Let’s take a minute and talk about Halloween candy shall we?
That sh*t is AWFUL for you!
Just how awful…check out these nutrition facts on some of the most popular Halloween candies:
- Rolo Caramels in Milk Chocolate: 1 Rolo (6g): 27 calories, 0.9 g sat fat, 3.7 grams sugar
- Wonka Mini Laffy Taffy: 1 mini taffy (8.6g): 30 calories, 0.3g sat fat, 4.2g sugar
- Hershey’s Assorted Miniatures: 1 miniature (8.6g): 42 calories, 1.4 g sat fat, 4.4g sugar
- Starburst Fun Size: 2 Starburst candies: 40 calories, 0.8g sat fat, 6g sugar
- Smarties: 1 roll (7g): 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g sugar
- Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size: 1 bar (0.49 oz): 77 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7g sugar
- Kit Kat Wafer Bar, Snack Size: 1 bar (0.49 oz/14g): 70 calories, 2.3g sat fat, 7g sugar
- Reese’s Pieces Snack Size: 1 bag (13g): 67 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7.3g sugar
- Twix Fun Size: 1 bar (16g): 80 calories, 3g sat fat, 8g sugar
- Butterfinger Fun Size: 1 bar (0.65 oz/18.5g): 85 calories, 1.8g sat fat, 8.5g sugar
source and full list of 40 different candies HERE
Now, I understand 4 grams of sugar may seem like nothing but what really is 4 grams of sugar? The food industry is so sneaky putting things like “grams” onto nutrition labels because guess what…NOBODY knows what a gram looks like.
So let’s put it into perspective…
4 grams of sugar = roughly 1 teaspoon
12 teaspoons = 1/4 cup
Basically, if you consume 5-6 candies on Halloween night, the night after and after and after til all that candy is gone you’re EASILY consuming 1/4 cup of sugar (if not more) on a nightly basis. AHHH!
I’m not saying don’t eat candy on Halloween because let’s be honest I’m sitting here writing this blog post eating candy corn leftover from shooting pictures this morning but I think we all need to be more conscious about how much sugar we’re putting into our bodies…especially at the beginning of the holiday season.
Still want to be festive this time of year and skip the sugar? I’ve got you covered! That’s where healthy snack/appetizer options come in like this Candy Corn Veggie Tray, these 3 healthy Halloween snacks or my healthy-ish (not really but hey they have some protein) crescent mummy dogs.
Candy Corn Veggie Tray
Here’s how to make this fun, festive, healthy veggie tray…
- 1-2 yellow bell peppers (washed and cut into strips)
- 1 bag of baby carrots
- 1 small head of cauliflower (washed and cut into small florets)
- dip of your choice (I like hummus or Bitchin’ Sauce)
- prep all your veggies
- arrange veggies to resemble a candy corn on a triangle shaped plate/platter or be super ghetto like me and cut a piece of cardboard into a triangle and cover it with foil to create your own perfect candy corn shaped serving tray LOL!
So seriously you guys, this year be very conscious of all the sugar you’re consuming and balance it out with some healthy food. Your body will thank you!
Do you love candy??
What do you do with all your candy if you or your kids go trick-or-treating?
What’s your favorite healthy Halloween treat/appetizer?