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October is here....and so is all the candy to go with it!
When I was a kid, I just loved getting dressed up for Halloween. And don't get me wrong, but as much as I loved dressing up, I really loved my door-to-door visits trick-or-treating!
I didn't have just one bucket for my candy, I had two! I would tell everyone that my little sister was at home sick so I was collecting treats for her, too. Everyone would fall for my little plea and they'd usually end up putting more candy into her bucket than mine. Hey, she was sick after all! Poor thing.
I'm sure you don't know this but I was always kind of a candy snob. For one thing, I couldn't stand candy corn. I mean they looked like teeth that had fallen out of a Jack-O-Latern! Even back then, I didn't like candy that wasn't wrapped.
When I was growing up, there were none of the mini candy bars like they have today. You could buy only the regular size candy bars. And hey, that was just fine with me and the rest of the kids in the neighborhood when we were lucky enough to get one dropped into our goodies buckets!
I love Hershey's chocolate bars and Zero bars were also one of my favorites. 
In New Orleans, lots of people would make pecan pralines or divinity candy, wrap them up and give them out as treats. Yum!
One lady on Royal Street, besides having the best Halloween decorations in the French Quarter, would give out candy apples to us! They were so pretty and shiny, Snow White would have loved them! And I would love sinking my teeth into that bright red glaze then meeting the sweetness of the juicy red apple beneath. Oh, memories!
I would come home with my goodie bag, empty it and head back out again! My trick-or-treating would usually take three trips! After that third trip, I'd take off my costume, lay all of the candy onto my bed as I spread out my bounty to get a good look at it all. It looked like I had won the golden ticket from Willy Wonka!
I'd bring Mom and Dad into my bedroom and let them take anything they wanted, except any Zero bars I had lucked up on. LOL!  Hey, I wasn't kidding when I told you how much I loved them!
Well, later this month, it will be Halloween! I remember what I did when I was a kid. After I was done trick-or-treating, I wouldn't stop eating until every bit of candy I had collected was...gone! And how good is that for a kid?
So I think it's a good idea to buy some "sweet" little books, or games to play, or stickers, or fun pencils for the kids in your neighborhood. You know those will be fat free and calorie free!
Is there going to be lots of candy in your house this year? And will you be tempted by it? Oh please, behave yourselves with all of those sweet things around. Or you'll get a cavity, or God forbid...gain back a pound...or two!
Don't trick your body by "treating" your stomach with a bunch of empty sugary calories your body does not need!
As always I DO have a recipe for you.  I want you to be able to have a seasonal treat while staying on your healthy food plan!   Here you go....

Trick Or Treat Caramel Popcorn


for 4 people 
  • 1  bag microwave lite popcorn
  • 2  Tb Karo dark syrup
  • 1  Tb dark brown sugar
  • 1  Tb "I Can't Believe It`s Not Butter"
  • 1/2  tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 1/4  tsp baking soda
  • 1  cooking spray
  • 1/4  cup peanuts
  1. Microwave popcorn until popped.
  2. Mix together syrup, brown sugar, "I Can`t Believe It`s Not Butter," vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Microwave until margarine is melted. Stir together and microwave 1 minute more.
  3. On a baking sheet, lay out wax paper, spray with cooking spray, spread popcorn, and top with peanuts.
  4. Drizzle with syrup mixture and turn to coat. Let set about ½-2 hours. Place in a bowl and serve.
This recipe gives you the taste for the sweet caramel popcorn with peanuts without all the calories and fat of the typical recipes.
Nutritional Information:109 Calories, 3 gm Protein, 14 gm Carbohydrate, 5 gm Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 317 mg Sodium
FoodMover windows to close:1 Starch, 1 Fat


Please take care of yourself this month and watch your portions on all your food and be extra careful around those halloween goodies!  Keep Sweatin' and keep visiting my website!
Happy Halloween, everybody!   I'll see you on the website.