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Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:42

What 200 Calories Worth of Your Favorite Halloween Candy Looks Like

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Not long ago I wrote a blog and displayed images of what 100 calories look like with healthy foods. This really helps when trying to plan menus and recipes that are healthy, good choices. Well, now that we just finished with Halloween we may have some leftover candy to deal with. So it occurred to me- what do calories in candy look like. Here's a guide to help you make some wise choices. Some of these may really surprise you.

We'd like to imagine that all those Halloween sweets won't affect us. But in reality, they're far from calorie-free. Here's what a reasonable amount (around 200 calories) of your favorite "fun size" treats look like.

candy-corn

Candy Corn
30 pieces = 200 calories
At 32 grams of sugar per serving size (about 19 pieces), these aren't exactly sugar lightweights. But with 0 grams of fat, they aren't the worst sweet on this list. We won't stop you from knocking back a few of the sweet bites. They are basically the epitome of Halloween candy, after all.

m-and-ms

M&Ms
3 packs = 220 calories
More chocolate! With crunchy little candy shells and creamy chocolate inside, it's pretty darn tough to say no to this candy.

twizzlers

Twizzlers
6 vines = 180 calories
When it comes to this sweet licorice, you can enjoy more than one pack of chewy goodness. The vines are low in fat and will keep you chewing for a while.

hersheys

Hershey Milk Chocolate
3 pieces = 190 calories
The milk chocolate bar doesn't achieve the same stamp of approval as dark chocolate. But like we always say, a little chocolate in moderation definitely ain't bad.

butterfinger

Butterfingers
4 bars = 180 calories
Get your peanut butter fix in crispy form—"crispety crunchety, peanut-buttery" to be specific—with this popular bar. Be wary, though, of the 29 grams per serving of empty carbohydrates.

reeses

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
2.5 cups = 200 calories
If you're a fan of the peanut buttery-chocolate combo, you're in luck! You can have two whole cups and then some (another half, to be exact) all before hitting the 200 calorie mark.

skittles

Skittles
3 packs = 190 calories
When it comes to these lil' guys, tasting the rainbow isn't exactly healthy—even if they are fruit flavored. And since you know you won't stop at one, aim for less than 3 bags.

kit-kat

Kit Kat Bars
5 sticks = 210 calories
Gotta love the delicious sound of breaking off a Kit Kat. The chocolate and wafer bars are light, so you get 5 whole sticks. Score.

tootsie-roll

Tootsie Rolls
8.5 minies = 195.5 calories
Tooties, we love you. But with corn syrup and hydrogenated oil (basically sugar and fat), try not to untwist too many rolls—they won't keep you full and satisfied in the long run.

sour-patch-kids

Sour Patch Kids
3 packs = 195 calories
Sour then sweet, these gummies are like a flavor roller coaster for your tongue. But with corn syrup and lots of unnatural coloring, enjoy your 3 packs with care.

snickers

Snickers
2 1/2 bars = 200 calories
Unlike the sugar-based candies, this bar will likely keep you "full" longer thanks to fluffy nougat and protein-packed peanuts. But with 8 total grams of fat and 21 total grams of carbohydrates per serving (two fun size bars), these candy bars aren't going to be the most guilt-free of the bunch, either.

The list goes on and on. Now consider how many calories you are allowed in Step 1 and Step 2 in the CMWM weight management plan per day. Healthy food vs candy....hmm, not really all that difficult of a choice.

Bon Appetit!

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