Healthy Halloween Treats by Ritamarie Loscalzo is my favorite recipe book to pull out during Halloween. It is so fun seeing how excited the kids get about trick or treating and I can’t help to reflect back on childhood with magical memories of this time. The most challenging part of this season is figuring out what to do with all the candy. So far, my boys have traded the candy for something they really want like Legos or quarters. Given a choice between candy and a fruit like strawberies, they would choose the fruit every time. Preparing a healthy and creative treat from this book, makes them feel like they aren’t missing out, but that other kids are missing out instead : ) Below is our favorite recipe from this awesome book. If you want to learn more about Ritamarie Loscalzo, you can read more about her on her website: http://www.drritamarie.com/
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1/8 cup unrefined organic raw coconut oil (I love Barlean’s coconut oil)
1/4 cup raw organic coconut butter (Artisana brand is good)
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw honey or yacon syrup
1/4 cup water or nut milk
1 pint fresh organic strawberries (it is very important to choose organic strawberries because this is one of fruits which has high levels of toxic pesticides).
Place all ingredients except the strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water or nut milk if it is too thick. Cut the tops off the strawberries so that there is a flat surface. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate sauce. Place flat side down on a cookie sheet or plate. Enjoy.
Note about Yacon Syrup
What makes yacon syrup so special?
A recent study found that yacon syrup “produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index” in obese premenopausal women with insulin resistance. It also found that fasting glucose levels were not affected after they consumed yacon syrup.
Derived from an Andrean root, yacon is high in dietary fiber known as fructooligosaccharides (FOS). The body recognizes FOS differently than glucose, thus it has little, if any, effects on blood sugar levels.
Yacon is a prebiotic, which helps control flora in the intestine and gives signals to the body for probiotics to grow. This helps regulate digestion and encourages the body to heal itself from the inside out. It is possible that the prebiotic power of yacon is the reason that the women in the study were able to lose weight so successfully.
Do you have any great ideas for dealing with the candy concern on Halloween? What are some fun things you do so that your kids do not feel like they are missing out? Please comment if you have any suggestions : )