In case you haven’t noticed, Halloween is days away…pumpkins are scattered across front porches, mums are greeting us with their cheery blooms, and inflatable creatures sinisterly tower throughout the neighborhood. Whether you DVR all of the specials for the 13 Nights of Halloween or prefer to ignore the holiday completely, I’ve got something we can all come together on, team Halloween or not.
Yup, I said it. Candy.
Maybe you’re a Butterfinger fiend like my dad or you dig for anything involving peanut butter and chocolate like myself or you are that person that actually likes the banana Laffy Taffy…we can all agree that the mass quantities of free candy are a perk of the holiday.
Now before you get out your pitch forks and torches to come lock me away for saying candy is good, I’ve gotta be honest with y’all about all of that sugar. It’s just that…it’s a WHOLE LOTTA SUGAR. There is 0% nutritional dignity in those colorfully wrapped, shiny pieces of candy.
Am I going to judge you for helping yourself to A FEW pieces from your kids’ trick-or-treat bags? Absolutely not. But do you need to eat the whole gosh darn bag of Reese’s pumpkins you bought to hand out on Halloween night? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Moderation, y’all, is all I’m asking. We’ve already had this conversation, too. If you know one fun sized Snickers will spiral into something that’s anything but fun, just stay away. It’s not worth it.
You know what is worth it?
My homemade, knock-your-socks off, silence-your-sweet-tooth almond butter M&M’s sure are worth it, plus they actually provide some nutrition in the meantime.
Almonds, almond butter, dates, honey, and dark chocolate are all that you need to make your own, chemical-free, soy-free, preservative-free candy. Here’s a little nutritional FYI on each of these ingredients:
But just know that most candy out has some pretty spooky and downright unnatural ingredients that petrify me far more than the typical ghosts and ghouls and goblins that are out and about this time of year. Soy lecithin, food dyes, and high fructose corn syrup are just a few of the haunting menaces lurking in that Halloween candy bowl.
With a whole lotta Halloween festivities ahead of me this week and weekend (Fall Festivals and Trunk-r-Treating and costume parties), not to mention the big day itself on Monday, I’m confident my willpower to turn down most of the junk will be much stronger if I have my own healthy yet sweet treats to come home to.
If you come knocking on my door Monday night hoping to snag a few of these yummies, think again. I’m not sharing these with the trick-or-treaters. No way, Jose. These are mine, all mine.
If you want to see something truly terrifying, try coming between the pregnant lady and her treats…talk about a nightmare, folks.
And just so y’all know I plan on making these little babies all year round, too. No reason Halloween gets these all to itself. Sharing is caring.
Have a FABULOUS day! And when you go to sneak some of your kiddos' Halloween candy when they're asleep, think, "Would Michelle approve of this?". You know my answer, friends. Step away from the kit-kats.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!