Halloween is upon us — and with that the start of the holiday season.
So much celebration, joy, family and fun… along with so much temptation from foods that are seriously delicious but also leave us feeling seriously bloated, tired, lethargic, cranky and in desperate need of extra-stretchy leggings.
But depriving yourself of your fave holiday traditions and treats for the sake of your waistline is not realistic, sustainable or fun for that matter. Strict structures eventually cause us to rebel, and can lead to vicious cycles of overindulging, regret and guilt (not to mention killer food comas).
The trick is simply learning how to upgrade the ingredients, so your body can actually digest them and absorb the nutrients (instead of needing to fight them off, causing inflammation, low-energy, digestive issues, toxin overload and weight gain).
So whether you’re a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lover (my people) or gummy bear addict, in this post you’ll find healthier ways to satisfy your fave seasonal craving, sans creepy chemicals.
Umm… do I really need to say more here? I dare you to make these and not fall instantly in love. Plus six ingredients and no cooking required? C’mon…
Line a baking tin (mini-muffin would work great here) with individual parchment paper trays. Melt dark chocolate chips (or part of a dark chocolate bar) in microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Placed a dollop of melted chocolate in the bottom of the parchment, then add a spoonful of peanut butter and top with more melted dark chocolate. Sprinkle with sea salt and chill in the freezer for 20 minutes. BOOM.DONE.
Hail Merry Chocolate Almond Butter Cup (available in the refrigerator section at Whole Foods), Hu Kitchen Cashew Butter Dark Chocolate Bar, Honey Mama’s Dutch Cacao Bar or Eating Evolved Coconut Butter Cups.
I have not personally made these (because as I’ve already established chocolate is my love language) but I love that each of these flavors only contain three ingredients (including Vital Proteins Grass-fed Gelatin — which is super healing for our immune systems and gut health).
Surf Sweets Organic Gummy Bear Candy Packs. I have to tell you this was a HARD one. Even the “healthy” versions contained loads of chemicals, cane syrup, other sugars and artificial flavoring (as is the case for most products marketed to you as “healthy” so beware and always check the ingredient label first).
This brand was the “cleanest” I could find with the least amount of ingredients (and uses carrot juice + turmeric for coloring vs. artificial coloring). It still contains a lot of sugar (with cane sugar being the #1 ingredient) so buy at your own caution, or go for some dried fruit like Paleo Steve’s Strawberries instead.
Umm… drooling. Love that these have minimal ingredients and think they’d be even tastier topped off with some dark chocolate and sea salt (but what wouldn’t?).
I personally love these Eating Evolved Caramel Sea Salt Coconut Butter Cups which only contain five ingredients (including REAL cacao)! Or try these Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels made with (you guessed it) coconut milk.
These little balls of heaven will seriously satisfy your seasonal craving. They’re also packed with a healthy dose of protein, fat and fiber that won’t send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride.
RX Pumpkin Spice Bar. So I know this is technically a protein bar but it’s still got all the makings of a sweet pumpkin spice treat (dates, almonds, cashews and pumpkin spice) — so think of it as your new seasonal treat that moonlights as a protein-filled snack.
They’re called crowd-pleasing for a reason. Even the ever-picky MLH (meat-lovin’ hubby) can demolish a plate of these bad boys in one sitting.
I adore this brand and the badass lady who started it. These cookies are grain-free, low-sugar and made with a short list of superfood ingredients… and yes, they still taste delish!
And there you have it! 15 Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas free of creepy chemicals that you can either whip up at home or purchase from the comfort of your own couch (thanks Amazon).
What are your faves? Any candies or sweet cravings I’m missing or that you’d love a healthy hack for? LMK in the comments below. Happy Healthy Halloween BOOS!
These vegan pumpkin spice white chocolate truffles are jam-packed with a healthy dose of quality protein, fat and fiber — so you can indulge in your fave seasonal craving and still feel good doing it.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: dessert, snack
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