10 Sugar Free Snacks to Help Wean Yourself Off Sugar
Yes some are carb-heavy. No you won’t eat like this forever. I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. However, I did manage to get off “hard” sugars by eating these foods as I weaned myself off the candy and cookies. If you are diabetic please consult a professional. I am not affiliated with any of these companies. If you’re looking for less carbs, see this post. Otherwise, here they are, in order of recommendation:
1. Apples and Peanut Butter
While on vacation years ago, my friend Steve sliced up an apple and dipped it into some weird-looking peanut butter. I was curious and tried some. It was delicious! Turned out it was natural PB. I had never heard of it before. It’s a bit of a shift since you have to stir it when you first get it. I recommend Adams brand natural PB combined with your favorite type of apple. There are different kinds of apples so try a few (I used to think there were only red apples) and see which one suits your taste. I don’t know what I would do without this combination. It’s a staple in my diet. Thanks Steve!
Larabars are all natural treats. At about $1.50 each they aren’t much more than a “regular” candy bar and they’re pretty delicious. They’re gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-gmo and kosher. They’ll satisfy your chocolate cravings. Keep in mind that they’ll be a bit of a departure from your usual candy bar in the flavor department but once you’re off sugar these things are a little slice of heaven.
3. Pop Corn
Did you know you can pour some oil in a pot and pop some corn? It’s true, you don’t need a special gizmo. All you need is oil and corn. However, in this day and age microwave popcorn will probably be the choice of many. Read the label and get the one with the least amount of added junk. Pop corn fills you up and leaves you pretty satisfied.
4. Cheese and Crackers
Cut up some real cheese (not cheese spread) and eat it with crackers. Crackers are baked with sugar, yes, but it was Ritz crackers that helped me get off sugar when I first started. Try different kinds of crackers. I still eat crackers to this day, but I don’t buy them. Eating crackers makes attending house parties doable.
My favorite kind of pretzels are chocolate covered pretzels but they’re one of my trigger foods and so I avoid them. Pretzel sticks make a nice snack as the salt prevents you from just chomping them all down.
If you make potato salad, be careful that the mayonnaise you use isn’t laced with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Use natural ingredients and this snack will give you that satisfied feeling. Hot potatoes are nice when it’s cold and potato salad is a nice summer snack.
I love good pasta. Try wheat pasta if you can eat it. Beware that the frozen stuffed pasta often contains sweetened cheese. Most jarred pasta sauce has sugar in it. Most varieties of Classico brand sauce do not. Check the labels.
I eat Vitabee bread. Sometimes I’ll eat artisan bread from the local bakery, but Vitabee is where it’s at. You can buy it at Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific North West. Everyone else will have to find your own local brand. Check to make sure there’s not HFCS in it. Look at the sugar per slice and go for the lowest. Then stick veggie slices, cheese, lettuce, etc. inside two pieces and you’ve got yourself a sandwich! Beware: Sandwich meats are often laced with sugar! Read the labels.
Can Cheerios get any more innocent? Avoid any variety but the plain ones in the yellow box. Honey nut roasted whatever flavor basically means coated in sugar. If you don’t or can’t drink milk try rice milk with natural sugars.
Totally nuts, I know, but it’s a good last resort. These crappy crackers helped me when I was at my weakest. The habit of eating junk food took years to develop and it doesn’t disappear overnight. When you’re down and in trouble and you need a helping hand, Cheez-Its are better than a bag of candy. What’s more, you just can’t eat that many of these without feeling sick.