Boo. Halloween is this Friday. Halloween can be such a fun time but the facts are that a ton of candy is sold each year for Halloween. Around 1.9 billion dollars worth or 1280 billion calories. Now that is scary. (Nielson Wire, 2009)
I think it is safe to say I will be enjoying some candy this year but let’s make sure we keep it in perspective. The trick to keeping Halloween a treat is your portion. For example- don’t eat straight out of the candy bag- portion it out. This helps you keep track of what you are actually consuming. And if you are eating something with wrappers you can keep track by counting them. Candy is delicious- no argument there. But when we are faced with the facts it takes a really long time to exercise or burn off the candy.
|10 pieces Candy Corn||12||12.2 g||0 g||9 min jogging|
|1 Peanut Butter Cup||105||10.1 g||6.5 g||16 min cycling|
|1.7 oz Peanut M&M's||144||14.4 g||7.5 g||16 minutes jogging|
|1 Fun Size Bar||80||8.5 g||4 g||7 min swimming|
|1 Kit Kat Bar||42||4.2 g||2.2 g||12 min walking|
|2 Lollipops||51||10 g||0 g||4 min swimming|
|3 Big Gummies||90||18 g||0 g||14 min cycling|
|Total||587||82.7 g||20.2 g||164 min walking|
It seems silly trying to recommend alternatives for Halloween because it is a day to indulge but if you are considering your options you might try some alternatives like: mini rice cereal treat bars, animal shaped crackers, 100% fruit snacks or leathers, low fat pudding, fruit cup and pretzels.
So I gave you the alternatives if you are so inspired to skip the candy this year. But if you do decide to enjoy something sweet be mindful of how much you are consuming and how long it can take you to burn it off (it’s always longer than you think).
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