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Sugar free snacks can help you kick sugar out of your diet

Sugar free snacking can be a challenge, especially when kids are involved. Here are our top tips for a healthy snack alternative.

As part of Staffordshire’s Big Fat Chat, we’ve been asking people to join us for a week of ‘no-added sugar’.

Now, anyone with kids will know that this is not an easy task.

Everywhere you turn there are sweet treats waiting to trip us up (at the supermarket checkout, in the vending machine and the leisure centre, at grandma’s house…the list goes on).

What’s worse is that when it comes to biscuits, pester power is rife. There is an order of requests in many households:

Kids: Can I have biscuit/cake/sweets?

Parents: No

Kids: Ok – can I have a packet of crisps then?

Parents: No

Kids: (Huff). How about a yoghurt?

Parents: No, you can have a piece of fruit if you want?

Kids: Oh. Alright then. (Huff, huff, huff).

Sugar free snacks to save the day

The James family have been giving a week of no-added-sugar their best shot as part of Staffordshire’s Big Fat Chat and have tried various different sugar free snacks so that you don’t have to!

Ollie picked out Giant Chorizo Flavoured Corn for his sugar free snack and Isla picked out a Strawberry Fruit Hero for hers.

Both testers were positive in their reviews of their sugar free snacks, but, after the original positive reaction, half of the Strawberry Fruit Hero was left uneaten on the sofa (which isn’t a good sign).

Here are some other snacks with no-added-sugar which have been tested and approved by the James family:

  • Carrot sticks and hummus
  • Sugar-free peanut butter on wholemeal toast
  • Pretzels
  • Quavers and Space Raiders
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Little Yeo fromage frais
  • Satsumas/Grapes/Apples and other fruits


  • Have you got any other recommendations for snacks with no-added-sugar that will keep the kids happy?
  • Should parent’s have more responsibility to help their children make healthy choices?

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