So you’re on a diet, and you’ve made it a point to cut back on your intake of sugars and grains. Don’t you feel like the whole food market is against you and doesn’t want you to be happy? Everywhere you look in the supermarket, all you see is highly processed foods that are loaded with sugars and carbohydrates, like bread and pasta. Even your favorite sauce contains a huge amount of added sugar. Even the restaurants seem to be against you, too. You could quiz the waiters all you want about the items on the menu, but when they are served, you will find yourself with a large side serving of fries or greasy garlic bread. There seems to be no hope, is there? But I feel a change coming. Despite the slow process of change, people are slowly starting to realize things. Proof of that is the emergence of these new healthy foods that have no grain, are low in sugar and just taste so good.
1). Low Sugar Cereals. You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t tried Low sugar breakfast cereals yet. The ingredients used do not include any sugar or grains. They are actually high-fiber, thanks to the flax and almonds that are the main components. Aside from that, they also have protein and good natural fats. You can serve this just as you would any other normal cereal. You can simply add milk or, if you have them, almond milk or coconut milk since they are healthier choices. You can even buy that brand which has both almond milk and coconut milk together. But the cereal can be eaten without any additions, too. When you are on the go, they are ideal as snacks.
2). Kale chips. Sometimes we are looking for a simple and quick snack that does not have sugar, chocolate or gluten. Kale chips came into existence one or two years ago. They can now be found in stores like wholefoods. These kale chips are basically pieces of kale that have been dehydrated. Just to add some flavor and texture, many are sold with bits and pieces of almond and some salt added to them.
3). Desserts Low in Carbs. Did you know you can still enjoy desserts low in carbs when you’re on a diet? Of course you can! There’s low carb muffin mix that is gluten free and grain free. Eggs and butter are enough additions to the mix before you can bake it. Enjoy the aroma of muffins wafting out of your oven. Unlike regular muffins, these don’t raise your blood sugar, thus preventing you from feeling sleepy or dozing off after eating them. This means that you can eat them any time anywhere. After preparing 12 muffins in one baking session, I keep them in the fridge. One or two would be enough as snacks that I bring with me when I go to school or to work.
4). Stevia flavored sodas. I have no beef with the sweetener sucralose but, like most people, I want a sweetener from natural sources and not subjected to intensive and extensive processing. That’s why stevia has become so popular as a ‘natural’ zero-calorie sweetener. Those who want to drink soda but cannot bear the thought of all that sugar and calories could instead opt for any of the stevia-flavored sodas available in the market. Popular brands of these sodas are Zevia and Blue Sky. They are now available in many supermarkets and groceries everywhere.
Do not limit yourselves to these options, though, because there are still a lot more low-sugar and sugar-free food products out there, but let’s save them for another article, shall we?