It’s 4 p.m., you’re hungry, you’re tired, and you are jonesing hard for the donuts/cookies/candy/insert tempting treat here in your office break room. (We’ve all been there). But you know that 10 minutes after eating it, you’ll both suffer the sugar crash and feel hungry again. No, thanks.
So what’s a snacker to do? Make one of these healthy-yet-delicious craving busters over the weekend and take them with you. Low sugar snacks won’t zap you of energy and most of them can be ahead so you have a stash. With these well-rounded ideas, you’ll tame the hungries and feel like a champ. (And hey, they’re great for the kiddos, too.)
Not only do these treats taste amazing, they’re also loaded with exactly what you need to beat that afternoon slump: Healthy fats from the butter and tahini, plenty of minerals and protein also in the tahini, and the caffeine/l-theanine combo in the matcha powder, which research suggests can help with mood and focus. Vanilla stevia provides plenty of sweetness without the sugar.
A snack that tastes like cookie dough but has almost no added sugar and is packed with protein and healthy fats? Yes, please. Just blend almond butter, dates, chocolate chips and collagen powder in your food processor and you’re on your way to snacktime bliss.
Two different nut butters and sweet pumpkin make these tasty bars so good for you, and so good. Add some pumpkin spice, if you like, and you won’t even be tempted by those sugary lattes any more.
No sugar added, yet creamy, sweet and luscious—this is your new go-to when you are having an ice cream craving emergency (it happens). Adding collagen when blending means you get a shot of protein along with healthy fat from the avo and lots of nutrients from the mango and banana.
All we can say is, OMG. You get the crunch of that favorite cereal along with the sweet cinnamon flavor, but also the benefits of chickpeas and zero refined sugar (the recipe calls for just a touch of maple syrup).
Sure, you could just cut up an apple and spread peanut butter on it, but this is so much more fun. Kids will love it, too.
These take a little more effort, and are best when strawberries are in season, but they’re so worth it. They have so much goodness, between the cashew-based cream, mineral-rich cacao nibs, ground flaxseed and cinnamon—plus, they are crazy-cute. You’ll be the envy of the break room.
As indulgent and rich as these sound, they’re still low sugar and good for you—yay! The combo of unsweetened applesauce, nut butter and coconut flour comes together to create snack-time magic.
If a savory snack is more your jam, this one’s for you. Everyone’s favorite party appetizer is also the perfect snack—make a batch over the weekend and enjoy them all week. Pro tip: Use premade hard-cooked and peeled eggs for the ultimate shortcut (we get cage-free ones at Trader Joe’s).
Here’s another savory craving killer that scratches the itch for something crunchy, something cheesy, and, well, pizza. Use organic kernels to avoid GMO corn, and whip up some extra seasoning mix so you have it on hand for snack emergencies!
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