And Now for a Little Indulgence…

We meant what we said when we suggested distributing healthy Halloween treats last week, but there is always room for a little indulgence, and the wonderful thing about Halloween candy is the portion control. With the exception of a few overly generous individuals who distribute full-sized bars, most of the treats come in tiny packages. Here is a 100 calorie list of candy you are likely to see in your travels next week:

 Candy                                     Approximate Amount to Equal 100 Calories

           Candy corn                              17 pieces

           Hershey’s Kisses                      4 pieces

            Reese’s Pieces                        26 pieces

            3 Musketeers (mini)                   4 bars

            Reese’s peanut butter

             cups (mini)                                    2

            Almond Joy  Fun Size                  1 bar

            Fun Size M&M’s –either plain

              or peanut                                    1 bag

            Dum Dum Lollipops                         5

             Tootsie Rolls                                   4

            Snickers  Fun Size                       1 bar

 Another thing we love about Halloween is that it encourages walking, and it is not only for kids. If you have  young school-aged children, you will be getting your share of exercise, but when they want to do just one more block and you are ready to call it a day, just say yes.

Do go to neighborhoods where the homes are far apart, and go early when residents are less likely to be home. Such tactics translates to more walking and less candy.  And if you don’t have children of your own, or they are too old to be seen with you, tag along with a niece, nephew or a friend’s child. It’s a holiday. The more the merrier!

So if you dread Halloween, focus on the good part of the holiday: healthy snacks, plenty of exercise in the fresh autumn air, the permission to play dress-up, and chocolate in controlled portions. Enjoy!