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.
15 Easy Snacks to Eat Instead of Halloween Candy
On the sweeter side:
Berries have lots of fiber and a low amount of sugar packaged up with water and tons of anti-oxidants. Make sure to buy organic when you can because they are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
Nut butter: Justins (order here) sells a lot of on-the-go packaged nut butters that are low in sugar, high in healthy fat and easy to slurp.
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.
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?
Dark 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. I also like 70-85% dark bars and this one is my favorite because it is low in sugar and fair trade. This one is sugar-free and definitely hits the spot.
RX Bar: This bar has a good balance of fat and protein and kids like the taste. I like that they use real food ingredients Order here.
Lara Bar: Kind of the same story as RX bar but with a little less protein. Mostly fruit and nuts combined in bars. Sometimes a little sweet but not fake and stripped down like most candy bars. Order here.
Kind bars are also gluten free with ingredients you can read, here.
Smoothies can be a healthy way to calm a sweet craving check out my recipes here and here.
Protein powders: can be a great way to fill up without the junk. I like this one because it is grass fed and sweetened only with stevia.
For more savory tastes:
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.
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….
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.
Bonus: Jerky can be a great snack just watch out for excessive sugar, soy sauce and preservatives. These kinds are great when youre on the go, Epic bars or New Primal Jerky also Tanka bar.
Sources: Whfoods.com, nutritiondata.self.com
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?
You can get it from tropical traditions or amazon. Also Whole foods has the artisana brand.