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Five Best Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Did you know that by buying from local and eco-friendly businesses you can create a tremendous change in our community? In this blog I want to share gift ideas that will make your loved ones happy, support our environment and help entrepreneurs who are passionate about making this world truly a better place.

 

It’s All Good Organics Body Products

This local boutique company hand-crafts fabulous skincare products that are made with wholesome, real ingredients and of course, with love. Here are three great products that make excellent gifts and stocking stuffers. Face Toner – Unlike conventional toners, this one is actually good for your skin as it has no harsh chemicals. It is made with hand crafted organic rose water that softens and rejuvenates your skin while organic witch hazel helps soothe and heal it.

Face Serum – This little bottle of sunshine is made with calendula oil that can be used daily as face moisturizer. And did you know that calendula is known to brighten your skin and help stimulate the production of collagen? Eye Cream – I love this cream because it is rich in vitamins A, D and E and has fabulous skin-loving ingredients. For example, aloe helps hydrate your skin, castor oil helps with the natural production of collagen, shea butter reduces inflammation and carrot seed oil tightens, nourishes and rejuvenates.

Itsallgoodorganicsbydeb.com

 

Military Hippie Fitness Clothing

This local, Boca-based company makes quality fitness clothing that will last through tough workouts and stay strong during years of wear, giving you better value out of your purchase.

All of their tees, tanks, sweatpants and sweatshirts are made from natural organic cotton, which offers natural benefits like breathability, antibacterial effects, UV protection and biodegradability. Their yoga wear is manufactured with cutting edge sustainable processes that reduce waste and leave less harmful chemicals on your skin and in the environment. They even use recycled polyester for their yoga pants.

And if you think this new line of fitness clothing is boring or earth-crunchy, think again. Their pieces are absolutely gorgeous and fun to wear. And with all honestly, I now wear their yoga pants to lounge around, not just to workout. After all, it feels good to feel comfy and look fabulous!

Use COUPON CODE BOCA20 to get 20% off!

MilitaryHippie.com 

 

Hydro Flask Beverage Containers

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Did you know that plastic water bottles and cups create an enormous damage to our eco system? Instead of buying water, juices or smoothies when you are out, I suggest making your own and carrying them in a fabulous Hydro Flask. This brand has a terrific array of eco-friendly containers that will keep your beverages at their temperature for 24 hours! I tested this by making my smoothie and keeping it in the flask for a day. It stayed perfectly cold.

My favorite is the wide-mouth bottle that is perfect for all drinks, including blended soups. Because this company has so many gorgeous colors and styles, it is easy to pick the perfect one for your special someone.

www.hydroflask.com

 

We Are All Heroes and Rock Stars Electric Picks Jewelry

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Who doesn’t want to be a hero and a rock star in their life? If you have someone on your list who is looking to kick butt in the coming year, then check out this inspirational Bracelet made with Black Onyx by Boca’s Electric Picks.

Not only is black onyx great for grounding elevated energy and reducing the intensity of emotions, the “We Are All Heroes and Rock Stars” Guitar Pick on the bracelet will remind you of your amazing capabilities in this world.

www.electricpicks.com

 

Omega 8006 Juicer

If you are looking for a gift that will keep on giving the joy of vibrant health for years to come, then check out Omega 8006 Nutritional Center. What I like about this particular model is that it can juice greens, wheatgrass and fruits without much waste. Pulp comes out pretty dry, meaning that all the liquid was squeezed out. And yet Omega 8006 is also so much more than just a juicer. You can also make sorbets, nut butters or even your own pasta. Talking about versatile! This company is also local and they provide a 10-year warrantee.

www.omegajuicers.com

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Run or bike in the Treads and Trainers for Charity Event

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Whether you like to run or ride a bicycle, you can do your part this holiday season to make sure local kids in need have access to donated, new bikes and running shoes.

The Treads and Trainers for Charity event, by Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach and Doghouse Performance Cycling Center, is Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Runners should report to Fleet Feet Sports at 1705 South Federal Hwy., Delray Beach. Cyclists would go to Doghouse Performance Cycling Center at 7815 NW Beacon Square Blvd., Boca Raton.

The event involves individuals or teams of people running or riding during the 12-hour event, for the cause. Fleet Feet has the treadmill and Doghouse has the Computrainer, which is a trainer connected to a computer and TV screen. Cyclists should bring their bikes. If you don’t have one, however, Doghouse has a few on hand.

Each person or team has the goal of raising or donating at least $100 every hour. Team members can participate in one-hour increments or choose to run or bike longer.

The money raised, according to the event’s webpage, goes to buy new bikes and new shoes for children this holiday season.

If you don’t want to ride or run, 10 percent of what you buy in Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach the day of the event will be donated to the cause.

To sign up, go to: http://www.fleetfeetdelray.com/ctas/buttons/treads-trainers-charity. Or check out the event’s Facebook page.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Free Thanksgiving Day Workout

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Evolution Fitness in Boca Raton is offering a free 90-minute exercise session from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 24.

The folks at Evolution Fitness tell Bocamag.com that their Turkey Day Burn workout is designed for all ability levels.

The one-and-a-half hours of training will include body-weight exercises, resistance-band exercises and kettlebell exercises.

While there’s no cost to participate, newcomers to the fitness facility should arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a waiver.

Bring family and friends and, as Evolution Fitness notes on its Facebook page about the workout, “…workout like a beast before you feast!”

Evolution Fitness is at 9793 Glades Road. For more information, call 561/929-1768.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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The Benefits of a Vegan Diet

As a chef and Green Goddess here at Boca Magazine, I am committed to bringing different choices to our readers. Whether you are eating red meat, limiting your animal proteins to seafood or keeping to a strictly vegan lifestyle, we all can agree that eating your fruits and vegetables is highly beneficial for the body. Here are our top 5 reasons why we love vegetarian foods:

  1. Vegan foods don’t have any cholesterol. All fruits and vegetables are naturally cholesterol free, so they won’t clog the arteries. On the contrary, the fiber in fruits and vegetables will help clean out the body.
  1. Fruits and vegetables are the fastest-transient foods, meaning they won’t get stuck in the colon or make you feel weighed down. If you want to feel thin and light, try incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet and reducing animal proteins.
  1. Vegan foods promote health and happiness not only for the body but also for the planet. Conventional animal farming takes a big toll on environment and by trying vegetarian way of eating you can decrease your carbon footprint.
  1. Fruits and vegetables give us the vitamins and antioxidants that animal proteins don’t have. In order to survive and thrive, our bodies need vitamins and antioxidants to fight off the free radicals. Plant-based foods provide a plethora of the phytonutrients our bodies need.
  1. Fruits and vegetables can help us decrease cravings for many foods. For example, whole grains, such as rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, oats and oatmeal can provide the body with good complex carbs and help your body stop cravings for junk food.

If you want to experience the benefits of vegetarian foods, here are three easy recipes!

 

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Banana Pancakes

1 cup oat flour (you can pulse whole oats and then measure out a cup)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

1 mashed banana

1 teaspoon agave or coconut nectar

1 Follow Your Heart egg replacer

1 cup almond milk

¼ teaspoon salt

Mix all the dry ingredients, set aside. Mash the banana and mix with the egg substitute and almond milk. Combine all ingredients and make pancakes.

Serve pancakes with your favorite syrup.

 

Superfood Quinoa Salad

1 13-ounce box of Organic Chickpeas

2 Cups Cooked Organic Quinoa

½ Avocado

½ Cup Organic Yellow Peppers

1/3 cup Cheery Tomatoes, Cut in Halves

1/3 Cup Goji Berries

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

1/3 Cup Organic Hemp Seeds

3 Cups Organic Fresh Spinach, Chopped

1 tbs 100% Italian, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tbs Organic Balsamic Vinegar

Mix all ingredients to create a high-protein, superfood meal

 

Vegan Chili

1 10-oz box of organic un-flavored kidney beans

1 12-ounce jar organic salsa

1 Package of Beyond meat feisty crumbles

1/2 cup Daiya cheddar cheese

Preparation: Combine beans, salsa and meaty crumbles together in pan and sauté for about 10 minutes.

Drizzle with Daiya cheese.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Eleven Salon and Spa Hosts Masquerade Party on 11/11

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There’s nothing we love more than a themed party, especially when it’s done right. Being that neither of us have ever been to a masquerade party before, we couldn’t be happier to reveal the sexy masks we have in store for Eleven Salon & Spa’s Masquerade Party this Friday, November 11th. When Eleven Salon & Spa opened its doors in 2004, Delray Beach was a city in need of a sexy, swanky spa where trendsetters and influencers alike could call home (thank you)! Now, twelve years later Eleven and its founder, Nicole Oden, are celebrating their anniversary in true form with an 11/11 Masquerade Party!

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Upon the grand opening Eleven, it was imperative to founder, Nicole Oden, to honor the brave men and women that have selflessly served this nation through military service by having the event take place on Veterans Day. Twelve years later, her commitment remains the same as Eleven Salon & Spa announces their partnership with Wheels From The Heart.

Wheels From The Heart is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist single mothers in receiving or purchasing cars at a reduced rate, while providing them with reliable transportation in order to better their lives. For the past three years, Eleven Salon & Spa and Wheels From The Heart have teamed up to give away a car to an estimable Veteran who also happens to be a single mother. “We’ve had several women deserving of this opportunity, which is why we’re changing things up and surprising the Veteran on the evening of Veterans Day,” Steve Muschlitz , Founder of Wheels From The Heart. In addition to the car giveaway, the International Diamond Exchange will be gifting her with diamond earrings, while Eleven Salon & Spa will a day of beauty and outfit for the recipient’s big night.

There’s something to be said about a party at Eleven. If you’ve been a part of one in the past, you get it; if you haven’t experienced one yet, here’s your chance! What more can we say without giving too much away? Well…expect a night of endless selfie opportunities, decor that will blow your mind and surprises that are out of this world.

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For the first time in 11/11 history, they will be offering VIP tickets!

 

-Hosts? Nikki & Peter (the Dream Team) all night, all yours…

-Lines, not this time anywhere Ever! Valet rope Door check!

-Copious amounts of fabulous Champagne served in crystal glass… yes please!

-Powder your nose? No, we’ll do that for you…

-Go to the bar? We said no lines EVER

-Choose inside or outside…Roped off cabanas just for you

-Security, he’s tall and big

-Did we mention the only bubbles for the entire night is behind the ropes?

-Fun masks that light you up!

-Go home empty handed? don’t worry you won’t…

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Free diabetes screenings for November, diabetes month

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November is diabetes awareness month and, for the entire month, Palm Healthcare Foundation and the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County have partnered to provide free diabetes screenings and risk assessments in Palm Beach County.

The calendar of free and open-to-the-public screening locations, dates and times, include one in Boca Raton, Monday, November 4 at Boca Helping Hands, 500 NW 1st Court, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as well as at the C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinic in Delray Beach at 225 South Congress Ave., Thursday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And on Diabetes Awareness Day, Saturday, November 12, the Palm Beach Outlets will host an event on a larger scale, from noon to 4 p.m., including free diabetes risk assessments, glucose screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, Zumba, face painting, goody bags with diabetes information and a Palm Beach Outlet coupon book for those who get screened.

Some 119,000 Palm Beach County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, 48,000 have pre-diabetes and many more people don’t know they have the disease, according to a press release on the event. The month-long campaign’s goal is to screen 4,000 local people, educate them about their personal risk for diabetes and help them learn about available and affordable resources.

Palm Healthcare Foundation is also a sponsor of Diabetes Month activities that are going on at Tenet Health’s Palm Beach County hospitals, including Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.

Go to the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County website for more information or call (561) 833-6333.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Lace up for this Weekend’s Half Marathon in Boca

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The 16th annual Sun Capital Half Marathon is just around the corner, on Sunday, Nov. 6, starting at 6:30 a.m. at Spanish River Park, Boca Raton. The 13.1-mile race course takes runner on A1A to Deerfield Beach and back.

If you’re not into the distance races, there’s a Five Guys 5K (3.1-) mile option. The 5K event starts at 6:35 a.m.

For the half marathon, race entries are $60 each for adults and $10 for runners younger than 21 years. The 5K costs $35 to enter ($15 for runners 17 and younger).

Race proceeds go to a good cause, to help raise money for the Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL), a nonprofit organization. PAL helps kids who are at risk for failing school, drug abuse or criminal activity by providing safe, recreational places for them to go during non-school hours. Police officers also help by acting as role models to these kids and participating in youth programs through PAL.

FitFoodz Cafe will provide a free breakfast for participants, and top finishers will win gift cards to Five Guys.

This is different: all finishers get a half dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts.

Questions? Call Runner’s Edge in Boca Raton at 561/361-1950 or email runedgetom@gmail.com. To sign up, go to http://runnersedgeboca.com/sun-capital-half-marathon-and-5k-run-1112014/.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Boost your Energy with Algae, Plus a Green Smoothie Recipe

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As days are getting shorter and Floridians receive less serotonin-boosting sunlight that usual. I hear many clients comment on their energy levels being lower than usual. I find that during the fall and winter seasons people feel more lethargic and as a result experience sugar and caffeine cravings.

One of my favorite ways to boost energy and fight fatigue is algae supplements. There are three types of algaes that I like – Spirulina, Chlorella and Blue-Green Algae. The main difference is in taste and personally I am team Chlorella as it has the mildest taste.

Algae is known as the oldest type of food on our planet and it contains large amounts of nutrients including:

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and K
  • Major and trace minerals
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Phytonutrients
  • Enzymes
  • Antioxidants
  • Polysaccharides
  • Essential amino acids

Algae can:

  • Build and purify blood
  • Help boost the immune system and promote healthy eyesight, hair and skin
  • Boost energy due to its incredibly high nutrient concentration
  • Provide anti-aging effects on skin, hair and organs
  • Stimulate stem cell release and movement, helping to regenerate damaged body tissue.
  • Help provide a more complete sleep
  • Reduce food cravings

Algae is very absorbable to the body. Around 97% of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in blue-green algae are easily absorbed into the system. Most vitamin supplements are only 5-25% absorbable.

The only don’t with the algae, is don’t overdo it. Too much of a good thing can be too much and we urge you experiment with it in moderation. Start with a half-teaspoon (or 2 tablets) of one kind and see how you feel. You can take it alone, blend with a smoothie or mix with coconut water.

If you have any medical issues, please check with your doctor before starting a new food/supplement as it can alter existing conditions. Algae can be a very powerful detoxifier, so please listen to your body and reduce the dose if you feel you detox symptoms are too strong.

Here is a simple green smoothie recipe to get you started:

 

GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

1 Frozen Ripe Banana

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

½ Cup Frozen Strawberries

½ Teaspoon Chlorella

½ Cup Fresh Spinach

½ Cup Water

Ice (optional)

Blend to a creamy consistency and enjoy!

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Boxxle: Premium Box Wine Dispenser

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As you know, Lindsey and Lilly love their wine, so when we met the inventor of Boxxle, Tripp Middleton in Charleston, South Carolina,8 we knew we were in front of something special. You may have even seen us post about Boxxle on social media because we’re literally obsessed with everything about it.

So…what exactly is Boxxle? It’s paving the way for wine drinkers all over the country as a multi-patented dispenser for 3-liter Premium Wine Casks. Knowing the benefits and quality of wine in “Bag-in-Box” packaging, inventor of Boxxle, Tripp Middleton, wanted to take the concept to the next level, by solving the counter presentation and difficulty of pouring. Boxxle produces a stylish and elegant way to dispense great wine-by-the-glass at home. Is there anything worse than opening up a bottle of wine only to have 1-2 glasses then having to throw away the bottle a couple of days later? We don’t know about you, but there’s something about drinking from an opened 4-day-old bottle of wine that grosses us out.

We know what you may be thinking at this point: boxed wine?! Well, step aside wine snobs because we’ve done a ton of tastings and the stigma surrounded boxed wine is something of the past. Our favorite boxed wine you ask? Black Box Pino Noir. We can’t tell you how easy and convenient it is to have a Boxxle sitting on your kitchen counter with fresh wine ready to be consumed, without having to go through the annoying steps of opening a bottle or fearing that your wine has already been spoiled. As you can see, Boxxle is easy enough to transport to parties and events.

After meeting Tripp and his partners, we knew we had to find out more about his inspiration behind Boxxle. As an avid bottled wine drinker, Middleton struggled with constantly having to pour unfinished, spoiled bottles down the drain. After reading an article about the introduction of high quality 3-liter “box” wines that had half the carbon footprint, 80% less landfill waste, and the ability to stay fresh for up to six weeks, Middleton was ready to change the industry. “Wine by the glass in the comfort of my own home seemed like the perfect solution to my waste problem, but I still battled with the thought of having to go through the motions of pulling an ugly cardboard box to the edge of my counter and then tilting it over for a simple glass of wine. There had to be a more efficient and classy way,” said Middleton.

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“I want to educate bottled wine drinkers; 3-liter “Bag-in-Box” is becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the wine industry. Boxxle is perfect for home entertainers, or just people that drink one glass a night and are tired of pouring good wine and money down the drain,” said Middleton. Statistics show that 3-liter “Bag-in-Box” wines rival what 90% of American wine drinkers are buying in quality and in flavor. If you’re not ready to part with your favorite bottled wine, don’t fret – many bottled wines are available in a 3-liter “Bag-in-Box” option, with savings of over 20%-30%.

Boxxle is currently sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon, Brookstone, Sharper Image, Home Depot and UncommonGoods, as well as online at www.boxxle.com with free shipping.

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Fab Four Healthier Halloween Treats

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Halloween is just around the corner and if you are tired of all the junky candy and want something better, then this blog is for you.

In this blog you will find new kinds of sweets that are made with natural ingredients even kids can pronounce. These little treats still have calories, but at least they don’t have chemicals that can pollute your body. Yes, we know that many kids can eat as much “junk” food and still be skinny and look healthy, but why risk their health when better options are available? BONUS: if there is candy left over, you won’t have to feel bad about eating it!

Here are my Fab Four options that won’t trick your health. You can either buy them online or purchase at any Whole Foods Market.

 

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Dandy Candy Bars

Amy’s Kitchen has been one of my favorite brands for years and now that they sell candy, it is one of my favorite sweet treat options. For example, try their Crunchy Toffee Bar that’s made with organic butter, dark chocolate and organic ingredients. It will surely impress the adults and satisfy the kids.

http://www.amys.com/

 

Peanut Butter Cups

Move over GMO Reese’s, there is a new kid in town that won’t sacrifice your health for a few minutes of taste. It is time to stop settling for less and to try Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. They make it easy for you to choose your favorite chocolate – dark (vegan) or milk. They are also gluten-free, NON-GMO and full of flavor. BONUS: They now come in packs of ten, making them perfect for trick-or-treaters.

http://shop.justins.com/

 

Not-so-scary Cookie

If cookies are your weakness, then check out gluten-free treats from Ginny Bakes. This Miami-based bakery specializes in non-gmo, organic and gluten-free treats that are to live for! GMO foods have been found to have a negative effect on health and gluten protein can be very hard to digest. These rich, sweet and crunchy cookies come is small, portion-control packs that are easy to give away as treats.

https://www.ginnybakes.com/

 

High-nutrient Treats 

If you don’t know whether or not you will get any trick-or-treaters at your door and want to make sure that no sweets go to waste in case no one shows up, then stock up on Shanti Minis. Shanti is a local Miami company that offers a line of delicious protein bars that now come mini sizes. Their mini bars are perfect for Halloween and make terrific snacks for any day of the year.

https://shanti.bar/

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.