Sweets are often eaten as a snack. If you are looking to cut back on sugar, having some tasty non-sweet snacks around can be really helpful and a healthy habit for everyone. I especially love high protein and/or fatty snacks, as they seem to satisfy longer. Here are some of my ideas. Share yours too!
1. Nuts and seeds are one of those obvious snack choices. I am sure I am “preaching to the choir”, but they are so good, it’s worth mentioning again. For information on how to properly prepare them, go here. We enjoy pumpkin seeds, toasted and lightly salted, or with raisins (when we are eating dried fruit). But nuts and seeds can be flavored a variety of ways! You can roast them with curry powder, or rosemary and garlic. You can spice them up with cayenne powder (just a pinch or two!), or keep them mellow. I find that the fatty cashews and macadamia nuts satisfy quickly and also feel like quite the treat when on a no-sugar diet. If you have a Trader Jo’s around, they have great prices on nuts.
2. Curried Coconut flakes: This recipe for curried coconut flakes sounds quite good. Note that the author uses garam masala which has a very different flavor profile when compared to regular curry powder. This snack wouldn’t be as protein rich as the rest, but a good choice still.
3. Leftover chicken legs : This may seem strange, but I love leftover roasted drumsticks as a snack. I eat them cold with enjoyment. I will also serve leftover pot roast with a full flavored mustard for dipping. Now that’s a protein snack!
4. Salami with crackers: Applegate Farms has a nice, sugar-free salami which is delicious. It makes a great snack, especially nice with crackers. For cracker recipes, I like this spelt rosemary cracker recipe, and Elana has a nice grain-free sesame cracker recipe.
5. Crackers with nut butter: You can also use the nut butter on the crackers as well. Delicious!
6. Hard boiled eggs (or simple deviled eggs): Eggs are a wonderful source of protein. I like them simply peeled with a little unrefined salt to dip them in, but I also love this recipe for Simple Deviled Eggs. It makes a great snack (and doesn’t require mayo!).
7. Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips : Once again, these aren’t protein rich, but you could certainly pare them with a protein snack like nuts or leftover meat. Regardless, kale chips are a delicious snack.
8. Homemade Beef jerky: The typical road-trip food just got better with this homemade version.
9. Wasabi Toasted Nori Chips: We actually love eating nori as a snack. It’s perfect when you want to munch on something, but aren’t extremely hungry. This recipe is gives it some heat with wasabi. But you can keep it simple with just a bit of salt too.
10. Avocado: Avocado’s are rich and filling, so the perfect snack when you are especially hungry. You can give them an Asian flare, or you can simply dress them with balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs. I recommend trying them both ways. Simple Guacamole is always good too.
11. If you are brave, dried anchovies are about as nutrient-dense as you can get. My daughter has really enjoyed them. Sometimes I am able to enjoy them, and sometimes they are a bit much for me.
12: Liver Pate: I actually love this recipe for pate, and it’s also very nutrient-dense!
Those are some of my ideas! I’d love to hear yours too.
For those on the cleanse, how is the first day going?