Pink or blue? Dogs or cats? Sweet or salty? Definitely sweet! All of our sweet-toothed girlies know the struggle of a candy craving but sometimes that is not the healthiest decision for your body or your teeth! Rather than putting your hand in the sweets bowl, maybe try out a candy alternative. Here are 10 candy alternatives you need to battle your sweet tooth!
1. Freeze-Dried Fruit
This candy alternative might be the healthiest on the list, but it does not lack in flavor and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Before you stroll down the candy aisle at Target, maybe switch an aisle or two to find the dried fruit area.
For the most part, when fruit is dried, the flavors are enhanced and much sweeter than when you are eating fruit off the vine. You’ll be getting those necessary vitamins and minerals from the fruit without the additives in candy!
2. SmartSweets Candy
If you have happened to find yourself in the candy aisle at Target after avoiding the fruits, dried fruits, and any other alternatives, you’ll definitely want to grab this candy alternative! You can still enjoy the sweet flavors of chewy gummy bears or peach rings, but without all of the sugar that can make you feel sluggish throughout the day.
You can feel good about your purchase knowing that this company was female-founded and continues to be female-led, #girlpower! Find all of your favorites without the added grams of sugar next time you are searching for a sweet snack!
3. Lily’s Chocolate
Maybe sour and chewy candy is not your thing, but you are more of a chocolate girl. You enjoy the bittersweet taste of this dessert and all of the possibilities that come with the candy.
If you are trying to kick that sugar and candy addiction, try out Lily’s Chocolate! All of your favorites like chocolate bars, peanut butter chocolate cups, and more, are available through this brand and are just as good, if not better! Lily’s uses non-GMO ingredients in the sweets so you can feel clean with your sweet eating!
4. Justin’s Nut Butter
You have probably seen the adorable little peanut butter packets in the store with the name, ‘Justin’s’ scrolled across it! Perfect on an apple or by itself for a filling treat. But did you know that there is more out there to satisfy your peanut butter and chocolate cravings?
You can now enjoy chocolate peanut butter cups in a much cleaner way than before. At Justin’s, they use organic ingredients, non-GMO ingredients, certified gluten-free, and safe palm oil that is good for our orangutan friends. With simple ingredients to make such a yummy treat, you will be wanting more with this candy alternative!
Before you go for a lollipop or some other hard candy, rethink your choices and go for something a little more fruity! Especially with these summer temps creeping up, you will be wanting a cool treat to stay cold and hydrated.
Find some popsicle treats that are made with real fruit or real fruit juice so that you can enjoy this candy alternative while still getting all the good things that fruit gives us! Get a little creative and DIY your sweet treat to satisfy that craving. Freeze whatever juice concoction you can come up with and stay cool this summer!
6. Black Forest Organic Candy
Regular candy might taste good, but what is actually in it? What makes your favorite blue raspberry Jolly Rancher taste so delicious if there are actually no blue raspberries in it? You should be able to trust the ingredients that are in all of your food and make sense of the nutrition label too!
Black Forest Organic Candy does just that and ensures that you know what is satisfying that sweet tooth of yours! This candy alternative is made with real fruit and colors that come from nature and not from a lab. If you are needing some chewy and delicious, reach for these candies next time!
Maybe part of your candy and sweets cravings includes ice cream and something cold. Before you go to enjoy Sonic happy hour or a late-night milkshake, consider your options! By enjoying a juice or a smoothie, you are receiving all the yummy flavors of a milkshake or slushie, but with more fruits and yummy things for your body! To enjoy the treat a little more, make your smoothie a smoothie bowl and dress it up with granola, extra fruit, honey, and other sweet toppings for this candy alternative!
8. YumEarth Candy
Having some form of a food allergy or intolerance can be so difficult! Especially if you are missing those old treats that you used to enjoy but no longer can be enjoyed because of your health.
All of the sweet treats brought to you by YumEarth are of the top 8 allergies including gluten, shellfish, peanuts, eggs, soy, dairy, fish, and tree nuts. On top of all that, YumEarth is also vegan, organic, and uses non-GMO ingredients! The selection of candy is growing for you to enjoy but for now, you can find all of your favorites, making this a great candy alternative.
9. Little Secrets Chocolates
One more candy alternative for our chocolate-loving girlies! All of your faves, but without the questionable ingredients! Little Secrets never has artificial colors, high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial colors and all of the chocolate used is fair trade certified! For any of our meat-free diets and vegan girls, some of Little Secrets Chocolate is dairy-free so that you can join in on the yummy fun!
Alright, so this one might be kind of basic, but it is truthful! This is the best candy alternative of them all with better results for your health and your skin! A handful of M&Ms here and there won’t hurt you as long as everything is in moderation! Maybe try enhancing your water with fruit to still get that sweetness without all the extra stuff!
What kind of candy is your favorite? Which candy alternative will you be replacing your favorite with? Let us know in the comments below!
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