With Halloween being a few days away, many people are buying candy for trick-or-treaters. This year, try something new. Instead of going for the same old chocolate bars, how about trying new healthy sweet treats that won't scare your health?
In this blog, you’ll new kind of candy that’s made with natural ingredients even kids can pronounce. These little treats still have calories, but at least they don't have chemicals that can pollute your body. Yes, we know that some kids can eat as much "junk" food and still be skinny and look healthy, but why risk their health when better options are available? BONUS: if there is candy left over, you won’t have to feel bad about eating it!
If you love peppermint patties, but don't want to have any of the artificial flavors, then check out Sunspire Peppermint Patties. You can either get them at Whole Foods Market or online here.
Healthy Dark Chocolate
If you love chocolate, then I suggest trying Chocolate-Covered Cacao Nibs by Sweet Riot to satisfy your craving. Because they’re minimally processed, these cacao nuggets are full of healthy antioxidants and minerals.
I love that this chocolate comes in little tins, so portion control is easy and much more satisfying then a bag of artificially-colored M&Ms. You can buy them either at Whole Foods on Glades Road or online.
Peanut Butter Cups
Move over GMO-filled Reese's. There’s a new kid in town that won't trade health for a few minutes of taste. It’s time to stop settling for less and try Justin's Peanut Butter Cups. They make it easy for you to choose your favorite chocolate - dark (vegan) or milk. They are also gluten-free, NON-GMO and full of flavor. BONUS: They now come in packs of ten, making them perfect for trick-or-treaters.
Besides chocolate, I also happen to be cookie enthusiast and I want to share this great find - Ginny Bakes Chocolate Chip Macadamia Love Cookie. It’s divine!
One of great things about this company is that they portion-control the cookies, so you can get one of these small packs and not worry about devouring the entire box. Try them layered with my famous Chocolate Mousse for an even more decadent treat both children and adults alike will enjoy.
If you want to bake your own cookies, here’s a quick and healthy recipe for cookie dough:
1 ½ cups of gluten-free oats
1 cup organic puffed rice cereal
5 cups raw cashews
3 tablespoons agave
4 medjool dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2/3 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup raw cacao nibs
Place oats, cashews and puffed rice in a high-speed blender and grind to make flour.
Transfer the flour into a food processor and process well with agave, dates, coconut oil, vanilla and salt.
When well combined, transfer to a bowl and mix with cacao nibs by hand. Make into cookie dough shape and enjoy!
About Alina Z.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinazhealthcoach.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.