Although the famous 39th Annual Greenwich Village Parade has been cancelled, kids are still out trick or treating around the Upper East Side to get their free candy – Kit Kats, Snickers, Twix, M&Ms, and candy corn are all over the place!
Sugar is one of the worst things ever invented – not in terms of taste but rather in terms of what it can do to our health. My family and close friends all know that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. So much so, that I had to have two root canals and have two caps on top of those two root canals. I’m sure you can glean from this that sugar causes tooth decay. I didn’t know better when I was younger and had the freedom to go buy candy whenever I wanted at the corner store in my neighborhood.
Not only does sugar cause tooth decay, but it also causes obesity and deep intracellular inflammation. Studies have found that cancer cells love glucose and sugar also decreases the levels of HDL (the good cholesterol). Sugar can also cause diabetes and candida, or the excess growth of yeast, in your body. So ladies, if you often get yeast infections, stop eating sugary snacks!
The cupcake and cake pop craze has not helped our fight against sugar. Cakes, pies, muffins, cookies, chocolate, candies – it seems like all the yummy stuff have sugar in them unfortunately. And if you are a coffee drinker, more often than not, you are using one of many sugar substitutes – Splenda, Equal, etc. In a previous post, I talked about the dangers of these sugar substitutes and suggested replacing them with Stevia, agave sugar, or honey. Check out my previous post here.
But, back to Halloween today… there are SO many other options out there to give your kids and the neighborhood kids a healthier option for treats! And they don’t have to be boring or tasteless. In fact, quite the opposite. All it takes is a little creativity and some time to make these healthy treats. Although you can’t throw them into a trick-or-treaters bag, when the kids see these treats, they will want them! You can wrap them in cellophane and kids will be careful to carry these festive treats home!
1) Green Meanies – green apple slices with almond butter (or any nut butter) and slices of almonds.
2) Yolkensteins – hard boiled eggs, olives, and tomato slices
3) Strawberry Ghosts – strawberries, white chocolate, chocolate chips (you can use carob chips for an even healthier option)
These apricot treats are great to put a handful into goodie bags and tie with twist ties to hand to the little trick-or-treaters showing up at your door today.
If you don’t have time to make these creative treats, the best thing to do is go out and buy dark chocolate to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants and is the healthiest option of all candies. Try and buy 70% dark cacao. Read my post on dark chocolates here from last Valentine’s Day.
Happy Healthy Halloween, everybody!!