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When I am on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon (ahem, trying to slim down wagon), I need every trick I can to satisfy those cravings for sweets and junky foods. Here are my current go to snacks:
- Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bar (180 calories)
This is my number one favorite thing to snack on. Why? It has zero sugar added. The bar is date based so it is plenty sweet without adding any sugar. In my opinion, the unsweetened chocolate is actually the strongest flavor and you might not even realize there are dates in it. And, it has nuts for protein.
- Santa Cruz Cinnamon Apple Sauce Cups (60 calories)
I love to eat one of these after dinner when I am craving a desert. Again, no added sugar and the cinnamon adds a little extra flavor. I alternate this version with the apricot version if I need something to help me stay regular (if you know what I mean). I buy these on Amazon subscribe & save to get 15% off.
- Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars (220 calories)
A healthy version “Fig Newton.” There are tons of different flavors available. They are Vegan, Kosher, and Non-GMO verified. They are nut free for the school snack that can’t have nuts. They also have a gluten-free version (although we prefer the original).
- Siggi’s 4% Milkfat Yogurt (120 calories)
This yogurt is low in sugar so if you are used to sweet yogurts, you will likely need to add fresh fruit or a small amount of sugar to sweeten until you get used to it. Great dessert alternative.
- Chocolove Peppermint Dark Chocolate (27 calories per square)
Who doesn’t like chocolate? This version is great because it is dark, and contains essential peppermint oils which are very calming for me at the end of the night. I can eat no less than 3, so I have to take that into consideration! They do also have mini bars which would help for those days when self-control is low.
Do you have snacks that help satisfy your sweet tooth? I’d love to hear what works for you!
About the author:
Sane Mama is trying to keep the peace in a household of 5 on overdrive. She writes about her strategies for keeping sane (mostly) at www.thesanityplan.com and @thesanityplan on Twitter, @thesanityplan on Facebook, and @thesanityplan on Pinterest.