With pink, red, and heart-shaped iterations of your favorite sweet treats popping up everywhere this Valentine’s Day, the temptation may be too high to resist. However, you don’t have to let your diet go when you’re snacking on holiday candy around the office or shopping for a sweet treat for your Valentine. While no candy is genuinely a healthy option, there are some that will do less damage in terms of how much sugar you’re eating versus how much nutritional value you’re getting.
Peanut Butter and Nut-Filled Chocolate Hearts
Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day fixture, but some of it can be a detriment to your diet. Steer clear of heart-shaped boxes touting nougat, caramel, and similar fillings, as these are often loaded with corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavors. Instead, reach for nut and nut-butter filled chocolates, preferably with dark chocolate coating. Solid dark chocolate is also a healthier option boasting lots of flavonoids and antioxidants to boost your health.
Instead of heading for the candy aisle, look in the produce or bakery section of the grocery store to find a healthier Valentine’s treat: Chocolate covered strawberries. Because you’re starting with real fruit, you are skipping a lot of the unhealthy, processed ingredients found in most candies and getting a more wholesome snack that still has the sweetness you want to share with your sweetheart.
Fruit Juice-Based Gummies
When it comes to non-chocolate candies, there are tons of unhealthy options out there. After all, most of these choices from pink jelly beans to candy hearts are made with little more than various types of sugar and artificial flavoring. However, you can find some better options with fruit juice-based gummies that offer a little vitamin C and lower sugar content than other candies. When looking at candy labels, try to stick to about 10 grams of sugar or less per serving.
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