Spooky costumes, pumpkin carvings, crisp, cool weather and…toxic candy…? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year – but what I don’t love are the additives and chemicals in today’s most popular candies. The things these artificial ingredients do to our bodies are downright SCARY.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most common ingredients in Halloween candy…
- Corn syrup
- Hydrogenated palm kernel oil
- Modified corn starch
- Natural and Artificial Flavors
- Carnauba Wax
- Soy lecithin
- …I could go on…
These ingredients are DANGEROUS and not something you or your kids should be consuming.
They’re found in almost all name brand candies: Skittles, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms, and so on.
Not only are these ingredients HIGHLY INFLAMMATORY, they can also weaken the immune system, feed pathogens, cause cellular damage, trigger mood disorders, rot our teeth, and make us crave sugar even more!!
No matter where you’re headed next week, I want to arm you with strategies to AVOID these nasty and harmful ingredients so that you can thrive on Halloween!
Buy Clean Halloween Candy
Last year, we moved from the city to a house and it was the first year I’ve ever had trick-or-treaters. I felt terrible just thinking about handing out “traditional” candy knowing what I know now about them. So I didn’t. I found several better options so that I could do my part in helping reduce the toxic load on neighborhood children.
Below is the list of Halloween candy (and non-candy) options that are void of all the above ingredients. I encourage you to purchase these brands this week instead.
- Nutiva O’Coconuts
- OCHO Minis
- Endangered Species Organic Chocolate “Bug Bites”
- Unreal Candy
- YumEarth Organic Candy
- Sugar-free gum
- Small toys
- Glow in the dark sticks
Are your own children going out trick-or-treating? Here’s what to do…
You want your kids to enjoy all that Halloween is, so go ahead and let them! But when they come home with their bag of candy, swap it out with candy from the above list and explain to them how delicious they are! Eat a few pieces along with them to show them these candies are just as good, if not better!
Sugar-Free Alternatives For You
Whether you’re going to a Halloween party or staying at home, avoid the sugar temptation by loading up on greens during the day. Greens provide ample antioxidants and nutrients to fill you up, help curb cravings, and make sugar look like the enemy that it is!
Too boring for you? Let’s kick it up a notch! Here’s a clean and tasty treat recipe I love to make anytime my sweet tooth tries to get the best of me:
Raw Cacao Milkshake
1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of raw honey or stevia
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.
If you’ve already bought Halloween candy, I encourage you to take it back to the store for a refund and spend your money on better companies making better products. This sends a BIG signal to the candy industry, and supports the smaller guys to keep doing the right thing. It can cause an incredible ripple effect.
So…will you join me in having a healthy, toxic-free Halloween this year?