We all love sugar and the yumminess it brings to everything but when consumed in excess, sugar can lead to weight gain, blood sugar imbalance (and consequently further sugar cravings and consumption), imbalanced gut flora, digestive issues, tooth decay, skin problems and much much more!
The simple message is to eat daily foods that are low in sugar (6g or below) and save those high sugar indulgences you love as a treat. Something you have once a week and can enjoy, guilt-free, knowing that your mindful snack choices the rest of the week, have your health in good hands.
If you are looking for an everyday snack that is good for your health and will not cause a big spike in insulin (blood sugar levels), then we highly recommend eating snacks that have 6g or less of sugar per serve. Here are some snack suggestions with less than 6g of sugar…
50g coconut yoghurt or 100g Greek yoghurt and 50g blueberries
Veggie sticks (such as carrot, cucumber, celery, capsicum but you can use any) or 2 oatcakes with 2 tbsp hummus
2 tbsp nut/seed butter or tahini straight from the jar, yum!
4. Chia seed pudding – see the recipe below to make your own or these are sold in various stores (just be sure to check the nutritional panel for grams of sugar per serve if buying)
Frittata or boiled egg (soft or hard, whatever your preference) with ¼ avocado
6. Food for Health Cacao Vanilla and Chia Bars. These chocolatey chewy bars are packed with nutritious whole grains and are fruit and fructose free, as well as vegan-friendly….the perfect handbag sized snack to keep you energised throughout your day (whilst getting your chocolate fix in a healthy way, win-win).
In a jar mix 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp. cacao (for a chocolatey hit!) and 1 cup (250ml) of unsweetened almond milk.
Put the lid on and give a good shake before placing in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or overnight.
Remove from the fridge and top with a scatter of defrosted berries (frozen defrosted get a delicious juice to naturally sweeten your pudding).
Optional to add a sprinkle of your fav nuts, seeds, coconut or cacao nibs.
This is something we like to whip up at night (it literally takes minutes) or we do a batch on the weekend for the week ahead for breakfasts, take-to-work snacks or a wholesome dessert to grab when sweet cravings hit.
What are your go-to snack that are low in sugar?