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Trick or Treat! Healthy Halloween Choices

Halloween is just around the corner, so before you head out to the store to buy a mixed bag of candy for your trick-or-treater; take the time to learn about the nutritional facts in candy. Halloween candy is full of sugar and can be proven to cause toothaches, obesity and much more. However, this is no reason to forbid candy from your children on Halloween, as there are many healthy options and alternatives available. The Halloween candies below are low in calorie count and grams of fat. Healthiest Halloween Candies
  • Three Musketeers Minis -Serving Size: One fun size bar contains 63 calories and  two grams of fat
  • York Peppermint Patty- Serving Size:  One full size patty contains 165 calories and three grams of fat.
  • Peep Pumpkins- Serving Size:  One peep contains 16 calories and zero grams of fat
  • Tootsie Rolls- Serving Size: One roll contains 50 calories and one gram of fat
  • Peanut M&Ms- Serving Size: One fun size pouch contains 90 calories and five grams of fat
  • Jolly Ranchers - Serving Size: Three candies contain 70 calories and zero grams of fat
  • Charm Blow Pops- Serving Size: One pop contains 60 calories and zero grams of fat
Still feel like you should have more options for the kids? Healthy Alternatives to Candy
  • Pretzels -Serving Size: 1 mini bag contains 160 calories and zero grams of fat
  • Graham Crackers -Serving Size: 1 large rectangle (2 squares) contains 59 calories and 1.4 grams of fat
  • Goldfish crackers -Serving Size: one cup of goldfish contains 266 calories and 13.41 grams of fat
  • Popcorn Ball -Service Size: one ball contains 180 calories and 3 grams of fat
Now that you are aware of the number of healthy Halloween choices available on the market we can focus on safety tips for bringing loved ones trick-or-treating! 4 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips to Remember:
  1. Plan a route in advance
  2. Wear comfortable footwear
  3. Utilize reflectors and flashlights to ensure all children are seen
  4. Check candy for tampering before consuming

Happy Halloween!

 Sources: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/7-healthy-halloween-candy-choices/#slideshow=slide8 http://www.rd.com/slideshows/7-trick-or-treating-safety-tips/#slideshow=slide2 http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/halloween-treats-don-t-have-to-be-nutritionally- scary/article_9e881126-8308-522f-9e91-01d32519e4b3.html http://caloriecount.about.com/
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