Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Unfortunately we live in a candy-rich society where candy, sweets and high calorie foods are available all the time, not just on Halloween. In fact, even the snack-size goodies have a good amount of calories, especially when you eat multiples of them! Check out the “nutrition” of these bite-sized goodies:
• Fun-size M&Ms: 73 calories, 3 grams fat
• Candy corn (10 pieces): 75 calories, 0 fat
• Fun-size Skittles: 60 calories, less than 1 gram fat
• Tootsie pops: 60 calories, 0 fat
• Fun-size Snickers: 80 calories, 4 grams fat
• Snack-size Hershey's milk chocolate bar: 67 calories, 4 grams fat
• Reese's pumpkin-shaped peanut butter cups: 170 calories, nearly 10 grams fat
• Fun-size Reese's cup: 80 calories, 4 grams fat
• Tootsie rolls (6 pieces): 155 calories, 1 gram fat
It’s not to say we can’t have a treat, but choosing wisely and indulging moderately is key for adults and an important thing to teach kids. Here are some tips for a healthier Halloween:
Provide Healthier Halloween Options
• Trick: Provide goodies at your front door, but provide nutrient rich food items.
• Treat: Kids will get a treat full of nutrition, not just sugar. Try passing out things like chewy oat granola bars, peanut butter crackers, 100% fruit snacks or boxes of raisins.
Think Outside the Pumpkin
• Trick: All kids want candy, but provide a treat without the calories like stickers, pencils or even rub-on fake tattoos.
• Treat: Kids will have something to play with and enjoy after the Halloween week.
Have a Treat Plan
• Trick: Need your kids to eat their veggies? Halloween might be just the trick! Have your child eat their dinner first, including veggies then allow one treat from the Halloween pile.
• Treat: Your child will learn moderation and will see the importance of eating nutrient-rich foods first, then enjoying a small treat.
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Ben Hogan Sports Medicine