Healthy Candy Alternative to Calm the Sugar Beast
Does it often feel like candy-palooza from Halloween to New Years Day? One of the things I hear the most as a Nutrition Coach “Why get healthy now. It feels hopeless this time of year.” The thing is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
In fact, there are loads of healthy ways to calm the sugar beast and I’ll even share a couple of recipes to help you out. First for a couple of tips:
- Don’t say I can’t have sweets. Instead decided to have a healthy version.
- Make one of these recipes and pop it in the freezer so you have something handy when the sugar beast comes around.
- Eat sweet veggies when you get the urge to indulge. You’ll get loads of nutrients while satisfying your sweet tooth. Try beets, sweet potatoes and squashes.
Here are my two favorite candy alternatives to calm the sugar beast.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp vanilla, no alcohol
- 1 ½ cups coconut, finely shredded
- 24 almonds
- 1/2 cup goji berries
- Melt coconut oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except the goji berries) and stir together.
- Poor into mini cupcake tins for individual bites and top with an almond and goji berries.
- Put in freezer for 2 or more hours and then enjoy.
- For a bonus melt some 80% fair trade dark chocolate and drizzle on top.
- 2 cups macadamia nuts
- 1 ½ cups walnuts
- 1 cups sunflower seeds
- ¾ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 cups date pieces
- 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- In a large bowl toss the macadamia nuts, walnuts and sunflower seeds in the olive oil, sea salt and cinnamon.
- Spread out on a baking dish and bake at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl mix the chia seeds, shredded coconut, date pieces and chocolate chips.
- Once the sheet in the oven is done scoop it into the bowl and mix real quick so that the warmth of the nuts and sunflower seeds make the rest sticky and mildly melts the chocolate.
- Place parchment paper on the baking sheet for easy clean up and then spread out the mixture on the baking sheet.
- Let cool in the freezer for about an hour. T
- hen you can put in individual sized bags for easy snacks later.
It’s recommended to store this in the refrigerator.
Jessica Wyman is the author of Finding Your Foxy and Girlfriends Organic Kitchen. As a Wildly Vibrant health coach and yoga teacher she has a well rounded approach to loving yourself like no other + she specializes in 5-ingredient healthy recipes. As a health-coach-mama she has no time to waste and it’s her mission to make foxy, fit and fashionable living a breeze. Get her free 5 Day Wellness Program that gives a realistic approach without a deprivation or counting anything.