No, candy isn’t a real diet item. However, nobody wants to cut out candy or sweets totally from their diet, even on those days when we are trying to cut back and lose weight. What we can do and what we should be doing is cutting back and eating sensibly. This means that we can occasionally indulge ourselves on the foods that we love even some little bites of candy now and then.
On those days in which we want to splurge, why not reach for those candy and sugar items that are considered diet friendly? Then we can enjoy our candy and not feel too guilty in the pleasure it brings. Here are some suggestions that our sweet tooth and our body will enjoy:
• Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Wedges: 1 wedge equals about 35 calories and wedges are always fun to eat
• Sweetriot Yumbar: 1 bar equals about 180 calories
• Dylan’s Candy Bar: Chocolate Covered Sunflower seeds: 2 tablespoons equals about 180 to 200 calories (of course you can still stick with the traditional chocolate covered almonds or peanuts).
• Nestle Dark Chocolate Rasinets: ¼ cup equals about 180 to 200 calories
• York Peppermint Patty: 1.4 ounce bar equals about 140 calories or you could choose to eat three of their miniature patties for about the same amount of calories
• Lollypop: Try an adult gourmet lollypop: Sees Gourmet Lollypop (in many flavors) for about 80 to 90 calories. These can even be dipped down in drinks.
• Variety of mini candy bars: Most full size candy bars can be bought in snack sizes such as: Hershey’s, Reese’s Cups, Snickers, etc. Most of these snack size bars only contain on average 50 calories.
• Mini candies such as: Lifesavers: 15 calories each, Jollyranchers: 23 calories each, Jelly Belly in a variety of flavors for about 140 calories a handful of 35 pieces.
• Licorice twists: About four of these contain only 120 calories
• Fruit rollups: These can be bought sometimes in single serving packages or in family size boxes. Two rolls will generally only contain about 100 calories. However, most of these do have a high sugar volume.
• 100 calorie candy packs: Yes, even candy now comes in handy, portion control 100 calorie packs. Just remember the key is to stop at one.
Snacks like the above suggestions are great when you are craving something sweet. However, just because you may have items like these on hand doesn’t mean you should eat these every day. These should be limited to an occasional treat or a treat that you have when you are really craving sugar or chocolate.
On most days, stick to the fruits for your sugar cravings. They are low in calories as well. Plus, they are healthy and are something we all need for a well balanced diet.
Finally, when you do decide to eat diet friendly candies consider the amount you eat. Portion size is important. You should stick to small amounts and you should stick with this plan.
Finally, consider switching to dark chocolate that contains 70% cocoa instead of regular milk chocolate. Dark chocolate contains many healthy antioxidants that we all need for good health.