Food for thought about how to live healthy!

Thinking about stealing some of your kids’ candy this Halloween? Calories from that candy can add up fast.

Halloween is typically the starting point of the typical Holiday Season Weight Gain. You can help moderate yours or your kids' weight by cutting down on the number of houses visited or donating half of your Halloween candy to underprivileged kids.

Here’s a list of portions per piece of candy that fall around 100 calories:

  • 4.5 Hershey’s Kisses
  • 4 Tootsie Rolls
  • 29 M&Ms
  • 23 Skittles
  • 9 Whoppers
  • 8 Dots
  • 15 Candy Corns
  • 5 Starbursts

Seems like the only healthy thing about Halloween is the amount of walking kids and their parents do while Trick-or-Treating. The average child ages 8-12 walks about 2 miles on Halloween, which can be great exercise for parents too. However, Halloween can be a very dangerous day when it comes to hit-and-runs and other pedestrian accidents. Children under 14 are twice as likely to be hit by cars on Halloween than any under night.

If your child is 12 or under, walk around with them to keep them safe. Remind them to check for cars before crossing the street and sort through your child’s candy for any food that might have been tampered with in some way. Look for broken and resealed wrappers, or be cautious of unknown or unfamiliar candy.

If you’re looking for healthy candy to give to kids, I have a couple personal recommendations. 3 Musketeers are good because they contain 30% less fat than original milk chocolate. Dark chocolate Hershey Kisses or Bars are also a healthy alternative for regular milk chocolate candy. Stay away from gummies, sour candies, or any other treat that contains artificial coloring and sugars.

And remember, it’s trick-OR-treat. So if you really want to make your night fun, playing a couple fun pranks on unsuspecting teens is a welcomed part of Halloween too.

*Note: Saturday Seedlings are a new segment I’m starting. They’re shorter than average posts but still contain helpful information on health and wellness.

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