Sticking to a sugar detox diet can be tough. Here are 15 snacks to combat sugar withdrawal and deal with food cravings.

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How To Quit Sugar

The best way to stop eating sugar is to plan for the cravings. Sugar can be addictive, and a sugar detox may lead to withdrawal.

Sugar acts on your brain’s ‘reward’ center, which means will power won’t necessarily stop a craving.

The excellent news is sugar cravings won’t last forever, and completely giving up anything sweet is not the only option. Simple adjustments can make the transition to a low-sugar lifestyle easier.

Ways to minimize food cravings include:

  • Take it easy in the beginning. Sugar withdrawal symptoms include irritability, difficulty concentrating, and feeling down. Physical symptoms may include dizziness and fatigue. Get enough rest, and try to reduce stress to cope with withdrawal.
  • Keep going. Resist the temptation to give up after a day or two. The worst symptoms should only last a couple of days. The benefits will be well worth it in the long run.  
  • Eat regular meals. Regular meals prevent hunger pangs, keeps blood sugar levels stable, and provides energy throughout the day.
  • Drink more water. Thirst is sometimes confused for hunger. Staying hydrated could help avoid overeating.
  • Schedule a sweet snack. This could prevent you from obsessing over something you can’t have. It may also prevent overindulging when you have something sweet. 
  • Check if you’re hungry. Boredom, existing habits or emotions can sometimes cause cravings which are not related to hunger. 
  • Go for a walk. Cravings usually last for 15 to 20 minutes. A quick walk will distract you, and exercise releases endorphins, which may reduce cravings.
  • Check the label for added sugar. Look out for corn syrup, fructose, molasses or malt syrup. These sneaky ingredients can derail your sugar detox.

Ready To Eat Sweet Snacks That Stop Cravings

When you’re craving sugar, it helps to have something prepared to eat close at hand. Here are some options that don’t need a lot of preparation.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is good for sugar cravings, and it also has other health benefits. 

It contains antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress, and research suggests dark chocolate may prevent heart disease and stroke.

Chocolate may also reduce stress and elevate mood. It’s also good for your gut and immune system.

Make sure to choose chocolate that has 70% or more cocoa. Unfortunately, milk chocolate and white chocolate are not an option if you want to ditch sugar.

Fruit

Having some fruit close at hand is an easy way to stop sugar cravings. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and there is little to no preparation involved.

Apples, peaches, and bananas are good options to keep at the ready. You can also cut up some watermelon or cantaloupe and have it as a midday snack.

Berries, Honey, and Yogurt

Berries are powerhouses of nutrients. They’re rich in antioxidants, high in fiber and a good source of vitamins.

Yogurt is full of probiotics to keep your gut healthy and contains a protein that will keep you fuller for longer.

If you need something sweeter, add honey instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Combine a handful of berries, a cup of yogurt, and a squeeze of honey for a snack that is sweet and filling.

Crunchy Snacks

Humans have evolved to enjoy crunchy food. Include something crunchy to add another dimension to your snacks.

Sweet and Salty Roasted Almonds

Almonds contain vitamin E and magnesium. Vitamin E has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, and magnesium may lower blood pressure.

They are also high in protein, fiber and low carb. This means an increased feeling of fullness while consuming fewer calories.

To make this snack, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (coarse sea salt works best)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Combine all the ingredients and transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Roast at 350°F for 12 minutes or until the honey is caramelized and enjoy!

Cinnamon Honey Popcorn

Instead of eating caramelized, popcorn make cinnamon honey popcorn to satisfy any cravings.

Simply toss popcorn with coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon to snack on while watching movies or as a guilt-free afternoon snack.

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Honey Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas make a great addition to any diet. They are high in fiber and provide essential vitamins and minerals.

They have high levels of B vitamins, iron, and zinc. Vegetarians and vegans may find them especially beneficial as a non-animal source of these nutrients.

Roasted chickpeas have tons of crunch. Add ginger or cayenne pepper for a spicier snack.

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Quick Puddings For A Sugar Detox Diet

A sugar detox diet doesn’t have to mean the end of creamy puddings. You can make these puddings ahead of time and keep them in the fridge.

Chia Pudding

The Mayans and Aztecs praised chia seeds for their sustainable energy.

They are loaded with antioxidants and omega-3’s.

Chia pudding makes a great sweet snack, but you can also enjoy it for breakfast.

Basic chia pudding is easy to make and very versatile. Combine two tablespoons of chia seed with ½ a cup of coconut milk and a squeeze of honey. Refrigerate for 4 hours and enjoy.

For added flavor, try our gut-friendly pumpkin spice recipe. Or add vanilla extract and top with fruit and granola.

Easy No-bake Bites

No-bake bites are an excellent addition to your snack arsenal. They come together in a few minutes. No special baking skills required

Oatmeal Cookies

Oats have long been a staple to any balanced diet. Oats help to maintain blood sugar levels and may lower cholesterol.

Eat oatmeal cookies in the afternoon for energy and to stop any craving until the next meal.

Peanut Butter Pie

This no-bake peanut butter pie will satisfy any sugar craving.

The base is made with a variety of nuts that are full of protein and omega-3s. And best of all, it has no added sugar!

Something Sweet For Hot Summer Days

Summer is synonymous with ice cream. Instead of having ice cream try these healthy snack alternatives to cool down.

Vegan Sorbet

Make vegan sorbet with the fruit of your choice for a healthy sweet snack. It’s dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and only has a few ingredients.

Combine 2 cups of fruit, 1 can coconut milk, and a bit of honey in a food processor until smooth. Poor in an air-tight container and freeze for 6 hours.

Frozen Yogurt Berries

This 2-ingredient frozen snack is packed with all the goodness of blueberries, and the yogurt adds some protein.

It’s simple to make and will cool you down during the hot summer months.

This also works great with raspberries or grapes.

Blueberry Creamsicle

Another frozen berry dessert that is easy to make and good for you. This recipe uses blueberries, but you can substitute them for your favorite berry instead.

Beat any sugar addiction by having a plan and being prepared when sugar cravings hit. Always make sure you have a snack handy and keep moderation in mind. With so many options to choose from, sugar cravings don’t have to be a problem anymore!

Did we miss any of your favorite guilt-free sweet snacks? Let us know in the comment section below!

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