Halloween is festive and fun, but the ingredient lists of Halloween candy is actually scary! Trans fats, corn syrup, food coloring and artificial flavors galore.
In addition to artificial and harmful ingredients, candy intake tends to put most people over the recommended daily limit for sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 calories a day from added sugar from any source, and that most men get no more than 150 calories a day from added sugar. That’s about 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men. In terms of candy, 1 Snickers OR 1/2 a bag of Skittles equals the recommended total daily limit for sugar. Continue reading →
For those who are watching their weight or trying to follow a diet plan, the holiday season can be a very difficult time of year. Halloween is the official beginning of the holiday season and Halloween treats and weight gain can go hand-in-hand.
Here are my five tricks to help you manage your Halloween treats:
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Halloween doesn’t mean that you have to abandon good eating habits in order to enjoy. Halloween actually offers an excellent opportunity to teach your child about balanced, healthy eating habits. Teaching your child how to include a treat as part of their healthy eating plan, how much they can eat and when treats can be eaten all provide learning opportunities that help your child to establish healthy eating habits. Continue reading →