A Calorie Counters’s Guide to Halloween

We usually wait until November to talk about the challenges of eating healthy when surrounded by calorie bombs too delicious to pass up, but really it all begins with Halloween. That mini-Kit Kat looks so cute, sweet and innocent, but it’s a gateway drug with 42 calories and 2.2 grams of fat in one miniature bar alone. Snickers fans, you’re not in luck. There are a whopping 80.8 calories and 4.1 grams of fat in one fun-sized bar. Then, after you sit on the couch with a whole bag of your favorite treat and devour them while watching Hocus Pocus (I can’t believe that’s Carrie Bradshaw either), you’re going to have plenty of reasons for morning-after guilt.

To prevent that from happening, look at the nutrition label, pull out the serving size or less for your favorite fun-sized candy bars (usually four or five) and put the rest on a high shelf that’s out of sight, out of mind. That way, you’re having your treat without going into a full-fledged binge mode. Bring it to work the next day if you can’t have it in the house (and stay away from that candy bowl at the receptionist’s desk by changing up your route to the break room). If you’re going to be out and unable to look at the nutrition information, go armed with it by consulting calorielab.com.

image: jimmy minardi

image: jimmy minardi

“There’s no problem with the occasional candy fix especially on Halloween when the temptation is everywhere,” said Jimmy Minardi of Minardi Training in East Hampton and NYC. “Luckily, most Halloween candy comes in small, snack sizes and it’s easy to undo the damage of four or five small candy bars in a single workout.”

When you wake up on Nov. 1, proud of yourself that you kept your candy-cravings in a controlled check but still hoping to work off the splurge, perform each of these moves for five minutes and consider Halloween officially yesterday’s news.

Jimmy Minardi’s Post-Halloween Workout

Do each move for five minutes.

Jumping rope: 49 calories
Burpees: 44 calories
Cycling 12-14 mph: 43 calories
Running 5 mph: 42 calories
Walking up stairs: 40 calories
Jumping jacks: 20 calories

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.