Diet Tricks for Holiday Treats

21 Sep

barack_obama_mens_health_magazine_2008_november_coverIf you are like us, you love candy…and constantly fight with your waistline.  In the October 2009 issue of Men’s Health magazin (the one woth Obama on the cover) has and article on how to get your candy fix but not gain weight.  You can indulge, and like everything…moderation is key.  The article states that candy sales spiked in the recession, because it is a cheap pleasure, but that you can enjoy candy without the guilt that typically comes with it.  The tip?  Keep it to 400 calories or under.  Here are 3 ways to stretch your halloween pleasure:M_M

The small but sinful: rich chocolate with richer fillings.

  1. Milk Chocolate M&M’s – one fun-size bag is 90 calories.
  2. Milky Way – 1 fun-size milky way is 75 calories.
  3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – 2 cups = 210 calories.
  4. TOTAL = 375 calories

The balanced approach: A medium sized mix of rich & fruity candies32033-1Jawbreaker

  1. Snickers – one fun-sized bar is 80 calories
  2. Skittles – one fun size bag is 60 calories
  3. Butterfinger – one fun-sized bag is 100 calories
  4. Jawbreaker – 2 jawbreakers are 70 calories
  5. Starbursts – 4 Starbursts equal 80 calories
  6. TOTAL = 390 calories

The big pig-out – lots of low-cal itemsfruit-skittles-loose

  1. Nerds – one small box is 50 calories
  2. Jolly rancher – 3 hard candy pieces are 50 calories
  3. Bubble gum – 2 pieces equals 30 calories
  4. Smarties – 1 roll is 25 calories
  5. 3 musketeers – 1 fun-sized bar is 63 calories
  6. Tootsie pop – One sucker is 60 calories
  7. Brach’s Candy Corn – 10 pieces is 75 calories
  8. Hershey’s Sticks smooth & Creamy – 1 stick is 60 calories
  9. TOTAL – 413 Calories
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