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Friday, October 28, 2011

Tricks to Enjoy Your Halloween Treats

Friday, October 28, 2011 | 10:40 AM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , No comments

Halloween is one day a year but the candy is around for many weeks before and after October 31st. You can choose not to eat the candy, which is fine - especially if you are someone who has worked really hard all year to lose weight and keep it off. However, if you do decided to indulge and have a few treats, your best bet is to read the food labels for ingredients, calories, and fat.

Choosing ones that contain the least amount of calories and fat can be a great choice, however that choice may not be satisfying for you. Choosing one that you would enjoy may be the better option in the long run. It is really about the amount of candy that you eat versus the one(s) you choose to eat. The fun size candy bars are great, if you can stick to the recommended serving amount! Most servings of these treats contain 100 calories or less - which is not a significant amount of calories when you consider that most individuals should be consuming close to 2,000 calories per day.

Thinking about the calories and fat can take the fun out of the treats you choose; but it is better to be aware of what you are choosing and be able to choose wisely! Some people choose to over-indulge on Halloween and be done with the candy while others will ration out their treats for a week or so. Either way is fine. However, if you continue to over-indulge for a week or so that is when you may start to realize that this holiday is adding some unwanted extra calories to your healthy diet.

Remember that Halloween is just the beginning of the holiday season so choose wisely!

Finally, thanks to all of you that visited me at my table in the dining halls over the past two weeks. We have adjusted the schedule so that I will be in one location each week. I will have my table set-up on Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:30 with a weekly topic to discuss - with freebies and prizes! The location will rotate each week so here is the schedule for the next three weeks leading up to Thanksgiving break:
  • Wednesday, November 2 - International Village
  • Wednesday, November 9 - Levine Marketplace in Stetson East
  • Wednesday, November 16 - Stetson West Eatery


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