The first Halloween in my new home, I was so excited! My husband and I threw up decorations and bought the fanciest Costco bag of candy weeks in advance. We were prepared. By the time Halloween rolled around, that giant bag was empty. The good news is I am getting smarter. This year I refuse to buy candy until the day of; I do not care if I am left with the scraps Safeway has to offer. Once we run out, I will turn out the lights and hide. I will also plan ahead by preparing some of my favorite healthy Halloween treats. Check out a few recipes I love to make at home below.
Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo Date Energy Balls
These date energy balls will satisfy your sweet tooth and since they are packed with protein, healthy fats, and no added sugars, they will fill you up. They are super easy to make in a food processor. Get the recipe on Detoxinista.
Paleo, Dairy-Free, and Low-Sugar Salted Caramel Apples
This is a healthy twist on caramel, and the recipe calls for coconut sugar, which is a low-glycemic-index sweetener used for centuries. Cut up some apples and dip away. Get the recipe on Downshiftology.
Vegan, Low-Sugar Raw Chocolate
Conventional chocolate tends to contain a ton of artificial flavors, allergenic ingredients, and way too much sugar. Making your own chocolate is not only fun, but delicious! Get the recipe on Allrecipes.
Vegan, Dairy-Free, and High-Protein Cookie Dough
The recipe is super simple: 2 tbsp natural nut butter (cashew or almond is best), 2 tbsp natural sweetener (maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar), and 1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use Arbonne because it uses very few ingredients, but Vega One is another great option). Mix together in a bowl, then add any topping you want. I love vegan chocolate chips, goji berries, or crushed-up nuts.
Pro tip: Since my kids do not need to eat 3 pounds of candy, we usually let them indulge on halloween, and then we donate the rest of it. Check for buy-back programs in your area.
Linda Niazi has over a decade of nutrition and personal training experience. She has helped her clients feel their best by creating a positive relationship with clean eating and corrective exercise. As a wife, mom of three young children, and a business owner, she understands the challenges of leading a healthy lifestyle; losing weight; and maintaining mental health. Her goal is to inspire to others to make their best choices when it comes to what goes in their bodies, their activity levels, and positive thinking.