10 Strike Sugar Approved Snacks
Whether you’re currently doing my Strike Sugar Challenge or not, everyone can benefit from a few clean, sugar-free snack ideas.
10 Strike Sugar Approved Snacks
When you’re craving something crunchy…4 HOMEMADE SEED CRACKERS* WITH 2 TBSP CLEAN EATING GUACAMOLE Texture can play a huge role in cravings. When you are searching for that crunch, make a batch of homemade seed crackers instead of reaching for potato chips, which are loaded with oil, salt and the bad kind of fat. The Seed Cracker recipe in my Strike Sugar eBook is loaded with chia, sesame, flax, hemp and sunflower seeds so you get a nice dose of healthy fats and protein with these crispy wonders. Pair with guacamole for a cleaned up chip and dip experience, and extra fiber boost. When you’re craving something creamy…BLEND 1/2 CUP FULL FAT GREEK YOGURT WITH ¼ CUP MIXED BERRIES (freeze, if desired) Creamy is comforting. Creamy is good. Too bad the first creamy treats that come to mind for most are loaded with sugar. Ice cream! Pudding! Store-bought dips! These alluring sugar-laden treats tear your body down instead of building it up. Let’s switch up our thinking. This snack is simple and packed with protein. Why full-fat Greek Yogurt, you wonder? Where fat’s missing you can be sure the manufacturer added sugar! Freezing this treat for 5-30 minutes makes it a little more interesting. When you’re craving something sweet…1/2 GRAPEFRUIT SPRINKLED WITH CINNAMON, TOASTED UNDER BROILER FOR FEW MINUTES Toasting the grapefruit under the broiler mellows the tang and ups the sweet. All natural, no refined sugars here! Cinnamon offers added blood sugar control and another dimension of flavor. When you’re craving something salty…SPIRAL SLICED ZUCCHINI “NOODLES” WITH KALE PESTO (omit Parmesan) It’s easy to give into grab-and-go temptations like crackers, cheese and cured meats when you’re looking for a salty snack. This salty snack is Clean and green, low in fat, and won’t throw your blood sugar levels into a tailspin. Bonus: kale is loaded with cancer-fighting phytonutrients! When you’re craving something sweet & salty…SMALL HANDFUL RAW UNSALTED NUTS OF YOUR CHOICE & UNSWEETENED DRIED CHERRIES The best of both worlds! I love this mix with raw, unsalted almonds or pistachios. Dried cherries are divine, but can be difficult to find. It is fine to swap with dried blueberries or cranberries, but opt for brands that do not add additional sugar. Bob’s Red Mill carries no-sugar-added dried blueberries. When you’re craving something nutty…1 SLICE PALEO LOAF WITH 1 TBSP NATURAL NUT BUTTER OF YOUR CHOICE Bananas are a little too high on the GI Index to be included in Strike Sugar, or else I’d recommend the classic Clean combo of PB & banana to get your nut-fix; however, my gluten-free, grain-free Paleo Loaf is a fantastically nutritious vessel to deliver a hit of creamy, nutty goodness. This snack will keep you satisfied between meals. Take it to the next level by adding a few thin slices of apple and a dash of cinnamon. When you’re craving something nut-free…2 HBEs & HANDFUL CHERRY TOMATOES Hardboiled eggs are a dream Eat Clean snack because they’re easy to transport and make ahead – not to mention loaded with vitamin B12, B2, A, B5, selenium and small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body. If you’re working on your Summer Body, consider this protein-packed snack your go-to for muscle repair and building. Cook hardboiled eggs perfectly, every time, with my handy guide. When you’re craving a mini meal…1/4 CUP QUINOA MIXED WITH CUCUMBER, TOMATO & RED ONION You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to Eat Clean but many who Eat Clean are vegan or vegetarian. I love quinoa as a versatile source of plant-based protein. It’s also a great source of manganese, copper and phosphorus. This mini meal is super green and super clean, and dead easy – especially if you prep quinoa ahead of time. Wondering how to cook quinoa? Click here. When you’re hurting for chocolate…BLEND SOFT, RIPE AVOCADO WITH CLEAN CHOCOLATE PROTEIN POWDER, RAW CACAO POWDER, 1 TSP HONEY & MILK OF CHOICE Chocoholics, rejoice! This Clean take on chocolate pudding is loaded with protein and antioxidants, and delivers on that chocolate-y taste in a big way. This is more of an occasional treat than a snack to be consumed regularly while Striking Sugar. If your chocolate craving is raging, whiz up this nutritionally-stacked option instead of grabbing a chocolate bar. When you’re in a hurry… 1/2 AVOCADO & SUGAR-FREE SALSA Slice it, top it and GO! Delicious fiber, potassium and vitamin K coming your way. Studies have shown improved feelings of fullness and satisfaction after avocado consumption, as well as benefits in the areas of blood sugar control and insulin regulation. Perfect Strike Sugar food! What are your favorite sugar-free snacks? Remember, I'm always listening Sugar-free love and hugs, Tosca