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Don’t be tricked by processed sugars this Halloween

Say NO to processed sugar and YES to whole foods this Halloween! Audrey Barron, Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe, tells us:

As we move into the holidays, as a collective society we start consuming more sugar.  This is because we’ve been trained that it’s just what we do!  We buy candy at Halloween, we over-eat at Thanksgiving and we consume more cookies, pies and candy in general.

Unfortunately, these items are all made with processed sugar, which has negative affect on the body.  It taxes the heart, starts the process of adding fat to your organs, affects your energy level, your sleep and your weight.  Cancer is also directly linked to sugar consumption.  There really isn’t anything good about it, except for the taste.

The good news is that you can get that sweet flavor without processed sugar!  Check out my two recipes I’m sharing today for two delicious and fun recipes that are totally processed sugar free.

And Happy Halloween!Chef Audrey’s Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

 This is my healthful version of a popular holiday latte.  The lattes from the coffee shops often are made with processed sugars, corn syrups and other ingredients that drastically tax your immune system.

My Pumpkin Spice Latte gives you the flavor and experience of that favorite fall drink while actually boosting your immune system instead of taxing it.  My version doesn’t include coffee so feel free to trade out the hot water for coffee if that sounds good to you!


  • 1 cup almond milk, gently warmed
  • ¼ cup soaked cashews
  • 1 large date, pitted
  • ¼ cup steamed sweet potato
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice (clove, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water (or more depending on how warm you want it)

Almond Milk

  • 1 cup whole, raw almonds, soaked 8-12 hours, drained, and rinsed (about 1 ½ cups after soaking)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 pitted dates, soaked
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  1. To make your almond milk, place 1 1/2 cups of the water and the almonds, dates, and vanilla in a blender. Blend on high speed until very smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup water and blend until smooth. To separate the “milk” from the almond skins and pulp, squeeze the blended mixture through a double layer of cheesecloth or through a sprout bag.
  2. To make your latte, blend all ingredients in your blender until very smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Chef Audrey’s Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Apples

Makes approximately 4 caramel apples

This is one of my all-time favorite treats from my childhood.  Again, it’s another sweet treat that is often riddled with ingredients that are simply not good for you.  And this time of year is when we need to be boosting the immune system, not taking from it!  Especially our kiddos in school who are surrounded by germs.  Let’s upgrade how we celebrate this holiday!


  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup soaked dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup date soak water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 apples
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  1. To make your caramel, blend all ingredients except apples and pistachios in blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. Slather your apples with caramel and sprinkle with pistachios.
  3. You can put a popsicle stick in each one or you can even slice each apple and use the caramel as a dipping sauce. Have a fun and healthy Halloween!

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Florida woman accused of zipping her boyfriend in suitcase for hours until he died

(CNN) — Sarah Boone called 911 and said her boyfriend got trapped in a suitcase and died during a game of hide-and-seek, according to court records.

The Florida couple had been drinking Chardonnay and doing puzzles Sunday night in their Winter Park apartment, Boone told authorities, when they thought “it would be funny” to hop in a suitcase as a part of the game, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone, 42, zipped up Jorge Torres Jr. in the blue suitcase containing a few items for donating. Two of his fingers stuck out, so she assumed he could open it, according to the affidavit.

She went upstairs to bed and thought he’d get himself out of the suitcase and join her, only to wake up Monday and find him still in it and not breathing, the affidavit says.

Boone was arrested Tuesday and faces a second-degree murder charge after investigators determined videos on her phone contradicted her story.

The phone footage shows her mocking her boyfriend as she filmed his cries for help, and telling him it was his punishment for cheating, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I can’t f**king breathe, seriously,” her boyfriend said in the phone video. “That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” she responds.

The video shows the victim pushing on the suitcase and trying to get out, the affidavit says. When police showed the video to Boone, she pushed it away halfway through and said she didn’t want to watch it, the affidavit says.

Police searched her iPhone after she signed a waiver and gave verbal and written consent. CNN has reached out to her public defender.

Boone denied intentionally leaving Torres in the suitcase, according to the affidavit.

Boone called police Monday afternoon and said she woke up hours earlier but assumed her boyfriend was on his computer in another room. When she could not find him, she suddenly realized he was still in the suitcase.

“Sarah unzipped the suitcase and found Jorge unresponsive and not breathing,” the affidavit says. “Sarah zipped Jorge in the suitcase to where he could not get out. Jorge begged Sarah repeatedly telling her he could not breathe and Sarah left him in the suitcase … and demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for Jorge’s life.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim near the front door with a laceration on his lip and bruising around his eye.

Boone is being held without bail. No cause of death is listed on the arrest affidavit.