Besides ghosts and goblins, All Hallow’s Eve can deliver another kind of nightmare: unwanted pounds. With so many sugary goodies floating around this time of year, it can be hard to stay on track with your diet and nutrition plan.
Don’t sabotage all of your hard work with tons of sugary goodies! This Halloween, enjoy these sweet and salty treats without fear of ruining that killer body of yours. (I know, I know. I like puns.)
1. Apple Cider
A cup of apple cider is perfect for the fall season and a great way to kick off your Halloween. A traditional 1-cup serving yields about 117 calories, (without any extras like whipped cream or liquor). It’s not exactly low-carb, but it’s a great alternative to that candy bar you’ve got your eye on–warm and satisfying.
2. Rice Krispies Treats
No need to feel guilty about these sweet treats. They are gluten-free and have only 153 calories in each (store-bought) square. Choose the mini version and cut it down to only 45 calories! Buy the packaged ones to give to trick-or-treaters, or make some fun, Halloween-themed versions for your family at home. Get creative!
I know what you’re thinking: ‘Fruit?! Where’s the fun in that?’ However, if you have kids, you know that you will need to get something besides candy into their tummies, or else they will be bouncing off the walls in no time. Whip up a fun dip with Cool Whip for a sweet treat that isn’t overboard on calories and sugar. This Pumpkin Fluff Dip recipe from Kraft is amazing and only 35 calories per serving (and even less if you use the Cool Whip Light version).
4. Candy Corn
Love it or hate it (I’m not a big fan), candy corn is one of the most popular Halloween candies around. It’s actually not a bad choice, too, since it has only 150 calories in a 24-piece serving. It’s also fat free, just don’t over do it, because they’re made almost entirely of sugar (24g per serving). If need a sugar fix, you can at least get some bang for your calorie bucks.
5. Popcorn Balls
Want something a bit salty for your treat? Popcorn balls are easy to make and have that satisfying crunch. Shape has a great recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Popcorn Balls that have only 90 calories in each two-inch ball. I’ll be making these myself! (Note: photo above is not of this particular recipe).
Whatever you choose, remember that the key is MODERATION. If quantity is your weakness and willpower is non-existent, it might be best to steer clear of situations where you could end up scarfing an entire bucket of candy. (Ahem, thanks office candy bowl.)
What are some of your favorite fall and Halloween treats? Have you tried making them with a healthy twist? Comment and let me know!
-This post was updated 10.6.2017
-Products mentioned in this post are NOT paid endorsements, just things I personally like.
Photos: “Happy Hoosier Halloween” by Theresa Thompson, “Candy Corn” by Fred Rockwood, and “IMG_2456” by Reed Kavner are all used under a Creative Commons 2.0 license on this post.