Can we just say one word: “Yum!” Yup, it’s true: We looooove sweets. So when we discovered that July 31 is National Jump for Jelly Beans Day, we knew that we had to explore the options for satisfying that sweet tooth without guilt!
From the obvious (fresh fruit masquerading as “candy”) to the surprising (would you believe calorie-free chocolate dip for those strawberries?), we’ve sampled, tasted, oohed and ahhed our way to the sweetest blissful options available. Here you go:
Fresh fruit as “candy”: Ever had a perfect blueberry and exclaimed, “It’s as sweet as candy!”? That’s the ultimate intersection of sweet tooth and health. The problem: Your favorite fruit isn’t always in season, and finding truly good fruit can require time that you don’t have. Eden Foods Organic Dried Wild Blueberries solves that problem with always-available good-for-you blueberries that are so sweet, they truly do taste like candy.
Trail mix: Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to hike you go! Whether you’re walking, biking, hiking or shopping (hey, doing the mall can be fitness!), energizing trail mix combines the delights of nuts and seeds with dried fruits. The only problem: Choosing your favorite. Best of All Organic Trail Mix, Woodstock Farms Cascade Trail Mix or (our favorite) make your own! Mix dried coconut, carob chips, assorted nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a tasty trail mix with endless variations.
Licorice: Attention, licorice lovers. We’ve got a delight for you with gluten-free Orgran Molasses Licorice: Or, if you prefer fruit-flavored licorice, get guilt-free Candy Tree Organic Strawberry or Raspberry licorice.
Jelly beans: We mentioned that July 31 is National Jump for Jelly Beans Day. But you can jump for jelly bean joy any day of the year with organic Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans. And if you’re a fitness fan, try sweetening that workout with Jelly Belly Candy Company Sports Beans.
Chocolate: Can you talk about candy without a salute to chocolate? We think not. Filled with antioxidants, chocolate makes a tasty snack that’s guilt-free when you choose the dark variety, which is higher in antioxidants, such as Chocolove Dark Chocolate Bar with Almonds and Sea Salt.
Ginger: Warming, soothing, good for the digestion, candy containing ginger belongs in every home! Like hard candy? Try Ginger People Gin-Gins Hard Candy. Prefer chewy? Go for Prince of Peace Ginger Candy Chews.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.