The “Best” Candy (Halloween Candy, of Course!)

If you read the title of this blog and said to yourself “Have these Youfit friends of mine lost their mind again?” the answer is…well, technically no. But we do love sweets! And we’ve been down this path before, when we told our members to go out and enjoy some delicious beer. If you haven’t read a blog from us before, you might be wondering how we could be such big proponents of yummy beer and delicious sweets. And the answer is simple: we think life should be enjoyed, and like all things, it requires balance.

So when we tell you to dig in to that Halloween candy stash, we mean it! With that said, there is a way to have your cake and eat it too (come to think of it…a Halloween cake is a great idea). It’s true, we want you to indulge, but we also don’t want you to suffer for the next several days while you try to get back on track. So here are some tips—and treats—that can help you enjoy a sweet reprieve without forcing you into the dentist’s office or throw off your healthy groove:

Pick wisely! Not all sweets are created equal. You might think “hey, a chocolate bar is a chocolate bar,” but the truth is you can cure a sweet tooth craving and save 50 or more calories in the process. Take York Peppermint Patties, for example. They’re just 140 calories each with only 2.5 grams of fat. A Snicker’s bar, by comparison, has 215 calories. That’s a difference of 75 calories. Just goes to show that you can satisfy that sweet tooth without overdoing it.

Think differently. Most popular candy bars have miniature sizes or bite sized options to pick from. So maybe you don’t need a whole chocolate bar—or two or three—to cure the cravings. Crack open a bag of Kit Kat Miniatures, for example, and instead of having a full serving size (7 pieces, 210 calories), have just 3! Savor each and every bite in the process (don’t eat them all in one bite), and you’ll have only consumed 90 calories. Not a bad compromise.

And when push comes to shove, don’t beat yourself up over a few missteps. Just because you gave in on that chocolate peanut butter cup after lunch doesn’t mean your whole day has come undone. Health and fitness aren’t short term journeys; we’re all in this for the long haul. If anything, having a consistent fitness routine is all the permission you need to enjoy a few indulgences from time to time.

Happy Halloween!