Oct 29, 2014

Candy Free Halloween?!? You bet your chocolate bar!

So, my family is pretty much sugar free.  I say pretty much because once a year it creeps into our birthday cakes and it's occasionally found in the very once-in-a-blue-moon-desperate-stop-to-starbucks organic apple juice box.

For us, Halloween is a little different.

We get our group of like minded family and friends together and do our own trick or treat.  One of my friends has a great big round driveway that is perfect for this.  Our kids get dressed up, walk around the driveway to the little stations we have set up where we are handing out treats, minus the sweet. We do fun activities (pinatas filled with little trinkets and toys, crafts, etc) and let the kids play with one another, acting as they are dressed.

In our goody bags this year were: Halloween stickers, plastic spider creatures, organic fruit strips, individual bags of popcorn, home-made fruit snacks with fruit and vegetable juice, fruit, crafts, toys and organic, no sugar added, non-gmo chocolate pieces.

I know that Halloween is only once a year and most people would argue that one night of sugar indulgence wont hurt anyone, but in my opinion it does.  Sugar is addicting so allowing ourselves and our children to consume it like this will cause cravings and withdrawals.  Also, sugar suppresses the immune system which is something we definitely don't need with the colder temps and illnesses lurking around the corner.

Whatever your reason for avoiding sweet treats and sugar around Halloween time is, you can certainly pull off a sugar free Halloween and have even more fun doing it!  Try our recipe for homemade fruit snacks with orange and carrot juice!

You will need
  1. Simmer juice in a saucepan for 3-5 minutes until warm. Do not let the juice come to a boil.
  2. Remove from burner, stir in honey.
  3. Add gelatin, stir gently.
  4. Pour into molds.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Happy Halloween!

Cheers from Robin, www.crunchygoddess.com

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