Sweet Tooth? Here Are 10 Smart Swaps for Your Favorite Candy
Just about any food, including candy bars, can be incorporated into a nutritious and balanced diet in moderation — especially when you choose healthy candy bars.
How We Chose
Traditional candy bars you may find in the checkout aisle typically have minimal fiber, vitamins, minerals or other quality nutrients. Plus, they’re often loaded with added sugars.
To help us pick the healthiest candy bars, we spoke to dietitians and chose products based on the following criteria:
- Nutritional profile: We looked for items that are lower in calories and sugar than traditional candy bars, and those that offered other health benefits like fiber and antioxidants.
- Ingredients: We looked for mostly whole-food ingredients you can recognize, with a shorter list being better.
- Taste: We, of course, wanted candy bars that taste good, so you actually want to eat them.
- Availability: We wanted these candy bars to be able to be purchased at common stores or online so that everyone can access them no matter where they live.
So, next time you’re looking for healthy candy bars, consider keeping the following list in mind:
Nutritional info per serving (1 peanut butter cup): 60 calories, 5 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 g carbs (0 g sugar), 1 g protein
Zolli Candy was created out of a desire to make candy that wasn’t bad for your teeth. Instead of relying on sugar, Zolli is sweetened with xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevent cavities, according to a November 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dentistry.
Like all Zolli Candy, these sugar-free peanut butter cups are keto, vegan, gluten-free, and are naturally flavored. With only 8 grams of carbs per serving, they may also be amongst the lowest-carb candy bars out there. Bonus: Each serving has 2 grams of fiber.