
So stop tricking yourself and...LIVE LIFE FITTER...... with a healthy lifestyle today.
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