In my quest to try and eat better, and with my persistent sweet tooth, I have discovered some healthier candy options. Since Easter is less than a week away, I am sharing these healthier candy options in case you want to add them to your Easter baskets.
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Following a healthy diet can be a struggle.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I try to eat healthy. It is a struggle and I cheat, but I do try because it makes me feel better.
My biggest weakness is my sweet tooth. Cookies, cakes, candies, you name it—if it is sweet I love to eat it! Therefore, I try not to keep too many sweet snacks around the house because I can’t say no!
What to look for when choosing healthier sweet snacks.
When I do buy sweet snacks, I go for the ones that don’t have any of the following ingredients: artificial colors, artificial flavors, GMOs, or high fructose corn syrup. I like the candies and snacks that use all organic sweeteners. Sometimes they do still have organic sugar as an ingredient, just not all of the crappy fillers.
Organic sugar will not have any of the commercial pesticides and has the least amount of processing compared to white table sugar. This allows the organic sugar to maintain some of the natural molasses content. It is still sugar though, so moderation is key!
Some candies will have natural sweeteners that are not considered as processed or refined sugars. Some of these types of sweeteners include honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, coconut sugar, and date sugar to name a few. These sweeteners are considered a much better option than even organic sugar, but it is hard to find sweet snack options made with these sweeteners.
Some of the candies I love.
Here is a list of some of the candies I have included in the Easter basket I put together.
Torie and Howard Chewie Fruities
Free2b Foods Dark Chocolate Sun Cups
Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears
Panda Soft Licorice
Wholseome Organic Delish Fish
Smart Sweets Sweet Fish
Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks
Green & Black Organic Dark Chocolate
Stretch Island Fruit Leather
Healthy Easter egg dye made from plants.
I have also included in this roundup of healthier candy options, an all-natural Easter egg coloring kit. The dyes are made from plants to create the colors. According to Healthline.com, many food dyes are made from petroleum and are found to be very toxic. This plant-based egg dying kit is ideal for anyone trying to follow a healthy diet.
The Easter basket I have put together is for my girlfriend that follows a pretty strict Paleo diet, so I think these healthier candy options are a good choice. She will be dyeing Easter eggs with her kids, so I want to give her a healthy option. Dyes can soak into the boiled eggs once they are colored, and then the kids typically eat the eggs. The plant-based dye is perfect to keep it healthy.
The candies I have included are ideal to satisfy your sweet tooth and perfect for any Easter baskets you have to make. If we are going to splurge on candy, we might as well make it as healthy as possible.