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13 Better-For-You Candy Swaps for Halloween

It’s Candy Season! Admittedly one of my favorite times of year – for better or worse.

To celebrate, I’ve created a guide that will allow us all to enjoy Halloween and the treat-filled weeks before it, without loading our bodies with artificial ingredients.

Now, because I’m a nutritionist and care about your family’s health, I feel compelled to remind you (and me, since I can get carried away when it comes to sweets) of a few key things:
  • No candy is “healthy.”
  • The options in this guide are free of artificial ingredients, pesticides and GMOs, which makes them much better than conventional candy, but they should still be eaten in reasonable amounts.
  • Sugar – especially gummies – can contribute to cavities so try to swish with water after indulging these treats.
  • If you love candy like I do, “save up” for it by skipping other indulgences on a day you plan to enjoy a helping. Make sure the rest of your day is filled with fruits, veggies, protein, healthy fat, fermented foods and whole grains.
Besides that, enjoy! And if you want to try any of these but can’t find them, come trick-or-treating at my house! Or alternatively, leave a comment and I’ll try to help 😉


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    October 21, 2018 at 10:02 am

    After reading (years ago) about child slavery in chocolate harvesting….and learning how Hershey’s and other major chocolate candy makers know of , have promised to boycott slave harvested chocolate, and HAVEN”T, I don’t purchase anything chocolate for Halloween. Chocolates for our affluent children harvested by child slaves? So very wrong…..

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      Amelia Winslow
      December 7, 2018 at 10:26 am

      I agree that we need to pay attention to how our food was grown and produced, in order to support brands that are producing responsibly and paying living wages and to minimize the human toll that’s paid by others just for us to get cheap food. However, the brands I recommended here are committed to responsible sourcing, and I know of many chocolate brands that are committed to improving the communities where their cocoa beans are grown. E.g. Equal Exchange, Endangered Species, Honey Mama, Justin’s, and more. Organic chocolate tends to be much more responsibly grown and harvested, since organic agriculture by definition helps nurture whole ecosystems. Instead of avoiding chocolate, we as consumers can choose to support brands with purpose.

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