Halloween is one of the sweetest holidays of the year, but for those trying to eat wisely, it can also be pretty terrifying. So before you go door-to-door to fill your candy sack, find out which treats are the healthiest so you won’t be tricked when Oct. 31 sneaks up on you.
Peanut M&Ms: Not only are M&Ms known as the candy that melts in your mouth and not in your hand, they’re also considered by Real Simple magazine as one of the healthiest Halloween treats you can eat -- the peanut variety, that is. Its protein-packed center gives this candy a boost above the res, providing candy-munchers a small dose of energy so they can hunt for sweets all night long.
Charms Blow Pops: These suckers may be lacking protein like our chocolaty friend above, but they’re still one of the smartest candy options out there. One Blow Pop contains 60 calories, 0 fat and 13 grams of sugar, according to Reader’s Digest. Besides being low in calories, they also keep the mouths of sweet-seekers occupied so they don’t binge on fattier treats (not to mention there’s a gummy surprise in the middle. Cha-ching!).
Tootsie Roll: The 69 Boyz aren’t the only ones fond of this treat! (Just kidding.) Those trying to eat smarter and craving a quick, chocolate fix also put Tootsie Rolls on a pedestal. And at 60 calories and 10 grams of sugar, why shouldn’t they? This little treat is a perfect sweet sample. Just be careful not to indulge on too many, or the calories will quickly add up.
York Peppermint Patty: These minty treats are said to be king of the healthier candy options, according to Real Simple. Not only are they satisfyingly good but they also leave your mouth feeling minty fresh, which deters candy eaters from going for a second treat. “Mint is a nice way to finish,” Tara Gidus, RD, a nutrition consultant, told the magazine. “When someone has a strong mint flavor, they are not likely to go back for more because it would ruin the flavor of another piece of candy.” Candy lovers can also feel guilt-free after eating this treat. Three mini York patties add up to only 150 calories, 8 grams of fat and 100 milligrams of sodium. Now that's refreshing.
3 Musketeers: A fun-sized portion of this treat outweighs the candy competition by helping you weigh less. With 63 calories, 2 grams of fat and 11 grams of sugar, this light and fluffy-centered treat is reported by Bustle to have fewer calories than other chocolate bars. Sorry, Twix lovers!
Dark Chocolate: This type of candy has a lot of perks. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants (and contains less sugar than milk chocolate) and boasts a higher cocoa content, which helps prevent diseases, according to Reader's Digest. Indulge!
What sweets will you be snacking on this Halloween? Tell us your healthier options in the comments section below.