Far be it from me to tell you not to eat sugar! Anyone who reads my blog knows I’m a big believer in eating foods that you enjoy and not feeling guilty about it.
But I won’t deny that more and more studies are finding that excess sugar can be hard on the digestive system, which is not good for anyone, and especially not people with IBS. Eating a couple sweet things most days is one thing, but I’ll admit I often eat sweetened hot cereal or a baked good for breakfast, and, when I get snacky between meals, Hobbit that I am, I find myself reaching for sweetened snacks like yogurt, hot chocolate, chai, or more baked goods. Plus I always have dessert.
It’s also worth noting that replacing added sugar with artificial sweeteners is just as hard if not harder on digestive health. It doesn’t impact blood sugar, sure, but if your goal is to improve your digestion, using artificial sweeteners could have the opposite effect.
I don’t feel guilty enjoying a sweetened Greek yogurt or granola bar as a mid-morning snack. And I have no intentional of foregoing my daily dessert; don’t worry. But I am trying to be mindful about keeping lower-sugar alternatives on hand, as well.
So I’m putting together a list of snack ideas that are low in added sugar. If you, too, have digestive issues and are looking for some lower-sugar snack alternatives, I hope you’ll find this list useful!
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday to share these ideas with you.
- Gluten-free pretzels with peanuts or other nuts
- Lactose-free cottage cheese with low-FODMAP fruit or veggies
- Baby carrots with natural peanut butter. Look for brands with no added sweeteners, or grind your own.
- Hard cheese and low-FODMAP crackers, like almond thins or rice thins
- Fresh low-FODMAP fruit, such as bananas, oranges, strawberries, or kiwi. While fruit of course contains sugar, the fiber supposedly helps mitigate some of the effect it can have on your digestion. Add cheese or nuts for extra staying power.
- Low-FODMAP veggies with low-FODMAP hummus. Good options for veggies include baby carrots, sliced radishes, sliced bell pepper, or small amounts of cherry tomatoes.
- Quinoa chips or corn chips with low-FODMAP salsa
- Low-sugar, low-FODMAP cereal (such as Cheerios) with lactose-free milk
- Hard-boiled eggs. Add fruit, veggies, or crackers for something more substantial.
- Green smoothie made with unsweetened almond milk, one frozen banana, fresh spinach, and 1 tsp. flaxseed
- Popcorn. Top with Parmesan, nutritional yeast, or simply salt.
- Rice cakes with natural peanut butter
What are your go-to snacks?