Post-Halloween Treats: Choosing the 'Best' Options

So you brought home a good haul on Halloween night. The problem is, most of the candy is high in calories, fat and sugar. And let's be honest, you aren't just eating one bite-sized bar.

So how do you choose Halloween treats in moderation that won't derail your training? Here is a list of the 'healthiest' candy you can enjoy in the next couple of weeks. Remember, always eat candy in moderation.

PayDay (Fun Size)

PayDays are a great choice in the candy bar department. Made from peanuts and caramel, this tasty treat has the lowest level of saturated fat in the candy bar aisle. Plus, the peanuts help keep you full with protein and fiber.

  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Protein: 3 g

3 Musketeers Bar (Fun Size)

The 3 Musketeers Bar is made with light and fluffy chocolate, meaning the chocolate is whipped and has air pockets. As a result, the bars are less dense than most, with less fat and calories.

  • Calories: 70
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Protein: 0 g

York Peppermint Pattie (Snack Size)

The York Peppermint Pattie is cool mint dipped in dark chocolate. Peppermint as been shown to help muscles recover and to decrease muscle soreness. (Learn more about how peppermint can help boost your workout.) Dark chocolate has been shown to provide similar benefits, along with increased heart health and immune-boosting antioxidants.

  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Protein: 0 g

Raisinets (1.6 oz bag)

They probably aren't your Halloween treat of choice, but Raisinets are the perfect Halloween treat for athletes. Raisins deliver a healthy dose of complex carbohydrates and sugars and help with muscle recovery. They also provide 1 gram of fiber to help keep you full.

  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Sugar: 27 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispies are made with simple ingredients. They are low in fat and calories, while still indulging your sweet tooth.

  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Protein: 0 g

Milky Way Midnight Bar (Minis)

Normally the milky way candy bar is not the best option for athletes, but the midnight bar, which is made with dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, is a good choice. Plus, getting the minis instead of the full size bar will save you 6.5 grams of fat and about 180 calories.

  • Calories: 40
  • Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Protein: 0 g

Hershey's Cookies 'n Creme Bar

Surprisingly, this Halloween treat has fewer calories and less fat, saturated fat and sugar than its popular counterpart, the Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar. This is the one time when a candy bar made from white chocolate is the better choice.

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Sugar: 20 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop

Out of all the suckers in the world, this is the healthiest option. Apples are high in fiber and provide immune-boosting antioxidants. This sucker is also low in fat and has zero grams of saturated fat.

  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Protein: 0 g

Skittles (fun size)

If they are good enough to power Marshawn Lynch through his games, they are good enough for any athlete. Though they are not perfect, Skittles have a fraction of the sugar and fat of Starburst and Candy Corn.

  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Protein: 0 g

Whoppers (fun size)

Whoppers are crunchy chocolate candies with less sugar than a Tootsie Roll. They are similar to Rice Krispie treats, and their crispy texture makes them less dense and keeps you light on your feet.

  • Calories: 30
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Protein: 0 g

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