Read this blog before you take the first bite of Halloween candy!

Halloween is certainly a favourite among young children and adults alike.  Children are excited about dressing-up as an iconic super hero, monster, or cartoon character.  More importantly, they’re running door-to-door to fill their loot bags with candy…candy that is nothing more than sugar.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer all type of foods in moderation with the occasionally over indulgence is acceptable, especially on Halloween. Who doesn’t enjoy a chocolate covered mini bar?  But do you know how long you need to exercise to burn off the calories in some of your favourite Halloween treats?  Well let’s have a little examination;

Treat and Calories * Duration of Exercise
York Peppermint Patty – 60 Calories 20 minutes of yoga
Kit Kat – 70 Calories 10 minutes of moderate rowing
Regular M&M’s – 67 Calories 9 minutes of jumping jacks
Snickers – 80 Calories 9 minutes on the elliptical
Reese Peanut Butter Cup – 110 Calories 7 mins of jogging

I am a mom and have faced many Halloween nights with my kids and I over indulging in candy.  Here are a few helpful tips and tricks I have dreamt up over the years to control the sugar intake in my household before, on, and after Halloween;

  • Have the children pick only 20 of their favourite treats and take the remainder to work or stick all the unwanted candy back in the bowl to hand out to those coming by your house who haven’t read these tips and tricks
  • Eat a filling, healthy meal before trick and treating, thereby filling your belly with good food choices prior to the candy being consumed
  • Only go to 10 of your favourite neighbours homes to collect candy
  • Exercise prior to eating the candy; burn the calories before eating them
  • Eat gum the entire evening to curb the need to eat the treats
  • Purchase treats you and your family member don’t love to hand out to keep you from eating them yourselves
  • Only purchase treats the night before Halloween to avoiding having them in the cupboard

And of course……complete all the BOKS BURST activities sent to your email inbox every day the week of Halloween OR if you haven’t signed up yet to receive bursts do so at http://www.bokskids.ca/.

*Source : Popsugar

ALISON EDWARDS

Regional Coordinator for Central Canada, BOKS Canada