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Can’t Stop Eating Your Kids’ Candy? This Will Help!

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Written by Sanae Shea

I cannot bring myself to eat a full sized candy bar. However, I have no problem popping the fun sized versions in my mouth throughout the day. I did the math and figured out how many fun sized bars it takes to make one full candy bar. Maybe with this knowledge, I won’t steal as much candy from my kids. 

  • Butterfinger – 2 ½  fun sized bars = 1 regular bar
  • Mounds – 2 ½ fun sized bars = 1 regular bar
  • Reese’s PB Cups – 2 ½ miniature sized cups = 1 full sized cup
  • M& M’s – 3 fun sized bags = 1 regular bag
  • Twix – 3 fun sized bars = 1 regular bar (2 sticks)
  • Snickers – 3 ½ fun sized bars = 1 regular bar
  • Kit Kat  5 mini’s = 1 regular sized bar (4 waffers)

Who eats just half of a fun sized bar? I probably consume the equivalent of at least 3 full sized candy bars every day from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Yikes! 

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Lower Calorie Options

I know it’s difficult to stay out of their trick-or-treat bags so this year I will try to grab these lower calorie options instead.

  • York Peppermint Pattie; 1 full sized pattie; 140 Calories, 3 grams of Fat
  • Candy Corn – 19 pieces; 140 Calories, 0 grams of Fat
  • 3 Musketeers – mini’s; 25 Calories, 1 gram of Fat
  • Skittles – fun size; 60 Calories, 1 gram of Fat
  • Hershey Kisses – 1 kiss; 22 Calories, 1 gram of Fat
  • Tootsie Rolls – 1 roll; 11 Calories, 0 grams of Fat
  • Smarties – 1 roll; 25 Calories, 0 grams of Fat
  • Caramel Apple Pops; 60 Calories, .5 grams of Fat
  • Dum-Dum Pops; 26 Calories, 0 grams of Fat
  • Marshmallow Pumpkins; 130 Calories, 5 grams of Fat

High Calorie Halloween Favorites to Avoid

Mounds Fun Size; 80 Calories, 5 grams of Fat
Butter finger Fun Size; 100 Calories, 5 grams of Fat
Snickers Fun Size; 80 Calories, 4 grams of Fat
Reese’s PB Cups Minis; 3 pieces; 132 Calories, 9 grams of Fat                                                        
Caramel – 5 pieces; 160 calories, 3.5 grams of Fat                                     

Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen
                Mini; 370 Calories, 14 grams of Fat
                Small; 590 Calories, 20 grams of Fat
                Medium; 780 Calories, 27 grams of Fat
                Large; 980 Calories, 33 grams of Fat      

Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks
                Grande 16 oz.; 380 Calories, 13 grams of Fat
                Grande 16 oz non-fat, no whipped cream; 260 Calories, 0 grams of Fat        

Salted Caramel Latte from Starbucks      
                Grande 16 oz.; 420 Calories, 16 grams of Fat
                Grande 16 oz non-fat, no whipped cream; 290 Calories, 3 grams of Fat                        

Pumpkin Seeds – ¼ cup; 160 Calories, 12 grams of Fat
Pumpkin Pie – 1/6 of pie; 280 Calories, 13 grams of Fat      

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Oops! Got caught with your hand in the candy bag?                                                       

We are only human and it is VERY difficult to resist tasty treats this time of year. No worries. Pick an activity from this list and burn some of those calories.

  • Chop wood for 1 hour and burn 303 calories = 35 pieces of Candy Corn
  • Vacuum for 1 hour and burn 152 calories = 7 Hershey Kisses
  • Play the drums for 1 hour and burn 202 calories = 4½ mini Butterfingers
  • Run 6 miles in 1 hour and torch 505 calories = 1 full sized Twix bar
  • Box on the Wii for 1 hour and burn 243 calories = 3½ fun sized bags of M&Ms
  • Ice skate for 1 hour and burn 354 calories = all but a couple bites of a Mini Pumpkin Pie Blizzard
  • Sweep the garage for 1 hour and burn 202 calories = 2 fun sized Butter fingers
  • Walk 3 miles in 1 hour and burn 167 calories = 6½ rolls of Smarties
  • Play touch football for 1 hour and burn 404 calories = 1¼ cup of Pumpkin Seeds

But unless you can play the drums like the soccer mom in this video, you might want to avoid the candy bag altogether.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfaRIj3xE8Y&feature=youtu.be

What drastic measures do you take to keep yourself out of your kid’s candy bag?

About the author

Sanae Shea

Sanae Shea is a girly girl living in a house full of men…1 husband, 3 sons and new puppy named Ted. When she’s not busy with her boys, you’ll find her teaching Zumba Fitness classes at several locations throughout Kearney. She is also a skin care consultant for RX Skin Therapy at USave Pharmacy in Kearney. Learn more about Sanae at www.zumbawithsanae.com.

2 Comments

  • To answer my own question from above…one of the tricks I use is to take out most of the “freezable” candy from their bags right away. The chocolates mostly. I put them in freezer zip lock bags and hide them waaayyyy in the back of the freezer. This helps to spread out the consumption over several months. I know some people use the Candy Witch. I’m not sure how that works but I can bring myself to throw away perfectly good candy.

  • Here’s another tip to get you through this crazy week… Sonic will be selling corn dogs for 50 cents on Halloween. And in case you were wondering those have just 210 calories each and 11 grams of fat. Not too bad. That’s the equivalent of 3 1/2 fun sized bags of Skittles. The corn dog is a better choice over the cheese burger at 800 calories and 54 grams of fat!

    They also have a fun Halloween pinball game for your kids to play on their website http://www.sonicdrivein.com.