The Scariest Halloween Treats
These high-calorie Halloween goodies can be deadly to your diet.
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.
Fattening Halloween Treat No. 5: Seasonal Milkshakes and Ice Cream
Ice cream gets a Halloween makeover with the Halloween Popping Candy
Milkshake at Steak & Shake, weighing in at 875 calories and 32 grams of fat
-- more than a meal's worth of fat and calories. An 8-ounce serving of Cold
Stone Creamery pumpkin ice cream has 454 calories and 25 grams of fat.
Not to be outdone, Dairy Queen boasts a large pumpkin pie Blizzard with
1,080 calories and 40 grams fat -- which would take an adult roughly two hours
of jogging to burn off.
Forego these fatty treats and enjoy a small portion of simple ice cream
without all the add-ins, or try frozen yogurt. You can enjoy a half-cup of any
of Edy's slow-churned ice creams for under 150 calories.
"Portion control is how you can have your cake and eat it too," says
Fattening Halloween Treat No. 6: Popcorn Balls
Popcorn is a whole grain and can be a nutritious snack, but when you add
syrup, it becomes a calorie-laden, gooey mess. Instead of popcorn balls, try a
100-calorie snack pack of kettle corn. It's portion controlled and has a little
sweetness that will satisfy.