Tricky Tips and Swaps for Halloween Candy Cravings
Halloween is a tough time for anyone who is trying to watch what they eat. It seems like everyone has a candy dish sitting on their desk and thus, everyone is munching out. How do you successfully make it through this candy-filled and joyful time without falling off track?
Here are my tricky tips and swaps for Halloween candy cravings.
All Foods Fit
My first tip is to remember, all foods fit (as long as you aren’t allergic or intolerant to them of course).
Don’t deprive yourself of a chocolate if you are craving it. Let yourself enjoy a piece. Life is to short to worry about how many chocolates you hate at your friends Halloween party.
Of course, binging is not the answer, but enjoying treats in moderation is important for self-care. Especially if you’re craving them. Not honoring your cravings could do more harm than good in the long run.
I am a huge advocate of homemade food. Especially when you’re the one making them.
Not only does making your own treats to enjoy and share give bring warm feelings to the party, but it can help you control the ingredients. Especially the sugar content! Instead of allowing the sugar to take over the flavor of your treats, cut back on the sugar content (I always say you can safely reduce a recipe’s sugar content by 1/4-1/2).
Cutting back on the sugar will allow the rest of the flavors in your treat, to own the show. It will allow your dessert to be more indulgent and satisfying.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Grapes for Chocolate Covered Raisins
Chocolate covered raisins are packed full of sugar not to mention they are higher in calories. While they are okay to enjoy every now and again, the next time you reach for them try dipping fresh grapes in dark chocolate! It’s a fresher and healthier alternative.
Altoid Mints for Peppermint Swirl Hard Candies
A great option when you craving something sweet and minty for less sugar and calories.
Homemade Gelatin Bites for Gummy Bears (and other Gummies)
Craving some gummy bears or gummy worms? Try making some homemade gelatin bites. They’ll give you all of the fruity flavors and gummy texture of gummy candy without all of the high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings, and food coloring. Not to mention they’ll offer a decent amount of complete protein! (Try out my Blackberry Ginger Gelatin Bites!)
Cacao Nibs for Chocolate Chips
Cacao nibs are packed full of healthy antioxidants and chocolaty flavor. They are a great no sugar added and dairy-free alternative to chocolate chips. The next time you go for a handful of chocolates, try snacking on a few cacao nibs!
Almond Joy Energy Bites for Almond Joys
Try making these almond joy energy bites the next time you are craving the real thing! Not only are the lower in added sugars but they are packed full of healthy fiber and antioxidants. Not to mention they are a delicious filling snack to bring with you on the go!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge for Reeses
There are 8g of sugar per Reese cup (on average) whereas this super easy 4 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge recipe has 3g of sugar (or less if you use a sugar substitute). Not to mention this recipe offers more protein and dietary fiber per serving than your average Reese cup! Not to mention homemade treats are far more delicious and heartwarming then store bought.