This time of year, it can be all too easy to give in to those constant candy cravings—especially when there are bowls of Snickers, sour gummy worms and peanut butter cups everywhere you turn. In fact, I like to keep a dish of chocolates out on my entryway table as a Halloween treat for when guests stop by. But it also makes it very tempting for me to want to indulge all the time. This little trick works pretty well for me when I feel myself splurging on sweets too often. But, for those of you who crave chocolate, sour candy and gummy bears when the month of October hits, today I’ve enlisted our LaurenConrad.com nutritionist and wellness expert, Kelly LeVeque, to share some healthy tips for curbing those Halloween sugar yearnings. Keep these tips in mind as your nostalgia for those trick-or-treat goodie bags of your childhood takes over this Halloween…
Are you sour candy obsessed?
If you walk into a candy store and make a beeline for the sour worms, sour straws and sour patch kids, then you’ll want to read this tip… To keep your craving at bay and avoid that sour candy sugar crash, Kelly recommends making a trail mix of nuts with golden berries. “Golden berries are one of my favorite little tricks to tell my clients about… They are very tart like your old school sour patch favorites,” says Kelly. Make a bowl of trail mix and set it on your kitchen counter in place of processed, refined-sugar-laden candies. Also, this snack is a great one to make and pack up in a small baggie for the movies, a concert, or any event where you think you’ll get a sweets craving.
Are you a gummy bear lover?
Gummy bear lovers… You are in luck! Kelly recommends making your own healthy gummy bears at home. Just mix up a few tablespoons of grass-fed gelatin, lemons or lime juice and a little local honey, and pour into a gummy bear mold (like this one). With these ingredients, you can easily make a healthy batch of gummy bears without high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and preservatives. It’s a win-win!
Are you a self-proclaimed chocoholic?
Chocolate lovers, don’t fret—we have good news for you. Kelly is a big fan of chocolate… “It’s great,” she says. “As long as you pick a low or no-sugar-added bar that’s organic.” Kelly recommends Theo or Primal bars. And better yet, for those of you who like to get creative in the kitchen, you can make your own freezer fudge! Follow Kelly’s recipe here to make a batch of your own. It’s delicious and is sure to satisfy those chocolate cravings.
Kelly’s entire mentality involves replacing, not depriving. Which is definitely something I can get behind, especially as we head into Halloween and then the holidays. I hope you learned something new in this post that will help you keep your healthy habits going strong this month! And be sure to stay tuned for some more healthy holiday tips coming this season.
What are your best tips and tricks for staving off sugar cravings? Do you have a healthy snack you turn to when you get a sweet tooth?