Frighteningly Fattening Fall Foods


Oktoberfest Fare


celebrates fall with calorie-laden beer, sausages, and potato salads.

Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a favorite comfort food for both kids and adults. But it can wreak havoc with your diet. One cup can pack 300 to 400 calories, depending on the brand.

Cream Soups and Hearty Stews

Cream of potato soup, broccoli cheese soup, and beef stroganoff may seem like perfect fall foods, but beware. Warm soups and stews that are loaded with cream, cheese, or meat are also loaded with calories. If you serve them in a bread bowl or atop rice or noodles, you add even more calories.

Seasonal Beverages

Hot chocolate, pumpkin-spice lattes, eggnog, apple cider, and hot toddies – are a quick and easy way to take in lots of extra calories. A cup of homemade hot cocoa (without whipped cream) has 190 calories. One 8-oz cup of eggnog packs 340 calories.

Carmel Apples

An afternoon snack of apples with a thick layer of caramel and nuts can total more than 500 calories.

Halloween Candy

October brings bowls of candy bars at the office – and tempting bags of candy at home awaiting trick-or-treaters.

12 of the highest calorie Halloween candy treats:

* Snicker’s Creme Pumpkin: 150 calories
* Butterfinger Snack Size Bar: 100 calories
* Whoppers Mini Pouch: 100 calories
* Milky Way Snack Size Bar: 90 calories
* Almond Joy Snack Size Bar: 90 calories
* Hershey’s Fun Size Bar: 90 calories
* M&Ms Fun Size Bag: 90 calories
* Baby Ruth Fun Size Bar: 85 calories
* Mounds Snack Size Bar: 83 calories
* Twix Fun Size Bar: 80 calories
* Snicker’s Fun Size Bar: 80 calories
* Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (one cup): 80 calories

Game Day Grub

Chips, nachos, hot dogs, pizza, wings, ribs, and beer spoil many diets. If you’re a sports fan, you may be glued to the couch for hours every week.

Root Vegetables with Added Fat

Roots like yams and sweet potatoes are super-nutritious, but you quadruple the calories when you mix them with cheese, cream, butter, canned soups, or crispy bacon. A sweet potato casserole can easily have 500 calories per serving, 400 more than a simple roasted sweet potato.

Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin layer cake, cheesecake, bread pudding. There are many ways to turn vitamin A-rich pumpkin into a rich dessert. Be careful: If you add tons of cream and sugar, you negate the health benefits of pumpkin.

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