I love the gummy snacks! I buy the preportioned childrens packets, yes they have sugar but a small snack that won't do harm, and satisfys my sweet tooth. I include them in my plan since I don't have diabetes or required to have a special diet.
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3,814 1/2/14 4:40 P
I agree that any similar item used to replace it would be used in very limited amounts. I agree with all the above suggestions for possible likenesses and recommend starting out with 7 days without any to start. I think people are stronger than they realize.
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3,293 1/2/14 4:18 P
These are not snacks, they are candy. Candy is not part of a healthy diet.
Anything sweet and gelled that you could use as a replacement will also be very high in carbs.
1/2/14 8:40 A
I used to eat gummy candies on a very regular basis. I love Starburst (esp the green package!), Chewy Spree, Swedish fish, etc. YUM! and gross! ;-)
For awhile I was buying a gummy candy from Whole Foods that were star shaped. They came in the bulk section. They are also very delicious and don't have HFCS or other gross ingredients in them. When that was the only one I was eating, I slowly cut down. (Whole Foods gummies are expensive!)
Good luck. I'm sure that cutting back will help. Now gummies are a splurge/treat!
You also could just work a few regular gummy snacks into your plan most days. Traditional gummy bears that are a little hard might be a good option because they last longer. They have about 9 calories each, so you could have a little handful for under 100 calories. If you look around, you can probably even find treat-sized packages with only about 7 bears.
I like the dried fruit idea -- perhaps you can even make your own! If you don't have a dehydrator, maybe use your oven on the lowest setting, and can even crack the door open with a pot holder if needed. I used to puree grapes or apples, or other fruits/combinations, and then spread it on parchment paper and do a slow bake till it was like a fruit roll-up. Maybe you can just make fruit chunks, though, as well.
But, as noted, yes, these will be high in sugar calories - so you'd still want to watch amounts. But at least you're getting natural sugar, some nutrients, fiber, and no added chemicals or sweeteners :)
agar agar or plain gelatin is the way to go. you just pick your flavoring [juice, tea] and mix up a batch of what is basically jello. reduce the amount of liquid you are using [or increase the amount of agar agar or gelatin] til you get the consistency you want. if you have soft chocolate or ice cube molds you can chill them in there to get a certain shape. this is what i always use when making jello shots. i've done everything from hibiscus tea and vodka to pomegranate juice in consistencies ranging from the jello jiggler ads to firmer than a swedish fish.
1/1/14 6:02 P
If you have a health food store. They may sell real fruit gummy candy. And fruit roll ups. Read the label to make sure
Sounds like you are in need of the chewy-gummy texture and sweet taste. What about making a batch of Jello-Jigglers which are more chewy; but use a diet (sugar free) flavored gelatin. You may be able to use even a little less water in the recipe to bring about a more gummy texture. Experiment and see.
Just an idea Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
1/1/14 2:24 P
dried figs or dried fruit.
Since it is dried it may have the same amount of calories as the gummy candy and be high in carbohydrates. I think it would be more nutritious over all
1/1/14 2:02 P
I am having trouble finding a replacement for gummy snacks. My favorite treats are Swedish fish, gummy bears, fruit snacks, really anything gummy. I have tried to replace these with fruit or other sweet snacks. They don't satisfy the craving for gummy. I need help finding something healthy that has the texture I'm looking for. Any help would be appreciated.