15 Easy Snacks to Eat Instead of Halloween Candy

Just Say No!

I know that Halloween candy bowl is very tempting at 3 pm on a boring work day but just pause a moment and think about what you are doing. Get an herbal tea or lemon water first to make sure you are not just thirsty. Next think that about what you are eating…. Most candy is full of the cheapest ingredients possible. Rancid canola or soybean oil which can cause accelerated aging and inflammation. They can also be full of food colorings that have been linked to disorders like ADD/ ADHD. They are made with genetically modified corn that has not been tested safe for human consumption. High fructose corn syrup in cheap candy is also a new food on the scene that has been added to many foods since the 1970′s. This is about the same time we started to see a rise in diabetes soon affecting one third of all Americans. That is not a coincidence if you ask me. I urge you instead to choose some of the foods below instead that will kill the cravings and enrich your health.

1. Coconut butter is truly addictive but in a good way. It is like almond butter but without all the Omega 6 fats. You can eat it with a spoon and because it is full of medium chain fatty acids it will be burned quick for energy. Coconut Butter is a great pick me up to tide you over until your next meal.

2. Organic Soy-free Eggs are a great portable snack anytime. Whole eggs have choline, which is a powerful fat burner. Eggs also have 7 grams of protein in every one so they will fill you up at a reasonable price. Find out more about how to buy good eggs here.
3. Roasted Seaweed is a super food full of minerals great for stressed out, busy people to replenish. This brand of roasted Seaweed is free of canola or soybean oil that can be used as a coating in cheaper brands. To read more about the many benefits of sea vegetables click here.
4. Coconut Flakes- are full of fiber and sweetness that can get you through any craving. Dried coconut flakes contain phosphorus and B-vitamins which are important for energy metabolism. Make sure and get organic flakes that are unsweetened such as the ones in the bulk section at Whole Foods. Three tablespoons have about 100 calories and are packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy saturated fats. Can sugar laden, trans-fat full 100 calorie pack say that?
5. Sardines provide nearly 40% of calcium needed for one day. The brand at Trader Joe’s and the kind at Costco are boneless and skinless so there are no excuses not to eat them. Also the Crown Prince brand at Trader Joe’s is BPA free. Also a can of these power fish have nearly 2 grams of EPA/DHA which support healthy brain function. They are low in mercury because they grow quickly and are low on the food chain.
6. Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is ready to go and can be made into patties and fried. Trident smoked and canned salmon both found at Costco are wild, gluten free and BPA free. Smoked salmon is ready to eat anytime on a salad or put into a lettuce wrap with some lemon juice. The benefits of wild salmon are numerous including being high in Omega-3′s that lower inflammation. Just a 4 oz serving contains 100% of the recommended Vitamin D which helps prevent cancer.
7. Cold Cuts- I sometimes buy certain brands if I want a quick snack. It is always best to cook your own unprocessed organic/pastured meat but life does not always cooperate. My first choice is Applegate Farms brand because it is humane, gluten free, and no hormones. Also look out for carageenan which is a carcinogen and gut irritant.
8. Avocados-try to get organic if you can. This is a perfect snack that is full of potassium which can help lower blood pressure. Avocados are also a significant source of antioxidants, folate, fiber and and bone building Vitamin K. Just cut in half and eat with a spoon or you can make this super easy Guacamole.
9. Raw Flax Crackers- This can really hit the spot when you are craving something crunchy to dip in your salsa and these are completely grain free. Flax is a great source of magnesium and fiber.

10. Organic Hearts of Palm are crunchy low carb treats that always makes me feel like I am living the good life. Native Forest brand at Whole Foods is BPA free. Sometimes I buy them and eat them in the car before I leave the parking lot. Don’t tell anyone….

11. Olives- are full of the antioxidant Vitamin E as well as 25% of your daily iron. Try to get ones without the preservatives that are found in some canned varieties. I usually get ones from Costco or Trader Joe’s in glass jars.
12. Macadamia Nuts are my favorite nuts with a much lower Omega-6 Pufa ratio compared to almonds. More about nuts and Omega 6 here. Macadamia nuts have also been shown to increase HDL cholesterol levels.
13. Crudites- buy organic snow peas, baby tomatoes, celery, Jicima strips, carrots, endive boats which are all great sources of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. These bite size veggies can really fill you up at parties without expanding your waistline.

14. Organic Tahini made from sesame seed contains over 25% of the daily calcium and magnesium. They also have mood boosting tryptophan which helps fight depression. Find a great dip/dressing recipe here.

15. Raw Chocolate Bar: I like this because it is really expensive so it is hard to overeat. Organic cocoa is full of magnesium and flavanoids which are important to heart health. This Chocolate Bar is great because they are really small and low in carbs/sugar. If you do get chocolate try to get the darkest one with the lowest sugar. Beware of additives like soy lecithin which can signal a lower quality product.

Sources: Whfoods.com, nutritiondata.self.com

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Comments

  1. Cheryl K. says

    Where the heck can I get coconut butter and raw flax crackers? Do they sell at Berkeley Bowl West? They must be at Rainbow, yes?