I always get asked, what snacks or bars do you recommend? I personally, like healthy sugarless snacks while I’m on the go. Sugar-free snacks are easier to embrace than you might think.
Here are 5 healthy sugarless snack tips that will leave you feeling confident and in control when the sugar craving hits.
First of all, there are two kinds of snacking. One is the kind that you prepare and eat at home or take to work. The other is snacking when you’re on the go and don’t have access to your home kitchen.
Both styles of snacking are easy to implement for the busy person. Don’t worry, you will never feel helpless, hungry and frazzled once you hit the grocery store.
5 SIMPLE HOME MADE RECIPES:
Combine in an airtight container ½ C. each raw almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened flaked coconut, and unsweetened dried fruit (be sure to read labels as a lot of dried fruit has sugar added). Eat 1 handful as a snack or pre-portion into baggies to grab-and-go.
Avocado & Turkey Slices
Slice 1 ripe avocado ½-inch thick. Wrap avocado pieces with turkey slices, and eat immediately. Be sure to read turkey labels and choose a brand with no added nitrates nor sugar.
*Veggie Option – serve avocado with raw cucumber and/or tomato slices sprinkled with sea salt.
Barely Sweet Green Smoothie
Blend together 1 ½ cups dairy-free milk, 1 frozen ripe banana, 2 cups spinach, 2 Tablespoons flax or chia seeds. Drink right away or pour into an airtight container, refrigerate, and enjoy later in the day.
Zesty Kale Chips
Preheat oven to 275 F. Remove 1 bunch kale leaves from thick center stalks and chop into bite-sized pieces. Lay kale leaves on a large baking sheet, drizzle with 2 Tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, & a dash of cayenne pepper. Toss to coat leaves with oil & spices. Bake about 20 minutes or until leaves are crisp. Remove from oven, cool slightly and enjoy.
Simple Fruit Salad
Slice up some of your favorite fruit, sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy. Cinnamon helps regulate your blood sugar.
SNACKING ON THE GO
When you find yourself out and about without snacks you’ve brought from home, don’t panic.
If you’re near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s:
Choose a no-sugar added snack bar (like EFFI Bars), raw veggies and hummus, kale chips, raw nuts, or a piece of fruit.
If you’re near a Starbucks or coffee shop:
Choose a piece of fruit, a simple salad (minus the dressing), or an unflavored coffee.
If you find a regular grocery store:
Fresh fruit, raw veggies, deli meats (be sure to read ingredients), raw nuts, and ripe avocado are all good choices.
If a gas station is your only option:
Look for fresh fruit like bananas or raw almonds (or other nuts).
Often times we just need to rethink how we look at our snacks and the intention we crave when we our looking to re-fuel. Remember, food as fuel and food as medicine first.
Valentines Day is right around the corner. Start deconstructing your sugar cravings now so you won’t be tempted to go on a sugar binge.
Last Tip: I use a metabolic blend to defunk my sugar cravings. Slim and Sassy is my best friend. Add 3-5 drops to your water throughout the day and you will be buzzing around feeling light, focused and refreshed.