The Great Candy Conundrum + Healthy Halloween Recipe

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If you are a parent then you understand how challenging it can be to control how much candy your children consumes during the Halloween season. While apples and raisins might be healthier options, the reality is, our kids are going to want those candy bars and gum balls. So how do you stop them from eating too much candy this time of year? I don’t believe in depravity when it comes to food because that only makes us want the foods “we can’t have”, even more. I do believe in balance. I have created 4 ways to help keep your children’s candy consumption to a minimal.

1) Keep it in the kitchen. It is a treat and you would never let your child take a jar of cookies in their bedroom, so why a bag of candy?

2) Let them pick out a couple pieces to take with their lunch. This way they get to choose what they want and will burn that sugar off during the day.

3) Lead by example. Be careful how much candy you are consuming. If you are eating candy whenever you want, it is going to be hard to set guidelines when it comes to candy consumption.

4) Mindful treating. Again, depravity is never the answer but encouraging a balance, when it comes to eating habits, will help your child have a healthy relationship with food now and for the rest of their lives.

For your Halloween party or anytime you want a treat that doesn’t contain additives and a ton of refined sugar, try making my Chocolate Popcorn recipe. It makes for a much healthier treat during the candy rush time of year.

Chocolate Popcorn

Makes 10 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) popcorn
  • ½ cup (125 mL) organic chocolate
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) hemp milk (Combine 1 cup of hemp seeds & 3 cups of water and blend in a blender until smooth)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Himalayan crystal salt

Directions

1. Add kernels to popcorn maker to pop or if you prefer you can pop your popcorn on the stovetop.

Stovetop Instructions: Place oil in a large pot with a lid. Add the popcorn kernels and put on the lid. Over medium heat, shake the pan while holding it close to the burner, but nor directly on top. Keeping the steam inside the pot is key to making great popcorn. Within 5 minutes the kernels of the corn will begin to pop. Keep shaking, with the lid held on tight.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the hemp milk and salt. After the corn has popped and the chocolate has melted, in a large mixing bowl, pour the melted chocolate over the hot popped corn and mix together until each piece is coated. Place your popcorn in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden the chocolate.

Power of Food Tip: Enhance the nutritional value of this snack by mixing hemp seeds in with the chocolate before coating your popcorn.

Do you have a cool Halloween treat recipe that is also healthy? I would love to hear about it below. 

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About Adam Hart

Adam Hart is the bestselling author of The Power of Food. When not on stage speaking, Adam can be found helping one of his many corporate clients in awakening an abundance of energy through his highly engaging stress management solutions.Contact Adam to book a demo for an enhanced corporate wellness experience.

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