The Scariest Halloween Treats
These high-calorie Halloween goodies can be deadly to your diet.
Fattening Halloween Treat No. 2: Snack-size Bars Loaded With Coconut, Caramel, Nuts and/or Chocolate
"Eating a mini snack-size is not terrible, but who can stop at just
one?" says Keri Gans, MS, RD, an American Dietetic Association
spokesperson. And the worst snack-size bars are loaded with coconut, caramel,
nuts and chocolate."
"Read the labels; it will surprise you to learn that a snack-size Kit
Kat bar has 220 calories and 11 grams of fat," Gans says.
Better choices are fun-sized Twizzlers (45 calories, negligible fat), Milky
Way (75 calories, 3 grams of fat) or a peppermint patty (50 calories; 1 gram of
fat). Less caloric options include candy corn, fruit chews, jelly beans, fruit
leather, licorice or hard candies (but do keep in mind that these are still
"extra" calories, and can contribute to cavities).
Fattening Halloween Treat No. 3: Pumpkin Desserts and Baked Goods
This time of year, restaurants are full of pumpkin muffins, donuts, cakes,
and scones. Panera's pumpkin muffin has 530 calories and 20 grams of fat. A
Dunkin' Donuts pumpkin glazed donut weighs in with 280 calories and 6 grams of
fat, and their pumpkin muffin packs 560 calories and 24 grams of fat -- ouch!
Krispy Kreme offers a spice cake donut with 300 calories and 14 grams fat.
Starbucks has a pumpkin loaf with 330 calories and 12 grams of fat, and its
innocent-sounding pumpkin scone has 500 calories and 20 grams fat.
"Most people enjoy a donut, muffin, or scone as an afternoon treat with
their coffee or as a breakfast, but these will
contribute excessive calories and they will be hungry in a few hours because it
is mostly refined carbohydrates," says Sandon.
Then there's the pumpkin pecan cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory; a
9.3-ounce slice will cost you an astounding 950 calories and 58 grams of
Instead of any of these pumpkin treats, buy a box of Kashi TLC pumpkin spice
flax granola bars and stash it in your desk or briefcase for a satisfying treat
with only 180 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Fattening Halloween Treat No. 4: Hot Beverages
Lattes look delicious, but they can be lethal to your diet. A medium
Starbucks pumpkin spice frappuccino has 400 calories, "more than most
people need for breakfast," says Sandon. Dunkin Donuts offers a medium
gingerbread latte with 330 calories and 9 grams of fat, and a pumpkin spice
latte packing 340 calories and 9 grams of fat. A 13-ounce pumpkin spice latte
at Panera weighs in at 410 calories and 10 grams fat.
Sandon warns that beverages don't satisfy hunger, even though they can
add plenty of extra calories.
Order your latte without whipped cream, and made with skim milk. Some
outlets even offer lite syrup for real calorie savings. Other options: Sprinkle
cinnamon on your skinny latte, or try a cup of hot chai tea -- rich with
antioxidants and calorie-free, as long as you don't use sweeteners or milk.