I love Halloween. Seeing the kids in their adorable costumes and hearing their laughter as they meander through the streets, going from door-to-door to load their bags up with candy (let me be clear, I do NOT love the candy part of this holiday… we’ll get to that though.).
But what if there was something you could give these little bundles-of-unlimited-energy that wouldn’t disrupt their hard-working organs, could actually provide nutritional benefits and still taste amazing?
The Fitlife Team and I wanted to make a fun video for you to enjoy this Halloween, which we had a blast filming and hope it made you smile…
But it’s important that we also bring you some information to take with you as you continue on your journey to living your best life, in your best health. Because THAT is why we do what we do – we want you to have the tools necessary to go into the world with confidence, knowing that the food and thoughts you feed yourself daily are serving you well.
Today I am going to give you some of my favorite things to hand out on Halloween that are free of junk and loaded with superfoods and health-promoting goodnessfor you and your kiddos to enjoy!
Let’s Get Real
I get it. Halloween is loaded with temptation – and it can be really tricky to avoid all those ooey-gooey treats and sugar-laden candies. But chances are, they’re leaving you wired but tired, moody, lethargic and likely, further from reaching your health goals.
Sure, in the moment, they probably taste great – but is that moment of bliss worth those stubborn pounds you just can’t shake? Or poor sleep that leaves you cranky and irritable the next day?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there – myself included!
A little secret: I used to love Butterfinger candy bars and chemical-filled, hormone-injected ice cream – but now I know what they’re made of and they just don’t appeal to me anymore… (healthier options below – keep reading). Maybe you can relate.
But breaking that cycle is possible and today I want to show you some incredible ingredients along with some recipes that you can begin using this season without guilt chock-full of copious amounts of mouth-watering satisfaction. And shockingly, some of these superstars can actually help you LOSE weight, GAIN energy and PROMOTE quality sleep!
Who needs candy when you’ve got Mother Nature on your side?
The Sweet Stuff
It’s no secret that Americans over-consume sugar. You’ve read the headlines, “…the average American consumes roughly 60+ pounds of sugar each year…” – and the truth is, sugar is really addictive! It actually releases an opiate-like substance that triggers the brain’s reward center causing you to crave even more. It’s a sneaky little thing, that sugar. And chances are you are one of the millions of people stuck in a rut when it comes to giving it up…
And it’s NOT your fault!
Did you know that the consumption of sugar is growing faster than world’s population, increasing about 1% every year? That is absolutely crazy!
Inhibits blood flow, leading to poor circulation… amongst other problems.
It’s so addictive, in fact, that ditching the sweet stuff can actually give way to withdrawal symptoms likened to that of a drug addict or alcoholic. It’s seriously terrible!
Why Do We Crave It?
Back in the day, our ancestors indulged in fruit whenever they could get it to provide energy and store fat for the cooler months (yep, it does this for your body too only for most of us, we don’t need the fat – we have jackets and warm clothing to keep us cozy!). At that time, it was a survival thing whereas today, most of us are fortunate to have a roof over our head and food in our belly (too much, some may believe – but that’s another topic…).
So you can say that the “craving” for sugar began a long time ago and has evolved with society, only now it’s consumed for far different reasons (emotional eating, comfort, boredom, convenience, etc.).
Here’s an interesting school of thought for you to consider:
Regardless of WHY you crave sugar, there are some simple tricks you can implement to help you kick those pesky cravings to the curb!
Here are some absolutely amazing recipes to try the next time you have a hankering for something sweet but don’t want to fall off the healthy-habits wagon. Give ‘em a try and let me know what you think!
Coconut oil, ghee or grass-fed butter (for greasing the cookie sheet)
Soak the dates in warm water for 5-10 minutes to soften.
Place the walnuts in a food processor or high speed blender and pulse until ground.
Add the remainder of the ingredients and pulse until well blended, reaching a sticky consistency (except for the coconut oil - that is just for greasing your cookie sheet).
Transfer mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge to allow to firm up a bit (at least 20 minutes).
Remove bowl from the fridge and scoop out mixture in spoonfuls, rolling them into 2” balls.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degree for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 7 days.
Dates – An awesome natural sweetener, dates have been used since 6000 B.C.! Not only are they one of the sweetest fruits, but they are also good for your digestive system, your heart, your blood pressure and your brain.
One of the most interesting health benefits of dates is for pregnant women. Studies have shown that date consumption not only helps women stay healthy during the pregnancy but may also contribute to a shorter, more favorable (induction not necessary) labor and delivery!
Walnuts – Regular consumption of nuts has been linked to increased longevity and a healthier life!
Walnuts in particular help to lower blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol, aid weight loss, boost brain health and may even help you sleep better. Walnuts are a natural source of melatonin – the hormone your body produces to help relax your body in preparation for sleep.
Pumpkin – Not only are pumpkins extremely easy to find this time of year, but they contain a surprising number of health benefits!
Pumpkins contain more than 200% your daily need of vitamin A, which is important for maintaining good eyesight, strengthening bones and teeth, preserving urinary health and boosting immunity. Vitamin A strengthens all the entry points into the human body (i.e. the nose, eyes, mouth, intestine), which are the body’s first areas of defence against sickness and infection.
Pumpkins also contain anti-cancer properties thanks to their bright orange color, which is caused by the antioxidant beta-carotene.
Coconut –By now you know how obsessed I am with coconut. Coconut oil is full of medium-chain fatty acids, which are quickly converted by the body into energy. Coconuts contain antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticancer properties. They are a nutritional powerhouse that can help boost digestion, increase energy, promote healthy skin and hair, strengthen your immune system and much much more.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out my Saturday Strategy on 11 Ways To Use Coconut Oil (and download our free coconut oil e-book!)
Vanilla – Vanilla has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and is known for its ability to increase libido and help with impotence. It also contains certain active compounds that act as pain relievers to the central nervous system.
Cinnamon –Cinnamon becomes especially popular this time of year and has impressive medicinal properties. Studies have shown that even small amounts of cinnamon may lower cholesterol and help regulate blood sugar levels. Similar to vanilla, cinnamon also contains pain-relieving active compounds and has been used to relieve symptoms of arthritis and other similar conditions.
Sea Salt –Because pure sea salt has not been exposed to high heat (processing) it has an alkalizing effect on the body and is also free of harmful man-made ingredients.
Other Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Ideas
Organifi GO– single-serving packets of superfood green juice powder, just add water, sip and enjoy!
Just because candy and chocolate and desserts filled with harmful ingredients are “traditional” or “habitual” doesn’t mean that you can’t step up your game and make better choices.
You have the power to make NEW traditions and set a higher standard for you and your family this year. With a little extra thought and some research, you can make delicious AND healthy Halloween treats that will have the neighborhood kids begging for more.
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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