Healthy Candy Choices versus Sweet Tooth?
As a fellow candy lover, are you torn by your love of candy and your pressing need to fulfill that New Year resolution to cut back? I consumed more than my fair share of candy and chocolate over the Holidays especially those Spiderman Christmas Ornaments that I could not stop eating each and every day of the Holiday with that fun toy inside- kind of like Kinder eggs but ornaments. Now I need to cut back, but my sweet tooth demands some satisfaction. What to do? Are there healthy candy choices to satisfy both needs?
With that in mind, I took a look at ways to meet both needs. What are some more healthy candies that I could consume for the next month while I get back in shape to eat all my old favorites again? I did some research and found several sweet treats that will not ruin what little self-control I possess.
First Healthy Candy choice is Hard Candy
The first and perhaps easiest candy to find and consume without too much guilt is your basic hard candy. I picked up a nice cinnamon hard candy at Walmart and to my surprise it was only about 20 calories and no fat. The good news about hard candy is that if you do not bite into it too early, it gives a consistent sweet experience for quite a long time. For the most part, this satisfies my need for sweet for quite a while. There are quite a few flavors to choose from but all generally give a solid dose of sweet with few calories and no fat.
York Peppermint Patty
Now for those of us who demand a wee bit of chocolate in your craving, I found the delicious York Peppermint Patty as a relatively healthy candy choice to help meet your New Year Resolutions. The snack size York Peppermint Patty has 60 calories and only 1 gram of fat. As Hersey points out on their package, these little patties have “70% less fat” than the average chocolate bar. Despite the lower fat and calorie content, York Peppermint patties are delicious. The combination of dark chocolate with a creamy mint inside should satisfy almost any craving without busting the calorie bank. The snack size versions also keep you from eating more than you should.
Nutra Trim Chewing Gum
If all that fails and you need more to satisfy those cravings, then I would also recommend Nutra Trim gum, which I chew all year to help me keep in shape. Nutra Trim comes in a delicious mint flavor and has green tea extract and chromium to help you eat less. And it is sugar free with only 5 calories in two pieces. The sweet flavor alone helps my cravings, and maybe the ingredients help as well. They sure don’t hurt.
So, for all of you who have made the resolution to eat better or lose weight, here are a few ideas to help you out. Let me know if you have discovered any other crave killing tricks.