chickpeas coconut dairy free gluten free lentils nuts quinoa recipes rice cakes snacks tahini Aug 20, 2015

If you read my last blog about sugar you would be well aware that sugar is something we need to cut back on. Now don't feel guilty if you read that post and realised you are probably over consuming, I know it's not your fault! How are we meant to know there is sugar added to our yoghurt, tomato sauce and even our teriyaki stir fry? The food industry has been adding sugar to as much as they can because they know we will get addicted to the sweetness and continue buying their products. Well not anymore!

Even using sugar substitutes or small amounts of natural sweeteners can have your body still craving for sweetness so I have put together a list of 20 snacks that are sweet free and isn't your boring old vegetable sticks or a handful of nuts. Start replacing your sweeter snacks with these options and you will soon find that your palette changes and you become less tolerant to sweet foods so much less is needed to hit the spot.

1. Rice cakes with tahini, coconut and cinnamon

2. Spiced nuts: mix 2.5 cups of nuts with 1 whisked egg white and 2 tsp of your choice of spices, bake for 20 minutes or until slightly toasted

3. Edamame beans mixed with chilli flakes and sea salt

4. Tamari pumpkin seeds: Heat 1 cup pumpkin seeds in a fry pan until lightly browned, then remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon tamari

5. Roast Chickpeas: Roast in the oven with some salt and pepper until crispy

6. Chicken, avocado, and pesto wrapped in a nori sheet

7. Can of sardines with spring onion, coriander, sesame seeds and a dash of soy

8. Can of tuna with tomato, capsicum, chilli and coriander salsa

9. Boiled egg brushed with olive oil and rolled in dukkah/chia/sesame seeds

10. 1/4 cup quinoa with grated zucchini, pine nuts, mint and fetta

11. 1/4 cup lentils with shredded spinach, sunflower seeds and tahini

12. 1/4 cup hummus with grated carrot, coriander and dukkah

13. Mini chia pudding: 1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons coconut milk and lime zest

14. Toasted coconut flakes

15. Rice cakes with organic cheese and tomato

16. 1/4 cup cous cous with peas, mint and fetta

17. 1/3 cup ricotta with lime juice, zest and vanilla

18. Roasted beetroot chips with cashew butter

19. Roasted sweet potato chips with hummus

20. Avocado, kim chi and hemp seeds wrapped in a nori sheet


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