Hacking Halloween the Healthy Way

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We all need tips for tackling the sugar on the sweetest day of the year. Don’t let wrappers disguise what’s truly inside (leave the disguises to the kids!) and hesitate before you reach into that bowl of candy. Read on for some great tips, straight from the Feed Your Self blog.

Does the sugar rush followed by the week(s) of lingering-insulin-induced-hangover have you saying BOO to Halloween?  Full disclosure: it causes us a fair amount of anxiety – the candy onslaught followed by withdrawal, lost appetites, hyper energy…its all a bit bumpy in our quest for balance. We have 3 tips and tricks to enjoying the treats without overdoing the sweets:

Switch Witch! Never having actually read the Switch Witch we can still embrace (what we understand to be) the philosophy – plan ahead and make a trade. Have your child kiss their candy bag goodnight and leave it outside the front door for the “switch”. You sneakily replace with something that s/he really wants/needs – and the next morning they collect. Fun! A new favorite book, a fresh water bottle or lunch box, or much needed winter boots… longer lasting, sugar free fun – candy gone for good ; )

Pick your fave-five. Questing for a more in-between-approach? Allow your child to pick their five favorite candies and celebrate for a handful of days. Have one a day, toss or donate the rest, and be done!

Our personal plan this year: make candy cookies the next day, gift and give them away! Stretch and share the fun…. put one in the lunchbox for the kiddos to enjoy and then deliver or donate to a church, shelter, or someone in need in your area. {Save this recipe and substitute the candy with chocolate chips or a nut combo of your choice}

Ingredients:

¾ cup quick-cooking oats (gluten-free option)

¾ cup almond flour

¼ cup shredded coconut

1 serving ~ ¼ cup protein powder (we like pea and/or hemp)

½ cup coconut sugar

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

¼ cup honey (or brown rice syrup if you want to make it vegan)

1/3 cup softened (slightly melted) coconut oil (you can sub butter here if you choose)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 TBS chia seeds mixed with 3 TBS water and set aside to soak for about 5 mins

2 cups of chopped Halloween candy (chocolate varieties work best)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350, line an 8×8 pan with parchment or grease with coconut oil.

In medium bowl combine oats, almond flour, coconut, protein powder, baking soda, salt and stir until well combined.

In large bowl and using hand mixer, cream together softened coconut oil and coconut sugar for about a minute. Then add in honey, vanilla, chia mixture and mix until until well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

Fold in chopped Halloween candy until just combined.

Press mixture into prepared pan and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until edges are turning golden.

Let mixture cool completely then carefully remove and cut into 1-2 inch squares.

Keep a few for the family and then share the spook!

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