It's that time of year again. You can feel it in the cracking of dried leaves underneath your feet as clearly as you can smell it in the crisp autumn air: Halloween is coming. For children, this holiday means enormous excitement at the notion of a night spent in costume collecting free candy. For adults, it often means planning on spending the night taking children trick-or-treating or watching the home in anticipation of teenage pranks. No matter what your role is this Halloween, though, the odds are you'll be coming into contact with quite a bit of candy throughout the course of the evening.
While this is nice in its own right, you'll want to consider the health effects of what you're consuming and place sensible limits on your treats. Taking in too many added sugars or saturated fats can be bad for your heart. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that American women and men consume no more than six or nine teaspoons of added sugar each day, respectively. With that in mind, take a look at some of these Halloween treats that can fit your heart-healthy diet in limited amounts:
Miniature Reese's peanut butter cups
These classic candies make a perfect addition to any trick-or-treater’s bag on Halloween. A delicious treat, offering these to your family members or to the ghosts, zombies and monsters that appear on your doorstep will be sure to leave them satisfied. The great thing about these peanut butter cups is that the peanut butter inside of them provides a reasonable source of protein, so that what you're taking in isn't only refined added sugar. According to Heart Healthy Living, a three-piece serving of these will contain only 132 calories, 3 milligrams of cholesterol, 78 milligrams of sodium and 8 grams of fat along with 2.4 grams of protein.
Fun-size Snickers candy bars
Snickers are a classic Halloween staple. Honestly, who doesn't love these candy bars? All of your trick-or-treaters and family members are sure to enjoy them, and you won't have to worry about pumping them full of too many processed sugars. Much like Reese's, these treats have some protein in them that may help to curb excess candy consumption in Halloween-hyper children. In addition to that, two of these bars contain only 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 8 grams of fat, 85 milligrams of sodium and 160 calories. Delicious and not terribly unhealthy, these make for a wonderful Halloween indulgence.
York Peppermint Patties
It's rare that a delicious Halloween treat can also be refreshing, but that's definitely the case with York Peppermint Patties. These candies, when eaten in a serving of three, only contain 3 grams of fat, 10 milligrams of sodium and 140 calories. They finish with a delightful minty taste that will also differentiate your home‘s treat from others on the block.
A little sweet treat on Halloween is OK for most heart patients as long as you don’t overdo it.