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Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #43 - A Spooktactular Guide to Managing Halloween Treats
October 25, 2023
A Spooktacular Guide to Managing Halloween Treats
Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #43 -- Halloween After Weight Loss Surgery
Halloween is such a fun time of year. It’s my personal favorite in fact!
Goblins, ghouls, and ghosts may haunt your streets, but the real scare is the monstrous pile of candy that may find it’s way into your workplace and/or your house.
So it's time to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to conquer the candy cauldron! Let's dive into the wickedly delicious world of Halloween candy, including its devilish calorie counts and the tricks to offset them.
Conquering the Candy CauldronHere’s how I see it…
Calorie management is kind of like money management.
Sometimes when you want to buy something expensive… like a designer purse or a new car… it requires that you cut down on something else…or pick up an extra shift… to afford the purchase, right?!
It’s the same with food. Everything you eat and drink “costs” you something in the form of calories.
I may not be a fan of meticulous calorie counting, but I'm a firm believer in calorie awareness.
When you're aware of the calories you're indulging in during your Halloween festivities, you gain the power to make informed choices.
Think of those 6 mini Reese's peanut butter cups and 2 fun-sized Snickers from your child's Halloween stash? Do you sense a calorie overload? Or do you justify that they’re just a “few little ones” and it doesn’t matter? Now, picture this – knowing the answer to how many calories they cost you!
And what about that handful of candy corn and a fun-size pack of Twizzlers? Can you taste the potential calorie damage? Imagine knowing just how many minutes of walking it would take to vanquish those extra calories.
Well it’s time that you know! Knowledge is power.
Candy LanguageSize matters, so be sure you’re in the know with candy lingo:
• “Minis” are bite-sized candies and therefore the lowest calorie choices. But don’t trick yourself…too many minis adds ups to more calories than a single snack size treat!
• “Snack-size” and “fun-size” treats are usually about 2 inches long and weigh ~ 1/2 ounce.
Calorie RoundupHere’s a
Looking for a specific candy?
Calculation ToolUse this free calculation tool to estimate how many calories you burn in dozens of different exercises.
Simply enter your weight and how long (in minutes) you plan to exercise.
According to this calculator, I burn approximately 200 calories in 30 minutes of biking. So now I know that if I eat 2 fun sized candy bars (approximately 90 calories each) …say one Butterfingers and one Snickers… I need to ride the bike for half an hour to offset them!
Am I willing to pay the price? Possibly.Hmmmm.
Sampling of Halloween Calories20 - 25 calories
• Hershey's Kiss
Under 30 calories
• 3 Musketeers
• Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
• Twix mini
Snack Size and Fun Size
• 3 Musketeers
Chewy Candy and Lollipops
• 2-3 Starbursts (20 calories per piece)
• 3 Swedish Fish (22 calories each)
60 - 70 calorie lollipops
• Tootsie Pop
Over 100 Calories
• 7 Sour patch Kids (16 calories each)
SugarSugar certainly packs quite a punch when it comes to calories, but it’s also the source of something you’ve likely heard of – dumping syndrome. So, keep those sugar grams on your radar too.
Here’s a handy rule of thumb to remember:
4 grams of sugar is roughly the equivalent of 1 teaspoon. Picture eating a sugar cube from the sugar bowl for every 4 grams of sugar on the label.
Say you're eyeing those tempting, bite-sized Reese's peanut butter cups. A handful of 5 of them will set you back about 220 calories and a whopping 23 grams of sugars. That's roughly 6 teaspoons of sugar (equivalent to 2 tablespoons). Now imagine going to the sugar bowl and gobbling down 6 sugar cubes.
There you have it.
So keep this little sugar scoop in mind. It might just be the sweet reminder you need to make those healthier choices and/or smaller portion sizes.
After all, the journey to a healthier you is all about making informed decisions!
The Final SpellHalloween is all about spooky fun, costumes, and yes, possibly a bit of candy.
Keep your celebration to ONE day. And enjoy it! Keep your calorie management in mind. If you happen to overdo it despite your good intentions, be sure to throw out or give away all the extra candy so it doesn’t become a habit! It’s that simple.
Don't let the treats cast a dark shadow over your festivities. Armed with this knowledge, you can now face the candy cauldron with confidence.
After all, there's nothing scarier than not having a little fun on Halloween!
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Suzette Kroll, RDN
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