I have always had a sweet tooth and loved candy. Particularly, I have had an obsession with anything gummy since I was a kid. Over the last 10 years I cut back so much on sugar and dyes to help with my overall heath. However, I didn’t want to restrict, I mean I need a sweet treat every now and again. So I have been hunting for my natural candy picks over the last few years.
Plus, once I had a kid I knew one day she would want candy. I didn’t want to be the mom that was sugar strict. That seems to create kids that are complete sugar addicts. So thankfully I found these natural candy brands, which I feel completely comfortable giving to my kid. And stealing a few for myself when she is asleep!
If your candy of choice is gummy related then you need to try Smart Sweets. Growing up I don’t think I saw a movie without a pack of gummy bears by my side. As I got older I started to understand the damage that sugar & dyes can have on our bodies. So for many years I avoided my beloved gummies, that is until I found Smart Sweets. Smart Sweets have become a staple in our house because of choices like gummy bears, peach rings, sweet fish, sour blast buddies. Each pack is filled with tons of fiber and around 3 grams of sugar with between 80-90 calories per bag. They have no artificial colors, added sugar, sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. I highly suggest trying them but beware they are highly addictive! Make sure to use my discount code to get 10% off your order over $30.00. Head to Smartsweet.com and use the code Posie10 at checkout.
These pops have come in handy in two different areas of life. One: when I was pregnant and having some major morning sickness, Yum Earth Pops were the perfect to take the edge off. Two: as mom these are the great treats when on a road trip or on an air plane. Really these are a guilt free treat, filled with fruit extracts & planet-friendly ingredients. Plus, each pop delivers 100% daily vitamin C and only 22 calories, you can’t beat it. Why even considering buying other lollipops, which are filled with artificial dyes and load of sugar when there is an option like Yum Earth on the market– just saying!
Sometimes a girl just needs some chocolate and wine. Unreal is a staple in our house because it uses 40% less sugar than other major candy brands. Obviously, this pick is a little more rich than my other picks, but rich is a necessity sometimes. Especially, when your husband is obsessed with peanut butter cups I had to find a more all-natural choice. Unreal is free of synthetic dyes, which in my option is the unnecessary ingredient in so many food products. Studies have said that dye additives in food can influence ADHD symptoms. Why risk eating it and giving it to our kids when we have other dye free options available. Unreal have so many tasty choices available. We personally love the Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Little Pro Tip: throw them in the fridge, it literally makes them 10x better. They also have a brand new dark chocolate coconut bar, which is on my list to try since it only 3 ingredient and 3 grams of sugar!