By Nutritionist Blogger Jeni Tackett, RD, LD
The holiday eating season has begun. Beware! The special lattes, baked goods and extra fun size calories add up!
Here’s a great strategy for mindful snacking: When you see Halloween candy on the counter, at work, or in your children’s room, imagine the sound of a cash register every time you take a bite. The calories are adding up!
Remember that about 100 calories every day for a month results in one pound of weight gain. Here are some calorie counts of the most popular Halloween candies that may be making their way into your house (and onto your waist):
|Fun size M&M’s (plain)||88|
|Fun size M&M’s (peanut)||93|
|Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins||180|
|Fun size Butterfingers||85|
|Fun size Snicker’s||80|
|Small Tootsie Roll||50|
|Fun size Starburst||40|
You may not be tempted to raid your children’s candy stash, but the warm pumpkin latte at the local coffee shop is another story. Pumpkin drinks and treats are everywhere! Be warned! These treats often pack a high calorie punch:
|12 ounce Pumpkin Spice Latte with Nonfat Milk||200|
|16 ounce Pumpkin Spice Latte with Nonfat Milk||260|
|20 ounce Pumpkin Spice Latte with Nonfat Milk||330|
|Pumpkin Pie Donut||380|
As you can see, the pumpkin treats so popular this season are loaded with calories.
For pumpkin lattes opt for a smaller size, ask for nonfat milk, and go with no whip. If you are indulging in a pumpkin muffin, cake, donut, or scone, share with a friend.
Making a daily habit of these comfort foods and drinks is not a healthy choice. Try healthier pumpkin flavored options such as pumpkin spice Greek yogurt and pumpkin butter on whole wheat toast.
So, enjoy the treats of the season but keep your ears pealed for that warning Ka-Ching!
|Meet Jeni Tackett, Let’s Move Quad Cities Nutrition Blogger. Jeni is a registered and licensed dietitian for Unity Point-Trinity. Jeni counsels her clients on weight loss and nutrition. You can read Jeni’s bio and other blog posts by clicking here.|