Feeling hungry and know there’s absolutely zero chance you’ll make it through to your next meal without a snack?
Trust us, we get it. But instead of heading to the vending machine to grab a bag of nasty crisps or worse still, a can of soft drink to tide you over – be prepared for snack attack by stocking your pantry, fridge, handbag and desk drawer with nutrient-dense snacks that are sure to satisfy, sans the sugar.
1. Choose chips.
Sometimes all you need is a hit of crispy, salty goodness. But let’s be honest, life’s too short for artificially-flavoured, neon orange crisps. Unless, of course, you are whipping up a batch using sweet potato. Try other real veggie versions like kale and beetroot, too.
2. Smooth operator.
Most store-bought smoothies are full of sugar. The only thing you’ll find in this version is good fats, sweet berries and a whole lot of creaminess.
3. Deeply dippy.
Store-bought cream cheese and chilli sauce dips are often loaded with sugar, so swap them with this equally creamy and spicy version of hummus.
4. Pick the right popcorn.
Is there anything better than toffee popcorn, you say? We may be biased, but we think this sugar-free caramelised version, stuffed with crunchy nuts, hits the spot…
5. Nibble on nuts.
If bland, soggy nuts in a communal bowl, drive you, err, nuts, try this tasty, crisp mix instead. The nuts do need to be soaked and heated overnight, but once that’s done all you need to do is tuck into a snack that’s full of heart-healthy fats and fibre.
We originally published this article in December 2015. We updated it in January 2018.