Healthy Candy Dish Alternatives
Is it just me or did this past weekend feel like it was the first weekend of Fall? It seems like every store I go into now has their shelves stocked with back to school supplies, flannel shirts, and Halloween candy.
When I got diagnosed with T1D it was towards the end of the summer (you can read about it here), so right about this time. Not only was I being bombarded with how to manage this new disease, but I had a real concern. What was I going to fill my cheesy ceramic Fall candy dish with now? Technically, yes, I could still eat M&M’s and candy corn; injecting for the glorious landslide of sugary goodness making their way into my mouth, but crazy sugar spikes and all that effort for a few bites of candy just weren’t worth it.
I thought for sure I’d have to shelf my candy dish for good, tossing a major memory & tradition of Fall in the trash. But then it dawned on me…
My memories of Fall were started by traditions and could easily be changed with new, healthier ones.
Instead of filling my candy dishes with sugar, I decided to fill them with healthy alternatives. Ones that I wouldn’t feel guilty about and ones that wouldn’t send my BG shooting for the stars. Everything on this list is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, paleo, and low carb / keto.
Some of my favorite healthy candy dish alternatives for fall are:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pepitas (No Shell Pumpkin Seeds)
- Jerky Bites
- A Low Sugar Trail Mix (mainly nuts and seeds – sprinkled with a few sugared items like chocolate, raisins, or dried fruit)
- Mini Fat Bombs (get my recipe here)
- Hemp Heart Bites (this brand is my favorite)
On the same note as “healthy alternatives” check out the teal pumpkin project. It’s a great idea for houses that want to give out something other than just candy to trick-or-treaters.
What healthy alternatives do YOU fill your candy dish with? Let me know in the comments below!