As much as your kids (and, let's be honest, you too) love sweet treats, too much refined sugar is not a welcome friend at snack time. You've likely heard that excessive sugar intake is linked to chronic health concerns that are never too early to prevent, such as inflammation, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity.
Cue the smart alternatives: made-in-nature sweeteners, such as maple syrup, honey, and stevia, as well as sugar alcohols, such as erythritol. These natural sweeteners satisfy young taste buds and come with some benefits, such as trace amounts of antioxidants. Try them in these kid-approved snacks.
These naturally sweet, fiber-rich bars make a great addition to any backpack or road-trip snack bag. Tailor to suit your family’s tastes: To the base mixture of oats, nuts, banana, and applesauce, add your favorite dried fruits in place of cranberries, mango, and kiwi. For this recipe, I prefer Redmond Real Salt Gourmet Kosher Sea Salt; the crystals are bigger than you’d get out of a grinder set to large, but not super-coarse.
Healthy cocoa, coconut, almond, nuts, and protein powder form the base of these treats, sweetened only with natural applesauce and your choice of alternative sweeteners like stevia, unrefined coconut palm sugar or erythritol (I like Swerve or NuNaturals MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend). These won’t spike your blood sugar, but they’ll sure satisfy your chocolate cravings. The peanut butter drizzle makes a decorative and delicious finishing touch, though you can leave it out if you prefer.
These raw bars have just six ingredients: almonds, goji berries, cacao nibs, vanilla extract, and date paste. They’ll keep you going on long hikes or road trips without the crash that comes from too much added sugar.
A crunchy treat, these chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are deliciously hard to resist. Chickpeas are naturally full of protein, fiber, and antioxidant phytonutrients.
These roasted morsels are downright addictive and the perfect potato chip replacement. Leave out the ginger if your kids aren't fans of that flavor. Avocado oil is a healthy oil suitable for high-heat cooking, which makes it a good choice in this recipe.
Gelatin, the key ingredient in these homemade gummies, contains collagen, protein and minerals that can help promote healthy skin, hair, nails and bones. The citrus, ginger and honey meld into an addictive, yet nutritious adult treat.
Here’s a cracker recipe made with real cheese and no fake ingredients or additives. They're easy enough for kids to make, but tasty enough to impress friends at the next office party or get-together. They are especially good with tomato soup, but watch out, they go fast!
7 low-sugar snacks for your next #roadtrip @deliciousliving
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