Improving your diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite treats.
These healthier candy alternatives can be a game change when cutting back on sugar. The average American consumes 126 grams of sugar a day. This is drastically more than the suggested amount of 36 grams of sugar for men and 26 grams for women. By eating one king size candy bar you can consume your daily sugar intake (25 grams)! Having too much sugar can contribute to health issues such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and digestive issues.
Don’t worry, you can still enjoy your sweets! I’ve discovered these four healthier candy alternatives to swap for your classic favorites!
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Swap your favorite gummy candies for SmartSweets
SourPatch Kids, Swedish fish, Gummy bears, Peach Rings, Gummy worms, if any of these help cure your sweet-tooth this swap is for you! SmartSweets has their version of each of these fan favorites.
Why are these so much better? One whole bag is a serving size!! So when you read the nutrition information you know exactly how much sugar you’re actually consuming. Speaking of sugar, there is only about 3-4 grams of sugar per bag and they’re sweetened with monk fruit or other natural sweeteners.
So far I’ve found them at Whole Foods, Target, and QFC grocery stores. I love that it’s so accessible like other candies.
My personal favorites are the “Sour Blast Buddies” and the “Sweet Fish”.
Here’s specific benefits of the Sweet Fish:
- 92% less sugar than other fish
- 3 grams of sugar for the whole bag!
- 44% less calories than the other candy fish
- 13 grams of plant-based fiber
These are a great healthier candy alternatives for your next fruity craving.
Swap York Peppermint Patties for Heavenly Organic’s Mint Patties
Where are my mint lovers at!? Not only do these Heavenly Organics taste identical to York Peppermint Patties but they only have 3 pure ingredients and have 5 grams of natural sugar per patty!
Heavenly Organics is made with dark chocolate, raw white honey, and mint flavor.
The honey somehow has the same consistency as the York peppermint patty and the dark chocolate helps prevent the urge to over indulge. I can’t recommend these enough. My husband is the biggest fan of mint candies and couldn’t get enough of these. They come in a bag of 12 and each patty is about the size of a half-dollar.
These can be found at Whole Foods, order directly from their website at https://heavenlyorganics.com/ or off Thrive Market (which is where I order mine).
Three quality ingredients versus the list of York Peppermint patties’ ingredients:
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa, Milk Fat, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, PGPR, Emulsifier, Vanillin, Artificial Flavor), Invert Sugar, Egg Whites, Oil of Peppermint, Milk.
Personally, I try to avoid items that list sugar or corn syrup at the beginning because that means they’re the majority of the product. Note, York Peppermint patties has BOTH of them in front.
Swap your Reece’s for Brooklyn Born Chocolate’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
As I was growing hopeless that I couldn’t find an alternative to Reece’s, my husband discovered the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Brooklyn Born Chocolate. They’re made with dark chocolate and peanut butter without the additives that Reece’s have.
These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups come in a pack with 3 smaller squares and these suckers are filling. Because they’re made with dark chocolate and actual peanut butter you’ll find yourself satisfied with just one square.
They do have a small trace of sugar in them with 3 grams per square but that’s a lot better than the 22 grams of sugar in one Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup.
So far I have found them at Whole Foods and QFC grocery store and have to prevent myself from buying too many.
Another Reeces swap is to make this Homemade Peanut Butter Cups recipe! They’re super easy to make and use whole natural ingredients.
Swap your Hershey’s Bar for Hu Chocolate Bar
Hu offers a variety of flavorful chocolate bars such as Simple Chocolate, Orange Dream Vanilla, Vanilla Quinoa Qrispy Dark Chocolate, Salty Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Jelly, and Crunchy Mint.
All their chocolate is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO and preservative free. The goal is to provide quality healthy chocolate! Compare the ingredients of the Hu Simple Chocolate Bar to Hershey’s below.
Hu Simple Chocolate Bar ingredients: Organic cacao, unrefined organic coconut sugar, organic fair-trade cocoa butter.
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar: Sugar, chocolate; cocoa butter; cocoa processed with alkali; milk fat; lactose (milk); soy lecithin; PGPR; Emulsifier; vanillin, artificial flavor, milk.
To sum it up, Hershey’s chocolate is mostly sugar, milk, and additives If your goal is to eliminate inflammation in the body the first two things to consider eliminating are refined sugar and dairy because our bodies don’t know how to properly digest and store them.
If you want to try out Hu’s chocolate bars, I’ve seen them popping up more in grocery stores or you can order them off Thrive Market.
CURE THE SWEET TOOTH
I used to be the girl that was always craving sugar! Looking back at how my diet used to be, I’m not surprised. I would start the day with a sugary coffee drink, eat sugar cereal, eat salads with sugary salad dressings, and have a candy bar (or a few) for snacks. I was just feeding the monster and it wanted more.
Since switching to these healthier candy alternatives, I’ve noticed that sugar craving has decreased drastically! By eliminating the refined sugar and additives found in typical candies, I can enjoy my sweet treat and feel satisfied after.