Unfortunately, candy is not healthy. But there are many healthy alternatives to candy that can help you satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel guilty.
- Honey Sticks
These little guys pack a powerful dose of sweetness, as well as natural energy from the honey. They’re also great for keeping your throat moist on dry air flights.
This is one of those candies you can eat without the guilt. Not only does it avoid the refined sugars and artificial flavors of most candy, but it’s also loaded with antioxidants.
- Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is easy to eat on the go, and it provides a good dose of vitamins and fiber. There are many different types of dried fruit that you can choose from. Dried fruit is a great alternative because it lasts longer than fresh fruit, and it comes in a variety of flavors. Just make sure to read the ingredients because many brands add sugar or preservatives that you don’t want.
- Chocolate-covered fruit
Fruit is great. Chocolate is also great. But combine the two and you have one of the best healthy candy alternatives out there! Fruit is naturally sweet, so you don’t need to add a ton of sugar to it. It’s also good for you, so go ahead and indulge in this treat without feeling guilty.
You can make your own by dipping strawberries into melted chocolate chips or use this recipe for homemade chocolate-covered bananas (just use a vegan chocolate bar instead of milk or dark chocolate) or use store-bought brands like Unreal, which makes bite-sized chocolate-covered almonds, cashews, and peanuts in addition to fruity chocolates.
Oatmeal is a whole grain food that contains fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Oatmeal may also lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. You can eat oatmeal plain or add your favorite toppings such as dried fruit or nuts.