Snack time can be daunting for folks following a no-sugar diet. Even seemingly healthy packaged snacks can contain hidden sugars. So always read those labels. But to ensure your snacks really are sugar-free, make them yourself at home. Here are some favorite snacks to get you started. These top-rated recipes feature whole foods with absolutely no sugar, sugar substitutes, or other sweeteners.
Grated carrots and apple combine with mashed banana, unsweetened applesauce, rolled oats, and chopped peanuts. No added sugar. "Really great and healthy, perfect pre-run breakfast or for a quick snack," says cecdaisy.
"Black beans make a delicious and healthy alternative to the usual garbanzo beans in hummus," says htiz. "If you have any roasted veggies on hand those also make a great addition blended in to the hummus!"
Popcorn has a ton going for it. It's low calorie and has lots of fiber. But if you're buying packaged pre-popped popcorn, watch out for added sugars and partially hydrogenated oils. Easily the healthiest popcorn is the kind you make at home, where you can control the salt and butter.
This fresh salsa does it with roasted Hatch chile peppers. You'll combine them with diced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. "A well-rounded, tasty salsa," says bd.weld. "Hatch chiles have a bit more kick than Anaheim peppers."
Pair your fresh salsa with your DIY tortilla chips. "Tasty baked tortilla chips you make at home are much better than store bought chips," says Michele O'Sullivan.
And don't forget the guac! "This was everything guacamole should be: smooth and creamy with just the right amount of flavor," says Jillian. "Nothing overpowering, nothing artificial, no jarred salsa or other oddities."
A simple and delicious savory snack with satisfying crunch. "I love this recipe," says Paige. "It makes a great snack sitting in front of the TV. And so filling too!"
"Simple, quick, easy and oh-so delicious," says subtleamuzement. "Made this in under 5 minutes." Enjoy with fresh veggies or your DIY baked tortilla chips.
For the toast, choose a whole-grain bread with no added sugars or sweeteners. "Absolutely delicious and a wonderful source of fiber and fatty acids," says princessmontecito. "Feel free to get creative with the ingredients! Substitute cilantro with mint or parsley, or chia seeds with sesame or poppy seeds."
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