Every year during Halloween season, kids look forward to wearing spooky costumes, decorating their porches, trick or treating, and of course, getting candy!
Even though candies and chips that we normally give out on Halloween are delicious, they tend to be full of refined sugars, preservatives, chemicals, and Trans fats. If you are looking to celebrate Halloween with your children, but want to hold off on the store bought treats in favour of healthier options, there are plenty of great alternatives to try:
Trade in chocolate bars for the homemade stuff – try making your own at home! In a double boiler, add 2 tbsp. almond butter, 3 tbsp. cocoa or raw cacao powder, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 2 tbsp. honey and 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and mix well until melted. Pour into your favourite Halloween mould and add some fruit, crushed nuts or cinnamon to spice it up, and freeze until firm. Then enjoy!
Trade in store bought potato chips for sweet potato chips – not only are these a healthier option with less Trans fats, but they keep the Halloween theme with their orange colour! Slice a sweet potato into thin pieces, add sea salt and olive oil and place onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until crispy. Alternatively, you can have organic popcorn popped fresh at home, and add toppings like paprika, pepper, parmesan cheese or garlic powder to spice it up.
Trade in candy for dehydrated organic fruit – you can pick your favourite fruits (dehydrated strawberries taste the most like candy!) and dehydrate them at home in the oven at a low temperature, or dehydrator. You can also purchase them at the store, but make sure they are good quality with no added sugars, sulfites, or preservatives.
Trade in party mix with trail mix – not only will your homemade mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit have less sodium, chemicals, refined sugars than store bought chip mixes, but it will be delicious and beneficial for your health.
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