It’s the beginning of fall, pumpkin-spice lattes are everywhere, and the kids have a pressing thought each day in October: Halloween. And candy. For those who are parents or are working in an office setting, you may start noticing that sweets are more present than ever.
When you’re surrounded by seasonal treats, there is extra pressure to ease up on healthy eating and take a bite, or two, or three. However, just because sweets are more prevalent in October doesn’t mean that you can’t opt for healthy snacks instead!
Healthy Snacks: Picking More Nutritious Alternatives
Based off of Insider’s list of unhealthy candies ranked by sugar, calories and fat content, here are healthy snacks to turn to for noshing guilt-free in the office.
Instead of Fun Size Skittles (190 calories, 34 grams of sugar, 2 grams of total fat)
Ranked high in calories and sugar, this colorful treat is a favorite amongst many. Unfortunately, 34 grams of sugar is a lot for such a small package. For a sweet and chewy alternative, why not try Annie’s Organic Bunny fruit snacks? With 70 calories, 19g of sugar and 0g of total fat, these healthy snacks can definitely give you the fun color, tasty flavor and chewy texture that you’re searching for.
Instead of a Snack Size Kit Kat (140 calories, 14 grams of sugar, 7 grams of total fat)
With their addictive qualities, Kit Kats may seem hard to replace because chemically, your body gets a boost of serotonin and dopamine with every bite from this chocolate bar. For a healthy chocolate-flavored copy-cat, Power Crunch Triple Chocolate Protein Energy Bar (204 calories, 5 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fat) might be the alternative you need. Not all healthy snacks need to have fewer calories to be considered healthy; these nutritious snacks are easier to digest and will give you an energy boost you get from the protein.
Instead of Fun Size Butterfinger (170 calories, 17 grams of sugar, 7 grams of total fat)
Butterfingers are a big favorite for peanut-butter lovers. 170 calories may not seem a lot, but remember that these nutty bars are small and tasty enough you’ll likely want to eat at least three of these. Several fun sized bars later, you have eaten an equivalent to a meal. Instead of spoiling your dinner, try your hand at making this homemade butterfinger recipe (115 calories, 6.6 grams of sugar, 7.2 grams of fat) for a more nutritious option.
Instead of Snack Size Almond Joy (160 calories, 16 grams of sugar, 9 grams of total fat)
Almond Joys may seem like they are healthy snacks, but nutritionally they are actually similar to Snickers. To match your love for coconuts and chocolate, try Laughing Giraffe Organics Chocolate Coconut Snakaroons (100 calories, 6 grams of sugar, 8 grams of fat) for a similar treat with significantly less sugar and fewer calories.
Now when you come across that bowl of sweets at the office, you are armed with a list of healthy snacks to turn to instead; you may even start a movement of nutritious alternatives in your office!
Can you think of any healthy snacks we should add to this list? Share them in the comments below!