Candy as a healthy Valentine’s day snack? Experts weigh in

Valentine’s Day often brings a surge of sugary treats, but experts suggest a shift towards healthier alternatives, including candy [1].

This day prompts a reevaluation of snack choices traditionally associated with indulgent sweets. While candy remains popular, health-conscious individuals seek alternatives that balance taste with nutrition.

Surprisingly, some experts advocate for candy as a viable option. They emphasize moderation and selectivity, opting for dark chocolate or candies with natural ingredients like fruit or nuts.

If you’re looking for the healthiest option, complex candies like Peanut M&Ms are the best choice, Rose Britt, a registered dietitian with Top Nutrition Coaching, said [2]. With multiple components, like peanuts, you’re getting more nutrition than corn syrup.

These choices offer antioxidants and other health benefits, making them a more balanced treat.

Registered dietitian Danielle Crumble Smith recommends dark chocolate, per USA TODAY [3]. With its lower sugar content and rich cocoa flavor, dark chocolate provides antioxidants that support heart health. However, portion control remains crucial due to its calorie density.

Another alternative gaining traction includes fruit-based treats. These options, often made from dried fruit or fruit purees, provide natural sweetness, essential vitamins and fiber.

Paired with nuts or yogurt, they offer a satisfying snack that satisfies sweet cravings without excess sugar.

When choosing Valentine’s Day treats, nutritional value becomes paramount. Opting for snacks rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats ensures sustained energy levels and promotes satiety [4].

Incorporating whole foods like nuts, seeds and fruits enhances nutritional quality while limiting added sugars and artificial additives.

Crafting homemade treats allows one to control ingredients and tailor flavors to personal preferences. Recipes are available for healthier versions of classic indulgences, allowing individuals to enjoy guilt-free indulgence without compromising taste [5].

Regardless of choice, mindful consumption remains essential. Enjoying treats in moderation and savoring each bite fosters a healthier relationship with food.

Being mindful of portion sizes and savoring the sensory experience promotes satisfaction while preventing overindulgence.

Ultimately, a balanced approach to Valentine’s Day treats is vital. Incorporating a variety of options, including candy in moderation, alongside fruits, nuts and dark chocolate, allows for enjoyment without sacrificing health goals.

[1] https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/food-dining/2024/02/11/healthy-valentines-day-treats/72496574007/
[2] https://www.linkedin.com/in/rose-britt-5a550475
[3] https://www.eatwelllivewellrd.com/about-danielle
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5015032/
[5] https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/healthy-treat-recipes

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