Tricky Treats: 4 ‘Healthy’ Snacks To Avoid & Their Awesome Alternatives

14.02.18 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad

Snacking: we’re all are guilty of it, especially when that afternoon lull hits and you need a little something to boost you through the remainder of the day. Snacking in itself can be an amazing opportunity to fuel your body between meals, ensure you won’t be ravenous and keep your fat-burning metabolism revved up. However, not all snacks are created equal, even the “healthy” ones may not always be good for you; tricky treats inadvertently could be loading your body with excess sugar and sodium.

An ideal snack should contribute to your daily nutrient requirements and give you plenty of energy without too many calories. The trick to smarter snacking is to reach for slow-burning, healthy snacks that are as close to their natural form as possible, or healthy options that are made using quality, natural ingredients for that delicious (and nutritious) goodness-to-go.

Unfortunately, many of the ‘healthy’ options available are actually the opposite, so today we’re exploring Tricky Treats: 4 ‘Healthy’ Snacks To Avoid & Their Awesome Alternatives:

Health Bars
Health food bars are usually made of various combinations of processed cereals, nuts, seeds and dried fruit stuck together with a sugary syrup. Or they are made using butter, vegetable oil, and white sugar and touted as being “good-for-you”. However, most can contain up to 30% added sugar. Health food bars are often eaten as “healthy snack” substitutes for confectionery bars however their sugar, fat and overall calorie content can indeed be higher. Be conscious of bars packed refined carbs and sweetened dried fruits, as these provide little nutrition. The Sumo Solution: look for brands that make a “no added sugar” claim, are high in fibre, have fewer than 200 calories and 20 grams of sugar per serving or reach for nuts and fresh fruit in their natural, whole food form.

Fruit Yoghurts
Low-fat fruit yoghurts are generally considered a healthy alternative however, many brands contain 25% or more sugar due to the fruit concentrate syrups added to give them their fruit taste. Because of this, most yoghurts sold in supermarket stores resemble a dessert more than a health food. They contain artificial colours, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavours and additives yet brand themselves as a health food. The Sumo Solution: Choose plain or Greek yoghurt with no added sugar and add your own fruits such as berries for a healthy, no sugar added snack or grab a Coconut Chia Power Pot or Almond Choc Chia Power Pot with mango and sesame from Sumo!

Veggie Chips
Veggie chips sound like a healthy way to satisfy your snack cravings, right? Unfortunately, they can be nothing more than glorified potato chips. Not all but most are made from corn flour or potato as a base and have only veggie powder or puree added in. Not only are most of the vitamins in veggies therefore not in veggie chips, but these snacks are then either fried or baked at high temperatures. So whether they’re laced with veggie powder or not, veggie chips are not a smart food choice. The Sumo Solution: A far healthier alternative would be to chop up some fresh kale and toss it with some olive oil and natural salt, and then bake it in your oven until crispy. Another good option is rice cakes with hummus or nut butter. Or you can grab a healthy Sumo savoury snack the Teriyaki Chicken Power Pot which will give you plenty of protein, fibre and a serve of vegetables! 

Fruit Smoothies
With so much fresh fruit packed in you could be forgiven in thinking that fruit smoothies are on the healthier end of the snacking spectrum but (you guessed it) this is often not the case. Smoothies often use fruit juice as a key base, meaning high-sugar and calories without the fantastic-for-you fibre of the fruit flesh. Smoothies also frequently contain added frozen yoghurt, making them a no-go as a health hack. The Sumo Solution:  Opt for a vegetable juice or smoothie with a base of dark leafy greens, berries and plant protein.  


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