We say we love our family and friends but then in the same breath ask if they want some candy or cake or soda. Oh yes. It’s that time of year again. You walk into the supermarket and the first thing you see is huge displays of Halloween candy. Being a sugar addict, I suffered for years with Halloween candy. I would buy tons of it and no kids would show up. Guess who ate it then. So the next year I would decide not to buy it and every child within 30 miles rang my door bell. It was maddening.

Now years later, I could still be considered a sugar addict but I’m a lot smarter. I’ve known for years that I should avoid processed sugar products but like most Americans I would succumb during the holidays. Whenever we tell ourselves that we can’t have something, that’s all we want. Sugar is lurking around every corner. You don’t even have to go buy it. People just bring it to you. A better way to keep your sanity and your health, is to make a decision that you can eat whatever you want. Then learn to want healthy foods. Did you know that you can make candy out of healthy ingredients? YES! You don’t have to give up candy.

Now I know most people will say “I don’t have time to make healthy candy.” (You know you just said that.) So here’s a great idea. Find a health food store in your area and buy your candy from them. WARNING: you might want to exercise some portion control even when you’re eating that healthy candy. Spiking your blood sugar by overdosing on candy is not a pretty picture.

For those of you brave souls who really want to make your own healthy candy for Halloween and any other time. Here’s a recipe for Almond Chocolate Freezer Fudge from the Food Babe. Buon Appetito!

• 1 cup almond butter
• 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
• 1 and ½ tablespoons of maple syrup
• 4 ounces quality dark chocolate
• ½ tsp sea salt
1. Cream almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt together in a bowl
2. Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined small baking dish (8×6)
3. Top with chopped chocolate and freeze for at least 2 hours
4. Remove from freezer, carefully remove fudge by lifting ends of parchment paper
5. Cut into 1 inch squares and store in freezer separated by parchment paper
~ 138 calories each so don’t get crazy and eat 10 at one time! ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

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