Snack time can be daunting for folks following a no-sugar diet. Even seemingly healthy packaged snacks can contain hidden sugars. So always read those labels. But to ensure your snacks really are sugar-free, make them yourself at home. Here are some favorite snacks to get you started. These top-rated recipes feature whole foods with absolutely no sugar, sugar substitutes, or other sweeteners.
These homemade granola bars are fun to bake with kids and taste better than any boxed variety. The oats have soluble fiber which helps reduce LDL cholesterol, and the wheat germ is a great source of vitamin E. Dried cranberries add just the right amount of sweetness to make this high-fiber, nutrient-rich snack a healthy substitute for sweet snacks like pastries, sugar cookies, or donuts.
Sweet And Sassy Nuts
Seasoned with cinnamon, cumin, and ground chipotle pepper, these mixed nuts are simply irresistible — and good for you, too. Nuts are a great source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The seasonings also add antioxidants that protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. Trade salty crackers or pretzels for nuts packed with protein and fiber. Nuts are high in calories, so pre-portion each serving before digging into this addictively flavored mix.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
By baking cookies yourself, you can control what goes into them. Anytime you bake a cookie with whole wheat flour or oats, it’s going to be better for you. This recipe also replaces butter with light corn oil, reducing its saturated fat content. Iron-rich golden raisins contribute a natural sweetness alongside the full-fiber oats, requiring less added sugar.
These are a great option for people who are looking for something salty. Olives make nutritious snacks because of their heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats and fiber, both of which help to keep you feeling full. The citrus also gives these a sweeter kick rather than a typical saltiness. She recommends rinsing the olives before marinating them to remove excess salt and keep your sodium intake in check.
Homemade Microwave Popcorn
People don’t realize that popcorn is a whole grain. Swap the prepackaged bag of cheesy popcorn for homemade, stovetop popcorn. Anything that is puffed up with air has a higher volume and creates a feeling of satisfaction while holding down the calories. Enjoy a generous helping of this high-fiber, whole-grain snack.
Parmesan Whole Wheat Pita Crisps
A perfect alternative to store-bought chips and crackers, these whole wheat pita crisps are bursting with cheesy flavor. This snack is a great source of whole grains, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and even calcium, thanks to the Parmesan cheese. Cumin and red pepper are also sources of antioxidants. Pairing them with a Greek yogurt dip to boost your intake of calcium and protein.
So, step away from the office cookie jar and ignore those overpriced store-bought protein balls at the cafe. Instead, set aside a little bit of time on your Sunday night to whip up some of these refined sugar-free (but totally delicious) healthy snacks!