Snickers, Twix, and M&Mâ??s galore!
Every kid knows the best part of Halloween is bringing home a hefty bag of candy after a successful night of trick-or-treating. For parents, the sugar high that comes from eating all that candy can be a headache, not to mention the amount of additional calories consumed.
Registered dietician at Portage Health, Kelsae Eliszewski, said moderation is key.
â??You have this candy, and you usually eat it for days, weeks, or months,â?? said Eliszewski. â??So, thatâ??s the problem is all this candy is being eaten over that period of time so it keeps adding up all those calories and that eventually leads to weight gain.â??
For example, a pack of Reeseâ??s cups is a whopping 210 calories and 21 grams of sugar. However, having one piece of candy every once in a while isnâ??t such a bad thing.
Snickers pumpkins only have 80 calories each, but many people could agree they donâ??t eat just one piece of candy at a time, and those calories can really add up.
A better option would be, for example, Goldfish snack crackers, which one pack is only 50 calories, and itâ??s a little more likely to fill you up.
Eliszewski recommended putting your childrenâ??s candy into snack bags after the holiday to better control how much theyâ??re eating.
â??Just put two or three pieces in there, and then every day you can allow your child to have that one bag for the day instead of having one stash where all the candy is so the child just eats whenever they want,â?? she explained.
Some better alternatives to hand out are nuts, raisins, unsalted pretzels or popcorn, sugar-free gum, juice boxes, or even prizes and toys like stickers, temporary tattoos, or glow sticks.
â??Thereâ??s many options. You can do different healthier food or just give kids toys because theyâ??re getting so much candy already,â?? Eliszewski said. â??If your house is the one giving pencils, theyâ??ll be OK. They have plenty of candy to have for Halloween.â??