Snacks with little added sugar should be a priority on your shopping list.
It’s when you don’t have healthy snacking choices on hand that you fall into bad habits. Before you know it, you are back to eating sugary foods.
Here are top snacks that people who’ve beat sugar addiction recommend:
1. Berries – fresh or frozen
If you’ve never enjoyed a snack of frozen blueberries, you’re in for a treat. The added bonus: blueberries are great for brain health, and recommended by the MIND diet.
2. Dark chocolate
The antioxidents in dark chocolate are good for you and, with a reduced sugar content, dark chocolate may satisfy your craving for sweets without busting your daily sugar limits. Just be sure to measure out how much of it you eat. One Dove® Promise Dark Chocolate square contains 3 g. sugar.
A standard rating for the antioxidant content in foods is measured by the oxygen radical absorbance capacity or the ORAC; its lowest value begins at 1. The ORAC rating for dark chocolate of 246.0 compares favorably to milk chocolate which measures 72.0. The difference comes from the high amount of cocoa in dark chocolate. … Dove dark chocolate has a high amount of flavonoid antioxidants, the chemical linked to arresting the development of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. …
For a healthy diet, you should always limit calories, fat, cholesterol and sugar content. Vitamins and minerals should contain high percentages of the RDA, recommended daily allowance. Dove dark chocolates count as one of those foods when eaten in moderation. The Clevelandclinic.org recommends eating three to five Dove miniature “promises” five times a week, or a “silky singles bar,” will give you antioxidant benefits like those of green tea, red wine, fruits and nuts.
3. Cooked old-fashioned oatmeal made with 2% milk or nut milk
Make a batch of oatmeal and keep it in the fridge to snack on when you have sugar cravings. Heat it in the microwave and throw in some toasted almonds for an incredibly satisfying snack.
4. Unsalted nuts
if you really want salted nuts, opt for the lightly salted varieties. Or, try toasting the nuts for added flavor. Either toast them by sauteing in a frying pan for a few minutes, or baking in a 325 degree oven until they start to turn brown. Cool before eating. You can keep toasted nuts in the fridge for optimal freshness.
Forget those ridiculous memes about “foods you should never eat” that feature drawings of banana peels. Bananas have fiber and potassium, and can stave off cravings for sweets. Add a glass of milk or nut milk, and you will be satisfied for a few hours!
This is another food best consumed in moderation. But cheese provides calcium and protein, is satisfying, and helps you to avoid those sugar cravings when your energy is ebbing.
Spray fresh popcorn with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh-chopped thyme leaves and grated Parmesan for an extra-special treat!
8. Baked sweet potato with cinnamon and nutmeg
Fiber, nutrients, and antioxidents galore will give you that healthy glow without added sugar. Yum yum!
Do you have special snacks that help you avoid added sugar? We’d love to hear from you!
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This post is not intended to offer medical advice. Check with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise plan.
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