A Candy Conundrum
Halloween is quickly approaching, and here’s a spooky fact: Americans are expected to spend $2.5 billion on candy this year, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA). (Just in case you’re wondering, chocolate is the most popular choice, and candy corn is a close second.) The trouble with Halloween candy….it not only sticks to our teeth, it can stick around for weeks and ultimately stick to our waistlines. Halloween commences the holiday season over which the average American gains between one and five pounds. That may not sound like a lot… the real trouble is, we never lose it. As you’re enjoying the Halloween festivities this year, treat yourself to a more filling and nutritious treat:
- 2 fun size Snickers Bars have the same number of calories as a whole apple and 12 almonds.
- 1 regular package of milk chocolate M&Ms has the same number of calories as a medium-sized baked potato topped with a cup of steamed broccoli, 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons of salsa.
- 10 pieces of candy corn have the same number of calories as 2 tablespoons of hummus and a cup of carrot and celery sticks
- 3 Jolly Ranchers have the same number of calories as nearly 3 cups of air-popped popcorn sprinkled with savory spices.
What’s your healthy Halloween snack? Leave a comment in the section below or on any of our social media sites!