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article imageOp-Ed: Halloween treats with a healthy twist

By Alexandra Christopoulos     Oct 31, 2012 in Food
Who doesn't love Halloween candy? Kids and grown ups alike. Enough said. But, if less than healthy ingredients hidden in common packaged foods has you concerned as a parent, fret not. There are a lot of creative (and healthy) options to try.
This year, it would seem preparing one's own Halloween treats and snacks has gone to the blogs, with some notable writers offering their recipes, tips and other helpful suggestions.Try one, or try them all, if you prefer.
A few of the recipes included here promise to take a bite of the scary GMO's and added preservatives lurking in your child's trick or treat loot.
Or, in all things moderation, you may end up with some creative ways to put those extra bagfuls to use.
Now, I understand what a lot of time pressed parents and families must be thinking. Really, who has the time to run last minute errands, get the kids in costume, decorate the house, etc, without being stuck in the kitchen? Well, point taken. When I was a kid myself, my parents told me I'd come back home happily, eat about half of my candy and run around all hopped up sugar like a crazy person before bed. A lot's stayed the same, in those regards.
However, I do also believe in the importance of balance. This doesn't mean I will say 'never again' to certain foods, but rather, I've found encouragement in pursuing healthier options of things I already adore. Chocolate included. This brings me to my list of top Halloween treats that are easy enough to prepare on one's own. Starting with Oh She Glows home made Rolo knock offs. Yes, I said, "Rolo."
Instead of a traditional caramel, the author used Medjool dates and nut butter for the paste filling. For an added nutritional boost, the recipe also calls for a sprinkle of chia seeds, but they are optional. Chatelaine, a major lifestyle themed magazine in Canada, also picked up on the author's recipe and those who've tried it say it's been a big hit.
But, make no mistake, Angela Liddon, who writes Oh She Glows, is a smart cookie. Among her successes, she was voted Chatelaine Woman of the Year, and has garnered 'best blog' title in a sweeping number of award categories, including Best Health Magazine and Foodbuzz.
Soon to be another favourite in my household, I'm sure, is Fork and Beans recipe for Raw Fudge Brownies. The site's author, who pens by the first name 'Cara.' is also hugely popular in the blogging world because her recipes are free of egg and dairy. Common go to's for baking, you'd think, no? Well, Cara has found numerous to keep it vegan and delicious. I am majorly anxious and excited to try these no bake brownies. Will be sure to let all of you in on how it turns out.
Next up, some ingredients just pair beautifully together, like chocolate and peanut butter. Well, anyone who can come up with their own version of the delectable goodness of Reese's peanut butter cups and give it a healthy make over deserves an ovation, in my books. So kudos to Chocolate Covered Katie for her Reese's pumpkin peanut butter tarts.
Any kettle candy corn fans out there? Katie's got you covered there, also.
In ways, this list could continue, but I will stop it here. I did not mean to leave out salty snack make overs here on purpose, but truth be told, I have a mean sweet tooth. If all else fails, I'm sure I'll be reaching for some air popped popcorn, tonight.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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