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5 Surprisingly High-Cal Halloween Treats

Be Very Afraid of These Calorie Monsters!

Fall is as good a time of year as any to re-evaluate your weight loss goals and plans. But before you know it, Halloween brings the focus to candy and treats, which could tempt you to fall off the health wagon. One day of indulgence won’t hurt most people's progress, but considering that Halloween is just the beginning of a two-month season packed with party foods and desserts, try not to get carried away.
As you’re looking for ways to enjoy the season without losing sight of your health and fitness goals, pick the smartest treats and say “Boo!” to the biggest calorie monsters.
Here are five Halloween treats that should scare you!
1. Fun-Size Candy Bars
Averaging about 100 calories a pop, these popular trick-or-treat goodies may seem innocent—but only if you stop at one. It’s pretty easy to eat four or five mini-bars as you take your kids trick-or-treating, and if they're within arm's reach at your office, you could "accidentally" be eating one or more every day for weeks leading up to Halloween.

The bars that pack the most calories are those with peanut butter, coconut, chocolate, caramel and nuts. Plus, once they’re out of the larger packages, their nutrition facts are nowhere to be found on those individual labels.

Trick: Start reading nutrition labels of fun-size treats before throwing out the package. Figure out the best choice for you and stick with that when you’re having a Halloween treat. Peppermint patties and Twizzlers have about half the calories of the average candy bar, but that doesn’t mean they're calorie free. Popping a piece of sugar-free gum can help curb some cravings if you're feeling tempted after eating just one. Discover 11 Halloween treats under 100 calories.
2. Pumpkin Breads and Muffins
Pumpkin puree delivers vitamin A and fiber in a low-calorie package that captures the essence of fall flavor. But pair it with sugar, cream cheese frosting, shortening and butter, and you have a high-cal treat dressed in a healthy-looking orange costume. Restaurants and bakeries are the biggest villains: Pumpkin scones, muffins, donuts and breads range from 300 to 530 calories per serving, but most portion sizes can be double or triple in size. For a single treat, that's a lot of damage to your calorie budget.
Trick: Bake your pumpkin goods at home, where you can control your recipe and make healthy baking substitutions, like subbing applesauce in place of oil and fat, choosing whole wheat flour over white and cutting down on the sugar in a recipe. Use a mini muffin tin to prepare perfectly-portioned pumpkin goodies. Start with these healthy pumpkin recipes. Continued ›
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Sarah is a registered dietitian with a bachelor's degree in dietetics. She helps individuals adopt healthy lifestyles and manage their weight. An avid exerciser and cook, Sarah likes to run, lift weights and eat good food. See all of Sarah's articles.

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