Low Sugar Snacks

Why Sugary Snacks Can Keep Your Energy Low

When I meet with clients one of the first things I have them do is avoid granola bars, protein bars, fruit, and fig bars and instead find low sugar snacks. Why? The Standard American Diet (SAD for short) is already a very high carbohydrate and high refined foods diet. 

Carbohydrates are a very quick burning fuel. Think of them like the kindling on a fire. Kindling will ignite fast, but burn very quickly as well. Imagine trying to keep a fire burning with just kindling. You'd be stoking that fire all day long. That is what it is like for your body to try and run on carbohydrates. The body needs a constant source of fuel or else your body will crash--shaking, irritability, headaches, poor focus, inability to think straight, etc. 

In order to have lasting energy, the human body needs a slower burning source of energy--like a log. The log will burn more slowly and enables the fire to keep going without having to be refueled every few minutes. This source of energy for the body is fat. Fat is a slow burning energy source that releases energy in slow and steady increments. This keeps blood sugar levels stable which prevents "crashing" in between snacks or meals.

Is Snacking Good for Your Health?

There are lots of different opinions now when it comes to snacking. The truth is everyone is different. Everyone has different metabolisms and energy needs. However, constantly snacking (even if they are high fat and low sugar) can put a strain on the body.

In order to digest and absorb nutrients from food, the body must focus on making digestion happen. It is an important priority for the body. Chemicals, enzymes, blood, and energy must all be recruited by the body to help digest food. The main organs of digestion (the stomach, pancreas, and gall bladder) need to be active and engaged to do what they need to do. 

However, the body has many other important functions that need to take place and if the body is constantly working on digesting food, these processes are slowed down. For example, many detoxification processes only occur when the body is not focusing on digestion. The pancreas also is relieved from releasing a constant flow of insulin when we do not snack or eat all the time. 

Snacking when you feel a little hungry until meal time is quite alright. A snack of high fat and protein may also be beneficial before a heavy workout. However, if you feel like you need to eat every couple hours or else you're going to go crazy, you might want to look at resolving blood sugar issues and slow down the snacking craze.

Low sugar snacks are one way to get started balancing out energy levels. The more fat and protein you include in your diet, the less likely you will feel the need to snack all the time. 

Also make sure to include plenty of fat and protein in each meal. This will help you feel more full and less likely to feel like you need to keep eating to feel full. 

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Low Sugar Snacks

  1. Snow Peas
  2. Squares of quality, hard cheese (cheddar, parmesan, etc.)
  3. Soaked and dried nuts
  4. Celery sticks with clean peanut butter
  5. Clean Paleo Jerky (No Sugar Epic Bars, Beef Sticks, etc.)
  6. Leftover chicken or turkey
  7. Leftover meatballs
  8. Hardboiled Eggs
  9. Warmed bone broth
  10. Avocado with Real Sea salt
  11. Canned wild salmon or sardines
  12. Homemade coleslaw (shredded cabbage + paleo mayonnaise)
  13. Coconut chips (No Sugar)
  14. Homemade Protein Bars
  15. Homemade Parmesan Cheese Crisps
  16. WATER! Add a little lemon to make it tasty!

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