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A Paleo Halloween

Some of you Paleo parents are wondering what will happen this year when sugar-crazed trick-or-treaters come the way of your doorstep. Or what you’ll do with the caché of candy your own kids come home with on that dreaded of all Paleo days. All Paleo eaters know that Halloween candy is anti-Paleo diet: sugar, egregious additives, grains, vegetable oils and dairy prevail.

Some holidays are more manageable: I’ve made completely Paleo friendly turkey feasts, and Christmas is much the same. But this one, you have little to no control over, outside of petitioning your neighbors to refrain from poisoning your little ones with high fructose corn syrup- and yellow 5-laced crap. What you can control is what you hand other people’s children when they come knocking at your door, though. Here are some ideas for you to substitute those Jolly Ranchers with:

1. Money! With this economy, kids’ allowances have indirectly but profoundly taken a hit. Share the wealth.

2. Dark(ish) chocolate. No kid wants 100% cocoa in their mouths – it taste like pure coffee beans. But a 55-65% chocolate nibble is totally acceptable to anyone, and you can probably find some sort of Halloween bag of single serving dark chocolates at your local health food store. Or maybe even Target.

3. Mini LaraBars. They’re delicious bars made from nuts and fruit. Those kids might look at you funny, but at least it’s not a stupid toy or something. Which brings me to my next suggestion…

4. Stupid toys. You could, I guess, give them a toy. But I think that’s as wasteful as the wrappings on individually wrapped mini chocolates. Wait…

5. Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter Single Packs. No, this stuff is NOT cheap (about $1/pack), but it is GOOD. I mean like I’ve had to donate my Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter just to keep me from eating it for every meal and snack. Those little terrors will love you for it.

6. Boxes of raisins. No, they’re not Reese’s Pieces, but they’re sweet and Paleo.

7. Jerky! It won’t be cheap, but you can buy those kids some single servings of jerky or pemmican-like jerky. Like the berry-garnished beef bars and nibbles from Tanka. My personal favorite jerky option.

What we do NOT suggest is creepily handing them a homemade Paleo treat, unless you live in a very tight-knit neighborhood. I know that my mother would never have allowed me to eat something that was “probably poisoned” by the neighbors.

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As for what to do with your own kids’ candy (besides stealing their peanut butter cups from them when they’re not looking), you have some choices.

1. You could do the modern Halloween buy back. You buy their candy from them for some amount per piece, as if it’s worth one cent to you. This helps with the aforementioned allowance plight.

2. You can let them chow down on it. Just let them eat it for one or two days, while, of course, secretly hoping they feel terrible afterward (so they don’t want to do it again). It’s just a couple days out of the year. That way they won’t feel left out of the fun. But make it known that it’s just those couple days they get. After that, the fun’s over and the candy goes away.

3. Donate it. But to whom? This is what some people do, but I don’t think anyone deserves the consequences of eating copious amounts of Smarties, Laffy Taffy or Snickers. But it’s an option.

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photo from cookingwithoutborders.com


If you’re in the festive mood, and you want to take advantage of that precious pumpkin pulp, there are tons of amazing Paleo recipes out there right now. There are always our famous Paleo Pumpkin Muffins, or our new Egg-Free, Grain-Free, Pumpkin, Zucchini Muffins.

Or Mark Sisson’s Savory Roasted Pumpkin with Beef Short Ribs recipe and several really good ones at Paleo Diet Lifestyle like his Pumpkin Soup and Bloody Beet Soup.

Whatever you choose to cook for yourself, and however you opt to handle the trick-or-treating situation, I hope this Halloween is truly a fun one for you and your family!

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4 Comments

  1. Melissa

    My mom would save the candy that we didn’t really like to make gingerbread houses at Christmas time.

  2. The comment “I know that my mother would never have allowed me to eat something that was “probably poisoned” by the neighbors.” made me laugh out loud! :) What a funny reminiscence from childhood.
    This is the most difficult time of year for me to maintain clean eating and living. Thanks for the continued support!

  3. elesher@vt.edu

    Melissa, that is brilliant!

    I tried to avoid buying Halloween candy until the last possible moment, which meant today. I have snacked on three of those aforementioned addicting peanut butter cups already. Gah! It even smells like chocolate in the house now. I am fighting a losing battle.

  4. Justin’s Almond Butter, any flavor, they are SOOOOO good. Something else that may go into the ‘stupid toy’ category but is still really cool for night time trick or treaters are the mini glow sticks. You can get a ton of them for cheap at hobby stores like Michael’s. My Mom gets them to give out to kids at the yearly Relay for Life in her town and they love them.

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