Food and Weight: An Ongoing Journey

Because Halloween is Coming Up…

Posted on: October 24, 2012

…and many of us either have kids, or live where we have a ton of trick-or-treaters coming to our doors, so we buy candies to give them.

Therefore, this was one of the things we discussed at meeting last week.  I do not know the actual author of the list that we received from our leader, the lovely Diane C., but I did promise I would post it here for those who want the information, so here it is.


Don’t be Tricked by Halloween treats!

Use this list and have a plan. (1, 2, 3)

  • Almond Joy, Snack Size, 2 PPV*
  • Baby Ruth, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Bit-O-Honey, 1 piece, 1 PPV
  • Bit-O-Honey, 6 pieces, 4 PPV
  • Butterfinger, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Candy Apple, 5 ounce, 5 PPV
  • Candy Corn, 20 pieces (41 grams), 4 PPV
  • Caramel Apple, 10 PPV
  • Charms Blow Pop, 1 pop, 2 PPV
  • Crunch, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Dots, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Gummi Bears, 14 pieces (38 grams), 3 PPV
  • Heath Bar, Snack Size, 7 PPV
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, Snack Size, 6 PPV
  • Hershey’s Miniatures (any flavor), 5 pieces, 6 PPV
  • Kit-Kat, Snack Size bar, 3 2-piece bars, 6 PPV
  • Lemonhead, Fun Size, 1 pouch ( 11 grams), 1 PPV
  • M&M’s Milk Chocolate, Fun Size, 1 package, 2 PPV
  • M&M’s Peanut, Fun Size, 1 package, 3 PPV
  • Mounds, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Nerds, 1 box (12.6 grams), 1 PPV
  • Oh Henry!, Mini, 2 PPV
  • PayDay, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, 2 pieces, 6 PPV
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Fun Size, 3 PPV
  • Reese’s Pieces, 1 bag (51 pieces/40 grams), 5 PPV
  • Skittles (Original Fruit), Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Snickers, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Take 5, Fun Size, 6 PPV
  • Tootsie Roll Midgets, 6 pieces (40 grams), 4 PPV
  • Twix, Fun Size, 2 PPV
  • Twizzler Twists, Fun Size, 4 PPV
  • Whoppers, Fun Size, 4 PPV
  • York Peppermint Patty, Fun Size, 1 PPV

* PPV=Points Plus Value (for those on Weight Watchers)


In other news, I have been sticking to program, although I haven’t been getting much walking in due to the crappy weather.   There is good news though:  what walking I have gotten in has been without using the cane since last Friday, when I managed to walk six blocks without using a cane for the first time in years.  I cannot begin to describe the joy this brings, since I was afraid I would be stuck using the cane for the rest of my life.

I have also been looking through the new Hungry Girl cookbook, Hungry Girl to the Max, by Lisa Lillien.  Lots of recipes I want to try, as always.  In fact, I’m going to try one for dessert tonight:   Red Hot Apple Pie in a Cup (5 PPV) (p. 432).   

I have also been working my way through the food I made before my roommate went to visit an out-of-town friend.  I must say, it made it a lot easier — when plans got scuttled by weather — to be able to just reach into the fridge or freezer, and have something that I could have ready just by using the microwave.  I also found that the veggie mashup I made (cauliflower/broccoli/carrot) works excellently as a cold spread on bread with some lox.  Just like lox and veggie cream cheese.  I used 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light, and then spread one or two teaspoons of the veggie mash over it.  Much less expensive than buying brand name veggie cream cheese, or veggie cream cheese from the local deli.

So, my questions for this week are:

On Halloween Candy:  What do you do with leftover Halloween candy?  Do you eat it yourself?  Bring it to the office?  Save it for snacks for your family?  How do you portion it out?  Do you stick to one serving if you have it yourself?  Do you consume multiple servings at one sitting?

On Walking:  Does weather stop you from walking?  If you do walk, do you need something to help you keep your balance?  If you do, do you notice that you need it less frequently as you progress toward your goals?  What plans do you have to not lose your walking benefits as winter rolls in?

On Cooking in Bulk:  Do you cook in bulk (“in bulk” defined here as cooking more than you need for one or two meals)?  If so, what foods do you like to cook in bulk to have food ready when you want to eat?  Are there foods you make in bulk that you discover other uses for?




1.  PPV=Points Plus Value (for those on Weight Watchers)

2.  They note that you can use the eTools calculator or the Points Plus calculator [and I add the Bar Code Scanner application] to calculate the Points Plus Value for any candy not included here.

3.  Please bear in mind that this list is not all-inclusive, and that if you have any questions about a particular candy not on the list, I would be happy to research it if you leave a message in the comments.


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