Have a healthier Halloween

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I am usually guilty of purchasing Halloween candy that I like, figuring that I can enjoy the left-overs and go back on a diet on November 1.

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So, of my two favorites – Snickers and Reese’s, which is the better choice?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups actually have more protein (who knew?), in a fun size–to–fun size matchup, Snickers “contain less fat, less saturated fat, and 10 fewer calories per two pieces,” says Cynthia Sass, RD, coauthor of The Ultimate Diet Log ($15, amazon.com).

Tara Gidus, RD, a nutrition consultant in Orlando, Florida, and team dietitian for the Orlando Magic, adds that though she has no scientific data to prove it, she finds Peanut Butter Cups more addictive.  I agreee.

“I love Reese’s so much that I would not stop at one,” says Gidus. “A good tip is to stay away from any candy if you know you will have no control once you start.”  Me, I can’t stop at 30.

A healthier alternative: Figamajigs are “as delicious as a candy bar,” says Sass, but they’re made from figs and covered in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Even better, they give you a boost of 5 grams of fiber.  I’ve never heard of these, but I’ll be searching at the store.

What about Skittles vs. Peanut M&M’s.?

Skittles have only 61 calories per snack-size bag, compared to 90 in Peanut M&M’s, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the better choice, says Gidus. Peanut M&M’s are low on the glycemic index, which means they release their sugar slowly into your bloodstream and will satisfy you longer. Those sugary little Skittles will spike your blood sugar and leave you craving more.

A healthier alternative: Qbel Double Dark Chocolate Wafer Bars, which are covered in high-antioxidant 70% dark chocolate, will shave off another 40 calories and save you 80 milligrams of sodium (versus Twix). Bonus: You’ll get 10 percent of your daily recommended iron intake. 

Have a happy halloween and don’t forget to floss!

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