4 Healthy Alternatives to Candy

When you get a sudden attack of the munchies, or feel like a quick, sweet snack, your first instinct may be to reach for candy. Whether you have a penchant for taking quick bites of that chocolate bar or popping some jellybeans, candies are infamous for their high sugar and/or fat content. Here are a few sweeter/healthier alternatives:

If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and still be able to snack on sweets without feeling deprived, here are some healthier and still tasty alternatives to candy.
1. Fruits
In terms of sweet and healthy snacks, nothing can beat fruits. If you want all-out juicy sweetness, or a tangy snack with a hint of sourness, there are many types of fruits for you to choose from and snack on. You can keep munching on fresh fruits because they’re high in vitamins and low in fat. So if you get the munchies, get your fix by peeling an orange, slicing an apple, or popping some grapes.
For more variety, you can whip up a quick fruit salad for yourself. Just mix together some pineapples, berries, mangoes, grapes, melons, and other fruits to your liking. Drizzle with some honey, or add a dash of lemon juice, and you got yourself a little bowl of healthy sweets.
2. Fruit Popsicles
This is another great way to satisfy your craving for candies the healthy way. Fruit popsicles are sweet and delicious, and yet very light and healthy. These healthy frozen treats can be made with real fruit juices, giving you that healthy dose of vitamins that you need. You can make them with simple fruit juices, or mix together different flavors, and even add some yogurt for a creamier frozen delight. 
3. Popcorn
Some people will dismiss popcorns as unhealthy snacks along with chips. Actually, popcorn is considered as whole grain, and it contains little calories. Just hold the butter, because that is the fatty element that taints the popcorn’s reputation. Make the popcorn with some herbs and spices, and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. This will ensure that you guiltlessly munch away on this healthy treat.
4. Dried Fruits
If we have fresh fruits in the list, then dried and candied fruits are also great healthy snacks. Though not as rich in vitamins as fresh fruit – because the fruit has been removed of all water and juice – it’s still a viable and healthier alternative to candy. It serves as a good source of fiber. So instead of reaching for that ultra-sweet nougat bar, give yourself liberty to munch away on prunes, raisins, dried apricots, dried mangoes, and other forms of dried fruit. To make it more interesting, you can eat this with your favorite bran or cereal. 
5. Homemade Granola Bars
Though granola bars claim to be healthy, most of the time they’re simply candy bars in disguise. The commercial bars are often filled with chocolate and other unhealthy sweets to make it more appealing and chewy. It’s healthier to create your own with some seeds, nuts, grain, oats, and dried fruit. You can mix and match according to your taste, and you’re sure that what goes in your snack is definitely healthy. 

1. Fruits

In terms of sweet and healthy snacks, nothing beats fruits. If you want all-out juicy sweetness, or a tangy snack with a hint of sourness, there are many types of fruits for you to choose from. Fruits are generally high in vitamins and low in fat. So if you get the munchies, get your fix by peeling an orange, slicing an apple, or popping some grapes.
For more variety, you can whip up a quick fruit salad. Just mix together some pineapples, berries, mangoes, grapes, melons, and other fruits to your liking. Drizzle with some honey, or add a dash of lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself a little bowl of healthy sweets.

2. Fruit Popsicles

This is another great way to satisfy your sweets craving. Fruit popsicles are sweet and delicious, yet very light and healthy. These frozen treats can be made with real fruit juices, which gives you that healthy dose of vitamins that your body needs. You can make popsicles with simple fruit juices, or mix together different flavors and even add some yogurt for a creamier frozen delight. 

3. Dried Fruits

Dried and candied fruits are also great healthy snacks. Though not as rich in vitamins as fresh fruit, it’s still a viable and healthier alternative to candy. It also serves as a good source of fiber. So, instead of reaching for that ultra-sweet chocolate bar, give yourself liberty to munch away on prunes, raisins, dried apricots, dried mangoes, and other forms of dried fruit. To make it more interesting, you can eat this with your favorite cereal. 

4. Homemade Granola Bars

Though granola bars claim to be healthy, most of the time they’re simply candy bars in disguise. They are often filled with chocolate and other unhealthy sweets to make it more appealing and chewy. It’s healthier to create your own with some seeds, nuts, grain, oats and dried fruit. You can mix and match according to your taste, and you’re sure that what goes in your snack is definitely healthy.
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