Healthy Snacks To Kick Your Sugar Cravings
Snacking is our jam at Snackwize – we live and breathe it every day! That also means we know snacking can be a minefield of temptation; it’s oh so easy to rationalise the guilt that might come later for instant satisfaction RIGHT NOW!
Bad snacking habits aren’t broken overnight, especially when those sugar cravings take hold. If you’re looking for some easy ways to reduce your sugar intake, reach for these treats and kick those cravings to the curb.
Brewing a cup of chai will settle your sugar cravings without the added calories. There are many variations of the aromatic tea, but it almost always features cinnamon, cardamom and ginger (sometimes fennel, clove and pepper also make an appearance).
It’s naturally sweet, making it an A+ choice if you find yourself craving sugar, and boasts TONNES of health benefits, from supporting your immune system to aiding digestion.
This is hands-down one of the best healthy afternoon snacks to make on the weekend. DIY nice cream is basically just frozen bananas blended until they resemble creamy soft-serve. So simple, so delicious!
Throw in some peanut butter, cacao powder, coconut cream, berries… get creative with it! You can also blend frozen banana into your protein smoothies to make them extra thick and creamy.
A cup of air-popped popcorn is only about 30 calories, making it a super healthy snack choice. But as moreish as popcorn is, it doesn’t do much to curb those sweet cravings.
The answer? Get a little fancy with your popcorn. Try combos like rosemary, olive oil and dark chocolate (salty and sweet); spike it with cinnamon, a little vanilla essence and some dried apple; or drizzle with mint extract mixed with a little maple syrup and add dark choc bits for a mint-chip twist!
Quality muesli bars
Muesli bars have a bit of a bad rap. There are plenty out there that claim to be healthy snacks, but in reality are chockfull of sugar.
Some muesli bars contain a whopping five teaspoons of sugar (we’re not going to name names here), BUT there are legitimately healthy options out there.
Aim for nutty bars that have 15g of sugar or less, or have a crack at making your own oat-based bars – they can be as simple as dates, maple syrup, almond butter, almonds, and oats.
When you’re on the hunt for healthy sweet snacks, you can’t go past dark chocolate. Dark choc that is at least 70 per cent cacao is a pretty much guilt-free, provided you don’t demolish the whole block in one sitting.
The benefits of dark chocolate are almost endless. It improves eyesight, reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, boosts short-term brain power… the list goes on. The higher the cacao percentage, the healthier (but bitterer).
Eat it by the handful; sprinkle it over the top of some yoghurt or porridge; snack it on the train, at your desk, on a plane… It’s hard to find a better on-the-go snack than trail mix.
There’s a great range of pre-packed fruit and nut combos available these days, and it’s super easy to make your own too.
Pick and mix your favourite nuts (cashews, macadamias, and pistachios, oh my), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia), and fruits (goji, coconut flakes, craisins… the combinations are endless).
If you’re at a loss for how to stop sugar cravings during the day, throwing some dried fruit and chunks of dark chocolate into your trail mix is a great way to get that sweet fix AND a dose of antioxidants.