URBANDALE, Iowa -- Halloween can be a scary time to step on the scale, and the sugar-filled holiday is just the start of a tricky time for people trying to lose or maintain weight.
Mother of five Brianne Kiley has a plan to stay on track this holiday. She says, "We are planning on not buying candy until Thursday. And, we will go buy the fun size candy bars, a big bag of them to give out. I probably won't open the bag even until right before we hand them out."
Weight Watchers Ambassador Lanae Price says controlling the candy environment is key. She says, “Knowledge is power, so checking your nutrition labels. There is so much information online, you could do a search and actually plan in advance the types of treats you really want to have and ways you want to indulge.”
Price says to avoid the sales and only buy what you'll give out, right before you give it out. Pick the treats you don't like or consider handing out non-food items like pencils or tattoos.
Then, get out and burn some calories trick-or-treating. Price says to make sure you do it on a full stomach and bring along something to sip and chew along the way. She says, "Popping mint gums or anything like that in your mouth, just you're less likely to want to put things in it that will change the flavor of your mouth."
She also suggests satisfying your sweet tooth with an indulgent treat that isn’t full of a ton of calories. She offers a recipe for Brownie Cupcake Bites. She says, "It's a very easy recipe. It starts actually with a mix. And, we've replaced the oil with applesauce, and so it gives it a more cake type filling to the brownie."
The brownie bites are topped with cool whip and a candy corn. Each is about 70 calories, which is comparable to many fun size candy bars.
Price says, "If you are going to indulge, I recommend you indulge in something you actually enjoy, and then just keep track of what you've indulged in."
Kiley says she plans to indulge in a couple of her favorite fun size candy bars. She says, "And then I'll probably pop a piece of minty gum, and probably get that taste out of my mouth and then I'll enjoy the evening with my kiddos."
Ingredients: 21 oz regular brownie dry mix, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 egg whites lightly beaten, 2 cups lite whipped topping, 36 pieces of candy corn.
Instructions: 1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 36 mini muffin tin holes with mini cupcake wrappers. 2.) In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, water, applesauce and egg whites. Mix 50 times with a wooden spoon, do not under mix. Pour brownie mixture into muffin tins, about 1 tablespoon per hole. 3.) Bake cupcakes until a tester inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely, then remove cupcakes from pan. Before serving, decorate each cooled cupcake with a tablespoon dollop of whipped topping and 1 piece of candy corn.