Scariest Candy: Tricks to the Treats

Some food just go straight to my BUTT! (Sorry, I know this picture is hideous and you will probably not be able to get this image out of your mind for a bit. But, like Larry the Cable guy says, Loooord, I apologiiiize) 🙂

Why can candy go straight to your backside? Because, unlike most food that actually has some nutrients in it, candy is nothing but useless empty calories that would love to hitch a ride on your favorite trouble spot – like your butt!

We are about to enter one Holiday after the other, and if you aren’t careful, you WILL pack on the pounds with the extra fluff calories “just because it’s a Holiday”. Halloween candy starts the vicious cycle of an endless flow of crap entering our homes – from candy to pumpkin pie. And we have 9 weeks of these crazy calorie-filled celebrations, ending with New Year’s Day, which is when we all seem to finally realize just how bad we blew it!

Be In Control

How bad is Halloween Candy? I mean, they are all just little bite size pieces so what’s a few pieces, right? WRONG!! There are 40-100 whopping calories in almost every bite size Halloween treat from Snicker Bar to Sweet Tarts – that’s an average of 70 calories a treat.

Tricks to Treats for Adults

RULES! We MUST have rules. If you are watching your weight, whether you like it or not, every calorie counts. If you really want chocolate, are you willing to shave the calories off your meal or drinks to “afford it”?  How many treats can you have without blowing your diet and allowing it to change your physique? The key is realizing you can’t just eat more if you want your body to remain the same. You have to make a trade off, and you must hold yourself accountable. Just because you don’t look up the calories doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They are there – and they will cost you a price (and I’m here to tell you what that cost is).

The average Jack-O-Lantern bucket holds about 250 pieces of candy, totaling approximately 9,000 calories and three pounds of sugar. (California Milk Processors Board)

Tricks to Treats for Kids

What are your Halloween candy rules for your kids? Do you just let them dive into the candy bowl anytime they want? Even if they are skin and bones – what is this teaching them? It’s saying there are no limitations – and that will change as they grow up. Teach them NOW how to make good choices. By limiting how many treats they can have, they learn to not just eat whatever they grab, but they learn to pick their favorites and make each bite count. This is a very practical lesson we all learn with life – money, food, purchases, etc. It is important they learn the same discipline with eating than you would teach at the toy store.

Just 5 bite size pieces of candy could be more calories than a 6-inch sub or a baked potato, chili and salad at Wendys! 

I know we don’t think of a few pieces of candy that way – but that’s the truth. Here are 5 tips for your family, and caloric information for popular Halloween treats.

5 Tips to for your Trick-or-Treater

halloween candy tips1.) Keep their tank full. Make sure your child aren’t hungry BEFORE it’s candy time. You both need REAL food, not JUNK food! It is super important to keep your family’s tank full of real fuel while you have sweet temptations in the house.

2.) Make treats TREATS. Each bite should be special. Let your kids know they can have a treat after dinner or after the complete a task. Tell them how many pieces they can have and let them choose which pieces they get to eat.

3.) Take the time to teach. Use the information below to reference calories and show them how many calories are in candy versus whole food. For example, 30 grapes are 60 calories, an entire small green apple is 77 calories, a banana is 90 calories, 6 cups of popcorn is 100 calories or an entire cucumber with vinegar, salt and pepper is 45 calories. Give your child options like “you can have 150 calories in treats. Which would you prefer: 4 pieces of candy or 1 piece of candy and a bag of 100 calorie popcorn. This is super helpful for the tweens to help them prepare for the real world and making healthy choices.

Family fitness4.) Talk about the price of food. We talk about how much items cost when shopping, it is just as important to teach your kids the cost of food. Let your children know how much work it takes to burn off what you eat. For example, it takes approximately 1 mile to walk off 100 calories. Although they may not need to worry about this right now, it’s great to show them that you have to worry about it, and that is is reality for many people trying to manage their weight. It takes 3,500 calories to gain 1LB of fat – that’s 1 1/2 pieces of candy each day for 30 days or 50 pieces of candy for the month. That’s equal to 35 miles  to erase, which would be an average of just under 9 extra miles a week.

5.) Make the candy go the distance. If you decide to keep the candy in the house, only keep a little candy actually out and keep the rest in the freezer so your family can have an occasional treat for weeks, instead of gorging yourselves for a few days. If your family has a weight issue, it’s just best to keep a few pieces and give the rest away.

Fun-Size Facts

The average kid can easily consume 10 – 20 bite sized pieces of candy. Let’s cut that down to only 5 pieces for this demonstration. Since all the calories below are for bite size pieces, we don’t realize how fast it adds up until you actually bring out the calculator.

5 FUN SIZE TREATS:
1 Reese Peanut Butter Pumpkin Halloween Treat
1 Mini pack of Peanut M&Ms
1 Bite Size Snickers
1 Mini bag of Skittles
1 Mini Pack of Candy Corn
503 KING SIZE CALORIES!

Bite-Size Chocolate Treats:

Top Candy Sales: Reese’s took the number one spot with sales of just under $510 million in the past year. M&M’s trailed behind as the runner up with sales of $500.82 million, and Snickers came in at number three with past year sales of $456.91 million. (24/7 Wall St.’s list of America’s top 10 chocolate treats.)

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins (34 g) – 180 calories
  • Butterfinger Crisp Bar, Snack size (20 g) – 100 calories
  • M&Ms, peanut – 93 calories
  • Mr. Goodbar Snack size (17 g) – 90 calories
  • M&Ms, plain, Fun size (18 g) – 88 calories
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (snack size (17 g) – 88 calories
  • Baby Ruth Bar, Fun size (18 g each) – 85 calories
  • Butterfinger Bar, Fun size (18 g each) – 85 calories
  • Snickers, Fun Size (18g) – 80 calories
  • Almond Joy Snack size (15 g) – 80 calories
  • Heath Bar, Snack size (13 g) – 74 calories
  • Kit Kat, Fun size (14 g) – 73 calories
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars – Fun size (14 g) – 67 calories
  • Tootsie Roll – 50 calories
  • Raisenetts – 53 calories
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (miniature) – 44 calories
  • Hershey’s Miniature Bars (mixed) – average of 42 calories
  • Hershey Kisses – 26 calories
  • Mini Musketeers – 25 calories

Hard, Sweet, Tart, Chewy or Fruity Bites:

  • Skittles – Fun size (20 g) – 80 calories
  • Candy Corn – 70 calories
  • Mini Dots – 70 calories
  • Jolly Rancher Lolly Pops – 60 calories
  • Jucyfruits – 9 pieces – 60 calories and 16 g carb
  • Tootsie Pops – 60 calories
  • Lifesavers Gummies (2 rolls per ounce) – 52 calories
  • Blow Pop, Junior – 50 calories
  • Wonka Nerds – small box (13 g) – 50 calories
  • Chewy Sweat Tarts – 50 calories
  • Hot Tamales – 50 calories
  • Starburst, Fun size (2 pieces per stick) – 40 calories
  • Laffy Taffy, Chocolate, small bars (8 g each) – 32 calories
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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on October 28, 2013, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, PFOODIE and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Red Fox Fitness

    With 6 kids that I’ve raised (and am still raising) this one is a biggie in my house!! Love the post…remember that kids are only kids for a very short time and they become grown ups with the habits that WE taught them! Motto in my house to Hubby and I is “Don’t be afraid to throw plenty away!” That may sound awful with starving children in other places, but the truth is, we get WAY too much candy over these next few months! There is no need to keep that much of it around. Besides, then Mom won’t be so tempted to eat it while they are in school!! 🙂 Thanks Bonnie!

    • NO, that isn’t awful – the truth is, even with “starving kids in Africa”, keeping it doesn’t help them AND no kids really need candy. I think that’s a good idea! Let. It. Go. ha!

  2. This probably isn’t the best idea, but I did with my girls what my mom did with me when I was young. We rarely had sweets in the house, so when we made chocolate chip cookies one afternoon, i begged to eat the dough. She let me eat and eat and EAT until I got so sick, I couldn’t go to school the next day! Lol. After that, I rarely looked for or asked for sugar ever again! She explained that it didn’t fuel my body but in turn made me sick! I used this same little trick with both of my girls, and it worked. They never ask for candy, cookies etc. Sweet treats to them are strawberries…this is seriously what they crave. At birthday parties, they may eat the cake part of a cupcake but never the frosting. They just don’t want it. I definitely don’t want my girls to grow up with body issues, counting calories, etc. They are involved in sports because they want to be…and eat healthy food because they want to. They definitely dress up for Halloween and go “trick or treating” for candy, but it rarely gets eaten. We usually keep it in the house in a bowl that our guests will pick at. (We also have a fruit bowl…which isn’t as popular with guests. Ha!) I hope they keep theses habits up as they get older. As I said, probably not the conventional mom thing to do…temporary sugar poisoning (lol!). But it was our prerogative as parents, and it’s worked so far 🙂

  3. I do not have children, but I needed to hear this for myself! At this point in my life, I wish desperately that my parents had taught me the consequences of overeating. Instead, they taught me how to enjoy junk food and candy. Now I struggle against my self-proclaimed sugar addiction daily. However, to see the calorie counts & realize the damage I am doing to my own progress is very helpful. I’ve gotten so much better but every day there is a new test or temptation. This gives me even more inventive to leave the candy in the store & reach for the fruit. Just pray for me at parties where the tests are just sitting there, taunting me. Would you be ok with me reblogging this? The information is just do valuable at this time of year! Thank you for posting 🙂

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