Halloween candy by default isn't healthy; in fact for some moms (and dentists) it can be something of a nightmare. But there are actually some candies that are better than others for your waistline and the kids' teeth? We've rounded up a list of candy that is lower sugar and fat, and that when eaten in moderation actually aren't so bad.
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- Junior Mints. A light and airy treat that has an intense and lasting taste, meaning your kids will eat less. There are also 4-5 mints per mini package that include dark chocolate and mint flavors that are cooling and refreshing. (50 calories, 0.5 grams of fat)
- Mini Tootsie Roll. Yes, these are filled with sugar, but a Tootsie is considered somewhat healthy because they also last longer so after eating a few your kids will likely have their fill. (50 calories, 0 grams of fat.
- Dark Chocolate. Much has been said about the nutritional value of dark chocolate. It is believed to have a high concentration of antioxidants and with a rich flavor; kids (usually) won't want to eat as much. (Hershey's mini dark kisses - 180 calories for 9 minis, 12 grams of fat)
- Lollipops. Another high-sugar treat, but lollipops last longer so kids enjoy them and won't go back for more. Today there are even organic lollipops that are made from fruit juice -- a fruit and sweet treat to enjoy beyond Halloween. (60 calories, 0 grams of fat)
- Peeps. Some people hate or love the peep. Essentially marshmallows, peeps are a healthy option for being low cal and fat free. Also, being a twice a year treat, peeps are something to be enjoyed on Halloween. (16 calories, 0 grams of fat)
- Lemonheads. The classic sour treat, Lemonheads are also a low-cal and fat free option. (50 calories, 0 grams of fat for 10 pieces)
- Pretzels. Last Halloween, I noticed a lot of pretzels and some chocolate-covered ones, too. This crunchy and salty snack is a nice alternative to sugary treats. (Snyder's of Hannover -- 110 calories for 20 mini pretzels, 0.5 grams of fat).
- Granola Bars. Generally made with whole grains, granola bars are a filling Halloween treat that also has some nutritional benefits -- like high fiber and protein. Some though, like chocolate chip bars, can be just as sugary as a candy bar. (Nature Valley crunchy oat granola bar --180 calories, 6 grams of fat).
- Gummy Bears. A sweet and chewy treat, gummy bears or chewy candies are low in fat and generally come in individually wrapped portions. Fruit leather is another option -- generally made of dried fruit, which is a great high fiber and low calorie Halloween treat. (Edward and Sons -- 80 calories for 20 gummies, 0 grams of fat)
This year don't be scared of the calories and sugar--make smart decisions.
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