3 Healthier Halloween Candy Options
To follow up with my last article in which I discussed the effects that Halloween candy had not only on your waistline, but overall sense of well-being, I thought I’d dedicate this post to providing some healthy alternatives/solutions.
The truth is…when it comes to candy or other sweets…it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing deal.
You can substitute the traditional candy products for something more wholesome, but just as delicious.
All it takes is a little imagination, perhaps some preparation and an open mind.
But before I get into all of that, I just want to mention one thing…
It just might be a good idea to give some thought to portion when it comes to Halloween candy – and everything else for that matter.
See – when we place a lot of emphasis on “having as much as we can” of whatever it is we’re wanting, believe it or not, we’re creating a lack based mentality that can never be filled to our satisfaction.
I mean, think about it –
When it comes to eating a bucket of candy, or even feasting on a holiday meal – when does one actually stop eating?
For most, it happens under one of two conditions:
1 – They get so full they literally can’t eat another bite.
2 – The food runs out (the candy bucket is empty).
And if you’re a kid, you may stop when your folks decide you’ve had enough for the time being…but this isn’t a situation where it has been deliberately decided by the person consuming the food that they are fulfilled with what they’ve had.
So knowing this, it’s pretty accurate to say that unless there is some form of external circumstance that almost forces you to stop consuming food…the likelihood that it’ll happen because of a balanced sense of self-discipline is low.
And more than anything else…this is the issue at hand.
Portion size isn’t about deprivation.
It’s about knowing how to dictate your own behavior from within.
From a place of knowing there is always more than enough.
When your mind knows that you can enjoy something for a little while and then put it down because there is always enough…then you are ALWAYS full.
It works this way in regard to everything else too.
A lack based perspective creates more lack based behavior.
And when it comes to food – this contributes to a lot of the weight problems we face today.
Get to a place where you understand that when it comes to the food you crave – there will always be more where that came from.
This way, you can have a bit, enjoy it and KNOW that you will be in a position to allow yourself this enjoyment without a sense of guilt.
So now that that’s been said, let’s discover some healthier candy options.
3 Healthier Halloween Candy Options
The idea behind creating a so-called ‘healthier candy” doesn’t mean you have to give up on taste.
Things like organic semi-sweet chocolate chips, coconut products and peanut butter made without chemicals all pack a delicious punch.
And not only that…but without the ingredients that are typically linked to health issues in the long run, you may actually reap some of the health benefits of several of these ingredients.
It’s only a belief system that we have erroneously confused as objective truth that you can’t enjoy natural foods the same way that you can enjoy their artificial counterparts.
So with this in mind, I’m going to share a few ideas with you that can help you transform this holiday into something you can enjoy in all ways possible.
1 – Food Matters TV “Halloween Survival Guide”
Rather than offer you one idea in regard to candy alternatives, I’m going to point you in the direction of several options.
This particlular post on Foodmatters.tv is loaded with cool ideas of healthy Halloween options.
Some of them include vegetables, while others offer up some sweet and healthy ideas combining fruit and other sweet ingredients.
My personal favorite in this list would have to be the “strawberry ghouls”. I mean, we’re talking about strawberries and chocolate. How could anyone go wrong with this?
Now if you’re wondering how you would package these up to offer out to trick or treaters…I would suggest looking into some simple colorful wrapping and a tie. You don’t have to offer out 5-6 treats per kid. One or two is fine. The idea is to supply a little trinket of a treat in exchange for their visit.
Here’s the link to the post.
2 – Bite Sized Healthy Snack Bars
There are cereal and snack bars out there that are made using healthy and non-gmo ingredients.
The idea here isn’t to give each kid an entire bar. You can always cut them into bite sized pieces and wrap them in the same way as suggested in idea #1.
As I write this, I’m thinking you might be wondering…
“No parent will want their kid to take a manually wrapped candy from a stranger – so I can’t follow these suggestions”.
And to that, I will say this –
There are plenty of traditional candies out there being sold in wrappers that can be easily tampered with (such as those little chocolate kisses, certain lollipops and others).
While I know that most of the kids who will be knocking on your door might prefer what they’re used to (the unhealthy chemical stuff), you will still find some kids and parents out there who will appreciate your desire to provide a better alternative for them.
3 – DIY Trail Mix
Here’s an idea.
You can make your own healthy trail mix and make small decorative portions out of them.
And with this, you can get as creative as you want.
You can create mixtures out of things like:
- Dried fruit
- Organic chocolate chips
- Organic popcorn
This is something that doesn’t have to be a lot of work, but can be fun to put together.
In fact, ALL of the ideas discussed in this post are meant to allow you to enjoy the treats of Halloween, without the consequences.
If you try any of these suggestions out for yourself, let me know how it goes.
Image courtesy of Foodmatters.tv