Easy Sugar Free Whole Food Snacks:
When eliminating refined sugar from your diet it is a great support to your healthy lifestyle change to get familiar with what will be your new nourishing snack menu. Being prepared with ideas will help you stay on track, keep your metabolism burning, curb cravings and keep your blood sugar levels balanced.
Here are my top suggestions for healthy sugar free snacks made with whole foods, free from gluten, dairy and added sugar or sweeteners. (Many of which are kid friendly and hubby approved too)
Nuts and seeds
Nutrient rich and full of healthy fats, nuts and seeds not only provide a source of protein but their nourishing fat content also supplies a slow release of energy that also helps to curb sweet cravings. My favourites includes almonds, brazil nuts, macadamias and pumpkin seeds.
Sensitive to nuts? Try peeled tigernuts (these are actually a tiny root vegetable and not a nut. They are a tiny pea size chewy snack with a slight almond and coconut flavour).
Nut butter on slices of apple or banana is a great wholesome snack. Or just pass me the spoon!
Avocado is my top suggestion for including in snacks when quitting or eliminating sugar. It's fibre and healthy fat content will keep you fuller for longer whilst its impressive nutritional panel will promote happy hormones, aid digestion, encourage a healthy metabolism and keep blood sugars in balance. Make guacamole, avo on gluten free toast or mash with tuna or salmon and spread over nori (seaweed) sheets and roll into mini sushi-like rolls or sprinkle half of an avocado with sesame seeds, chilli flakes, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lime and eat whole.
Sugar and gluten free granola is great grab 'n' go option to have in your pantry. Typically full of nourishing ingredients and free from sugar (when you choose a brand without dried fruit) enjoy granola as you would trail mix or serve with plant based milk or coconut yoghurt.
Homemade savoury snacks
Baked sweet potato chips, parsnip chips or even purple carrot chips! The recipe: cut your favourite root veg into chip shapes, toss in olive oil and bake in a pre-heated oven until golden (make sure you spread apart evenly to avoid soggy chips).
Kale chips are also a winner. Toss chopped leaves in olive oil and bake oven for 8-10 minutes or until crispy.
Cauliflower popcorn is another fun snack. Cut into small florets toss in olive oil and spices and roast until tender.
Nuts for coconuts!
Coconut is a great snack option, rich in satiating healthy fat, coconut will help to keep you feeling satisfied. Try coconut yoghurt (good for your gut too), toasted coconut flakes (unsweetened and preservative free), whole young coconut (juice and flesh) or make a young coconut smoothie.
Sweetener free treats
If you are looking for something a little sweeter but want to avoid sugar and sweeteners use flavours such as vanilla, cinnamon or other spices and coconut that will help to satisfy your sweet tooth without the effects of sugar on your blood sugar levels.
Check out my range of sweetener free recipes here.
Make a chia pudding with coconut milk (or a blend of coconut and almond), chia seeds and vanilla and allow to set overnight. Great topped with fresh berries.
Plant based milk + frozen fruit (berries is a great low sugar option) or 1/2 banana + veg (frozen zucchini or baby spinach) + optional boosters such as vanilla, cinnamon, avocado, superfood powders, chia seeds, coconut, cacao powder, nut butter, plant based protein powder.
Make fun skewers with your favourite crisp and fresh veg such as cucumber, capsicum, carrot, snow peas, celery (these make fun dippers for hummus and other dips too).
Lets not forget the simple snacks such as eggs, a small piece of fruit (great low sugar fruits include blueberries, strawberries and grapefruit), roasted chickpeas or olives.
You can find a range of healthy sugar free recipes here or follow me on Instagram @livelovenourishaus or facebook.com/livelovenourish for more inspo.
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What are you favourite sugar free snacks? Let me know in the comments below ?
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