MNN’s family blogger Jenn created a useful list of 18 apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. The first six suggestions had to do with losing weight, a resolution that is often number one on many lists. Cutting back on processed sugars is helpful if you want to lose weight.
Some people will choose to go cold turkey and cut processed sugars out completely, but others just want to consume less. If that's your goal, I have three snack suggestions. One is totally free of processed sugars without seeming like it; the others are much lower in sugar than their traditional counterparts.
Crispy Green Fruit: These freeze-dried fruit snacks are 100 percent pure, no additives, non-GMO Project Verified, allergy-free and have only 55 calories or less per package. The water has been removed from the fruit, but the fiber and flavor remain, as do the natural sugars.
The individual packages make them great to add to a packed lunch for an adult or a kid. Crispy Green Fruit comes in seven flavors: apple, Asian pear, mango, pineapple, banana, cantaloupe and tangerine.
Crispy Green sent me samples of this snack. They’re airy and crunchy, and the sweetness stays on your tongue after the fruit has dissolved. When the water is removed, the natural sugars in the dried fruit become concentrated, making this a very sweet snack.
Siggi’s Yogurt: I recently discovered Siggi’s Icelandic skyr-style yogurt at the store. It’s a low-sugar, high-protein yogurt that’s very thick. Made from non-rBGH milk without artificial preservatives, thickeners, sweeteners, flavors or colors.
If unsweetened yogurts aren’t to your taste, but you don’t want yogurt with as much sugar as ice cream or with artificial sweeteners in it, Siggi’s is a great alternative. The vanilla yogurt that I’ve been loving recently has only 9 grams of sugar in it, and it has a whopping 14 grams of protein. The lower sugar also makes the yogurt lower in calories than other sweetened yogurt. The fruit yogurts are also lower in sugar than other sweetened yogurts with plenty of protein and come in flavors like peach, orange & ginger, and acai & mixed berries.
Boom Chicka Pop Lightly Sweetened Popcorn: Three and a quarter cups of this kettlecorn-ish popcorn has only 5 grams of sugar and 120 calories. It’s non-GMO project verified and made with fair trade organic cane sugar.
This is a great snack for movie watching. It may satisfy your craving for candy and popcorn all in one, without all the sugar, fat and calories you’d get from a box of Milk Duds and a container of butter-flavored popcorn.
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Related on MNN:
- 12 steps for kicking the refined sugar habit
- Complete guide to sugar and sugar substitutes
- 8 unhealthy snacks to avoid