Can you really pick out healthy sweets? Do they actually exist? They do, in fact, exist, but you do have to learn how to shop and what to look for, especially if you are buying packaged foods. If you would like to start eating healthier, but don’t want to give up your sweet tooth, follow the suggestions below on how to pick out healthy sweets when you are at the grocery store.

1.    Read and Research. Unfortunately, there is no way around this one. You will have to do a little research when it comes to buying healthy foods, since most of the labeling on the outside of packaged goods is deceiving.  Don’t believe all of the marketing hype you see that says that a product contains natural ingredients. While the food might actually contain some natural ingredients, it is more than likely that it also contains a lot of fillers and synthetic ingredients. Make sure to turn the package over or read the label description if you are shopping online and go through the ingredients list one by one. If you are unsure of what an ingredient is, look it up online to decide if you want to have it in your body. Chances are that most of the ingredients you see you won’t be able to even pronounce, let alone want to put in your body.

2.    Buy Organic. In some cases, it really does pay to buy organic foods. Organic foods that display the certified organic symbol have to go through a more rigorous test than non-organic, or just “natural” foods. It might cost you a little more, but you will feel better knowing that other agencies have looked over the food more closely.

3.    Buy the Right Kind of Sweets. After you have done a little bit of homework and decided to buy organic, you will still want to make sure you are eating the right kind of sweets. Not all sweets are created equal. For example, you know that the healthy oatmeal cookie recipe you whipped up with organic ingredients is going to be much healthier for you than the giant bowl of neon cadies sitting on the counter. If you have a sweet tooth, it is about making smart choices to get your fix for sugar. Think about buying cookies that are made with whole grains, or buy bags of dried organic fruit. You can even find organic and all natural fruit rollups, gummies, and cakes.

Follow these three tips for buying healthy sweets and you will definitely satiate your cravings, but not do your health or your diet in. You will feel better knowing you have made a healthy choice, but you will also not slide off the deep end because you couldn’t eat anything sweet or sugary.