How to Have a Healthy Halloween

October 30, 2008

It’s that time of year again….Halloween…the kick off to unhealthful holiday eating. You may have worked all year to maintain your New Year’s resolution to healthy living; and in just a matter of 2 months, you may find yourself back where you started.


In honor of Halloween tomorrow, I would like to help you to stay mindful of your Halloween candy choices so that you don’t become haunted by the effects of those devilish treats.


Here is a list of popular Halloween candy, their nutrition information, and some healthier alternatives:

  1. Snickers Bar: 280 calories; 14 grams fat
    • Healthy Alternative: Fun Size Snickers Bar (72 calories, 3.7 grams of fat)
  2. Kit Kat (3 bars): 200 calories; 11 grams fat
    • Healthy Alternative: Kit Kat Snack Size Bar (133 calories, 7 grams of fat)
  3. Peanut M & M’s (1 pack): 250 calories; 13 grams fat
    • Healthy Alternative: Fun Size Peanut M & M’s (100 calories; 4.5 grams fat) OR
    • 10 M & M chocolate candies (34 calories; 1.5 grams of fat)
  4. 4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: 260 calories; 15 grams of fat
    • Healthy Alternative: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Snack Size (90 calories, 5 grams fat)



5.  3 Musketeer Fun Size (3 bars): 190 calories; 6 grams of fat

  • Healthy Alternative: 3 Musketeer Fun Size, 1 bar (63 calories; 2 grams fat)

6. Candy Corn (22 pieces): 140 calories, 0 grams fat

  • Healthy Alternative: 11 pieces (70 calories; 0 grams fat)



Other ideas for healthy Halloween treats include:  

  • 1 cup lowfat popcorn, 10 peanuts, + 5 candy corn = 100 calories, 5 grams fat
  • 1 Kashi Granola Bar = 140 calories, 5 grams fat
  • Any 100 calorie- snack pack
  • Vitamuffin Vita-tops= 100 calories, 0-1.5 grams fat
  • Jolly Time 100-calorie bags popcorn
  • Apple dipped in 2 Tablespoons of fat free caramel dip
  • 1 York Peppermint Patty= 53 calories, 1 gram fat


Keep in mind, PORTION is key. Even the healthy options can add up to too many calories if you don’t stay mindful of the portion.  Consider spreading the treats out for several days and limiting yourself to one or two treats per day….that way you can enjoy the holiday treats, without much of the guilt. It only takes 500 extra calories per day to gain one pound in a week!


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