Halloween is just a few days around the corner and I don’t know about you but anytime I even pass my dining room table I get a strong whiff of chocolate coming from the candy bags I have sitting there awaiting the big event. I will say yes it is totally hard to resist opening up the bags early just to have “one”. Not to mention if I do open the bag the rest of my family takes that as a sign the candy is free for all! Then next thing I know I’m out of candy before the trick or treaters even arrive!
No joke, short story… last year I had the candy neatly set in a bowl by the front door and I was diligently working from home at my computer that day in the other room. My daughter who was 7 at the time was watching Halloween movies on tv. An hour goes by and it’s time to go trick or treating and she’s like “my tummy hurts”. Ok… so why does your tummy hurt you haven’t eaten a bunch of candy yet. I shit you not, she comes clean and shows me a hidden garbage can with 10 FUN SIZE SNICKER wrappers! WTH?!? No wonder the tummy ache… needless to say the candy will NOT be placed anywhere near the room my child is in this year. The little thief!
Anyways, my point for today is to let you know that it is OK to have Halloween candy and not sabotage your diet. In fact denying yourself the candy actually could cause more harm but causing unnecessary stress…. Now this does not give you the license to eat the whole damn bowl but 1 or two “fun” or “bite-size” treats will not destroy your world. If I was counting calories then I’d say 100 calories in candy on Halloween would be a good budget just eat clean for the rest of the day/calories AND – this is important – do not continue to eat candy daily until you finish what your trick or treaters did not!! Get rid of that shit, take it to work, give it to a homeless person, or just dump it. The faster you remove it from your house the less temptation there will be.
Did you know that according to a study from the journal Appetite the actual mood boost you obtain from eating that snickers or reese’s is a whopping 3 minutes??? Yup 3 minutes of pleasure…so knowing that make sure you ask yourself is it really worth it? Again maybe the answer is yes for the first piece, but do you really need that 2nd, 3rd, 4th?
So now, we cleared the air about what is and is not acceptable in the realm of candy eating habits. Let’s look closer at if you are going to indulge your top choices to go for:
The below calories are for 1 “fun size” treat:
- Reese’s Peanut Butter cup – 110 calories
- Butterfinger – 83 calories
- Twix – 80 calories
- Snickers – 80 calories
- M&M’s – 73 calories
- Kit Kat – 70 calories
- Nerds – 50 calories
If you’d like to see the full list, check it out in this Pop Sugar article: Calories in Halloween Candy
Keep in mind a lot of these candy favorites also have a “bite-size” version. That would be the smarter way to indulge in let’s say a snickers and butterfinger with minimal guilt.
To sum it up, don’t stress, enjoy the holiday and treat yourself as long as it’s in moderation!
What’s your favorite Halloween candy???