Not all candy is bad. In fact, anything in moderation isn’t going to kill anybody. However, did you know that some of our favorite candies actually have health benefits? I’m not a huge candy fan, though I do love Reese’s Pieces and 100 Grand (too bad those didn’t make the list..)
SELF Magazine recently brought to my attention the ways candy can fight disease and weight gain.
1. Go to the Dark Side: A new study backs up the best excuse ever to eat a Milky Way Midnight: People who ate a little chocolate every day were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, according to the study in the European Heart Journal. Pick a piece of dark chocolate the size of a Hershey’s Kiss.
2. Scare Up a Daily Splurge: Fans of fruity candy, rejoice! It’s not all about chocolate anymore. People who eat confections of any kind have a lower body-mass index and a smaller waist than their candy-skipping pals, researchers at Louisiana State University find. Balancing healthy eating with the occasional treat is key.
3. Gum it Up: Chewing gum improves alertness, a study from Coventry University reveals. Pop a piece when you need an afternoon pick-me-up.
4. Have a Ball: The corn in that sticky popcorn ball has fiber and antioxidants. Nuke 1/2 cup honey for 10 seconds; add 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips. Pour over 6 cups popcorn mixed with 1 cup salted peanuts. Stir; form into balls; chill on wax paper until firm.
5. Do Dessert: A sweet truth: Enjoying more treats can help you slim. People who ate four low-calorie desserts a week lost 9 pounds more than those who had one weekly splurge, research from the University School of Medicine in Athens shows. Those who felt deprived pigged out, but frequent sweets eaters were satisfied with smaller portions.
6. Cut to Fit: People given halved candies ate 60 fewer calories than those offered the same amount of whole ones, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports. Small-sweets eaters considered quantity, not size, and stopped sooner. This works for other treats, too, so slice before snacking.
6 Halloween Treats Under 200 Calories
If you’re looking to indulge without going overboard in the calorie department, SELF has put together a list of 6 Guilt-Free Halloween Treats (Chocolate Included!). They asked if I wanted to share this with my readers, I agreed, and here they are:
- 4 Dove Dark Chocolate Promises = 168 calories. You get the benefit of dark chocolate’s antioxidant boost, plus inspiring motivational messages to get you in the mood to party.
- 2. 22 Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks = 150 calories. Sweet and satisfying with no artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup.
- 3. 2 Dum Dums = 50 calories. You’ve been sucking on these gluten-free lollipops since you were a kid. Only decision? Cotton Candy vs. Cream Soda.
- 16 Sour Patch Kids = 150 calories. If you’re craving sour rather than sweet. (I can appreciate these!)
- 2 Snack Size Almond Joys = 160 calories. Grab a bag for your trick-or-treaters, but save a couple of these coconut milk chocolate treats for yourself.
- Halloween Trick Mix = 130 calories. DIY treats that you put together in your kitchen are almost always a better bet, because you can control the ingredients. Mix 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter Puffins cereal with 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots. Bundle them up into individual portion bags tied with black and orange ribbon, and you’ll win the prize for most creative (and healthiest) snack.
*These articles were posted with permission from SELF.