5 Alternatives to Junk Food
5 Healthy Candy Alternatives
If you're trying to eat well, tempting seasonal sweets can be extra-spooky. But there's good news for your cravings: Youcanenjoy without tricks. I've come up with some delicious options that give you the flavors you love, but with less sugar and added nutrition.
Try this:Make a trail mix that mimics the same flavors. Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips, 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes and 12 oil-roasted almonds (dry-roasted work, too). To pump up the volume, toss in a handful of light popcorn.
Healthy benefit:Almonds contain heart-healthy fats that can help lower cholesterol and ease inflammation.
Try this:Spread 1 tsp all-natural peanut butter on a square of dark chocolate. Eat it at room temperature, or pop it into the freezer for a few hours and enjoy later as a chilled treat.
Healthy benefit:Peanut butter has vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that's good for your skin, and magnesium, which helps strengthen your bones. One study found that eating a little bit of the smooth stuff five days a week may reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Try this:Crumble a small handful of chocolate Teddy Grahams over ½ cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt.
Healthy benefit:You'll get a burst of filling protein (the yogurt packs 16 g protein) along with a chocolaty crunch to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Try this:Melt 6 oz dark chocolate and stir in 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal. Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Once it's cool, cut into bars and serve.
Healthy benefit:The flavanoids in dark chocolate help open up your blood vessels, which can lead to lower blood pressure.
Try this:Mix a drop of peppermint extract into a lowfat chocolate pudding cup.
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