Tag: candy

Don’t Be Tricked Into These Treats

by in Halloween, Healthy Holidays, October 30, 2012

halloween candy
It’s not just the ghouls and ghosts causing a scare on Halloween — how about the mountains of treats handed out to kids by friends and neighbors? Some treats are worse than others — these are the ones that I pick out of my kiddos’ candy stash when they’re not looking and toss them into the trash.

Depending on the brand, taffy has about 160 calories and 27 grams of sugar for about 5 pieces. The fact that my kids need to try VERY hard to bite into one tells me they shouldn’t be eating it. Read the ingredient list and you’ll find corn syrup, palm oil, hydrogenated oil and artificial colors. In one bite, your kid can eat at least 4 ingredients that many experts tell you to avoid.

Candy-Filled Lollipops
Gum or chewy-candy filled lollipops may be exciting for kids but why on earth do they need a 2-in-1 treat? The only thing they’ll be getting more of is sugar!

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Everything You Need for a Healthy Halloween

by in Halloween, October 31, 2011
candy Some treats are scarier than others.

We can’t help you fend off goblins, ghosts, witches and werewolves, but we can help you avoid scary stuff like excess sugar, too many processed treats and smile-spoiling candies. Before you hit the streets to trick-or-treat, read up on the sneaky ways you can resist overindulging this year. Plus, some make-at-home sweets that will keep you from raiding the candy aisle, especially once the prices get marked down tomorrow.

Tricks for Enjoying Your Treats

Experts’ Favorite Halloween Treats

Eat This Instead of That, Halloween Edition

Don’t be Tricked into These Treats

Frightening Foods to Avoid

6 Halloween Party Treats

How to Navigate the Candy Aisle

5 Treats That are Scarier Than Zombies

How to Use Up All That Candy

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Healthy Swaps: Halloween Treats

by in Halloween, Healthy Tips, October 28, 2011

halloween candy
You can probably figure out that candy isn’t the healthiest option, but this time of year it’s pretty much unavoidable. Explore the options below for improved candy picks.

Instead of: King size candy bar
Choose: Mini “fun size” bar
The Payoff: An average savings of 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat

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Healthier Halloween:Frightening Foods to Avoid

by in Halloween, October 23, 2011
sour halloween candy
Should you be afraid of sour candies?

We don’t expect your Halloween faves to be nutritious, but there are some treats you should be scared of. Whether you’re digging through a candy-filled pillowcase or deciding what to give out to trick-or-treaters, use these tips to keep kiddies safe.

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How To Use All That Candy

by in Healthy Tips, October 29, 2010
How to Avoid Candy Overload - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine
How to Avoid Candy Overload - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

This time of year, it’s hard to escape piles of candy and other sugar-filled treats.  But don’t toss it — here are 5 ways to use it later to sideline a post-Halloween sugar overload.

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Top 5 Scary Halloween Treats to Avoid

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, October 26, 2010

halloween candy bucket

It’s virtually impossible to avoid sugar during trick-or-treat season. Sweet treats can be part of a healthy diet, but some are more spooky than others — pass on these 5 types of candy and you’ll be off to a smart start.

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Spotlight Recipes: Homemade Treats

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, October 25, 2010
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls

Sweet treats abound throughout Halloween season. Our handmade goodies may not be sugar-free, but they sure will stand out – they are made with real ingredients and have that homemade touch.

Recipes to Try:

Pumpkin Caramels
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Chocolate-Dipped Fruit
Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Dark Chocolate Bark

Reading List: Candy Tax in Washington, Misleading Food Allergies Info and Rachel Ray’s Food Fight

by in Food News, May 14, 2010

chocolate bar

In this week’s nutrition news: Check Twitter and Facebook before your next visit to the farmers’ market, food allergy testing to be standardized and meet the White House pastry chef.

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Diet Myths, Debunked: Does Chewing Gum Lead to Weight Loss?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, April 26, 2010


We hear nutrition advice all over the place — from friends, family or even strangers (I’ve heard the strangest things in elevators!).   In this new series, we’re taking on nutritional urban legends and giving you the real story. This week: does chewing gum really help you lose weight?

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Dining Out: Theater Concession Stands

by in Dining Out, February 25, 2010


You may love to take your family to the movies, but you’ll want to shield their eyes from the concession stand. Buttery popcorn, pizza, nachos, french fries, hot dogs, slushies, ice cream and gobs of candy sound appealing, but chow down on a couple of these and you might gobble up two days worth of calories in two hours.

So what’s a movie-goer to do?

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