If you are on a No Sugar, No Grain, aka NSNG diet, what do you do for NSNG snacks? The basic premise of a NSNG diet is simple: avoid any food with grains and any food with added sugar. But it can become more complicated. Many also avoid artificial sweeteners on the premise that, like sugar, they cause a spike in insulin response and/or feed cravings for sweets. Others take NSNG to further conclusions and follow something that is essentially keto by avoiding fruit, dairy, and starchy vegetables and legumes. This post looks at NSNG snacks, many of which are also keto.
A NSNG diet is great for weight loss. As with keto diets, the jury is still a bit out on it for long term health. You can find plenty of articles telling you it is fine and others saying it is not, but the fact of the matter is that particularly long term studies of it do not yet exist. The whole low carb and keto trend just hasn’t been around all that long. There are longer term studies though showing that at least sugar is not particularity healthy, and really, that is also pretty much common sense. There are also shorter term keto studies, some of which are pretty interesting when it comes to athletic performance and fat adaptation, but I’ll save writing about those for another day. One thing is for certain, people do lose weight on it!
I personally tend to avoid sugar and eat generally lower carb, but I don’t necessarily go for a keto diet, and I fuel races with carbs and sugar. But I do have friends, including endurance athlete friends, who have thrived on a NSNG diet. In any event, having a list of NSNG snacks is certainly nice to have around, no matter how you personally approach NSNG food choices.
This snack list is great not just for people eating NSNG diets, but also keto, paleo, and low carb. Everything on the list might not work for everyone, but there still should be something for everyone here.
Basic NSNG Snacks
At the most basic level, you don’t need recipes for NSNG snacks or for keto snacks. Simply eating a variety of meats, cheese (if you eat dairy), fruits (if you eat fruit) and vegetables will work. Here are some basic ideas. In the next section I will include NSNG recipes for snacks. Fifty of them in fact!
- Lunch Meats: Try ham, turkey, bacon, etc. I like to rollup ham and cheese with a bit of avocado.
- Avocado: Great in healthy fats. Try dipping slices in some salsa. Just get them ripe and eat them before they are over ripe. Small window, I know!
- Sausage meats: Pepperoni and Summer Sausage are NSNG snack favorites of mine.
- Cheese: Slices of cheese work great, especially if combined with meats.
- Vegetables: raw broccoli, cauliflower, carrots etc. are all great snacks. Try dipping them in guacamole, or hummus if you eat legumes. The recipes also include a carrot hummus recipe.
- Nuts: I love almonds and cashews. Nuts have a high calorie count but they also are super filling. There are several recipes below to spice up your nut mixes.
- Eggs: basic hard boiled eggs are a great snack! Or see the NSNG recipes below for deviled eggs made with guacamole instead of mayo.
NSNG Snack Recipes
I curated the below list of NSNG snacks from fellow food bloggers. These NSNG recipes are great for snacking and have no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, and no grains. Some do have fruit, dairy, legumes etc. Please visit these blogs that were kind enough to allow me permission to use their photos and share their work!
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