Snack time! For most of us, getting through the day without a mid-morning or mid-afternoon boost is virtually impossible. But sometimes, it feels increasingly challenging to find nutritious and satisfying between-meal bites that aren’t totally laden with sugar. The best snacks are of the well rounded variety—protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats come together in a hunger-staving, energy-boosting medley. And of course, the best snacks are also mouth-wateringly delicious. It is possible to find (and make!) snacks that fit these criteria without the added sugar. To get ready for our 7-Day Sugar Detox Challenge starting January 4, we’ve compiled an all-star list of sugar-free snack ideas from some of our favorite bloggers. These treats are sure to satisfy your taste buds and keep you going until that next meal . . . without the evil sugar spike!
Frozen Yogurt Bites
This fantastic yogurt parfait from The Lean Greanbean is not only-sugar free, but it’s versatile, customizable and – frozen! What better way to combine your favorite trail mix add ins with delciously creamy and protein-rich Greek yogurt? These bite-size goodies are a satiating between-meal treat that will cool you down and fill you up! Get the recipe here.
Beet, Raspberry and Vanilla Smoothie Bowl
If you’ve never thought about blending up beets into your favorite smoothie, it may be time to think again. Ready to detox, anyone? Aside from giving your snacktime slurpie a rich purple color, beets provide a healthful dose of blood- and immune-boosting antioxidants and a sweet factor unrivaled by other processed sugar sources. You also have some wiggle room here to add in whatever other health-supportive ingredients you’d like. So blend this one up: your heart (and tummy!) will thank you for it! Get the full recipe on My New Roots.
Cacao Coconut Rough Balls
These chocolatey snack balls from Secret Squirrel are truly sugar-free showstoppers. Unsweetened cacao powder, an antioxidant-rich superfood, lends this easy oven-free recipe a richness that is sure to please any die-hard chocoholic. Raw coconut is a heart-healthy source of medium chain fatty acids, which are quickly absorbed for an immediate energy boost. Pop one of these into your mouth if you’re feeling a little hungry. . . but be forewarned—you may find yourself going back for more. Get the full recipe here.
Banana Berry Smoothie with Crunchy Rawnola
Vegan and naturally sweetened never tasted so good. Bananas, chock full of soluble fiber and potassium, give this satisfying smoothie created by Lara of vanillacrunnch.com an all-natural sweetness and thickness as well. Also throw in a teaspoon of cinnamon for a metabolism-boosting spice factor. Sugar (well, not really), spice, and definitely everything nice!
Sweet Sesame Cookies
Don’t let the name fool you. Although a surely “sweet” confection, this classic Greek treat is sugar (and honey!)-free. Swap out processed sugar for all natural date paste for a fruity, fiber-rich sweetness. Tahini, which is actually ground sesame seeds, is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fats as well as phosphorus, magnesium and iron. Tap into your inner Greek goddess with these healthy goodies! Get the full recipe on TheFullHelping.com
Raw Hemp Heart Brownie Bites
Raw power! This sugar-free delight captures the natural decadence of sweet dates and rich cocoa, and the kicker? You don’t even need to fire up the oven. Walnuts and almonds, which contain fats that are fantastic for both your heart and mind, bind these bite-size treats. Hemp seeds steal the show in this recipe, packing it with protein, dietary fiber and omega three fatty acids. Try this one out so you too can see why we heart these brownie bites!
Here you have it–guilt-free permission to have cookies for breakfast. Yes, you heard that right. These “anytime” cookies from Nourished Kitchen contain no dairy, minimal flour, and are only sweetened naturally with dates, cherries, and currents. Low-calorie, high-fiber and a protein powerhouse, these cookies will totally redefine your idea of cookies. With these in your recipe arsenal, it’s ok to be a cookie monster at snack time.
Sugar-free? You bet. But this biscotti recipe by Purely Twins is also vegan, grain-free, gluten-free and egg-free! Sunflower meal and coconut provide the base for this super snack, packing it with gut-friendly fiber and medium chain fatty acids great for a quick energy boost. The addition of sea salt gives this “dessert” a deliciously unexpected kick. Next time you’re in need of a healthy pick-me-up, give this biscotti a whirl. It’ll blow your mind!
Soft and Chewy Baked Granola Bars
Here you have it: a granola bar that is actually both sugar-free and nut-free . . . we kid you not. Certainly, these are not your run-of-the-mill granola bars! Bursting at the seams with chia, sunflower, and pepita seeds, they pack a protein punch, along with fiber and omega fatty acids. And of course they are naturally sweetened with date paste instead of refined sugar. The perfect snack that’ll pump you up without the dreaded sugar crash. Get the recipe on Oh She Glows.
Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Here’s a classic with a miraculous makeover. With this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, you can now have apple pie for breakfast and don’t have to feel bad about it!. Quinoa provides the grain base for this satiating, energy-boosting treat, which means it’s full of protein, fiber, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and a host of antioxidant compounds. And if you’re not already impressed, the only sweet factor here are the actual apples themselves! Kick it up a notch next time with this creative quinoa delight.
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