Trick-or-TreatingIn 2017, it was estimated that over 41 million trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14 would hit the streets in search for sweets and other goodies. Keeping children safe during this time is a priority for parents. The following recommendations can help keep the nightmares at bay: Remind your children to not take or consume any candy or treat given to them by a stranger Go through the candy and look for any opened wrappers or any signs of damage Remove any pieces that might be a choking hazard for smaller children Make sure your children eat a full meal before beginning treat-or-treating activities
Hidden CaloriesHalloween parties can be fun and filled with all kinds of candies, snacks, desserts, and drinks you probably wouldn’t typically consume. These come with all kinds of hidden ingredients that translate to calories. To get an idea of the amount of calories you could potentially consume from candy alone, take a look at the following list of popular Halloween candy and their corresponding calories:
- Almond Joy fun size: 80 calories
- Candy corn: 140 calories (19 pieces)
- Hershey’s fun size: 77 calories
- Kit-Kat fun size: 70 calories
- M&Ms fun size: 73 calories
- Milky Way fun size: 80 calories
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup: 105 calories (per cup)
Consider that if you attend a party you will encounter many other calorie traps in things like punch, cake, cookies, and other sweet treats. By simply being more mindful at the time of unwrapping a piece of candy or filling your plate with snacks, you can prevent hundreds of empty calories and the resulting weight gain.
Halloween can be a fun time for many and it can be also be a healthy one, as well. Enjoying a candy here and there is no big deal but remember that those little calories can really sneak up. Opting to replace punch or cake with a more healthy option can make a difference in keeping the balance in your usual diet. For more information about how to prevent hidden calories during this season and throughout the year, consult with your healthcare provider.