Fight Back: 15 Candy Alternatives to Combat Your Sweet Tooth

April 25, 2011 Uncategorized

With an entire pop song dedicated to wanting candy, it isn’t just something you sing about. Everyone from kids to seniors has at least one favorite candy, and it can be easy to tear through a bag in short amount of time. Even with the well documented downsides, such as obesity and tooth decay, it can still be immensely difficult to kick a sweet tooth in the form of a midday snack or dessert alternative.

If cutting out the candy cold turkey sounds like too much, you are by no means alone. Sugar crashes, habit, and temptation around every corner and snack machine all await to turn the strongest of wills into the very sugary, sweet sap they crave. To help stop the crashes before they start, we have gathered the below 15 candy alternatives. They include both well-known and a few options you may have never considered.

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    1. Omit Berry Pun
    Is your favorite candy flavored like a strawberry, cherry, or other? Then why not bypass all the corn syrup and additives and get the real deal instead? Your body’s craving for your favorite flavor may actually be a cry for the real thing. Shereen Jegtvig of About.com has more on the many other health benefits of berries.

    2. Make it Juicy
    With loads of candy being advertised as “bursting with juice,” why not skip the candy and go straight to the juice? Although there are many juices out there which are just as bad as candy, there are also loads of others that are low in sugar, high in vitamins, and an important part of any balanced diet. The blogger at Diet Blog shares their pick for the very best in juice.

    3. Not Just for Athletes or “Athletes”
    If candy is your pick me up, you may be on to something. You might be craving the sugar or energy contained in it. However, with the energy rush going and the calories staying, there are better ways than candy to get a boost. Linda McCloud of Made Man shows why sports drinks aren’t just for athletes.

    4. You Can Also Make it Say Hello
    Everyone knows there is always room for Jell-O and other gelatins, but those who love candy can find it a satisfactory substitute. It can satisfy any sugar craving while not packing on the added fat, sugar, and other stuff that can make candy so toxic. It also comes in loads of flavors, is dirt cheap, and even comes in snack packs for those with no time to boil and refrigerate water.

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    5. Don’t Got Milk? Then Get Some.
    But what about lovers of chocolate candy? Get ready to fight your sweet tooth with a blast from the past. When chosen correctly, chocolate milk cannot only provide an acceptable substitute for candy, it can provide nutrients such as protein, calcium, and Vitamin D. The bloggers at 3 Fat Chicks share how to make it both healthy and tasty.

    6. Bedrock & Roll
    In another blast from the past, Flinstone’s Chewable Vitamins can make an excellent candy substitute, as well as a multi-vitamin substitute. Comparing labels can show that they contain similar dosage as adult ones, are available in a variety of specialties, and taste like candy. This article even demonstrates how they can act as a prenatal vitamin.

    7. Turn to the Dark Side
    Why does chocolate have to be bad for you, especially if it’s made from a bean? In candy form, it often has loads of additives including syrup, fructose, and other additives that strip it of its nutritional value. However, Dr. Mark Stibich chimes in on why dark, natural chocolate can be good for you and makes a great candy alternative. A few of the benefits include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as elevated endorphin levels, antioxidants, and more.

    8. Drink it Like it’s Hot
    In a study done by Cornell University, research showed that a cup of hot cocoa contains more antioxidants than a cup of tea or glass of wine. Helping in the reduction of free radicals that can damage cells, antioxidants are recommended for everything from cancer fighting to anti-aging. Although many pre-packaged cocoas can have the same stuff that makes candy bad, using a cocoa powder and skim or soy milk makes it a healthy candy alternative that is best when served hot.

    9. Insert Chordettes’ Song
    Fall in love with lollipops all over again with this candy alternative. The blogger at Healthy Tasty Chow reviews these organic lollipops for both herself and her child. Made without artificial additives, syrup, and allergy safe, there are only 23 calories per pop. USDA Organic certified, there are eight flavors in one bag sure to please even the pickiest of candy lovers.

    10. Candy is Just as Embarrassing as:
    Baby food. We may have all had a sample of junior’s meal when no one was looking, but maybe we were on to something. Baby food is made to pack an entire serving of fruit, or if we’re really adventurous: vegetables, into a jar and is intended to be filling. The blogger over at Froodee admits to loving it and shares more on its benefits.

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    11. Go Gummi
    If your favorite candy is in the shape of a bear, worm, or other animal, there is good news. A new study suggests that chewing gummi candy with natural sweetener called xylitol can promote healthy teeth. The blogger at Superwoman has more.

    12. Raisin the Roof
    Those who hated getting raisins in their Halloween bags should reconsider. The health benefits of this bite size fruit, aka nature’s candy, include relief from constipation, acidosis, anemia, fever, and even sexual weakness. Raisins also help in other areas such as eyes, teeth, and bones.

    13. Check the Crystal
    Ordinarily, powder stirred into water to make it taste like fruit can be just as bad for you as candy, but there are some good sources available. One such well-known source is Crystal Light. With no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives, it can be a safe choice to sweeten any tooth. And with only 15 calories, those with an entire sweet mouth can even double on the packets.

    14. Pat This Cake
    If you just have to have your candy fix, there is a stand out choice among the various brands found at the checkout line. As reviewed by Just Your Average Joggler, the York Peppermint Patty came in at number one for candy you can still feel good about eating. It contains the lowest calories, fat, cholesterol, and even salt. Other common candy bars are also evaluated and discussed.

    15. Bar Some
    Everyone likes candy bars, but not everyone likes all the extra calories and other bonuses found in them. However, there is literally an entire supermarket aisle dedicated to health bars. To get help on which to pick that truly satisfies, check out this discussion on Calorie Count. In it, they discuss the best health bars and the best for each kind of candy eater and health nut.

No matter how vicious your sweet tooth, there are loads of options worth atleast one shot in the above 15 candy alternatives before you peel back that next wrapper. If you need more incentive, click A Calorie Counter to get a listing of many popular candy bars, there calorie, count, fat content, and sugar.