5 "Healthier" Halloween Candy Choices

You might think it’s crazy to try and find healthy Halloween candy – and you’d be partially right. While it’s not realistic to find “healthy” candy, there are some candies that are a better option than others. 

When choosing candy, there’s always a few things to keep in mind.
  1. Fat.  First and foremost, take into consideration the amount of fat in a serving. Especially take into account the amount of trans fat and saturated fat. Saturated fat has been linked with higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, so try to keep your total daily saturated fat intake less than 10% of your total calories. This means you should choose candy with a minimum of saturated fat. Trans fat is even worse than saturated fat. Trans fats aren’t broken down in your body properly, and they increase your LDL (bad) cholesterol and decrease your HDL (good) cholesterol. Remember that if it’s less than .5 grams per serving can still be listed as “0 grams trans fat”. You’ll have to wait until 2018 before trans fats are completely gone from the market. In the meantime, watch for partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  2. High Fructose Corn Syrup.  There’s controversy over whether or not the body processes high fructose corn syrup differently than regular table sugar. But one thing is certain – as levels of high fructose corn syrup have increased so have levels of obesity and diabetes. It’s better to just avoid high fructose corn syrup in foods and stick to plain old sugar.
  3. Sugar.  Even though you should stick to “plain old sugar” in foods (and candy), its better not to go overboard. Keep in mind that it only takes 4 grams of sugar to make one teaspoon. 
  4. Dental Health.  Dentists have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. Sure, all those cavities are good for business (they have to make a living too), but they also don’t like to see their patients come in with cavities and tooth decay. All those delicious suckers and chewy candies contribute to both cavities and tooth decay. Any time that a really sugary food stays in the mouth for an extended period of time, there’s an increased risk for cavities and tooth decay. Having the sugary candies in the mouth causes an increased production of saliva, which changes the pH of the mouth and makes it ideal for dental problems.
  5. Portion Size.  No matter what type of candy you choose, remember that a little goes a long ways. Just because dark chocolate is good for you (all those antioxidants, not to mention the mouth feel of the dark chocolate melting over your tongue – it just helps raise your endorphin levels, let’s face it), it doesn’t mean that you should eat the whole bag. While the nutrition facts for a type of candy might look good – take a look at the serving size and be honest about how many pieces you’ve had.
So, after all of this, what could possibly be a good type of candy? Well, let’s start with some that aren’t good.

5 WORST Candy Choices

  • Candy corn – filled with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives and artificial coloring. I'm not gonna lie, I love me some candy corn.  But its so addicting and so unhealthy that I just have to skip out on it altogether.  
  • Suckers – a great way to see your dentist more often than you’d like with all that sugar just hanging out in your mouth.
  • Starbursts – another great way to spend more quality time with your dentist. Not to mention all the high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring and flavors these tasty treats are filled with.
  • Skittles – even though you get to eat the colors of the rainbow, these are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors
  • Sour Patch – loaded with sugar and acidic, which wears away teeth enamel.

These sweet treats are much better options for you to snack on – just remember not to go overboard.

5 Healthier Candy Choices

  • Fun sized peanut M & M’s – a great portion size (just make sure you don’t eat a couple handfuls from the bag and call that fun sized), not to mention it’s got chocolate and a tiny bit of fiber from those peanuts, which also have a tiny bit of protein.
  • Twizzler – the ultimate low fat candy. It’s low in sugar and doesn’t have all those trans and saturated fats.
  • Hershey miniatures – another great portion controlled food. They’ve also only got 4 grams of sugar per bar.
  • Smarties – another great portion controlled snack. They’re pure sugar, but its sugar, and not high fructose corn syrup. There is also only 6 grams of sugar per roll of smarties.
  • Dark chocolate – anything dark chocolate (with reasonable portion sizes) is always a good choice.
I hope this post will help you to make better choices this Halloween.  And remember, candy is not food, so don't be afraid to just toss it in the trash.  I myself don't like the temptation so it ends up in the trash can pretty quickly in my house.  

Pumpkin Pie Hummus


15 oz can organic chickpeas
1 1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin
2 tsp. pumpkin spice
1+ tsp. cinnamon
2+ tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. organic brown cane sugar


Drain and rinse chickpeas. Peel off skins (they will slide right off) and add them into food processor. Add all remaining ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth. At this point I had to sample the hummus and I felt that it needed a little something extra. I added in a little more orange juice and a hefty dash of cinnamon. Try it our yourself and play around with the ingredients to get it just right. I personally wanted it sweeter so thats why I added in those extra ingredients.

Serve with cinnamon pita chips, apple chips or apple slices. 

Smoky Sriracha Hummus

This is DELICIOUS and super easy! Goes great with veggies, crackers or on a sandwich. 


  • 1-15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Blend everything except olive oil together in a food processor or high speed blender. Once well combined, add olive oil and mix again. Saves up to two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Great as a dip or sandwich spread!

Uproot Your Bad Habits

Before you read any further, make sure you watch this short video!  This video was created for the Darren Daily email mentoring program by Darren Hardy (it's free so you should sign up!)

When I first saw this video a year ago I had a major light bulb go off in my head.  Tying the visualization of a tree to my bad habits was really eye opening for me.  I watch this video frequently and I always share it with the participants in my challenge groups.  

I know I was, am still can be, unaware of how bad habits begin to grow and grow.  We accept them as the norm.  We make excuses of why we can't break them, or we are constantly waiting for the perfect time to try.  In reality, the perfect time is NOW.  If you want to uproot your bad habits you need to take action before they get any stronger.  The longer you put it off, the harder the struggle is going to be.  

Let's say you went off track with your diet this summer and you put on 5 lbs.  Not a big deal right? 

Now let's say you haven't taken action  and you are now up 10 lbs by the end of September.  October comes and you are indulging in all the pumpkin and apple treats that are plentiful in fall, and then comes in the Halloween candy at the end of the month.  November slides in before you know it and you are up 15 lbs after Thanksgiving.  Now you think, why start a diet now?    It's the holiday season and there are loads of parties and holiday dinners.  It wouldn't make sense to start my diet.  I will wait for the magical time of January and make this my New Year's Resolution.   January comes and you are now up over 20 lbs and you have 6 months of bad habits to break.  

Do you think this will be easy?  HELL NO.  This is why so many people don't stick with their resolutions!  

Realize that you have a bad habit forming and intervene ASAP.  There really never will be a perfect time that's going to make it easy, you will have a little struggle.  But a little struggle is better than a big struggle right?  

Delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Fall brings a sense of excitement for me.  Not because I like the cooler weather or football, but because I like to go shopping and enjoy the abundance of pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING!  And Sundays in the Fall tend to be spent at home more so than they were in the summer, so this is when I can get that time to bake or make special meals.  

I have been making this pumpkin chocolate chip bread for the past few weeks and its a big hit with my family.  Its a very simple recipe to make (I can throw it together in under 10 minutes!) and it is very hearty so even a small piece will keep you satisfied.  

This recipe is made from all CLEAN INGREDIENTS.  It is gluten-free, paleo-approved, and a pretty safe option for school since it doesn't contain any of the major offenders for allergies that kids deal with these days.  

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill garbanzo flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and coat a loaf pan with coconut oil and a dusting of flour.

In large bowl mix all dry ingredients (except for the chocolate chips).  

In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, syrup and vanilla.

Add in the pumpkin  to the wet ingredients and whisk until evenly combined.

Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into the wet mixture.  I used a rubber spatula to combine well.  

The final step is adding in the chocolate chips!  

Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  I use a glass loaf pan and mine always finishes up around 40 minutes.  

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