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Happy Halloween Vanilla Beans!!

Posted Oct 31 2011 11:31pm

Happy Halloween Vanilla Beans!!

With the gym, class, and work in the ER today I had less than no time to hand out goodies to the trick-or-treaters. If I HAD been home, I would have most likely handed out mini sized protein bars. I know, I know. Have a little fun, right? Let’s just pretend for a second you’re not already mad at me for being the halloween grinch and contemplate a few things…

  • 3 “fun sized” or 1 regular size candy bar usually have at least 30-40 grams of sugar in them. 30 TO 40 GRAMS! Jamie Eason pointed out that many donuts and Krispy Kremes have less grams of sugar than that. Talk about SCARY on Halloween! That’s about 8-10 teaspoons of sugar. In ONE bar. How many pieces do kids eat on halloween? How many pieces do YOU eat on halloween?
  • Besides candy being high in sugar, it also usually has high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and artificial sweeteners in it, all of which are high in calories and have no nutritional value.
  • If sugar + high calories + no nutritional value isn’t enough to deter you, just know that the cocoa used in Mars, Kraft foods, Nestle, and Hershey’s products – which is most halloween candies – is almost always a product of slave labor. Young children in Africa are slaving away hungry, in horrid conditions to bring children here Halloween candy, too much sugar, and risks for health compromise. Something doesn’t add up right.

What makes today “special”? What causes people to feel the need to binge on candy because today is October 31st? No one felt the need yesterday, October 30th. And tomorrow? November 1st, will people feel the same need tomorrow?

Halloween can be about fun, costumes, family, carving pumpkins, playing humorous tricks on each other, roasting pumpkin seeds together. Halloween can be an ABSOLUTE blast while being healthy too!

Check out these rockin’ ideas Smile

MUCH better than candies for the kiddies! And SO darn cute!

My kind of Halloween Winking smile

Who ever said Halloween + Healthy wasn’t fun!? This is AWESOME!

Looking for something a little more sweet? Here’s an incredibly festive, perfect-for-Halloween Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake that even the kiddies will love! Plus, who can resist that perfect orange color on Halloween evening? Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers provides us the delicious recipe, thanks Julie! Smile

DELICIOUS! I made a variation of this – minus the banana, added extra ice and substituted coconut milk for the milk. Enjoy!

These festive substitutes for Halloween candy are great for so many reasons.

Why? Because remember that these (abs)…

Are made in the kitchen with the nutrition you put into your mouth! It’s about 80% nutrition and 20% workouts.

And if you did indulge? No beating yourself up! Get back on the clean eating wagon tomorrow and stick to it – you deserve it!

I’d love to see what all you guys dressed up as! Feel free to post your costume pics and hopefully clean halloween eats on my Vanilla Bean Lean Facebook Page !!

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