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 April 3, 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!
Nutella Collagen Protein Smoothie
Who hasn’t ever craved digging a spoon into a pot of Nutella? This Nutella Collagen Protein Smoothie will give you the same taste and satisfaction—along with a ton of health benefits. Thanks to roasted hazelnuts and cacao powder, you get the same creamy, mesmerizing taste of Nutella, while providing your body with antioxidants and vitamins. Vitamin E from the hazelnut gives you young, glowing skin, as well as a stronger immune system. And no need to fear any added sugar—the banana, packed with potassium, gives the smoothie a sweet, fresh taste. It also contains a load of tryptophan, combating depression and improving your mood. And we can’t forget the powerful collagen, which not only strengthens joints and ligaments to prevent injuries, but also speeds injury recovery time! 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.
Superfood High Protein Cacao Balls
Do you love chocolate? This superfood high protein sugar free free snack will satisfy your cravings and keep you going throughout the day. Packed with superfoods including cacao powder, turmeric and collagen, they are easy and fun to make, and each bite has only 150 calories. Best of all, these nutrient dense bites have no added sugars, making them perfect for a sugar detox! A slightly crunchy nutrient dense bite sized treat with hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla make them the perfect healthy and addicted snack! Get the full recipe here.
Just grab a few simple ingredients and you can make a batch of these tart Lemon Coconut Power Bites in no time. Not only do they serve as a great after-dinner sugar free dessert indulgence, but they are also perfect for post-workout fuel or a pre-workout snack. Dates, lemon juice, oats, coconut and nuts combine to give you a citrus sweet bite. These ingredients are a concentrated source of energy that provide a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats, plus iron, B vitamins and electrolyte nutrients, which will help you stay satisfied and your body running smoothly. There’s no added sugar, thanks to the sweetness of dates and coconut, so you can enjoy them as a nourishing on-the-go snack or dessert during a sugar detox or any time you’d like.
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
Here you have it: a chocolate pudding that’s not only sugar free, but also good for you. With the help of dates and bananas, you can naturally sweeten this pudding without all the processed sugar. Bananas and avocados are also chock full of potassium which go hand and hand with heart health. You can satisfy your sweet craving and help your heart at the same 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!
These babies are called crack bars for a reason: they are super addictive, delicious, and nourishing, and perfect for a meal on the go. They are packed full of heart-healthy nuts and seeds, which are made up of primarily mono and poly unsaturated fats. These types of fats help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease and stroke, and prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. You’ll also get a good source of dietary fiber, a nutrient essential for regular digestion and satiety. You’ll never want a store bought granola bar after having one of these!
Here’s a classic recipe with a healthy makeover. These Blueberry Protein Muffins with collagen protein are the perfect choice for a sweet, fluffy and deliciously light snack. And the added collagen protein is key to making them a healthy alternative to those sugar-loaded breakfast muffins–it’ll keep you full longer while also aiding in digestive health. Research has shown collagen protein is even more satiating than other protein types. Enjoy them in the mornings for a refreshing breakfast, or afternoons for that heart-warming snack, and you’ll want to make another batch right away.
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 deliciously 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.
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