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Memories of summer often involve the delightful combination of campfires, stories, and s’mores. However, it’s vital to ensure that hydrogenated oils, GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, soy, dairy, and artificial additives don’t taint these memories. Sadly, these ingredients often appear on the ingredient lists of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. But don’t let the carefree days of summer hold you back from pursuing a healthier lifestyle. You only have to Start Somewhere. There are healthy s’mores options out there. In this article, we’ll share some ideas. 

Now, it’s true that s’mores will never be healthy. They’ll always be a treat. But, with a few upgrades, you can make s’mores that are better for you and great for an occasional treat; a treat you will feel better about but still keeps the summertime fun going. The Wellness Way staff got together to make memories around the campfire. Check out some of the ingredients we used to make our s’mores, pictured below:

Making healthier s’mores is possible with a few simple substitutions and mindful choices. Here are some tips to create a healthier version:

Chocolate or Carob

Real cacao is good for you. It has lots of nutrients and antioxidants, and it supports healthy hormones. The problem is the majority of chocolate is filled with milk, processed sugars, soy lecithin, and artificial sweeteners. This turns your healthy chocolate into junk food. Instead of using regular milk chocolate (even organic), choose dark chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa. Dark chocolate generally contains less sugar and offers additional health benefits due to its antioxidant content. Try these instead.

If you have a chocolate allergy, try carob chips instead. You can melt them down and cool them to make your own bars. If you are short on time, you can sprinkle the chips on your marshmallow, and they will taste just as good: Chatfield’s Carob Chips.

Marshmallows

Conventional marshmallows are full of corn syrup, chemicals, and even artificial colors like Blue 1. These aren’t good for anyone as they’re basically a mixture of sugar, corn syrup, GMOS, and chemicals. Let’s face it, kids are the ones who love the marshmallows the most and we don’t want to give them chemical garbage. Instead, look for marshmallows made with natural ingredients and without artificial flavors or additives. You can find marshmallows made with better sweeteners like organic cane sugar or natural fruit extracts.

The marshmallows linked above are made from tapioca rather than corn. They are non-GMO and vegan. However, keep in mind that they’re the same number of carbs and added sugars as the most popular marshmallow brand.

Graham Crackers

We at The Wellness Way look for graham crackers that are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and free of artificial flavors. The two listed below are so far following those specifications.

Alternatively, you can explore homemade graham cracker recipes that allow you to control the ingredients.

Consider Fruit Additions

You can also enhance the nutritional value and taste of your s’mores by adding fresh fruit slices. Try strawberries, raspberries, bananas, or even grilled peaches. The natural sweetness of the fruit can complement the flavors and reduce the need for excessive sweeteners.

Eat Healthier S’mores

Remember, while these tips can help create a healthier version of s’mores, moderation is still key. S’mores weren’t meant to be an everyday staple, but for special nights of making memories. On those occasions, these s’mores options are a healthier option. If you’re roasting marshmallows, you may also want to get a roaster like this one in Wellness Way green. Don’t let having fun around the campfire add to your toxic load. S’mores, even with healthier ingredients, are still treats and should be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. These options simply have fewer chemicals and inflammatory ingredients that add stress to the body. Have a healthier, fun summer while making plenty of great memories with family and friends.

 

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

2 Comments

  • Stephanie says:

    When we make S’mores we use the Enjoy Life chocolate and cookies but I can’t use the Dandies brand marshmallows because they contain soy protein, argh! I wish there were another option. I’ve tried making my own but they didn’t go over well with the family.

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