What would Halloween be without candy treats? (Well, maybe healthier…but hey, you have to keep your spirit alive too) Jumbo bags of candy lining grocery store aisles can leave you craving those fun-sized treats. Yet some candy treats are better than others. Opt for healthy candy when you’re entertaining trick or treaters.
1 pouch = 70 calories per pouch
Go organic with candy that’s made with natural coloring from fruit juice concentrate. YumEarth makes dye-free organic candy treats that are all natural. Food dye consumption of Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6 has increased fivefold in the United States since the 1950’s. And guess what? These dyes can affect behavior. (Parents, consider snack choices before blaming vaccines.)
Corn Syrup Free Peanut Butter Cups
70-80 calories per cup
UnReal is a company changing the candy scene by making concoctions with natural ingredients. They’re going back to the basics by eliminating high fructose corn syrup from their products. High fructose corn syrup is basically man-made sugar that’s sweeter, but unlike zero calorie sweeteners, it has the same calorie content as cane sugar. Manufacturers like it because it’s cheaper to produce, but several studies have shown that HFCS significantly increases the triglyceride (fat content) in blood. High levels of these guys lead to fatty liver disease.
Ocho Peppermint Minis
3 candy pieces = 180 calories
Mint-filled candy treats may satisfy sugary cravings sooner. Preliminary research has shown that the smell of mint might act to suppress appetite. Those who were exposed to the smell of mint throughout the day ate three thousand fewer calories over the course of one week.
Homemade Almond Joy
Even when you’re crunched for time, this homemade recipe is an easy way to go all natural for a Halloween get-together. Twelve ounces of natural chocolate, half a cup of chopped almonds, and one cup of sweetened coconut later, you’ll have an artificial-free homemade bark of almond joy.
1. Melt the chocolate by placing it in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the melted chocolate evenly.
3. Sprinkle with almonds and coconut.
4. Refrigerate for 1-2 hrs, then when firm break into pieces and serve at room temperature.
Happy Halloweening; choose wisely and stick to treats without tricks!