Healthy Halloween Treats and Recipe Ideas

Indulge in chocolate this Halloween, without the guilt.

There's nothing wrong with a sweet treat here and there. The problem is that the typical candy contains harmful ingredients that are linked to a variety of diseases. On top of the toxic ingredients, candy is loaded with sugars, artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols.

This Halloween, try other candy options that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and are better for your kids.

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Justin's Peanut Butter Cups

If you love the peanut butter and chocolate combo, try Justin's Peanut Butter Cups. Organic ingredients are used to ensure a safe, sweet treat. One thing you won't find in Justin's is PGPR (Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate), a man-made chemical typically found in popular candies. Justin's also uses fair trade cocoa whereas the other brands do not. (Cocoa is one of the top crops produced by slave/child labor). Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are vegan and all three flavors are gluten-free.

Alter Eco

Craving a chocolate bar? Munch on Alter Eco. Using fair trade, sustainable and ethical ingredients, your purchase is helping small farmers in third world countries. You can also trace the source of ingredients, something that's rare today but important. Even the wrapper is recyclable. It's Vegan, soy free, gluten-free. No emulsifiers or artificial sweeteners are used. And it's organic so you can feel good about what you're putting in your body.

Torie & Howard

If hard candy is more your thing, try the dairy-free and gluten-free Torie & Howard candy. Free from artificial sweeteners, flavors and preservatives, these hard candies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

eatingEvolved Primal Chocolate

Organic, fair-trade and made with maple sugar, this sure will leave your taste buds longing for more. It's also soy-free, dairy-free and naturally gluten-free. eatingEvolved Primal Chocolate wants people to know that the right chocolate isn't candy, but a food.

Perfect Fuel

Enjoy this chocolate while you go for a run or bike ride. Made with organic ingredients, the chocolate is infused with ginseng, which makes it perfect for endurance training and events because of the natural energy booster it provides. Coconut palm sugar is the sweetener, which is low on the glycemic index meaning it won't spike your blood sugar. A new super-food flavor (chia) infused chocolate is being released soon too.

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