Sugar is in almost everything and you really need to check ingredient labels diligently. This is a useful list of other names sugar goes by so you can look out for it in all its forms! Even things you imagine would not contain sugar, like wholemeal bread, can have it in so beware. Thankfully, in the UK at least, there are brands that avoid it entirely.
If you would like to cut down on the amount of sugar you consume, even if not giving it up entirely, I have come up with the following list of 16 sugar-free snacks:
- Oatcakes (plain or with topping)
- Rice/corn/quinoa cakes (plain or with topping)
- Wholegrain breadsticks
- Cheese scone *
- Small portion of fruit
- Piece of cheese (nice with fruit)
- Natural yoghurt (add some seeds/nuts/fresh fruit if desired)
- A boiled egg
- Carrot/cucumber/celery/pepper sticks
- Hummous with veg or breadsticks
- Half a pitta bread with filling *
- Slice of wholemeal bread/toast with topping
- Hummous/lentil chips (a slightly healthier crisp and really tasty)
- Popcorn (make your own and eat plain or add a little salt or nutritional yeast)
As a side note, nut butters tend to become your new best friend when going sugar-free. I recently started stirring a spoonful of almond butter into my porridge and it is delicious! My children love it too. Your favourite nut butter also makes the perfect topping for any of the things mentioned above. Again, check the ingredients and try to buy the pure nut butter, made only from the nut, with no added salt or sugar.
Do you have any other suggestions of sugar-free snacks to add to my list?