Non GMO Halloween Candy {All Treat, No Tricks!}

Make sure the Halloween candy you use for trick or treaters is non GMO.

What do you usually hand out at Halloween?

It is possible to hand out treats that you can feel good about. All of the candies listed here are non GMO.

Why Non GMO Halloween Candy?

There is increasing evidence that connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Choose one of these candies to hand out on Halloween night or to give to your own little monsters.

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Endangered Species Bug Bites 

Who doesn’t like chocolate? The perfect little bite of chocolate, try Bug Bites for a perfect halloween treat! Plus, each Bug Bite chocolate contains 1 of 30 collectable, educational insect trading cards!

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Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

Trash the Reese’s and replace them with Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. They taste better than the mainstream candy without all the nasty stuff.

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Gin Gin Chews

If you need lots of little yummy treats to hand out, check out the Gin Gins Spicy Apple Ginger Candy. There is a lot of cinnamon, apple and ginger goodness in this 2 pound bag. I could eat the whole bag in one sitting, but then I wouldn’t have any for the next day.

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YumEarth Lollipops

YumEarth Lollipops are a popular Halloween option since the cost is low for the number of lollipops you receive. Not to mention, they are perfect if you are looking to avoid food dyes!

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YumEarth Organic GummyBears

What’s not to love about gummybears? Especially when those gummybears are free of artificial colors, flavors and are Non GMO.

Will you be going Non GMO for Halloween?

GMO Free Candy List for Easter

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Looking for Easter treats that you can feel good about giving this year? This GMO free candy list will leave both you and your kiddos happy this Easter!

Not only are these products GMO free, they all come with high ratings for taste!

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Enjoy Life

If you have kiddos with food allergies, Enjoy Life chocolate bars can be a lifesaver! These candy bars are not only GMO free, but they are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, egg, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, sesame, and soy!

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Surf Sweet

What is Easter without jelly beans? Surf Sweet jelly beans use only 100% natural ingredients. They also contain some fruit juice and 100% of your daily vitamin C.

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Glee Gum

I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love chewing gum! Glee Gum is GMO free and has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It also uses fair trade sugar cane.

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YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks

YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks are made from real fruit extracts and absolutely no high fructose corn syrup.

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Unreal Chocolate

Unreal Chocolate is an attempt to “unjunk” our junk food. Unreal uses grass-fed dairy in it’s products and does not contain corn syrup or artificial ingredients. That includes no artificial colorings! On top of that, they average 40% less sugar than mainstream brands. If you read the reviews, these chocolate treats get high ratings!

Wondering Which Foods to Buy Organic?

Which Foods to Buy Organic

Are you wondering which foods to buy organic? 

While not everyone can agree that buying food organically grown is healthier, no one can argue that they don’t contain fewer pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.

By definition, buying food with the USDA organic label means the product was grown free of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers, was not treated with antibiotics, and contains no additives. In addition, for a food to be labeled organic, the food can not be genetically modified or irradiated.

Start by buying these 14 produce items organically grown to greatly reduce your exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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PRODUCE

Apples
Bell Peppers
Carrots
Celery
Cherries
Imported Grapes
Lettuce
Nectarine
Peach
Pears
Potatoes
Red Raspberries
Spinach
Strawberries

Change to buying these four meat and dairy products organically grown, and you can reduce the number of antibiotics and growth hormones you are exposed to daily.

MEAT and DAIRY:

Chicken
Beef
Eggs
Milk

Finally, if you are purchasing baby food, buying organic protects your baby from harmful pesticides that can interfere with infant development.

The lists aren’t long and you probably don’t buy all of these items every single week. This list is meant to get your started on an organic diet. As your budget allows, it makes sense to make sure the items you buy the most of each week are also purchased organically grown.

30 Sugar Detox Tips & Tricks to Live By

30 Sugar Detox Tips & Tricks to Live By

We did it! My husband and I finished our 30 Day Sugar Detox. While we were not perfect, we did stay on plan for all 30 days and we definitely feel like we achieved our goals.

I learned a few things about following the Sugar Detox that I thought I would share here. These should be applicable no matter what dietary plan you follow.

1. Plan out Meals

2. Cook in Bulk

3. Dedicate Time to Prep Your Meals in Advance

4. Add Soups and Broths to Your Diet to Help Sustain You

5. Employ Your Slow Cooker

6. Buy in Bulk and Keep Your Fridge Stocked

7. Cook Extra and Eat it For Lunch the Next Day

8. Fight Cravings with Drinks That are Sugar Free and Free of Artificial Sugars

9. Remember Why You are Doing This. It’s important to start this with goals in mind.

10. It Will Take Time to Adjust.

10. Pick New Recipes and Make a New One Each Week. Here’s my favorites.

11. Have a plan for social gatherings.

12. Buy Produce in Season to Save Money.

13. Enlist a Friend (or spouse) to Detox with You.

14. Go Public. Use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to keep you honest.

15. Read Labels.

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16. Take it One Day at a Time.

17. Find That One Recipe That Helps You Get Through It.

18. When In Doubt, Eat More Vegetables.

19. Fight Cravings With Activity.

20. Don’t Go Hungry! Plan snacks.

21. Don’t Give Up. We all slip up. Get back on track.

22. Ask to Bring a Favorite Dish to a Social Gathering.

23. Find a Pinterest Board to Help You Find Inspiring New Dishes.

24. Find a Forum for Useful Ideas and Support.

25. Remember to Sleep.

26. Don’t Forget: The Foods You Gave Up Weren’t Nourishing!

27. Savor Each Bite and Find the Sweetness in Real Food.

28. Stick to Your Guns When Encountering Food Pushers.

29. Look Up Menus Online Before Dining Out.

30. Be Okay with Being the Picky Customer at a Restaurant.

What tips or tricks would you add?


My 10 Favorite Sugar Detox Recipes

2 Ingredient Pancakes

4 More Days!!!!

And I will have completed 30 days of a sugar detox!!!

If you haven’t been following along, I’ve been using the The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally book and have simply extended my challenge to 30 days instead of 21.

Along the way, I’ve discovered some sugar detox recipes that I have really enjoyed. All of these feature real, whole food with no added sugar, no processed ingredients and no refined grains.

I can wholeheartedly recommend all of these recipes whether you are doing a sugar detox or not.

1. Two Ingredient Pancakes. These are pictured above. I have my sister-in-law to thank for sending me this recipe. It is sooooo yummy!

3 Ingredient Custards

2. 3, 2, 1 Custards

Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding FB

3. Easy Almond Joy Overnight Chia Pudding Recipe

Carrot Chip Nachos

4. Carrot Chip “Nachos”

Carrot Frites

5. Carrot Frites

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Sugar Detox: 3 Favorite Kitchen Tools Under $15

I have three kitchen tools you can get for under $15 that I am LOVING! I’ve linked to them all here and I’ve included a short video so you can see why I love them and how I am using them. (And by short, I mean it is the longest video I think I’ve ever posted here. But still under 5 minutes)

All of these products can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Shop through Ebates and get 2% cash back on your purchase. Don’t forget your 20% off coupons.

Flower Colander

Flower Colander

Julienne Peeler

Julienne Peeler

Everyday White Large Vegetable Bowl

Everyday White Large Vegetable Bowl

Do you own any of these? Do you use them as frequently as I do?

15 Things You Can Do Instead of Eating {When on A Sugar Detox}

Things to Do Instead of Eating to stay on track during a sugar detox - or any eating plan really

While on my 30 Day Sugar Detox (I’m following this book), I’ll admit, I’ve been hungry. Or, maybe not even hungry so much as I’ve been bored. And I want to eat.

Here are some of the distractions I’ve found have worked for me. Please, please, please leave me a comment if you have any suggestions of things that have worked for you!

1. Paint Your Nails

2.Turn on Music and Dance

3. Do a Crossword or Sudoko

4. Enjoy a glass of herbal tea

5. Take a Walk

6. Clean a Closet or Clean Out Your Purse – {Get bonus points if you throw out a piece of gum wadded up in an old receipt found in the bottom of your purse}

7. Listen to an Audiobook or Podcast

8. Find a new book to read

9. Enjoy a shower or bath with a scrub – { Add peppermint oil. It is said to curb the appetite.}

10. Organize a Drawer

11. Vacuum. Or if it has recently snowed, shovel.

12. Find a new hairstyle

13. Write a letter

14. Earn Swagbucks

15. Call a Friend

So if you find yourself in a position where you want to eat, give one of these a go and let me know if it worked for you.

And as a BIG oh-by-the-way: Things I’ve found you shouldn’t do? Get on Pinterest or flip through a magazine. Both have delicious looking recipes and photos that are sure to make you hungry!