Let me preface this entry by saying that I LOVE HALLOWEEN. I am all about The GreatPumpkin, the costumes, the scary noises, the haunted houses, the tricks and of course, THE TREATS. It makes me sad that Halloween is NOT what it was when I was a kid. My friends and I came home from school, grabbed a pillowcase, picked a neighborhood and exhausted it until dinner time. Home for some real food and back out to another neighborhood we would go. When our kids were little, we were always “the Halloween house,” complete with scavenger hunts, the haunted “garage,” bobbing for apples, costume contests and pinatas filled with treats. It sure is nice to be young and enjoy this day without thinking about the consequences of those treats.
Every year I am disappointed to be reminded how bad peanut butter cups are for us. (They seem so harmless with all that yummy, peanut butter). In fact, 3 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups have more sugar than a glazed doughnut, and if you happen upon the novelty pumpkin shaped ones, 170 calories and 16 grams of sugar in ONE. Just half a pack of Skittles has more sugar than a scoop of Haagen-Daaz Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. Nine Twizzlers, as many calories as a Wendy’s Double Stack Burger. A “fun size” Butterfingers has 100 calories and 10 grams of sugar. 4 little squares of Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels has 160 calories and 16 grams of sugar. OUCH.
If you insist on picking at the candy your kids bring home, or what’s leftover (some parts of the country may be extra slow tonight because of the crazy weather most everywhere) consider working out this morning. Lifting weights today will help reduce your blood sugar levels for at least 12 hours post workout. Drink a ton of water through the day. The more full you feel, the less likely you are to give into the candy cravings. Think dark chocolate. Maybe buy yourself your OWN indulgence so you won’t give into the stuff in the bowl. A few tootsie rolls will satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. If you must indulge, do NOT exceed a few hundred calories.
Many of us still can indulge for this night and honestly, one day of eating candy might be do-able for those of us that don’t have blood sugar issues. This year, a big concern is that Halloween falls on a Monday. The candy we eat today, will no doubt create cravings tomorrow. That is a recipe for a week’s worth of failure if we give in. With Halloween marking the beginning of the eating holidays (that don’t end until the New Year) it’s important to remember that Halloween is a ONE DAY event. Today I will be at the gym teaching all morning (hope to see some of you there) and then training this afternoon. Tonight I am hoping lots of little ghosts and goblins will show up and finish ALL the treats. Tomorrow, any leftover candy in my house goes to the office with Mitch. What will you do with yours? Don’t let it haunt you, but do have a fun Halloween.
- Test Your Halloween Candy Knowledge With A Game Of, Which Is Healthier (wirk.radio.com)
- The Five Most Unhealthy Halloween Candies (wirk.radio.com)
- Halloween Candy: Which Treat Has Fewer Calories? (fitsugar.com)