Healthier options when you’re craving sweets

Happy Halloween!

Since so many of our homes will be flooded with candy today, I thought that I’d go ahead and recommend some healthier alternatives.  Let me preface this by letting you know that I don’t have a big sweet tooth and can easily pass on candy corn and peanut butter cups.  Warm bread and soft pretzels are a whole other story…

But if candy is your weakness, there is absolutely no shame in indulging in a few pieces today.  After all, it is Halloween and Michael’s birthday.  🙂

Healthier options when you're craving sweets

 

Dates

Sweet, chewy, and delicious- they are called nature’s candy for good reason.

 

Fruit and nut bars

I’m talking bars like Larabar, KIND, and KIT’s Organic that are made with just a few simple ingredients.  Some flavors can even satisfy cravings for salty and sweet foods.

 

Hot chocolate with cacao

One of my favorite sweet beverages during the fall and winter is some hot chocolate made with unsweetened almond milk and raw cacao powder.  You can also add cinnamon, stevia, or use unsweetened chocolate almond milk if you’re a true chocoholic.

 

Carob chips

I find these in the bulk bin section of Whole Foods and Earth Fare.  They’re a much healthier alternative to regular chocolate chips when you’re baking, and they can also be sprinkled over yogurt, added to homemade trail mix and smoothies, or eaten all on their own.

 

Chocolate coconut water

You’ve heard me talk about how much I love this stuff countless times before, so I won’t get into too much detail again.  It basically tastes like chocolate milk, and I’d like to funnel it into my mouth.

 

High quality chocolate

This means dark chocolates that are made with real cocoa- not M&Ms and Hershey bars.  My personal favorite are the truffles by Alter Eco because they are made with coconut oil.  Even MT loves them!

 

What is your favorite healthy sweet food?  Are you dressing up for Halloween?  Michael and I are about to head out to a Halloween party, and he’s going to be an alligator.  I’ll post pictures tomorrow!

erin

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14 Comments

  1. I am loving the crisp, sweet apples right now:) Happy Birthday to the Big Boy!!! I want to see pics of him as an alligator – cute:) Happy Halloween!!!

  2. Great list!

    I’m with you I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but breads or pretzels watch out hehe.

    Happy Halloween!

  3. awesome list girlfriend. larabars are a great option! i like to eat a couple dates too sometimes. happy halloween!!

  4. Happy Halloween Erin! and Happy Birthday Michael! 🙂 I hope the secong birthday party was without drama and nose bleed 🙂
    Great list. We don’t have some of these here, be we haves dates and Europe is full of good quality dark chocolate 🙂
    xoxo Fanni

  5. I’m going to need to try this. I’m a milk chocolate person but I need to try to reach for the dark. So hard! Just came across your blog and love it

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

  6. I could drink a litre of that coconut water. Don’t go flaunting that around your blog haha!!!!! Love these healthier options!

    • Haha. Sometimes I feel like I should keep all of these things that I love to myself because then I won’t be able to find them in the stores anymore! 🙂

  7. Great list! Dates are my absolute fave. So glad we’ve connected! I love your blog and can’t wait to explore more.

  8. i have a major sweet addiction! i should try these instead!

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