Halloween can be a scary time of the year when you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating regimen. Candy is a weakness for so many people (including me), so I thought this would be a great time to play a little Halloween game.
Let’s see if you can pick which Halloween candy is the better health-conscious choice. Ready … set … go!
1) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers?
The better choice: Snickers. When compared in equal portion sizes, even though Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups actually have more protein, Snickers bars contain less fat, less saturated fat, and 10 fewer calories per two pieces.
2) Peanut M&M’s or Skittles?
The better choice: Peanut M&M’s. Skittles have only 61 calories per snack-size bag, compared to 90 in Peanut M&M’s, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the better choice. Peanut M&M’s are low on the glycemic index, which means they release their sugar slowly into your bloodstream and will satisfy you longer. Those sugary little Skittles will spike your blood sugar and leave you craving more.
3) Twix or Kit Kat?
The better choice: Kit Kat. While neither of these chocolaty, wafery/biscuity treats will win any nutritional prizes, reaching for the Kit Kat will save you 20 calories and rack up less saturated fat and sodium. In fact, Twix packs three times the sodiumâ€”90 milligramsâ€”in three fun size pieces than you would get in a comparable serving of Kit Kat.