You are probably all well aware that sugar is something we need to cut back on in our diets. Now don’t feel guilty if you’ve recently realised that you may be 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 not 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 will become less tolerant to sweet foods so that lesser consumption 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. Sardines with spring onion, coriander, sesame seeds and a dash of soy

8. 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 mixed with coconut milk and lime zest

14. Toasted coconut flakes/chips

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. 2 tbsp oats with chopped macadamias, coconut milk and cinnamon

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Stephanie Wearne

Steph Wearne is a Nutritionist and holistic foodie whose recipes are a revelation for anyone wanting to feed their body good food whilst keeping it balanced, easy and seriously delicious! She is a creative recipe developer, a cooking class guru and a passionate public speaker who has created life-changing nutrition programs to bring balance and happiness back to our food and bodies. Steph also owns a training and nutrition studio in Melbourne (Linked – Training & Nutrition) and in her spare time she loves to downward dog, cuddle her Rottweiler Arnie, and eat chocolate...dark and homemade chocolate of course!