So you're a sweets addict… welcome to the club. Candy is popular worldwide but mostly made from sugar, artificial flavors, and food dyes, which provide calories but very little nutrition. In fact, eating it may increase your risk of cavities, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
I personally was never attracted to all the sweets and sugars (except for dairy ice cream of course) True, everyone needs their sugars but I have found an alternative that works wonders for me whenever I find myself craving for the “poison in a shiny wrapper”.
1. Fresh Fruit - Fruit contains natural sugars, which are a mix of sucrose, fructose and glucose. Many people have heard that sugar is bad, and think that this must also therefore apply to fruits. But fructose is only harmful in excess amounts, and not when it comes from fruit.
Try some of my favorites:
2. Smoothies and frozen ice creams - Toss your blend of frozen/ fresh fruit, juice (water or milk based), and Greek yogurt into the blender and mix until smooth. I choose to add flax or chia seeds to add more fiber to my smoothie.
3. Energy Balls - (recipe from healthline) Energy balls are typically made with wholesome ingredients that provide enough fiber, protein, and healthy fats to keep you feeling full.
Oats, nut butter, flax seeds, and dried fruits are the most common ingredients. However, you can mix in almost anything you want, from protein powder to chocolate chips.
Nevertheless, they pack a lot of calories, so try to limit yourself to one or two at a time.
Coconut-dusted energy balls
1/2 cup (72 grams) of raw almonds
1/2 cup (58 grams) of raw walnuts
1 cup (73 grams) of raisins
3 pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup (93 grams) of shredded coconut
Finely chop the almonds and walnuts in a food processor, then add the rest of the ingredients — except the coconut — and pulse until you get a sticky mixture.
Form 1-inch (2.5-cm) balls with your hands, then roll them in shredded coconut until fully coated.
4. Dark chocolate - Dark chocolate is teeming with beneficial antioxidants, including the flavonoids called procyanidins, catechins, and epicatechins. Eating a diet rich in almonds also reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Feel free to use dark chocolate to cover almonds, strawberries bananas etc.
Have fun with experimenting!
5. Honey Roasted Nuts - Honey-roasted nuts are not as healthy as nuts in their natural state, but they are still a fairly healthy snack option. This snack contains important dietary fibers, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and vitamins and minerals.