February is National Snack Food Month, but unfortunately many easy to grab snack foods contain sugar. If you have sucrose intolerance or are sensitive/intolerant to other sugars like fructose, then snacking on the run can be difficult since most pre-made options are loaded with sugar. With just a little extra effort, you can create snacks that are easy to grab and sugar-free. Here are seven easy and healthy options:
- Having pre-cut veggies is a great solution for snacking, and you can find them pre-cut in most markets. Celery, cucumbers, string beans and bell peppers are the best options. Be cautious with veggies like carrots, as they do contain more natural sugar than their green counterparts.
- Dips: Veggies can be boring on their own, but topping them with hummus and sour-cream based dips can help add some flavor.
- Hard-boiled eggs can be made in advance and grabbed on-the-go.
- Nuts and Nut Butter: A handful of nuts or some peanut butter on celery can be a good snack. Be sure you check the label and are using a natural peanut or almond butter, since many processed brands contain high amounts of sugar.
- Veggie chips are a premade and a processed snack that can be found in many markets and are acceptable in a pinch. They do not contain the same carbohydrates as potatoes or sweet potatoes and can provide a satisfying crunch.
- A handful of pumpkin or sunflower seeds can provide some salty satisfaction, while getting a good dose of protein and healthy fats.
- Plain unsweetened yogurt and cottage cheese come in single portion containers. If you diet permits, throw a handful of blueberries or raspberries.
Easy snacking with a sugar sensitivity or intolerance can seem impossible, but with a little prep you can find yourself keeping up with a busy schedule and your dietary needs.