The BEST and WORST Halloween Candy on a Diet

by Jen on October 30, 2015

Are you tempted by all of the Halloween candy? Find out the best and worst candy so you can indulge in moderation and still stick to your healthy eating plan.

The Best and Worst Halloween Candy on a Diet

Has the Halloween candy made it’s way into your house already? Do you find yourself tempted by all that Halloween candy your kids bring home? While I’m all about moderation, I find that Halloween candy can be just the beginning of the treats in the fall and winter. So rather than ruin your diet plan altogether, here’s how to keep your treats in moderation and crush your candy cravings!

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I personally don’t believe in being on a “diet!” To me, the word “diet” says that I can’t have this certain food and I can’t have that certain food. That being said, I do watch what I eat everyday. And by practicing moderation, nothing is off limits.

Here are 3 BONUS TIPS to surviving Halloween on a DIET:

Don’t buy your Halloween candy until October 31st.

Don’t stock up on your favourite treats unless you know you can resist them or can eat 1 piece in moderation. (I personally buy candy I don’t like.)

Keep the treats in a place you won’t see them each time you walk by. I keep ours on the top shelf of our front hall closet because I rarely go in there. Don’t keep the candy in your pantry!

BEST Halloween Candy on a diet:

Hershey’s Special Dark – This classic is easy to love thanks to the antioxidant benefits of dark chocolate. Snack on two miniatures for a total of only 88 calories and 5.2 grams of fat.

Twizzlers – Hailed as a low-fat treat, the snack-size version is even more regret-free. Nosh on two for less than 100 calories and 0 grams of fat.

Tootsie Rolls – Tootsie Rolls don’t tack on too many calories themselves. Three minis contain only 70 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

Jolly Ranchers – These fruity hard candies keep a mouth busy for minutes, upping their satisfaction factor. And two are only 47 calories and 8 grams of sugar.

WORST Halloween Candy on a diet:

Butterfinger – These little bars pack a serious amount of calories. 4 small bars contain 180 calories, 8 grams fat, 18 grams sugar. A 145-pound person would need to briskly walk for 30 minutes to burn off 4 pieces of Butterfinger.

Mounds – 2 fun sized bars are 160 calories. Thanks to the high-fat coconut filling, these little chocolate nuggets boast big fat and calorie counts. Skip this treat all together and opt for a small piece of dark chocolate.

Candy Corn – While these little candy’s may seem innocent, they are PURE sugar – and the worst kind of sugar – high fructose corn syrup! A handful is easily about 100 calories.

Baby Ruth – Don’t be fooled by the healthy, protein-packed peanuts that cover this bar. One fun sized bar contains 83 calories, 4 grams fat, 10 grams sugar.

How other Halloween candy stacks up:


Which type of Halloween candy are you giving out this year?

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