Paleo Snacks – Halloween Commerce-Offs and Caramel Apples – Dr. Kellyann







Are Halloween sweets scaring you? They need to! That spooky query continues to hang-out us, 12 months after 12 months … How can we flip down the sugar faucet on Halloween with out an ensuing battle?

As a Mother, I’ve realized a number of tips of the “commerce” in relation to eschewing sugar.

The Backstory to My favourite “Halloween Finest- Apply Tip”

I grew up channeling teen detective Nancy Drew, and my ardour for thriller by no means stopped.

As a brand new mother, I used to be the patron watch canine … and unforgiving all the way in which. I used to be fearless about pulling the “A” recreation out and defending my household as I looked for meals intel wherever we went. (My “A” recreation goes like this: Are you SURE this doesn’t have any (insert meals right here … let’s say, MSG) as a result of if it does, I’ll have a SEVERE “A”LLERGIC response proper right here and now!).

So, I used to be fairly horrified the primary time my kiddos beginning trick-or-treating. Oh gosh, I believed, sugar, meals dyes, synthetic every part, stuff I can’t pronounce! Appeared there was no method for this Nancy Drew to get out of this pickle (dill, after all, not candy!). I used to be out-played, duped!

What I spotted was there was no strategy to shut off the sugar faucet, as a result of Halloween was like popular culture stuff — a standard a part of a child’s childhood, and I didn’t wish to mess with that.

However what I did study was that I may flip down the sugar faucet.

Right here is that this mother’s trick of the “commerce” that can assist you take care of The Halloween Sugar Demon (™) and a few recipes that can assist you flip down the sugar faucet in your house this Halloween!

Ideas for the Nice Halloween Commerce-Off

Go Pure Buy forward of time sweet that’s made with extra pure, non-cruddy components, like pure fruits, and dyes from vegatables and fruits. Search for sweet with out dangerous fat and synthetic components. Assume gummy bears, jelly beans, lolly pops, sweet canes, gummy worms, snack-size chocolate bites. (Surf Sweets,Yummy Earth and Endangered Species Milk Chocolate are some to strive.)

Get Out of the Sweet Field You also needs to buy forward of time some non-candy selections (on a budget) like Slinkies, yo-yo’s, glow sticks, baseball playing cards, coloring books, motion pictures tickets, or no matter you may give you.

Let the Buying and selling Start! When the children get residence after trick-or-treating, ask them to dump their sweet right into a pile. Then begin the commerce! They LOVE this, imagine me! They’ll need baseball playing cards and film tix over a Snicker’s bar. For a number of the households I’ve labored with, the Nice Halloween Commerce-Off is the spotlight of their children’ night time! (word: You’ll want to have a waste basket or rubbish bag on the prepared for tossing out the dangerous stuff shortly and getting it into the storage.)

High Tosses What’s greatest to commerce, nutritionally talking? Sweet Corn, Dots, any sweet with rainbow hues (assume Skittles, Swedish Fish, Now and Laters, and so on.)Attempt to stick with the chocolate sweet bars that don’t have loads of synthetic colours, and so on.

Joyful Halloween! On that word, right here, I share with you two of my favourite saaaaweeet recipes!


Prep time: 10 min • Yield: 6-8 servings



  1. Wash the star fruits and slice them into 3/4-inch thick.
  2. Use a toothpick or steak knife to softly pry out any massive seeds from the slices.
  3. Insert the sharp finish of a bamboo skewer into the underside of every star fruit slice, about 1-inch deep.
  4. Serve instantly or freeze for 20-minutes to create popsicle-style treats.

Tip: In the event you can’t get your fingers on any contemporary tomatoes, substitute jarred diced tomatoes.

Recipe Courtesy of Audrey Olson (



Prep time: 10 min • Cook dinner time: 30-60 min  Yield: 8-12 apples, relying on the dimensions


  • 2 cans full fats coconut milk– don’t use a “lite” model
  • 1 cup delicate flavored honey
  • 2 tablespoons ghee– it’s also possible to use palm shortening, pasture fed butter or coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8-12 natural apples; any variety will do. I like Fugi’s.
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped uncooked almonds, pecans or walnuts, optionals

Instruments You Want

  • Sweet Thermometer
  • Heavy Backside Pan
  • Popsicle or Cake Pop Sticks


  1. Mix all components in a heavy backside pan and produce to a delicate boil over medium warmth.
  2. Preserve caramel at a really mild boil till it’s a lovely golden coloration which would be the agency ball stage in sweet making or between 245-250 levels on a sweet thermometer. (You might be truly making sweet!) This might take anyplace from 30 – 60 minutes. Once you see that the caramel is coming to a golden coloration, proceed to stir with a picket spoon so it doesn’t stick with the underside of the pan and proceed to examine temperature.
  3. Once you attain temperature, take away from warmth, switch to a bowl, and funky for about 5 minutes then stir nicely. Repeat this course of 2 or 3 instances till the caramel turns into easy and glossy.
  4. Wash nicely and insert sticks into apples. Dip into caramel to fully cowl. If desired, roll in crushed nuts. Place on a sheet tray lined with parchment or waxed paper and let harden. You can even put them within the fridge to hasten the method.

Tip: For particularly tasty apples, toast the nuts in a 350 diploma oven till golden brown. Examine each couple of minutes as nuts will burn in a short time.

Tip: You can also make the caramel forward, refrigerate it, and reheat in a double boiler to dip the apples. If the caramel hardens too quick as you’re dipping, you may reheat as mandatory in a double boiler. Dipping is best with the caramel remains to be heat.

Preserve pondering large and dwelling daring!

-Dr. Kellyann

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