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Candy- Not the Scariest Part of Halloween

Candy- Not the Scariest Part of Halloween!

The holidays are approaching, and they often bring a lot of stress surrounding food. I’ve put together some helpful tips to guide you over this first holiday hurdle.

Opt for Minis

If you’re buying Halloween candy to share with Trick-or-Treaters, opt for the mini-sized variety bags! They’re the perfect size for the little ghosts, pirates, and superheroes that knock on your door, plus they satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your calorie budget.

Mini/Bite-Sized Snickers? 42 calories

Fun-Sized Snickers? 80 calories

Full-Sized Snickers? 220 calories

Keep Your Favorites, Share the Rest

If you’re like me, you love Butterfingers, but you can take or leave the Twix! If you have leftover Halloween candy, keep the one variety that is your favorite, and share the rest with your friends, family, and coworkers. You can still enjoy your favorite treat without the temptation to overindulge on other candies simply because they’re there! Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Don’t Skip Meals

Are you tempted to skip a meal if you over-indulge on candy? Don’t! A well-balanced meal with lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of produce will help stabilize your blood sugar, therefore reducing the likelihood that you’ll crave a late-night trip to the pantry.

Sweets Aren’t Your Thing?

For a seasonal treat that skips out on the sugar, try roasted pumpkin seeds. Also known as pepitas, the seeds that you scoop out of your Jack-o-Lantern are rich in fiber and magnesium, and are a good source of a key nutrient that many of us miss out on- potassium!

Roasted Pepitas

  • Pumpkin seeds, scooped from your Jack-O-Lantern, rinsed, and dried (or store-bought)

  • Olive oil or cooking spray

  • Salt

  • 1 tsp. of your favorite spice blend

Spread your dried, raw pepitas out on a baking sheet. Lightly mist with olive oil or cooking spray. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the seeds, and follow with 1 tsp. of your favorite herbs & spices. My favorite blend is cumin, coriander, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat! Toast in a 325 degree oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per 1 oz serving)

140 calories

14 g fat (including 10 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fats)

2 g fiber

4 g carbs

9 g protein