As you all know (And keep hearing me go on about!) It is the sugar in our food that causes us to gain weight. That is why today I am going to be giving you some great Low Sugar snack ideas. When our body digests sugar it causes a sugar ‘spike’ in our blood stream – this tells our body to reduce a hormone called insulin. Insulin is the hormone that controls our blood sugar levels so they don’t go too high or too low! However … Insulin is a fat storage hormone. Sugar cannot be stored as sugar in the body so therefore it has to be converted to something else – and this something else is FAT! The simple fact is the more sugar you eat, the more blood sugar and insulin ‘spikes’ you will get and if you’re not burning it off – you will gain weight! For more information on sugar see here.
Sugar is everywhere in the modern day western diet but more often than not it is found in our snack foods (for example; crisps, chocolate, yoghurts, sweets etc.). Now, I know that you need something for your mid-morning, afternoon and even evening snack but please – keep it low sugar and I can promise you it will make all the difference. You won’t get sugar highs throughout the day, which means you won’t gain weight, you won’t have energy lows at work and you won’t fall asleep in your chair before taking yourself to bed in the evenings! On the plus side you will lose weight, have more energy than ever before and you won’t be craving sweet stuff late at night.
Ok so you have no idea what can you have as an alternative? Well here you go, here are my top 10!
1) 9 Bars (Found in all good supermarkets)
2) Peanut Butter
3) Nak’d Bars (Fruit bars, found in all good supermarkets)
4) Rice Cakes
5) Vegetable sticks + Hummus
6) Oat Cakes
7) Mixed nuts and seeds
8) Add cinnamon (to food as a sweet alternative)
9) Banana Pancakes (1 Whole egg, 2 Egg Whites, 1 Banana – Whisk together and fry in coconut oil just like a normal pancake, delicious!!)
10) Meridian Almond Butter (to die for!)
I hope you find these healthy, low sugar snack ideas useful in curbing your cravings. Remember, when you keep you sugar levels balanced that is when you will get fast but also prolonged weight loss.
I specialise in one to one training and lifestyle coaching for weight loss & diabetes. I am an expert in all aspects of training and nutrition for Individuals who are looking to lose anything between 1-10 stone. I have worked in the fitness industry for 8 years, including work for SKY TV featuring as a trainer on TV series FAT: The Fight Of My Life (2013) in which my contributer Darren lost 10 Stone in 8 months.