Your healthy Halloween awaits
Halloween is almost here! Whether you celebrate with goblins and ghouls or with cute character costumes, here are some tips for a healthy Halloween.
Replace the sugar
Yep, you read that right. While Halloween is infamous for being a holiday of sweets, you can make sweet treats with sugar substitutes like agave syrup and Manuka honey.
Agave syrup, which is made by crushing and cooking the core of the agave plant, is known for being natural and low glycemic. Although it does not spike blood sugar like white sugar, agave syrup is deliciously sweet. We love the Wholesome Organic Blue Agave and Madhava Organic Fair Trade Raw 100% Blue Agave, which are both certified organic, kosher, non-GMO verified and fair trade certified. Use agave syrup in your healthy Halloween treats to reduce your kids’ sugar spikes.
Produced by the bees that pollinate the Manuka bush in New Zealand, Manuka honey possesses antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Manuka honey’s distinct, sweet taste makes it an excellent sweetener for healthy Halloween treats.
Coconut oil is a healthy substitute for vegetable oil or butter in baked goods. Use coconut oil in your healthy Halloween goodies to boost fat-burning and curb your appetite. Coconut oil has also been shown to fight harmful pathogens and raise levels of good cholesterol. We appreciate the convenience of this squeezable pouch of Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil.
A healthy helping of hemp
Fibre, protein, vitamins… what more could you ask for in a superfood? Hemp hearts are loaded with these nutrients and add a delicious nutty flavour to healthy Halloween treats. These Organic Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest provide 10g or protein and 12g of omegas 3 and 6 per serving.
Cuckoo for cacao
Cacao is rich in antioxidants, minerals, and protein. It is less processed than cocoa, which is also derived from the cacao plant. While cacao does have useful nutrients and less sugar than processed chocolate, it is still high in calories so be sure to consume in moderation for a healthy Halloween.
These Organic Cacao Nibs from Navitas Organics are peeled and crumbled from whole cacao beans for a delicious treat, straight from the source. For easier baking, try Organic Cacao Butter. In addition to being tasty and nutritious in baked goods, cacao butter is fantastic for skincare.
Time for treats!
Now that you have your arsenal of ingredients for a healthy Halloween, you’re ready to start making some tasty treats. Here are some amazing recipes to try for your Halloween party:
Try these Nakd Graveyard Chocolate Mousse Pots from Wallflower Kitchen, which use agave syrup and coconut oil.
Use some cacao nibs to top this delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Tart from Unconventional Baker.
For some chewy oatmeal goodness, prepare some Hemp Seed and Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies. These treats from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen pack a power punch of hemp seeds, coconut oil, and cacao powder. Did we mention that there’s no baking involved?
How cute – sorry, ahem, spooky – are these little skulls from Wallflower Kitchen? This Skull Crushers Candy is made from agave syrup and coconut oil.
These vegan and grain-free Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes from Texanerin use coconut oil and honey.
People’s has a great selection of agave syrup, coconut oil, cacao, Manuka honey, hemp seeds and more health-conscious ingredients. Stop by to see what’s in store!