HEALTH & FITNESS
5 Healthiest Dessert Foods You Can Find at the Grocery Store
Everyone craves something sweet from time to time, even if it’s only a bite or two. But because many of the most popular healthiest dessert foods out there are also the ones that are the unhealthiest, it’s hard to find good-for-you options that you can enjoy sans guilt. Luckily, there are a few options out there that can satisfy your sweet tooth without the excess sugar and harmful ingredients. Next time you crave a little treat, don’t deny your sweet tooth. Instead, opt for one of these five healthy choices.
1. Lärabar Mint Chocolate Truffle Bites
If you’re in need of a soft and sweet dessert, Lärabar now makes small, chewy bites that are made with clean and simple ingredients. For the mint chocolate truffle flavor, it’s made with just six simple components includingdates and coconut flour that give it a chewy texture, and almonds for a bit of protein. To give it the chocolate mint flavor, fair trade chocolate chips and peppermint oil are added to the mix, and each bite is covered with cocoa powder to finish it off. Fooducate says that for a serving of four bites, you can expect just 130 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of fiber. But don’t worry if mint isn’t your go-to choice of flavor. The bites also come in cherry chocolate chip, chocolate macaroon, and double chocolate brownie. Take your pick.
2. Barnana Organic Dark Chocolate Banana Bites
Barnana takes chocolate covered snacks to a whole new level with their chewy banana bites. In each bite, you’ll get a taste of soft banana covered in 66% cacao dark chocolate. Six pieces offer 400 milligrams of potassium, which supports healthy nerve and muscle function, and the snack is completely free of dairy, gluten, and preservatives. You’ll also get 4 grams of protein, just 11 grams of sugar, and 170 calories per serving. In addition, each serving provides 3 grams of fiber, which helps maintain balanced blood sugar levels and also supports a healthy digestive system, as mentioned by Mayo Clinic.
3. Yasso Vanilla Bean Stick Bar
If you’re in the mood for ice cream, satisfy your craving with a Yasso bar as a healthier alternative. It may taste like your typical dessert bar, except it’s much better for you. That’s because one of the main ingredients is Greek yogurt, for a great source of protein, and the bars also contain probiotics that promote a healthy gut, per Healthline Networks. Additionally, the brand makes each bar with nonfat milk from cows treated without rBST. Sustainable Table mentions that this is an artificial growth hormone that’s used to increase milk production.
One of Yasso’s vanilla bean sticks, one of the healthier flavor options, contains .5 grams of fat, offers 5 grams of protein, and totals just 80 calories. They also come in 12 other flavors, so there are a lot more options you can treat your tastebuds to without the guilt.
4. Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies
It’s hard to find a healthy cookie option in grocery stores that doesn’t sacrifice good taste, but Kashi does a pretty good job with its oatmeal dark chocolate cookies. They’re not the cleanest ones you can ever eat, but they are one of the healthier options you can find in grocery stores. The best part is that one cookie is just 130 calories for 5 grams of fat, 12 grams of whole grains, 2 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber. Plus, each only has 8 grams of sugar. They’re mainly made with whole grain oats, but the mix of ingredients also includes a blend of rolled whole grains, walnuts, and almonds, and contains absolutely no enriched wheat flour whatsoever, so you’ll definitely be consuming much healthier ingredients than those used by other leading cookie brands.
5. Paleo Chocolate Passion Pops
Paleo Passion Foods has created healthy chocolate popsicles that have zero added, processed, or refined sugars and that contain just five ingredients. They are made with grape juice concentrate, sweet potato puree, and cocoa powder, which when combined, give it a rich, chocolatey, tart taste, all for just 60 calories a popsicle. While there’s only 1 gram of both fiber and protein in each serving, and 10 grams of sugar, this is one of the cleaner frozen desserts you can find on grocery store shelves. Good thing there are seven other varieties you can choose from to satisfy your different flavor cravings. They’re the perfect dessert after any meal, or even as a midday snack.