Trick or Treat? Healthy Halloween Tips

Trick or Treat? Tips On Having A Healthy + Safe Halloween

Costumes, carving pumpkins, cider mills, pumpkin dishes and … candy! The aromas of fall fill the crisp air as kids run in their costumes with bags full of candy. Should you be worried about Halloween where your health is concerned? If you stay educated on the dangers of this holiday, you won’t get spooked! Join the 85% of parents who say they have a plan in place to ensure your kids exercise moderation on this fun-filled night!

Daunting Allergies
Halloween often poses problems for kids with food allergies. To avoid scary allergic reactions, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) provides a way to keep your little ghosts and witches safe. The Teal Pumpkin Project from FARE encourages families to raise the awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season, regardless of their medical needs.

To participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, take note of these important steps:

  • Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters .
  • Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
  • Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.

According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 75 percent of American households will pass out candy this year and 77 percent of Americans are likely to buy candy. Not only are households flooded with candy full of sugar, but also harmful artificial ingredients such as colors, dyes and sweeteners.


kids trick or treating for healthy snacks on halloween

Consider these tips to ensure a safe and healthy  Halloween with your friends, family and community….

  • Make your house an entertaining pit stop for Halloween-inspired games. Stock your house with supplies for pumpkin carving, decorating and bobbing for apples as a healthy treat.
  • Check your candy wrappers for any tears in the packaging. Hold on to your chocolate craving for just a minute longer to examine your candy. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Skip the sugar and hand out toys such as fidget spinners, squishees, coloring books and yo-yos.
  • Exercise portion control by putting 2-3 items (about 100-150 calories) in plastic baggies or containers, and limiting to one baggie per day.
  • Donating your candy is an excellent alternative to overindulging, consuming excess calories and food waste.

Our Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg’s Healthy Halloween Tips 

  • Fill your little goblin’s tummy with a healthy meal at least one hour prior to trick or treating. Aim to include a lean protein, healthy carbohydrate and healthy fat to give them fuel for a long night of fun on a full stomach.
  • Get spooky with your pre-trick or treat meal.  Toss black bean pasta spirals with grilled chicken and roasted orange peppers!
  • Beanfields Bean Chips make a great Halloween party snack or candy alternative. Make nutrient-dense, allergen-friendly nachos for your party with high-fiber, bean-based chips, melted cheese (can use a vegan or nondairy alternative), chopped tomatoes, chives and peppers.
  • Surf Sweets Organic Delishfish candies are a delicious swap for artificially colored Swedish Fish. These nut-free, gluten free and Non GMO Project Verified treats are perfect for lactose-intolerant or food allergic trick-or-treaters.
  • Looking for something new to add to your Halloween candy bowl? Opt for allergen-friendly Surf Sweets Organic Fruit Bears made with organic fruit juice, sweeteners and 100 percent vitamin C. These little bears will be a festive addition to your trick-or-treat bags!
  • No need to worry about peanut or tree-nut allergies with Nutritional Choices Original Whole Grain Animal Crackers. These delightful crackers contain 3 gm of dietary fiber, 0 gas of trans fat, are free-from preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup, but your kids will never know the difference!



“Beach Bodies” Do Not Exist: Here’s Why…

Let’s be honest, our alarms go off in the morning, what’s the first thing we do? We check our phones. We go on social media and we scroll through miles of monumental distances with our thumbs. We dive into adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter; and we discover new trails that lead us right into the filtered lives of picture-perfect strangers we’ve never even met. We invade their public “privacy” and we give them the freedom to invade ours back. We gaze at all the fit models/influencers and entitle their thin ideals to nest in our minds. Reality is, we allow ourselves to get bombarded with society’s unrealistic beauty standards from the comfort of our own homes.

As summer is in full swing, we start to get flooded with fad diets and green cleanses that’ll guarantee us that “summer beach bod”. What does that even mean? Do we deal with our bodies the same way we deal with our parkas and snow boots? Do we shove our “winter bodies” deep in our closet and look away until a cold breeze hits our face again in November?

Well, it’s time for a reality check- our bodies are not seasonal, surprise!

Since when is thin a synonym for health and joy? We live in a culture where we blame our flaws for our unhappiness instead of the unreasonable constant messages that whisper in our ears: you are NOT OK the way we are, you are NOT enough. All bodies are beach bodies. Opting for a healthy lifestyle that integrates balanced physical activity with mindful eating is way more important than trying to attain an unachievable ripped body. One way to take a step in the right direction is to build a healthy and safe relationship with food and exercise, and end our relationship with the scale. That number that pops up on the scale? That’s just a representation of the gravity that’s pulling us to the center of the earth. It’s not a measure of beauty, it’s not a measure of talent, it’s not a measure of strength and it’s certainly not a measure of self-worth.

What’s the point of having this body that we use as a shuttle 24/7 if we can’t enjoy it and have any fun in it? “It’s complicated”, you might think. You’re right. Our culture and society have distorted our views on food, exercise and aesthetics so much that yes, life has become complicated.


But it shouldn’t be, and here’s how you make life simple and enjoyable again:


1- Find meaning in life by trying to remember how sacred it really is.

2- Don’t get tricked into believing that your self-worth is tied to the external world: beauty, thinness and perfection.

3- Find meaning within, by truly living in the moment and being present.

4- Cherish days that remind you of how good life really is.

5- Unfollow or remove all unrealistic accounts that make you feel bad about yourself.

6- Wean yourself off of social media. Go outside, go on long walks, lay on the grass, have fun with your friends and laugh as much as you can.

7- Don’t waste time “crafting” a body that is already perfect, just the way it was created

8- Learn to accept the things you cannot change and the things that are not worth changing.

9- Don’t hold onto anger and negative energy.

10- Don’t be a slave to the scale.

11- Choose acceptance, happiness and freedom in the face of hatred and fat-shaming

12- Always keep in mind that you have done the best that you could.

13- Pick happiness and health instead of thinness and perfection, over and over again.


This article was written by Marie Helena Bitar, currently a summer intern at Savorfull. She is originally from Lebanon, but recently moved to the US after completing her BS in Nutrition with a Minor in Psychology, to pursue a Master of Public Health-Dietetics at the University of Michigan. With a lifelong passion for nutrition and health, Marie Helena is an advocate for mental wellness, physical wellbeing and body positivity at every size, age, race and gender.

Rock That Toned Dad Bod With Savorfull-Approved Healthy Workout Snacks

By Lauren Ruby, Savorfull Intern, Vanderbilt University 

It’s no secret that in order to have a healthy body, you need to eat well and exercise often. As a man, you may have the urge to use promising, highly marketed workout products to get that 6-pack you desire. However, these types of products often contain artificial ingredients that will only slow you down. It’s possible to still get the fuel you need and obtain optimal energy from real food based energy snacks. Yes, it is important to consume carbs and proteins pre- and post- workout but you do not need to rely on artificial products to do so. To learn more about specific protein needs and choices, read Stacy Goldberg’s Should You Be Taking A Protein Powder Supplement?. Rather than choosing protein powder, you can get everything you need from all-natural, free-from snacks. This is easier than it sounds and is better for your health in the long-run.

Now, where do you even begin? How do you know what to choose? You don’t have time to worry about this; you just need a quick snack between work and the gym. Don’t worry, Savorfull has got you covered with our Father’s Day gift to you: the best pre- and post- workout, Savorfull-approved snacks.


Savorfull-Approved Healthy Pre-Workout Snacks

Mint Chocolate Chip RX Bar

We know how you love your protein bars so here is a refreshing, mint chocolate chip protein bar packed with protein and antioxidants to fuel you up for your workout. The protein in this bar comes from egg whites, which are cholesterol-free and easily absorbed by the body so you’re not weighed down by anything other than the weight you’re lifting. Adding to the pre-workout fuel, RX bars contain dates, which give you the carbs you need to burn when you’re running on that treadmill.



Banana Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

Bananas contain potassium, known to assist in preventing cramps during exercise, because no one wants to get stuck in mile 25 of a marathon due to a sneaky leg cramp. Did you know bananas are also filled with simple carbs and sugars helping with optimal nerve and muscle function? Instead of making a mess while you attempt to peel a banana (probably with one hand while speeding to avoid rush-hour traffic), try these deliciously natural dried fruit crisps for an easy, delicious snack.




NuttZo Power Fuel Squeeze Pack 7 Nut & Seed Butter

Try going back to the basics with a PB&J sandwich on whole grain bread. Our advice: swap out your normal, boring peanut butter for this awesome superfood blend. Crafting this delicious sandwich will give you the protein and carbs you need to push yourself even harder during your workout because nuts are a great source of energy and heart-healthy fats. The simple carbs will give you fast energy and the protein will keep you full but not weigh you down. Plus, the sodium is great for your training since you will likely sweat – a lot.





Savorfull-Approved Healthy Post-Workout Snacks

Organic Living Superfoods Raw Sprouted Blueberry Boabab Crunch

After exercise, it is crucial to refuel your body so you are prepared to take on the rest of your day. This delicious snack is loaded with cashews, nuts, and blueberries to provide a delicious snack filled with natural proteins and carbs. The blueberries contain antioxidants and carbs to help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness – especially helpful for after leg day.



Power Germack Fit Mix

This is the perfect snack for guys on-the-go because it comes in a resealable bag to keep on your desk or in your car for when you need a little extra energy. Containing nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, this trail mix is specifically designed to deliver power to your mind and body, exactly you need after hitting the gym. After a few handfuls, you will feel more energized and ready for whatever is next.




Chocolate REDD Superfood Energy Bar

After a workout, your body is recovering and lacking essential nutrients. To help replenish glycogen stores and deliver protein to sore muscles, consume lots of protein for optimal repair and recovery. Luckily, this delicious plant-based energy bar has 10 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals to do just that. Combine with another high protein snack, like scrambled eggs, to give your muscles the treatment they deserve after a tough workout.




No matter what you’re training for, whether it be a marathon, keeping up with your kids, or simply overall health, artificial sport snacks will only hold you and your health back. You need deliciously natural foods to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs, even if you’re on the go. Treat yourself this Father’s Day with Savorfull-approved, free-from workout snacks because a healthy dad bod is a happy dad bod.



Lauren Ruby is a current intern with Savorfull and is excited to be pursuing her passions for writing and for health and nutrition. Lauren attends Vanderbilt University, where she is majoring in Medicine, Health, & Society and Spanish.

Stacy Goldberg Talks Turkey This Thanksgiving Holiday

This week, our Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg talked turkey, stuffing and so much more with the Detroit Jewish News and

Read both articles here to see Stacy’s healthy swaps for this thanksgiving holiday. Why not save yourself time, calories and added pounds?

Stacy Goldberg’s Eat Right Now Column Featured in the Detroit Jewish News:  Healthy Thanksgiving Tips 

She Finds: 4 Thanksgiving Recipes To Make This Year To Lose 4 Pounds This Week



Just Peachy! Celebrate National Eat A Peach Day!


August is National Peach Month, and what is a better way to celebrate this hot summer month than with a ripe, juicy peach!  Peaches are so tasty and can be eaten raw, grilled, cooked into meals, or made into sweet desserts like peach cobbler or peach pie. There are so many peach recipes floating around, but here is one of our Savorfull favorites: grilled peaches.  Aside from being tasty, this fuzzy fruit also come with numerous nutritional benefits and is filled with vitamins, minerals, is low in calories, low in fat and a portable fruit.

While peaches are packed with nutrients, they also happen to rank on the “Dirty Dozen” list, meaning you should definitely go organic when purchasing. If you can’t purchase organic, be sure to wash the outside of the peach thoroughly before taking your first big, juicy bite!

In honor of the peach, we want share some fun history and facts about the fruit as well as provide you with some of Savorfull’s peach-flavored products in order to kick off this month’s celebration!

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Unicorn Inspired Food is All The Rage…But Is It At A Cost?

I’m obsessed with the unicorn inspired food trend. It’s whimsical.  It’s magical. It’s eye-catching. It’s photogenic.  But is it healthy? Instagram and Snapchat are flying off the handle with bloggers creating healthy, and some not-so-healthy versions of unicorn inspired foods. The free-from food world is transforming every day superfoods into unicorn inspired creations using algae, beet juice, turmeric and chlorophyll. Well & Good NYC featured some spectacular unicorn inspired treats in their recent posts. However.. its not the nutrient dense magic I am concerned about.  It is the other foods that millennials, teens and tweens are flocking to filled with artificial colors and dyes. Rainbow and unicorn lattes, bagels, cupcakes and the like are filling our friends with crazy amounts of food coloring and in many cases, sugar.  Just today, the national coffee chain Starbucks announced the launch of its new Unicorn Frappucino Blended Creme. While Starbucks is using both natural AND artificial flavors in this fairy dust drink, the spectacle is spiked with 59 grams of sugar and 410 calories (in a Grande made with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream). That is more added sugar than the average person needs in 2 days!

The message: Enjoy and play with unicorn inspired foods, just try to make them free-from anything artificial as much as possible. Be mindful of how much and how often you are spreading your unicorn wings when making choices that are NOT free-from. The bright side of unicorn love is that this could be an incredible opportunity to explore new foods in a colorful way that you or your child may never have considered touching! 


Share your free-from unicorn love with us @Savorfull on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



Stacy Goldberg, CEO & Founder 

Valentine’s Day Means Heart Health At Savorfull & UBS/BLS Financial Group

This Valentine’s Day, our CEO Stacy Goldberg was honored to be invited to speak at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan on Women and Heart Health. UBS/BLS Financial Group from Southfield, Michigan honored women by offering them a gorgeous luncheon combined with massages, speakers, tarot card readings, chocolate (yes, there was dark chocolate too!), and much more. Stacy Goldberg spoke to the women about keeping their hearts healthy and nutrition guidelines/strategies to implement for a healthy lifestyle. Just a few of  Stacy’s heart healthy tips included:

–Be active–ensure you are getting at least 150 minutes of exercise each week, even if it is 10 minute increments

–Know your caloric budget, no different than your financial budget.

–Use technology to support your efforts..check out tools such as Foodstand and My Fitness Pal to encourage your healthy eating habits and maintain a healthy weight.

–Limit the amount of added sugars in your diet, as added sugars increase your risk of having heart disease.

–Limit the amount of saturated fats in your diet and eat heart healthy fats instead such as plant based oils, salmon and other fatty fish, nuts, seeds and avocado.

–Increase and vary your intake of brightly colored fruits and vegetables each day.


The women went home with delicious Savorfull heart healthy treats including dark chocolate bars from Birmingham Chocolate and yummy gluten free raw bars from Rawxies

Valentines Day Love

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Strawberries and Coconut

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and your loved one deserves something special this year. Instead of picking up a box of chocolates from the store, pamper them with something just as decadent, but healthy! This Valentine’s Day we have partnered with one of our amazing past team members and interns, Lexi Sinclair, now the author of Our Superfood Kitchen.  Our Superfood Kitchen has partnered with Stacy Goldberg and the Savorfull team to create homemade rich, velvety chocolate encasing creamy nut butter, topped with festive freeze-dried strawberries and coconut flakes. Refined sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, soy free (and even nut free if you’d like!), these mini treats are sure to satisfy any chocoholics’ craving.

Chocolate made from scratch may sound daunting, but chances are, you probably have all five of the ingredients in your pantry! All you’ll need is coconut oil, maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder, sea salt and vanilla and about 15 minutes of your time. This versatile recipe can also be used for homemade chocolate bark, ganache, or as a fudge sauce for ice cream. Give it a try, and you’ll never be tempted to go on that late-night chocolate run again!


The recipe calls for  NuttZo Peanut Butter filling, but feel free to substitute with sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version. Brothers All Natural Freeze-Dried Strawberries add a satisfying crunch and burst of flavor.

What are you waiting for? Get ahead of the game and make a batch tonight and store in the fridge or freezer until Valentine’s Day!

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Strawberries and Coconut



1/2 cup cacao powder


1/2 cup coconut oil, melted


1/2 cup maple syrup


                                                          1 tsp vanilla


                                                            pinch of sea salt


                                                            1/2 cup cashew, peanut or almond butter


                                                          For topping: freeze dried raspberries and toasted coconut flakes




Whisk melted coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt until smooth.


Line a mini muffin tin with mini muffin liners. (Alternatively, you can use regular sized muffin tins and fill less.)


Pour chocolate into each tin, filling about 1/3 of the cup.


Place in freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.


Remove from freezer and fill an additional 1/3 with nut butter of choice.


Top with remaining chocolate to cover the nut butter and return to freezer for 2 minutes.


Remove and top with crushed freeze dried raspberries and coconut flakes. Return to freezer for 2-4 hours, or until completely frozen.


Store in airtight container in fridge.


About Lexi and Our Superfood Kitchen: Lexi is a plant-based recipe developer and runs the blog Our Superfood Kitchen with her mom, Beth. A recent graduate of Amherst College, where she majored in English, Lexi loves all things writing, reading, cooking, and of course, eating! Head to their Instagram, @superfoodrunner, for daily healthy recipes and allergy-free inspiration.

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