Good Halloween treats are a trick

It used to be that Halloween was the one time of year we could enjoy copious amounts of candy guilt-free.  That’s no longer the case.  Watch your local newscast or open your daily paper and you’re sure to find an obscene amount of info about which Halloween treats are the healthier choice.  I think it’s all ghastly advice.

Look, I like pretzels and graham crackers and carrots as much as the next person, but I don’t want those things anywhere near my trick-or-treat sack.  The point of Halloween is candy.  And it’s actually a tradition that goes back to the middle ages.  Back then, people would go around and beg for food in exchange for prayers on All Soul’s Day (which falls the next day).  But I digress.

Yes, eating all that candy in one day isn’t good for you.  But if you read this blog often enough, you  know that I’m all about moderation.  Halloween is the perfect time to practice.  Pick out your favorite pieces and then indulge in one or two a day.  As for the rest of it?…pack it up and bring it into work to or just (gasp!) throw it away.

But for those of you who insist on knowing which candies are the “healthier” choice (even though we all know no candy is actually good for us)  here are a few tips:

* Skittles and Caramel Twix have more sugar than Milky Way and Baby Ruth bars.

* A snack size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup checks in at 110 calories.

*Laffy Taffy, Starburst, Twizzlers, Nerds and Mike and Ike’s are all low-calorie options with about 50 calories or fewer per serving.

Happy Halloween!

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