Healthy Snack Recipes to Munch on Instead of Candy…

Being a Mom of three and a woman who has a huge sweet tooth, finding healthy recipes to replace candy has always been a challenge. I mean I have a serious candy addition! When I was pregnant with my first daughter, jean overalls were in style (Yes, it was that long ago!) and I would stuff all those extra pockets with sour patch kids and hot tamales.

As the years have passed, I am ashamed to say I have passed this love affair with sweets down to all of my kids. The dentist is on speed dial at our household! So, I have researched and sampled many alternatives knowing I need to be healthier for my kids and my own self! So here are our top five recipes of favorite healthy alternatives to candy.

Frozen Yogurt Covered Fruit Pops

These are the best! They are fun for the kids and are great to display at a party. I especially like that you can add little bits of chocolate shavings to enhance the sweetness or nuts to get that sweet/salty taste.

Fresh Fruit + Whipped Cream

These are a great option because you only need a little whip cream to sweeten up the berries. You can do this with any of your favorite fruit without feeling any guilt!

Frozen Grapes

These are such a great idea! Especially when summer rolls around, these are a cool refresher in the Texas summer heat. I usually put out a whole bowl and they are gone in minutes!

Almonds + Cocoa Powder

If you a craving a Snickers, then treat yourself to enjoy some peanuts and dark chocolate chips mix. This will satisfy that craving without going overboard. Just watch how much of it you eat; small quantities are best! I usually allow myself a  ½ cup and that will do the trick. Also, look for chocolate chips that are at least 65 percent cocoa. The more cocoa, the less fat and sugar, and the more antioxidants!

Stovetop Kettle Corn

This kettle corn is sweet, salty and crunchy! It tastes just like traditional recipes, but without the extra sugar and calories. Enjoy this while watching your favorite move.

But, if none of these recipes do the treat, go ahead and treat yourself to a small amount of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is not only yummy but there are very good health benefits. It can help prevent heart disease and even preliminary studies show it can help fight cancer. It also lowers blood pressure and risk of stroke. And, studies have shown that it can make you feel happier and improve your moods.

So, don’t feel bad if you splurge on 1-2 ounces of dark chocolate, you deserve it every once in a while!

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