Written by Queenie Lei, an undergraduate Communication student who is fascinated with international issues and is always trying to discover more about herself.
Although I do not personally celebrate Halloween myself, Halloween is usually a time when people indulge in eating sweets. However, most of these sweet treats include unhealthy ingredients such as high corn fructose, artificial colouring or artificial preservatives. High corn fructose syurp is considered to be unhealthy because it could lead to health complications. Additionally, high corn fructose syrup is a human-made food product, and not a naturally occurring substance!
It’s also that time of the year when you may have received a lot of chocolates and candies through trick-or-treating (whether you admit it or not) or waiting until the dawn of Nov. 1st to buy cheap Halloween candy. If you are unsure of what to do with them, here are some tips to make your Halloween afternoon more sustainable and healthier. And if you are overwhelmed with midterms and papers, it could potentially make your afternoon more enjoyable and relieve some of that stress and tension!
1. Chewy peanut butter brown rice balls
Looking for that perfect chewy snack? Made with brown rice puffs, brown rice syrup and peanut butter, here is a simple recipe with four steps!
2. DIY candy snack mixes!
Maybe you are carving for that sweet and savoury snack. Here is a snack that you can easily replicate or change-up the ingredients. For example, if you were going for a dry snack alternative, instead of using candy corn bugle, butter and light corn syrup, you could substitute actual candy corn (or other candies) while doing this mix! Additionally, if you are allergic to nut ingredients, you could opt for almonds!
3: Dark Chocolate, Almond Butter Mini Cups with sea salt (DIY Reese’s peanut butter cups!)
As much as I like my milk and white chocolate sweets, dark chocolate is considered to be a healthy alternative as it contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. These Reese Peanut butter cups lookalikes are made with ingredients such as maple syrup coconut oil, almond butter, chia seeds and sea salt!
4. Chocolate & Almond Butter Crunch Bars
Maybe you are a fan of chocolate crunch bars! In this recipe, you get to make your own chocolate bar in a simple nutritious way
Happy snacking from Embark Sustainability’s blogging team! What are your plans this Halloween?