Sugar: The Nemisis to Healthy Snacks
Kicking a sugar habit is challenging.
Research has found that sugar tricks your brain into wanting more and more of it. According to Fortune.com, our kids eat three full cups of sugar, or approximately 7,000 calories, of candy on Halloween alone!
To put this into context, this is equivalent to consuming 170 standard size sugar cubes in one evening.
A little sweetness is okay --- mind you the emphasis on the little.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of "added sugar" a day for women.
When you dial back your intake of added sugar, you'll begin to rack up some fantastic health benefits. The perks of the less to no sugar life are so good they may help motivate you to try to cut it out for good or -- at least mostly cut it out.
Get ready for younger-looking skin and healthy teeth
The sugar in your diet affects the amount of sugar in your bloodstream --- and studies suggest that high blood sugar levels set up a molecular domino effect called glycation.
This is just a fancy term for a process that prevents or hinders the repair of your skin's collagen, the protein that keeps your skin looking vibrant and plump.
A diet full of sweets will also lead to reduced elasticity and premature wrinkles. Not so complementary to that amazing new All-On-4 smile.
Thankfully cutting back on sugar can help lessen sagging skin and other signs of aging --- not to mention overall energy, losing those extra pounds, and good health.
As society becomes more conscious of the food we put in our bodies, the market takes notice, and as consumers, we get the benefit of all those new ideas coming to the marketplace.
A good example was in the last September issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, which highlighted the latest Young Millionaires. In that issue, is the story about Alina Morse a 13-year old teenager who asked her dad the "million-dollar" question: Why can't we have a healthy lollipop that's good for my teeth so that I can have candy, and it wouldn't be bad for me?"
Well, that conversation led from one thing to another, and Alina, with the help of her dental hygienist and dentist, began concocting recipes for healthy candy, and thus the eventual creation of ZolliPops, now a multi-million dollar business at only 13 years old.
"Sugar is added to everything. Become comfortable with a nutrition label and the numerous different terms for hidden sugar."
--- DR. MAMALY RESHAD, DDS, PROSTHODONTIST
Ideas Around Healthy Sweet Snacks
So let's explore some new ideas around sweets. I think you'll be surprised about the alternatives you have that curb that sugar appetite and help you cut back or eliminate sugar intake in your diet --- all without a compromise in taste and fulfillment.
7 Healthy Sweet Snacks for 2020
Bett3R Brand developed an amazing line of cookies. These cookies were developed to help those who were on the Keto diet. If you follow diet crazes, you are likely aware of the Keto diet, a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet that many people are talking about.
Followers of the Keto diet eat fats and protein primarily while dramatically reducing the intake of carbohydrates. The result is ketosis, a state in which the body begins to burn stored fats for fuel and produces ketones, which are a byproduct of the process. The more your body is in ketosis, the more you are metabolizing and burning fat, resulting in weight loss.
I have heard many positive results of the Keto diet.
Regardless if you are on the Keto diet or not you will love these cookies which are low-carb cookies made with premium almond flour, naturally sweetened with stevia and monk fruit, and contain quality fats like butter and MCT oil from coconut oil. They are free of soy, carrageenan, gluten, and no "added sugars" or artificial sweeteners. They are hand-made, low-glycemic cookies with 5 grams of protein to boost your healthy snack alternatives.
Try them you will have a very difficult time telling the difference between a cookie with tons of sugar compared to this healthy snack alternative that has 0 SUGAR! On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10.
NEOH Candy Bar
Do you like Nestle Crunch Candy Bars?
The NEOH CrossBar tastes very similar to a Nestle Crunch without all the preservatives and sugar.
The NEOH is the guilt-free candy bar! It will satisfy your sweet tooth.
It is a protein-packed snack with only 90 calories and only 1 gram of sugar, 8 grams of protein, 4 grams net carbs, and 5 sources of protein.
A perfect healthy snack for the on-the-go with 33% protein to give you an energy boost.
Yes, it's Keto friendly: high in protein, low in net carbs and sugar.
It is also a gluten-free, low glycemic index, alkaline food, and contains antioxidants.
Peppermint No No's
If you like M&M's with a crunchy candy coating around a milkless mint and chocolate interior you will like these Peppermint No No's. This candy gets 5 of 5 stars from all 92 online reviews!
Each pack contains 220 calories, 11 grams of total fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 4mg Sodium, and 1g of Total Carbohydrates.
100% Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Gluten-Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, No Artificial Colors and flavors!
Free of the 8 common allergens.
Vegan and Kosher.
Check out their other healthy snacks and sweets. This is truly healthy candy you will enjoy.
UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
This won't be for you Keto dieters --- too much sugar --- even at only 5 grams.
But it is a much healthier alternative for others when you compare it to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that has 22 grams of sugar!
Peanut buttery, dark chocolate perfection!
Creamy peanut butter and melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate combine for a wonderful healthy snack.
You can also feel good about indulging in these sweets knowing they’re Certified Vegan, Non-GMO Project Verified, and free of gluten, soy, and dairy.
The mission of UNREAL is to change the world, one snack at a time… free of artificial flavors, dyes, and preservatives, and made only with Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients.
3g Sugar, 80 Calories, Plant-based candy --- And delicious!
SmartSweets innovated the first delicious candy- Without the sugar. Their candy is free from sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. Every ingredient is non-GMO, always real and never artificial.
Dairy, Soy, and Lactose-free
Free from Sugar Alcohols
Peanut plus Tree Nut Free
No artificial colors
It wouldn't feel right not to include the candy created by Alina Morse.
Zolli Pops are sugar-free, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, organic, kosher and mom-approved!
Each pack comes in a convenient re-sealable pouch. Known as The After You Eat Treat, enjoy one after every meal, up to three per day, for a cleaner, healthier smile. It's the smart, yummy treat for your teeth.