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Local chef Lauren Hoover-West offers tips for a healthier Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and whether dentists approve or not, that means one thing: candy—and lots of it … everywhere you look. Though few have the willpower to resist a treat or two in the spirit of the holiday (nor should we), with childhood obesity and diabetes looming overhead, it’s about time that we come up with ways to celebrate that don’t lay waste to our bodies. For tips on a healthier Halloween, we turned to local chef Lauren Hoover-West.

Hoover-West teaches classes each month at New Leaf, which center on her philosophy in the kitchen (and the name of her cookbook): no wheat, no dairy, no problem. Diagnosed with food allergies in college, Hoover-West began converting traditional recipes and coming up with some of her own that did not contain wheat, dairy or refined sugar, and instead used healthy, low glycemic ingredients, including coconut milk, almond milk, oat flour, raw honey, grapeseed oil, olive oils, agave nectar, and pure maple syrup.

 

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