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20 Best Store-Bought, Low-Sugar Snacks

If you’ve made a commitment to cut back on sugar, then congratulations—you are making a positive step in the right direction for not just your waistline, but also your overall health. Sugar has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. But even if you’ve made a commitment to cut back on sweets (think: soda, candy, cookies, and other baked goods), you could still be unknowingly ingesting inflammatory sugar with so-called “healthy” snacks such as protein bars and granola. Luckily, we’ve rounded up our favorite low-sugar snacks that will tide you over between meals without blowing through your daily intake of sugar.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day for women, 36 grams for men. Each of these items has 7 or fewer grams of sugar. Stock up on these picks to crush cravings in between meals.

1

Epic Chicken Sriracha Bar

1 BAR (43 G): 100 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 15 g protein

All 15 grams of protein in these Epic bars come from natural chicken, which will leave you feeling satisfied and tide you over until your next meal. Seasoned with sea salt, red pepper, garlic, paprika, and other spices, this bar has an impressive 0 grams of sugar.

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2

Blue Diamond Thai Sweet Chili Almonds

1 OZ: 170 calories, 17 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 6 g protein

Almonds are a great protein-packed, fibrous snack, but plain, natural almonds can get boring. That’s why we love these Thai Sweet Chili almond from Blue Diamond. Even though “sweet” is in the name, each serving only has 2 grams of sugar.

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3

Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Bar, Honey Cracked Pepper Turmeric

1 BAR (35 G): 110 calories, 13 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 8 g protein

Plant-based snack bars can be hit-or-miss, especially in the sugar department. Luckily, these Health Warrior bars have just the right amount of sweet at just 6 grams of the sweet stuff per bar. Plus, the 2 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein help balance out the carb count.

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4

Justin’s Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Pack

1 SQUEEZE PACK (2 TBSP): 190 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 7 g protein

Almond butter is a great snack; the protein and fiber will keep you satisfied, and there’s no denying how delicious nut butters are. We love Justin’s Squeeze Packs for their convenience and portability. Pair this with an apple for a satisfying snack.

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Rhythm Superfoods Kool Ranch Kale Chips

1 oz: 140 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein

Just because you’re eating healthier doesn’t mean you need to give up your favorite ranch-flavored snack. Rhythm Superfoods replicated the taste of your favorite junk food with these better-for-you kale chips. At just 3 grams of sugar per serving (plus 6 grams of protein!), you won’t even miss the other blue-bagged chips.

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6

Simple Mills Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers

30 G (17 CRACKERS): 150 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (2 g fiber, less than 1 g sugar), 3 g protein

If you’re more of a salty snack person, try these Simple Mills crackers made with almond flour instead of regular bleached flour. For a generous serving of 17 crackers, it’s only 17 grams of carbs and just 1 gram of sugar. Pair these with hummus or a little bit of cheese for a satisfying snack.

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7

Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips

30 G: 140 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 66 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), <1 g protein

Plantain chips pair nicely with salsa or guacamole (both of which have virtually no sugar!). Pick up a bag of Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips for just 3 grams of sugar per serving.

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8

Siete Grain Free Lime Tortilla Chips

1 OZ (9 CHIPS): 140 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 1 g protein

Flavored tortilla chips don’t have to be a calorie bomb, especially when they are made with simple ingredients. These lime-flavored chips from Siete are made with gluten-free cassava and coconut flours, avocado oil, plus chia seeds, sea salt, and lime oil. Enjoy with your favorite salsa or homemade guac.

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9

Oloves Basil & Garlic

1 POUCH: 50 calories, 5.5 g fat (0.8 g saturated fat), 0.3 g sodium, 0.3 g carbs (0.6 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0.4 g protein

For a satisfying snack packed with heart-healthy fats, pick up a pouch of Oloves. One whole pouch is just 50 calories and flavored with basil, garlic, and a little bit of vinegar—no sugar needed.

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Oh Snap! Pickles Hottie Bites

1 POUCH: 0 calories, 0 g fat, 320 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Talk about a virtually “free” snack; not only do these spicy pickle bites not have any carbs or sugar, they also don’t have any calories. Enjoy an entire pouch free of guilt.

11

Paleo Valley Beef Sticks

1 stick: 70 calories, 5 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 220 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 6 g protein

For a snack that will tide you over for under 100 calories, it’s hard to beat these beef sticks. With a filling 6 grams of protein, they’re a good option to keep in your purse or desk drawer.

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12

Alter Eco Dark Super Blackout

PER 5 SECTIONS (40 G): 260 calories, 23 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 4 g protein

Just because you’re cutting back on sugar doesn’t mean you have to give up chocolate entirely. In fact, dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, and Alter Eco’s Dark Super Blackout is one of the darkest on the market at 90% cocoa. One serving is just 4 grams of sugar—much less than a conventional chocolate bar (15-20 grams of sugar per serving).

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13

Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Gluten-Free Granola, Maple Walnut

PER 1/3 CUP: 130 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (2 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 3 g protein

Granola is one of those foods with a health halo; people think it’s healthy, but it’s secretly packed with sugar and extra calories. Thankfully, Purely Elizabeth came out with a maple walnut granola that is just 5 grams of serving per ⅓ cup. Enjoy with plain Greek or Icelandic yogurt, or as a snack by itself with a handful of berries.

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14

ParmCrisps Original

PER 3 CRISPS: 80 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 7 g protein

If you’ve ever had Parmesan crisps on a salad, then you know how delicious they are. The geniuses at ParmCrisps, packaged Parmesan crisps to be enjoyed however you want: on top of a salad, as a cracker, or on its own. With no sugar per serving, it’s a tasty keto-friendly snack option.

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15

Hope Original Recipe Hummus

2 Tbsp: 50 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein

Hummus makes for an excellent low-sugar snack, especially when enjoyed with fresh-cut veggies like carrot and celery sticks. We like Hope Original for the simple ingredients—just chickpeas, tahini, EVOO, sea salt, lemon juice, and spices—and no added sugar.

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16

Boulder Canyon Lentil Carrot Quinoa Crisps, Sea Salt & Pepper

1 OZ (About 20 chips): 130 calories, 6 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 4 g protein

If you’re hankering for something crunchy at snack time, reach for these lentil, carrot, and quinoa crisps from Boulder Canyon. Lentils are the first ingredient, meaning each serving has 4 grams of protein and absolutely no added sugar.

17

Biena Chickpea Snacks Honey Roasted

1.2 OZ: 130 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (7 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 6 g protein

Any time you see the words “honey roasted,” you can almost always guarantee it’s going to be a sugar bomb. Luckily, these chickpea snacks from Biena have all the taste of sweet honey without the ridiculous amounts of sugar—just 5 grams per serving.

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18

Siggi’s Icelandic Style Strained Non-Fat Plain Yogurt

1 container (150 g): 90 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 16 g protein

Flavored yogurts tend to be landmines of added sugars and syrups, which is why it’s best to stick to plain yogurt when possible. Although there is natural sugar from the lactose, Siggi’s keeps the ingredients simple with just pasteurized skim milk and live cultures. Flavor it yourself with a handful of fresh berries and a drizzle of honey.

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19

The New Primal Cilantro Lime Turkey Sticks

1 stick: 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 200 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 7 g protein

If you’re interested in jerky as a snack but don’t like the taste of beef or pork, opt for The New Primal’s cilantro lime turkey sticks. At just 50 calories a stick, each piece packs 7 grams of protein and just 1 gram of sugar, qualifying as one of our best low-sugar snacks.

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20

Skinny Dipped Almonds, Dark Chocolate Espresso

1.2 OZ: 180 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (5 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 7 g protein

Chocolate-covered almonds are almost always an indulgent treat, what with up to 15 grams of sugar per serving. Luckily, Skinny Dipped Almonds came to save the day with its line of chocolate-covered almonds that are lower in sugar than most store-bought competitors. Pick up a bag of the dark chocolate espresso almonds to satisfy your sweet tooth with just 6 grams of sugar.

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25 Best Snacks for Anyone Trying to Cut Back on Sugar

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This post was most recently updated on October 10th, 2019

Watching your daily intake of sugar can be tough, especially if you don’t know how much sugar is actually too much. But when you know better, you do better.

How much sugar per day is recommended?

The recommended sugar intake per day is around 25 grams per day for women and 37.5 grams for men. Keeping daily sugar consumption within these ranges can help you to maintain a healthy weight, improve skin health, keep your mood in check and lead to increased energy — just to name a few benefits.

How to lower sugar intake

Sugar is tricky. We often don’t think about how much sugar is in a piece of fruit, for example, because it is naturally occurring sugar and not added sugar. When you need a snack and you’re choosing between an apple or a candy bar, the vitamins and nutrients lead us toward the apple. But when watching sugar intake, SUGAR is SUGAR. A medium-sized apple contains 19 grams of sugar, about the same as a candy bar. One can of coke has 39 grams of sugar while a bottled kale juice has 34 grams.

Focus on meeting your daily sugar intake through whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. When looking at overall sugar intake, you want more of the sugars you’re consuming to come from natural sugars. Even then, it’s important to be aware of portion sizes so you don’t exceed your daily requirement.

Low-sugar healthy snack ideas

Being prepared for a snack attack will help keep you on track. Here’s a handy list of 25 low-sugar snacks with recommended portion sizes. Make them grab-and-go by measuring, preparing and putting in containers ahead of time. You’re more likely to hit your goals this way!

1. Celery sticks with ½ Tbsp. almond butter

2. Half of an apple with 1 Tbsp. natural nut butter

3. Plain Greek yogurt (7 oz.) with 1 Tbsp. protein powder of choice, or choose a sugar-free vanilla yogurt. Check the label for sugar content.

4. Hummus (4 Tbsp.) with some cucumber slices, zucchini sticks, celery sticks or pepper slices

5. The Good Bean Chickpeas with Sweet Cinnamon (great for a quick sweet snack). Make sure to measure out a 1 oz. serving.

6. Chia & Quinoa Chips (10 chips) with salsa (4 Tbsp.)

7. ½ cup cottage cheese plain or topped with ¼ cup blueberries or strawberries

8. Biena Chickpeas, honey roasted – ¼ cup

9. Pistachios – ¼ cup

10. Organic raw nut mix – ¼ cup

11. Avocado toast – 1 thin-sliced piece of whole grain bread topped with ½ smashed avocado. Sprinkle with sea salt.

12. Simple Truth 7 Ancient Grains rice crackers (5-6) topped with 1 oz. cheese (fontina, goat, mozzarella)

13. Dry roasted edamame – 1/3 cup

14. Skinny Pop Popcorn Skinny Packs – 1 pack

15. Beef jerky – 1 serving (about 3 oz.)

16. Epic Nutrition Beef Bar Habanero Cherry Walnut – 1 bar

17. Artisan Tropic Sea Salt Plantain strips – 13 pieces

18. Kosher pickles – 2-3 spears, 8-10 chips (pickles have 0 sugar so servings are flexible)

19. Plain instant oatmeal (1 packet) sprinkled with cinnamon, 1 tbsp. walnuts, and 5 drops of vanilla stevia

20. 2 hard-boiled eggs – eat one whole and the whites of the other

21. Puffed rice cereal (1 cup), unsweetened almond milk (1/2 -2/3 cup), 2-3 strawberries or ¼ cup blueberries

22. Lentil, black bean, minestrone, quinoa kale and red lentil soups – 1 cup

23. Coffee with coconut cream & almond milk, vanilla or pumpkin spice flavor – 2 Tbsp. along with salted caramel mini rice cakes – 8 pieces

24. Green smoothie: handful spinach, ½ cucumber, 2 Tbsp. powdered nut butter, ½-3/4 cup unsweetened almond butter and ice. Toss all ingredients into blender and mix 30-60 seconds.

25. Mini egg muffins: In a bowl, mix four whole eggs and four egg whites, toss in handful of spinach chopped, 1-2 oz. shredded cheese and combine. Lightly spray a 12-count mini muffin tray and pour in mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until center is firm. (Two muffins per serving. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for four to five days.)

Serious about saying sayonara to the sweet stuff? Try these tips for quitting sugar, and be sure to visit Vitacost’s Sugar-Free Shop!

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Mrs. Fitness

IFBB figure professional Melissa Transou, is a NASM-certified Women’s Fitness Speicalist, wife and mother. She blogs about the unique sports and nutrition needs of women and female athletes exclusively for Vitacost.com. Email her at [email protected]

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IFBB figure professional Melissa Transou, is a NASM-certified Women’s Fitness Speicalist, wife and mother. She blogs about the unique sports and nutrition needs of women and female athletes exclusively for Vitacost.com. Email her at [email protected]

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3.30-itis is something that we’ve all fallen victim to and that often only a snack can cure. The bad news is, so often the packaged snacks that we reach for to beat the afternoon slump might not look healthy but, in reality, they’re packed full of refined and added sugars.

So, step away from the office cookie jar and store-bought protein balls in your snack drawer. Instead, set aside a bit of time on your Sunday night to whip up some of these sugar-free (but totally delicious) healthy snacks, and trust me, you’ll never fall victim to 3.30-itis again!

Gut Loving’ Raspberry Chia Pot

It’s hard to believe those tiny seeds can have so many benefits, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch. Chia seeds are an awesome source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants and provide iron, calcium and fibre as well as doing wonders for your gut. Get your daily dose with this delicious Raspberry Chia Pot.

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Super low in calories and packed with protein and fibre, kale is called a superfood for good reason! Enjoy it’s benefits and satisfy your savoury snack cravings with these Kale Chips, a no-fuss snack with just three ingredients.

Hawaiian Pizza Muffins

Whether you’re putting these Hawaiian Pizza Muffins in your lunchbox or your kids, they’re sure to please. This is another freezer-friendly snack that will keep well frozen.

Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

I’m a big fan of squeezing veggies into every meal, and with these Sweet Potato Brownies I promise – you won’t even know they’re in there! These ones are made in the slow cooker, which makes them extra gooey and fudgy (just like all good brownies should be).

Mashed Sweet Potato Power Balls

Mashed Sweet Potato Power Balls

These Power Balls will not only give you a feeling of satiety but they’ll also give you a delicious energy boost to tackle your busy afternoon ahead.

Savoury Zucchini & Cheese Brownie

Savoury Zucchini & Cheese Brownies

Get more green in your routine with these gluten-free Savoury Zucchini & Cheese Brownies. Packed with spinach and zucchini, these are a great one to keep in your freezer and whip out for a quick healthy snack.

Super Speedy Guacamole

It’s always guac-o’clock in my books, and this Super Speedy Guacamole always satisfies my afternoon snack cravings for something creamy and filling. Avocados are loaded with good fats which help you burn fat and help keep you fuller for longer, so this is the perfect snack to have as a dip with veggie sticks if you’re feeling especially hungry.

Choc Chickpea Biscuits

Chickpeas in a biscuit? Yep, you heard correctly! Although it sounds like an odd mix, these are a delicious way to get a protein and fibre hit. Chocolatey and chewy on the inside, these Choc Chickpea Biscuits are the perfect healthy snack when you’re after something sweet.

Chai-Spiced Banana Bread

Did you know that traditional banana bread can contain around 11 teaspoons of sugar per serve? This sugar free Chai-Spiced Banana Bread version gets its sweetness from whole bananas alone, so as well as being totally delicious, it’s good for you too.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Muffins

With oozy cheese and garlic bread stuffing, you can’t go wrong with these Cheesy Garlic Bread Muffins. These ones are designed to use up your pantry and fridge staples, and anything you might have already in the kitchen, so have a look and see if you can make them right away!

Healthy Banana Bread Muggin

Banana Bread Muggin

All you need is 4 minutes to whip this Banana Bread Muggin together, so it’s perfect if you’re strapped for time but craving something on the sweet side.

Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls

Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls

If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, you can’t go past these hearty Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls. The best news is these sausage rolls are totally easy to make and are freezer friendly.

Sugar-Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Sugar-Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Just like the commercial ones, but without the nasty added sugars so these Sugar Free Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are way better than the original! Eat these straight from the fridge as they won’t last at room temperature.

Sam’s Snickery Caramel Bar

Sam’s Snickery Caramel Bars

As a self-confessed sweet tooth, my Snickery Caramel Bar ticks all the boxes. With gooey caramel sauce, peanut chunks, dark chocolate and sea salt I’ll admit, it’s hard to stop at just one!

Savoury Sweet Potato Slice

Savoury Sweet Potato Slice

Keep this one in the freezer for when hunger strikes. Packed with zucchini and sweet potato, this Savoury Sweet Potato Slice help increase your veggie intake for the day while the sweet potato will help give you a feeling of satiety.

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

These Peanut Butter Protein Bites are perfect for when you’re on the go or simply craving a hit of peanut butter goodness. An added bonus is these will only take you a few minutes to whip up (just keep them stored in the fridge).

Healthy Tam Tims

Healthy Tam Tims

Another take on a classic favourite, these Healthy Tam Tims will hit the spot just like the originals but without a side of guilt. And yes you can sip your tea through these ones too!

Gluten-Free Jam Donut Muffins

Gluten-Free Jam Doughnut Muffins

These soft Jam Donut Muffins use gluten-free flour with plenty of cinnamon for flavour. They’re then stuffed with Raspberry Chia Jam to give you a healthy hit of fibre and finished with a dusting of coconut flour to make the healthiest jam doughnut you’ll ever eat!

Sugar-Free Nut-Ella Scrolls

Sugar-Free Nut-Ella Scrolls

The processed store bought version are packed full of refined sugar, but these Sugar-Free Nut-Ella Scrolls are the healthier gluten-free and dairy free alternative that will fool even the biggest sceptics.

Beetroot Red Velvet Cupcakes

Beetroot Red Velvet Cupcakes

We’ve taken this usually decadent dessert and given it a healthy twist to make it the ultimate 3pm pick me up. These Beetroot Red Velvet Cupcakes are made in just three easy steps.

Coconut Raspberry Fudge

Coconut Raspberry Fudge

If a healthy sweet treat is what you’re after, make this Coconut Raspberry Fudge your go to. Made with fresh raspberries which are rich in antioxidants and with a delicious flavour of coconut and cashew butter, these are a great one to keep in the fridge for when you need a healthy bite.

Spicy Activated Nuts

Spicy Activated Nuts

Need to add a little spice in your life? These Spicy Activated Nuts will provide you with just that, along with a good dose of protein and healthy fats.

Paleo Spirulina & Sesame Balls

Spirulina & Sesame Balls

Get your daily dose a healthy nuts and seeds with these paleo, dairy free and gluten free. Trust me, they tick all the boxes.

Popcorn and Almond Crunch

Popcorn and Almond Crunch

This Popcorn and Almond Crunch will be a hit with both you and your kids! I love this totally simple but delicious snack that’s made with just four ingredients.

Turmeric Cashews with Toasted Coconut

Turmeric Cashews with Toasted Coconut

At 28, we always love boosting our recipes with a little extra nutritional value whenever and wherever possible. So with these Cashews with Toasted Coconut, we pimped them with turmeric – an anti-inflammatory spice.

Lemon Zest & Thyme Hazelnuts

These Lemon Zest & Thyme Hazelnuts are an awesome snack when you’re looking for something on the savoury side. Hazelnuts are packed full of nutrients with a high content of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, so as well as satisfying your salty cravings this snack will also give you a healthy nutrient boost.

Gut Lovin’ Chocolate Snow Balls

We’ve taken the humble bliss ball to new levels with the sneaky addition of gut-lovin’ gelatine. Whip up a batch of these Gut-Lovin’ Chocolate Snow Balls as a cute gift, or stash them in your fridge to nibble on when the mid-afternoon munchies hit.

Tempeh and Brown Rice Balls

A vegetarian crowd-pleaser, these Tempeh and Brown Rice Balls will have even the biggest of meat lovers converted. These ones are baked (not fried) and are lightly spiced to make the ultimate afternoon snack.

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Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change. Sam Wood has over 18 years experience in the health and fitness industry, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators. He is also the founder and trainer at Australia’s number one online fitness and nutrition program, and owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed.

In today’s sweets-filled world, limiting your kids’ sugar intake can feel like an uphill battle! Get a leg up with this list of 50 simple snack ideas with low-to-no sugar. Keep it on hand (print it here) to always have something healthy ready to feed your little ones.

Thanks for checking out our low-sugar snack ideas! Most of the pictures & ideas for these snacks come from our meal plans. With proper kitchen tools, kids can help make these snacks! Right now we have over 866 snack recipes (and over 3000 total recipes) for healthy meal ideas.

In the list below, you’ll see that we added the grams of sugar next to each food. But keep in mind that some sugars occur naturally. So the 2 grams of sugar in your kids’ snow pea snack doesn’t count toward their suggested 25-gram daily limit. Only added sugars count toward the recommended limit, and many labels now differentiate between added sugars and naturally-occuring ones.

Our calculations represent an average serving, and some may depend on the brand you buy. For example, our bread has 1 gram of sugar per slice, but if you purchase a brand with 3 grams of sugar, obviously your total will be a bit different.

50 Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

  1. Celery and Cheese = 1 gram
  2. Hummus and Veggies = 0 grams
  3. Almond butter and Celery = 1 gram
  4. String Cheese = 0 grams
  5. Chickpeas = 0 grams
  6. Pistachios = 2 grams for one ounce
  7. Popcorn= 0 grams
  8. Pretzels = 0 grams
  9. Potato Wedges = 2 grams (half a potato)
  10. Guacamole and Pita wedges
  11. Olive, Cheese & Carrot Tiger sticks = 1 gram (one ounce)
  12. Cucumber Sandwiches = 1 gram
  13. Carrots and Ranch = 1 gram (2 TBL of ranch)
  14. Finger Salad = 0 g
  15. Deviled Eggs 1 gram
  16. Zucchini Chips = 3 grams (per zucchini)
  17. Quesadilla = 1 gram
  18. Snow Peas = 2 gram (per raw cup)
  19. Trail mix = 3 grams per 1/2 cup (qualifier- nuts and seeds only, not dried fruit and chocolate)
  20. Avocado Hummus = 0 grams sugar
  21. Kale chips = 0 gram
  22. Spiced pumpkin seeds <1 gram sugar
  23. Cauliflower popcorn = 2 grams (1 cup)
  24. Toast with egg and avocado = 1 gram (per slice)
  25. Pepper poppers= 4 grams sugar
  26. Homemade fish crackers <1
  27. Salad skewers <1 gram (qualifier- the veggie skewers only
  28. Edamame = 3 grams (1 cup)
  29. Caprese bite sized snack = 3 grams
  30. Cauliflower dipper = 2 grams
  31. Arugula pesto 2 grams
  32. Jicama fries 2 grams (1 cup)
  33. Tomato avocado cups 1 gram
  34. Yogurt cheese and cucumbers Ummm.. this one is a mistake- when I calculated it, it ended up being 9 grams of sugar per serving. So, I added an extra one at the end, so you still have 50!!
  35. Cheesy broccoli bites 1 gram sugar
  36. Cucumber cups here : 1 gram Zucchini sticks 3 grams
  37. Zucchini sticks 3 grams
  38. Parmesan fries 2 grams
  39. Baked onion rings 2.5grms or half an onions worth
  40. Guacamole cones 0 grams (sugar free)
  41. Carrots and laughing cow 3 grams
  42. Tomato Parmesan Bake 1 gram
  43. Grape Tomato & Pretzel Tree = 1 gram
  44. Pepper nachos 0 grams
  45. Cherry Tomato bugs 2 grams
  46. Pea hummus = 2 grams
  47. Sweet potato chips 2.5 (for half a sweet potato worth)
  48. Peppers and goat cheese 0 grams
  49. Sail boat (or hard boiled egg) 0 grams
  50. Turkey roll up = 0 grams (turkey, mustard, and carrot sticks)
  51. Sugar snap pea boats 2 grams

Enjoy! Have a NEW snack every day for the next 6 weeks.

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Below is everything you need to get started, along with plenty of easy healthy sugar-free snacks. This is number 5 in my series of low-carb kids articles and guides.

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  • Low-Carb Kids 2 – ultimate ‘school lunch planner’ with free printable PDF
  • Low-Carb Kids 3 – 2 weeks of my children’s school lunches
  • Low-Carb Kids 4 – how to make a low carb school lunch box and more ideas
  • Low-Carb Kids 6 – an entire month of school lunch ideas
  • Low-Carb Kids 7 – My guest post on Diet Dr, “How To Raise Children On Real Low Carb Food”.
  • Low-Carb Kids 8 – How to help your child eat real food – with an action plan
  • Top 10 Myths Of Low-Carb Kids

Low-Carb Kids – Healthy Snacks For After School

One of the trickiest things parents find when they go sugar-free or low carb is what to give children for after school snacks. It’s hard to change our mindset from giving our children sweet treats such as muesli bars, cereal/granola, toast and sugary spreads, cakes or baking, to giving them savoury snacks.

Top tip: Try to cut down on how much and how often they snack too. It is so much easier to encourage children to eat their dinner when they’re hungry.

Healthy sugar-free snacks need to be portable while driving to sports and activities. We are so used to having food on hand that has a long shelf life and comes in a packet. We are the first generation to grow up consuming so many preservatives and so many packaged snacks. Americans now spend more on snacks than meals.

If those preservatives are stopping the bacteria from growing in our food, what is it doing to the beneficial bacteria in our bodies? Our gut health is incredibly important with 75% of our serotonin (the happy hormone) and our immunity is made in our gut. Sometimes there is no other option, I’m realistic, but let’s see if we can do the best we can as often as we can, then there is less pressure on the occasions when we can’t.

Have healthy sugar free snacks in the car such as nuts, eggs, cheese cubes, cold meat etc. They make just as much mess as a packet of crackers or crisps (probably less). Or pack each child a little lunch box for the car to contain any mess. At home, afternoon tea doesn’t have to be a big deal.

Leftovers are under-utilised. They’re easy and nutritious. Cook extra sausages or extra drumsticks for lunch or snacks. When I have the oven on, I always cook an extra batch of sausages or chicken purely for the next few days lunch or snacks. It’s about thinking differently, cooking extra, and making it as easy as you can for yourself.

Very rarely do I have time to make pancakes after school, but if I do, I make a double or triple batch and keep them for their lunch boxes.

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Healthy Sugar-Free Snacks

Photo credit: Life Hacker

This is a great infographic showing how certain foods leave you crashing soon after eating them. So we may think bread, toast and cereal fill our children up, but they will soon be hungry again. These foods feed them energy but no nourishment or nutrients.

The best foods are those based on good quality protein and good healthy fats. Sure children can have unprocessed carbs such as sweet potatoes and fruit but in limited amounts. It is the whole food approach that is important.

My favourite ‘Healthy Sugar-Free Snacks’ for after school –

  • Low-carb snack tray – yummy easy healthy ideas
  • Chaffles – 4 ways – seriously an absolute lifesaver after school!! There’s even a FREE cookbook with 23 flavours your kiddos will LOVE.
  • Ham and egg cups – great high protein snack or sugar-free lunch box filler
  • Keto vanilla berry mug cake – now who doesn’t have 1 minute to make these?
  • Keto green smoothie – now no kid will drink a green smoothie so …. my simple trick is to add peppermint, and call it a mint milkshake. GENIUS!
  • Grain-free and sugar-free granola – simply add unsweetened yoghurt, cream, coconut cream and some berries.
  • Fathead nachos – if you haven’t heard of Fat Head mozzarella dough, you are in for a treat.
  • Paleo pancakes – especially handy to feed dairy-free kiddos after school.
  • Salmon patties – with a lime dressing. Surprisingly, kiddos love these healthy snacks in their lunchbox too.




Easier Sugar-Free Snack Ideas

  • Eggs any which way. Boiled (boil 10 or so at a time to always have them on hand for snacks and lunches), fried, scrambled, poached. devilled eggs, paleo scotch eggs
  • Cheese, cheese, cheese. Sticks, cubes, grated. Any old how but this is s great way to fill up children for longer
  • Flavoured waters instead of juice or fizzy drinks
  • Leftover dinners are KING!
  • Beef jerky/biltong/pork crackling
  • Pepperoni pizza bites
  • Crustless quiches
  • Chia is not just for breakfast. Make it anyway you like
  • Berries and cream
  • Avocado and salt
  • Apple slices with peanut butter/tahini/almond butter etc
  • Chopped up apple or pear with cinnamon sprinkled on top
  • Canned/tinned tuna

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35 Guilt-Free Healthy Sweet Snacks For 2020 That Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

We have some good news for anyone out there with a sweet tooth looking for something healthy to snack on.

You don’t have to deny your cravings for sweets to live a healthy lifestyle. Just commit to changing the way you “do” sweet.

Put down the processed candy, the rich bakery cakes, and the packaged cookies, and start getting your fix of healthy sweet snacks from wholesome foods like fruits, nuts, and dark chocolate.

We’ve put together a list of healthy sweet snacks that also happen to pack a nutritional (and energizing) punch. As you enjoy these robust sweets instead of empty sugar bombs, your body will be trained to crave better-for-you treats with substance instead of just sugar.

Healthy Sweet Snacks For 2020

  1. Mandarin Oranges + Cottage Cheese
  2. Acai Smoothie Dessert Bowls
  3. Onnit Protein Bites
  4. Vanilla Avocado Pudding
  5. Edamame with Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
  6. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Squash
  7. Raw Salted Caramel Apple Nachos
  8. Secret-Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate
  9. Chocolate Chia Pudding
  10. Powerfood Protein Shake

1. Mandarin Oranges + Cottage Cheese

This refreshing sweet snack is creamy, citrusy, and packed full of nutrients — including vitamin C, calcium, and protein. Made from just three ingredients, including delicious Tangerine Dream joint oil, this snack makes a satisfying dessert or a nutritious mid-morning snack. You can even up the sweetness with a drizzle of honey.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the oranges, Omega-3’s from fish oil, GLA from borage oil, curcumin from turmeric, and unsaponifiable oils (all the latter four nutrients are contained within the Tangerine Dream joint oil)

Eat instead of: A dreamsicle

Alternative Super Food Suggestion: (Gold Pumpkin Spice) – Tastes just like a pumpkin spice latte when mixed with your favorite hot nut milk or oat milk.

Key benefit: Sleep and rest

Time of day: Nighttime or really anytime you’re craving a pumpkin spice latte

2. Acai Smoothie Dessert Bowls

A smoothie bowl is a fit person’s ice-cream sundae. This particular bowl from Say Grace will delight your sweet tooth with acai berry puree, dark chocolate chips, shaved coconut, and MCT Oil derived from pure coconut oil for the final touch to bring these tropical flavors together. Whip up this bowl any time you need a pick-me-up.

Key nutrients: Antioxidants from the acai berries and MCT from coconut oil

Eat instead of: A banana split

Alternative Super Food Suggestion: (Red Juice) – Sweet superfruit punch flavor with a hint of tartness. Acai Berry flavor similar to a berry kool aid

Key benefit: boosted energy

Time of day: afternoon lulls that come after lunch

3. Onnit Protein Bites

You’d be hard-pressed to find a snack with as many fruits and plants involved in their making as Onnit Protein Bites. Sixty fruits and plants, which contribute to an insanely robust nutritional profile, pack these bite-sized treats full of flavor. From Chocolate Coconut Cashew and Chocolate Cookie Dough to Chocolate Peanut Butter, your tastebuds will confuse this health snack for a dessert, while your muscles will thank you for giving them a clean fuel to rebuild.

Key nutrients: Protein, fiber, antioxidants, and alkaloids from a wide range of herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms

Eat instead of: Fudge squares

4. Almond Date Truffles

Via Sprouted Kitchen: Almond Truffle Dates

Yes, you can be healthy and still eat truffles. Featuring almond butter, vanilla, and Medjool dates, this recipe from Sprouted Kitchen makes it easy to balance sweet snacking and your health. Since these truffles are healthy, you really can’t eat “too many.”

Key nutrients: Protein from the almond butter

Eat instead of: Processed chocolate truffles

Alternative Suggestion: That’s it. Organic Dark Chocolate Date Truffles Fruit Bites

5. Raw Sandwich Cookies

Via Chalkboard: Pamela Salzman’s Raw Sandwich Cookies

Transform dates and nuts into some raw, real-food cookies you could guiltlessly eat for breakfast. These incredible cookies have a creamy layer of almond-milk cream cheese and maple syrup that sends your inner sugar-monster on a pleasure trip. Get the recipe from the Chalkboard.

Key nutrients: Magnesium from the almonds

Eat instead of: Processed chocolate sandwich cookies

6. 3-Ingredient Maple Almond Fudge

The foodie behind the Big Man’s World makes fast and easy fudge from three simple ingredients: almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup. When you have a healthy sweet treat this easy to make up your sleeve, you have no excuse for eating fudge filled with refined sugar. You might even want to keep your fridge stocked with this fudge in case of emergency.

Key nutrients: Protein from the almonds

Eat instead of: Regular fudge

7. Powerfood Protein Shake

For the gym lovers out there, the Powerfood Protein Shake is a mouthwatering pre or post-workout treat. Blend bananas, Fatbutter, cinnamon, dates, clove, Powerfood Active, and honey together and find yourself in that sweet spot between tasty perfection and ultra-nutrition.

Key nutrients: Potassium from bananas, keto-friendly fats from Fatbutter, Omega-3s and Omega-6s from hemp, cocoa, and maca

Eat instead of: A milkshake

8. barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed

BarkTHINS turns rich chocolate into an anytime, good-for-you snack. The Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed flavor wraps protein-rich pumpkin seeds in a layer of dark chocolate made from the best fair-trade ingredients available. One serving has 230 calories and 7 grams of protein.

Key nutrients: Protein from the pumpkin seeds

Eat instead of: Peanut brittle

9. Paleo Baklava Bars

Via Cotter Crunch: Easy 3 Step Paleo Baklava Bars

Baklava gets a healthy foodie makeover in these simple bars from Cotter Crunch. Featuring nuts and almond meal instead of the usual buttery phyllo dough, these baklava bars are downright tasty and wholesome.

Key nutrients: Iron from the walnuts

Eat instead of: Restaurant baklava

10. Homemade Chocolate

Via Our Four Forks: Homemade Chocolate

Grab cupcake liners, a cupcake tin, and a few simple ingredients, and you can make your own chocolate. It’s actually as easy as mixing, pouring, and freezing. Get started with instructions from Our Four Forks. Once you master the basic recipe, you can get creative by adding in your own fillings, including cashews, berries, toasted sesame seeds, dried edamame, bananas…and anything else you can think of.

Key nutrients: Iron from the cocoa powder

Eat instead of: A packaged chocolate bar

11. Healthier Turtles

Pitted dates, dark chocolate, and pecan halves deliver all the flavor of your favorite cluster candies without all the fake stuff. Who says you can’t have it all? Make your own healthy candy with help from Nutrition in the Kitchen. This recipe is super simple, and you can pick up all the ingredients you need in any store that sells tempting candy.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the dates

Eat instead of: You guessed it; packaged turtles

12. Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberry Compote

Via Nom Nom Paleo: Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Compote

Rich, non-dairy panna cotta (Italian for cooked cream) and balsamic strawberry compote meld to form one healthy sweet snack from Nom Nom Paleo. This better-for-you panna cotta tastes like it came straight off the menu of your favorite Italian restaurant.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the strawberries

Eat instead of: Full-fat panna cotta

13. Pears + Honey + Greek Yogurt

Capture all the sweet indulgence of poached pears and cream sauce by eating fresh pears with honey and Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt in this lightened-up swap adds a healthy dose of protein, and the substitution of fresh pears for poached pears gives you all the fruit’s raw nutrients.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the pears

Eat instead of: Poached pears

14. SMASHMALLOW Cinnamon Churro

These premium marshmallows were made for snacking. Eat them right out of the bag without even a hint of guilt. Smashmallow uses only the best ingredients, including organic sugar, tapioca syrup, and fruit and vegetable juices. One serving of the Cinnamon Churro flavor has only 80 calories.

Key nutrients: A touch of calcium

Eat instead of: Real churros

15. Spirulina Chia Pudding and Cashew Yogurt Parfait

Via Leah’s Plate Spirulina Chia Pudding & Cashew Yogurt Parfait

This power parfait from Leah’s Plate includes spirulina, chia seeds, buckwheat granola, and so many other things that you’ll never find in an average sweet treat. Easy to toss together in seconds, this parfait should definitely make your list of go-to sweet snacks.

Key nutrients: Iron from the spirulina

Eat instead of: Sugar-packed yogurt

16. Flat Tummy Superfood Burcha

A classic raw food recipe, a burcha is kind of like a superfood parfait. This particular recipe from Feel the Lean will fuel you like no sugary dessert ever could. This burcha is a healthy sweet snack, but it’s also a nutrient-dense meal in itself.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the buckwheat

Eat instead of: Sugary cereal

17. Coconut Yogurt + Mango Chunks

The combination of rich mango and smooth coconut-based yogurt tastes so creamy and indulgent, you might have a hard time believing it’s vegan and healthy. Keep frozen mango chunks on hand to avoid cubing a mango every time you make this snack. If you want to change things up, dress your yogurt with shredded coconut, banana slices, and macadamia nuts.

Key nutrients: Vitamin A from the mango

Eat instead of: Cheesecake

18. Peach “Sundaes”

Fill a bowl with 1/2 of a fresh peach or a few canned or frozen peach slices. Top the peaches with 1 tablespoon of plain goat cheese, and then drizzle on a teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. Dust everything with cinnamon and snack away. If you’re feeding guests, put everything into wine glasses and garnish with whole vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the peaches

Eat instead of: An ice cream sundae

19. Raw Raspberry Reishi Slice

The reishi mushroom is known for its medicinal qualities; it might help regulate circulation and boost the immune system. This recipe from Peace, Love & Vegetables whips powdered reishi, raspberries, coconut cream, and more into a raw, vegan, layered “ice cream” slice that makes the perfect healthy sweet snack.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the raspberries

Eat instead of: Raspberry gelato

20. Banana Mug Cake

Via The Roasted Root: Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake

The Roasted Root has a fast and easy banana mug cake recipe featuring one entire ripe banana, one egg, and pure maple syrup. Stir all the ingredients up and pop them in the microwave. In less than 5 minutes, you’ll have a cake that’s warm, rich, good for you, and absolutely delicious. This snack is perfect if you have too many ripe bananas and a sweet tooth.

Key nutrients: Vitamin B6 from the banana

Eat instead of: Pound cake

21. No-Bake Carrot Cake Bars

Why slave away baking carrot cake when you can make a no-bake, healthier version in a flash. These amazing bars from Happy Healthy Mama get cakey texture from carrots, walnuts, dates, raisins, and pineapple pieces. With all the healthy stuff inside these bars, you can guiltlessly enjoy the best part of carrot cake: cream cheese frosting.

Key nutrients: Vitamin A from the carrots

Eat instead of: Carrot cupcakes

22. Enstrom Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee

If you’re going to eat candy, then make it the best-quality candy you can get your hands on, like the candy made by Enstrom. This Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee is worth at least one hundred of the candies you might be able to find anywhere else. It features healthy almonds, rich buttery toffee, and antioxidant-packed dark chocolate.

Key nutrients: Iron from the dark chocolate and almonds

Eat instead of: Low-quality candy

23. Vanilla Avocado Pudding

The Iron You makes a creamy, dreamy avocado pudding using a ripe avocado, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla and acai Powerfood Vitality, honey, and vanilla extract. Just blend all the ingredients to whip up a pudding that’s as easy to make as the instant stuff. This version doesn’t have any ingredients engineered in a lab.

Key nutrients: Potassium from the avocado, Omega-3s and Omega-6s from chia, flax, and hemp seeds contained in Powerfood Vitality

Eat instead of: Regular pudding

24. Edamame with Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

Grab some steam-in-bag edamame, natural peanut butter, and quality dark chocolate, and you have everything you need to make an adventurous sweet snack. Once your edamame is ready, just stir together your peanut butter and dark chocolate and microwave until smooth. (Add a bit of milk and honey if you want to sweeten the mix up. Add a bit of tumeric and cayenne if you want to spice it up.) Dip the edamame in the sauce and enjoy.

Key nutrients: Protein from the edamame

Eat instead of: Chocolate-covered cherries

25. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Squash

Sweet squash features in some of our favorite fall side dishes; we see no reason it can’t make the leap into our healthy sweet snacking lives. Follow Naturally Ella’s lead and add maple syrup, cinnamon, and butter to healthy squash to make a snack that’s better than candy. For a nutritious no-stick solution, try Compound Cooking Oil, which features avocado, coconut, sesame, and olive oil.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the squash, vitamins E and K from the sesame oil and Omega-3s and Omega-6s from the other oils

Eat instead of: Cake

26. Raw Salted Caramel Apple Nachos

Via Nutrition Stripped: Raw Caramel Apple Nachos

Nutrition Stripped slices apples into rounds and whips up some raw caramel sauce to make a healthy sweet snack. Make it and eat it with zero guilt. Experiment with all the different apple varieties out there until you find your favorite caramel-and-apple pairing and sprinkle on a little Pink Himalayan Salt to top off this sweet and savory snack.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the apples

Eat instead of: Caramel apples

27. Secret-Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate

Via My New Roots: Secret Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate

Turn your favorite comforting beverage into a healthy frozen sweet snack. Brace yourself; this recipe from My New Roots uses cauliflower and Cinnamon Swirl Emulsified MCT Oil to achieve an amazingly creamy texture. You’ve gotta try it to believe it.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the cauliflower, pure coconut-sourced MCT oil

Eat instead of: Hot chocolate from a packet

28. No-Bake Pina Colada Fingers

Pack all the flavors of a pina colada into a sweet snack stick you don’t even have to bake. Coconut and dried pineapple feature in these quick-prep treats from Hemsley Hemsley.

Key nutrients: Vitamin B6 from the pineapple

Eat instead of: Coconut cream pie

29. Sweet Pea and Ricotta Cupcakes

We all know peas and ricotta make a crazy-good combination when served over pasta. Are you ready to try putting peas and ricotta into your cupcakes? This recipe from the Cupcake Project makes a delightfully green cupcake filled with the nutrients of peas.

Key nutrients: Vitamin K from the peas

Eat instead of: Vanilla cupcakes

30. Easy Chocolate Mousse

The Crunchy Radish’s avocado-based mousse is like sweet guacamole, and it’s just as fast and easy to make. Just blend some avocados with a few sweet ingredients, top it with crunchies, and snack.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the avocado

Eat instead of: Chocolate pudding

31. Quinoa Porridge

Classic porridge makes an amazing snack when you want something sweet that also has substance. This recipe from Be Smart, Eat Smart calls for quinoa, raspberries, and maca powder.

Key nutrients: Protein from the quinoa

Eat instead of: Sugary instant oatmeal

32. Chocolate Chia Pudding

Via Kale Me Maybe: Layered Mocha and Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Chia pudding is something every healthy snacker with a sweet tooth should know about. It’s as easy to make as stirring chia seeds and chocolate-flavored Powerfood Active into some flavorful liquid and letting everything sit until the seeds plump up. When everything’s ready, you have a concoction with the creamy texture of your favorite pudding or yogurt. This layered recipe from Kale Me Maybe will spice up your chia pudding game.

Key nutrients: Iron from the chia seeds, amino acids and essential fatty acids from maca

Eat instead of: Chocolate pudding

33. Blueberry Mint Salad

Grab blueberries, mint, and greek yogurt, and you’ve got a fast, simple, and sweet snack that has zero guilt and lots of good-for-nutrients. Unlike many other sweet snacks, this one will actually fill you up. Get the recipe from Salad Menu.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C in the blueberries

Eat instead of: Blueberry crumble

34. Oatmeal Berry Bite Pistachio Cookies

SunRype’s healthy, whole wheat, fruit and nut cookies will have you begging for seconds! This healthy cookie recipe is made with SunRype’s FruitSource Bites and is a great snack for on the go. Be sure to get their cookie recipe and reward your tastes buds with this delicious treat!

Key nutrients: Fiber from Chia Seeds & FruitSource Bites

Eat instead of: Chocolate chip cookies

35. Oatmega Protein Bars

Are you craving a brownie? Mint chocolate chip ice cream? Vanilla with almonds in it? Or perhaps, something with a chocolate / peanut butter twist? Well, oh, oh, Oatmega is here for the win! With 14 grams of protein, these all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free bars are a snack that makes you feel just as good about eating them as they taste. Oatmega Protein Bars come in brownie, mint chocolate chip, vanilla almond, and chocolate peanut butter flavors, all of which contain 300mg of Omega-3s per serving for brain-boosting benefits.

Key nutrients: Fish oil contains the omega-3s, DHA and EPA

Eat instead of: Chocolate chip snack bar

What’s your favorite healthy sweet snack? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Sugar is weird, right?

You want it, and you love it, but you don’t want it, and you maybe kind of avoid it, even though you like it, because too much makes you feel terrible. #complicated

I have found it so interesting to experiment with removing and reintroducing sugar into my life over these last few years. In January, I brought you guys along with me for Sugar Free January with a whole month of refined sugar free recipes. It was actually super delicious because I think we were all reminded that, shocker of all shockers, you can actually still eat really good food without sugar in your life! YES PLEASE! THIS IS AMAZING!

A lot of ice cream has happened in between January and now, so I guess we could say that this post is a gentle mid-year reminder to myself of everything that I felt so excited about after Sugar Free January.

Since Sugar Free January ended, I have definitely reintroduced sugar into my life. I eat oatmeal sweetened with brown sugar for breakfast almost every day, ice cream of all varieties is my summer anthem, and I have a popsicle or a glass of lemonade most nights after dinner. I’m not totally overdoing it, but I do think being pregnant is making me more susceptible than ever to REALLY LOVING sugar.

Every once in a while I have to really stop and think: is this what I want to be eating? Is there nutrition here? Is this making me feel better or worse? And that’s kind of what brought me to this post.

I personally need a reminder of all the good foods that are out there that can serve as both a treat and a benefit to my body. Maybe you do, too.

Of course, the lowest sugar snacks you could find would be things that aren’t sweet at all. Cheese, nuts, vegetables, that kind of thing. That’s nice and everything, and I’m sure there are lots of lists out there with those kinds of ideas if that’s what you’re looking for, but sometimes I’m craving something sweeter, and no offense, but a pile of carrot sticks just isn’t going to do it for me.

When I’m in that place of wanting a treat – an actual, non-carrot-stick, special-something treat – and also wanting to keep it pretty wholesome, I turn to these yummy and easy lower in sugar snacks (that conveniently kind of taste like dessert).

Siggi’s Simple Sides (!!!)

Here’s the deal with these little snackers.

  • Simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar.
  • Crunchy/sweet toppings on the side, all of which are NO SUGAR ADDED! (because they are good things like figs and walnuts and cacao nibs and coconut. I SEE YOU FANCY.)
  • Excellent quality, super-creamy whole milk yogurt.
  • Perfect for low maintenance on-the-go snacking.
  • Comes in four yummy flavors: vanilla yogurt with almonds and dried cherries, vanilla yogurt with dried coconut and cacao nibs, honey yogurt with dried figs and walnuts, and plain yogurt with muesli and currants.
  • All packaged together in a convenient and recyclable little single-serve cup

I need crunch with my yogurt, as you might remember from my strawberry shortcake yogurt bowls earlier this summer (more on that in a minute), and these brand spanking new Simple Sides offerings make it easy to get the CRUNCH I’m looking for, plus the protein I need, plus the feels-like-dessert vibe, without all the extra sugar.

Personally, I’d recommend the cacao nibs and coconut with vanilla yogurt. Why have I never had cacao nibs before? I don’t know, but those crunchy chocolate-like bits mixed with the naturally sweet coconut and creamy vanilla yogurt? Make that a yes. I have been eating these as breakfast, lunch, and dessert-like snack and my life is leveled up because of it.

WINNING. I love them. Thank you, siggi’s.

Cookie Dough Energy Bites

Not much to see here except COOKIE DOUGH THAT IS NUTRITIOUS.

Okay, it’s not real cookie dough, but it kind of SEEMS like cookie dough, and it’s made without dates. Because sometimes we need a break from dates.

Click here for the Cookie Dough Energy Bites recipe.

Bananas and Peanut Butter Waffles

Yes, you are indulging your inner five-year-old self here.

This is one of my strange-but-favorite snacks right now: a toasted waffle, top with banana slices, drizzle with peanut butter and crumbles. Mwah.

Salted Chocolate Snack Bars

You should 100% make these, and YES I NEED TO SHOUT AT YOU RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THESE ARE SO GOOD.

Easy and salty-sweet and customizable in the sweet-level department. Oats, coconut oil, cocoa, that kind of thing.

I love these bars.

Click here for the Salted Chocolate Snack Bars recipe.

Autumn Glow Milkshake

This is a great second breakfast situation.

It has a secret ingredient called frozen cauliflower and I know you don’t believe me but it just works. It adds bulk and nutrition and creaminess without requiring you to use 500 pieces of fruit. Low on the sweetness scale, mega on the creamy/yummo scale.

Click here for the Autumn Glow Milkshake recipe.

Pumpkin Granola

Just ate this for second (third?) breakfast, no joke.

This is the perfect granola for fall, except kind of for all year round. Like the rest of these recipes, it is customizable in terms of how sweet you make it, plus you get some natural sweetness from the caramelization of the pumpkin and the nuts all hanging out in the oven for a while. It is perfect when made with real maple syrup – natural sweetness at its finest, folks.

Click here for the Pumpkin Granola recipe.

Cashew Coffee

Afternoon sugar bomb latte … OR … ultra creamy coffee made at home with lots of healthy fats and less sugar in about seven seconds?

If you haven’t tried this, now is the time to make your move. Throw a handful of cashews in your blender with some coffee, basically. Add a pinch of salt and real maple syrup if you want to really live your best life.

ALSO THIS IS DELICIOUS WHEN MADE AS ICED COFFEE.

Click here for the Cashew Coffee recipe.

Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins

This recipe is an oldie! I made it in 2014 – the very first year we tried going refined sugar free for 60 days.

The sweetness in this recipe comes from – wait for it – NO SUGAR! just caramelizing the bananas to bring out some of the natural pizazz. It is made with whole wheat flour and it is a really nice wholesome snack when you are having a carb moment. I suggest a pat of melted butter or a drizzle of runny PB over the whole thing. Plus a cashew coffee. Those healthy fats are necessary.

Click here for the Banana Oat Muffins recipe.

Almond Butter Cups

Don’t even act like sometimes you don’t need a peanut butter cup.

WE ALL DO.

These can be made with peanut butter or almond butter and you can control the sweetness to taste, since you’re making that chocolate mix from scratch. I consider these an all-time-freezer-essential.

Click here for the Almond Butter Cups recipe.

Vegan Caramel Sauce (with Apple Slices And All Other Fruit, Duh)

I don’t know how this is a real thing, but it is.

Vegan caramel sauce, kids. It’s ready in five seconds flat and it makes you want to eat fruit every day. Such a good alternative to the overly sweet store-bought caramel and fruit dips!

Click here for the Vegan Caramel Sauce recipe.

Soft Granola Bars

Do you know those super soft granola bars that we used to eat as kids that were, like, basically candy bars in disguise?

These are like those, but healthier and less sugar crazy. They are sweetened with honey which you can scale up or down depending on how much sweetness you want in your life. The oats and peanuts add bulk, and the crushed pretzels give you that essential salty-sweet dance. Most importantly: they start soft and stay soft. The only way I do granola bars.

Click here for the Soft Granola Bars recipe.

Cottage Cheese and Peaches

Creamy goodness with my juicy beloveds? Yes, I will.

This is my essential snack/dessert of summer. Choose a higher fat cottage cheese, drizzle a little honey over the top, and you are probably at a five star restaurant right now.

Healthy-ish Breakfast Cookies

For when you want to eat cookies for breakfast and have it be 100% appropriate and feel-good-in-your-body, because oats and bananas and blueberries and chocolate chips do, in fact, work together.

Who even knew.

Click here for the Breakfast Cookies recipe.

Strawberry Shortcake siggi’s Yogurt

Circling back to this siggi’s beauty one more time, since it’s like eating strawberry shortcake without eating strawberry shortcake.

Lightly macerated strawberries + a coconutty, buttery-tasting granola (basically shortcake, work with me here) and couple of generous thwaps of creamy, high protein, lower in sugar siggi’s Vanilla Triple Cream yogurt. Simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar. OMG.

Click here for the Strawberry Shortcake Yogurt Bowls recipe.

Would LOVE to hear from you guys on this! Mostly because I’m a food hog and I want to borrow your ideas and eat them for myself.

How do you treat yourself AND also keep the sugar beast under control?

Also – anyone already thinking about Sugar Free January again? 🤓 Meeeee!

Thank you to siggi’s for sponsoring this post!

25 No Added Sugar Snack Ideas

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These 25 no added sugar snack ideas are great for runners, athletes or anyone looking to cut back on added sugar. Plus, get the facts on natural versus added sugar.

Sugar has a terrible reputation, but it’s not all bad. As a matter of fact, sugar in the form of carbohydrates is the natural fuel source for exercise. But here’s the thing–not all sugar is created equal.

What’s the difference between added and natural sugar?

Added sugar is probably what comes to mind when you hear the word “sugar.” It’s found in products like soda, energy drinks, and candy, and it hides in some pasta sauces, salad dressings and breads.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting added sugars to no more than 10% of your daily calories, or about 12 teaspoons (48 grams) on a 2,000-calorie diet. In other words, some added sugar is perfectly okay, and trying to cut it out entirely is extremely difficult and can cause some major eating anxiety.

On the other hand, eating too much added sugar can cause cavities, an increased risk of heart disease and obesity, which can lead to additional health problems like Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure.

Natural sugars, on the other hand, are inherently found in certain foods. Any food that contains carbohydrates, such as fruit, dairy products, vegetables, and whole grains, has natural sugar. While a bottle of soda and a banana both have sugar in them, the natural sugar in the banana is paired with other nutrients and provides more of a nutritional bang for your buck.

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Since only 10% of your calories should come from added sugar, but most people need 50-60% of their calories from carbs, natural sugar sources should make up 40-50% of your daily calories.

Here are 25 natural sugar snack options to help fuel your workouts and keep you energized throughout the day.

1. Fruit

Any fruit is a great addition to the diet. The humble banana is the best of both worlds–easy to digest natural sugar and a tasty and portable snack.

2. Nuts

Packed with nutrients like protein and omega-3’s, nuts are a healthy and filling non-perishable snack. Just try to keep the portion to a small handful since they are high in calories (To spice things up, try these Cinnamon Roasted Almonds).

3. Oatmeal

Want a filling breakfast that will keep you full and energized? Whip-up this recipe for Loaded Oatmeal with SunButter to get an extra dose of protein and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and iron.

4. Popcorn

Did you know that popcorn is a whole grain? Buy plain kernels, make it on the stovetop and add your favorite toppings, such as sea salt or cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa powder. For a spicy kick, try this Spicy Cocoa Popcorn.

5. Plain Greek Yogurt

Unsweetened Greek yogurt may make your face pucker, but it’s easily sweetened up with some fresh fruit or unsweetened dried fruit. As a bonus, Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt, making it a good choice for post-workout. Use it in a smoothie with fruit, and you won’t need any added sugar!

6. Cheese

Another good source of post-exercise protein and tasty to boot, a cheese stick is a 100-calorie portable snack!

Read more about natural versus added sugars and get my list of natural fueling foods in The No-Brainer Nutrition Guide For Every Runner.

7. Pancakes

Yes, pancakes! You may not think of pancakes as being a healthy food option, but it’s all in how you make them. This recipe for Blueberry Pecan Pancakes contains whole grains, healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants. Eat them before or after your morning workout.

8. Dates

These dried fruits are the perfect natural sweetener. Eat them on their own for a sweet treat, add them to a pre-workout smoothie or try these Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls.

9. Sweet Potatoes

This tuber is a nutritional powerhouse. They are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds called carotenoids, and they are exceptionally high in potassium, which can help with muscle contraction and fluid balance.

10. Fruit Ice Cubes

Looking for substitution for a sugar sweetened beverage? Fruit infused water is an easy way to add flavor to your drinks without sugar. These Watermelon Lime Ice Cubes will help keep you cool and hydrated during summer workouts.

11. Eggs

Though they are traditionally thought of as a breakfast food, eggs can be eaten at any time of day. Scrambled, hard boiled or poached, there are many ways to enjoy this vegetarian source of protein and B12. Spice up your egg routine with these Green Egg & Quinoa Muffins or Freezer Mushrooms & Egg Burrito.

12. Peanut Butter

This nut butter is so easy to pair with other foods, like toast, oatmeal or smoothies. Just make sure to read the label to avoid unnecessary added ingredients such as sugar.

13. Veggies

There are so many ways to eat vegetables. You can go simple by just cutting up some carrots or cucumber sticks, or get a little fancier by trying recipes such as this one for Crinkle Cut Jicama Fries. Either way you’re going be eating a nutritionally dense food that gives you a large number of nutrients for the compared to the number of calories.

14. Pretzels

Pretzels are a tasty low-calorie carbohydrate source. The salt on pretzels can even be a good source of sodium for athletes who have lost a lot through sweating. While some pretzels do have added sugars, others do not. Again, read that label!

15. Edamame

Many stores, like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, sell bags of frozen edamame. Just pop them into the microwave for a couple of minutes, sprinkle on some salt, and you have yourself a healthy, high protein snack.

16.Cereal with Milk

This is another snack where reading the back label is important. There are quite a few healthier cereals on the market that contain whole grains, are fortified with important vitamins and minerals, and have no added sugars. Plus, the milk offers additional calcium and protein.

17.Tuna Fish

Canned tuna is packed with protein and omega-3s, and research has shown that including fish in your diet can help to prevent heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Make a tuna salad with low-fat mayo, or simply scoop it on some crackers for a filling snack.

18. Pasta

Yes, this one is could be considered more of a meal than a snack, but when it comes to carb loading for a long event, pasta is an easy go too. For an extra dose of fiber choose a whole grain option. To make it a meal, combine pasta with veggie meatballs.

19. Chickpeas

Chickpeas can be turned into hummus for dipping vegetables in, or roasted to create a crunchy, satisfying snack. These two recipes for Crunchy Chickpeas are low in calories, but rich in filling protein.

20. Wasa Crackers

Not only are these crackers a delicious vehicle for additional toppings like peanut butter or hummus, they also contain just a few simple ingredients.

21. Natural Applesauce

Although some applesauce brands add a decent amount of sugar to them, you can find some that are just apple and spices, like cinnamon.

22. Avocado

Creamy and full of unsaturated fat, avocados can be mashed on top of toast, mixed in with cottage cheese, or eaten plain with a little bit of salt. Avocados also contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants which are great for exercise recovery. Put some mashed avocado on toast with a splash of lime juice and freshly cut radishes.

23. Smoothies

There’s already a few items in this list that you could add to a smoothie, but smoothies themselves can also be a healthy snack option. Sweeten your smoothie with ripe bananas, natural coconut water or dates in place of sugar. Get my post work-out smoothie formula here!

24. Hummus

This chickpea based snack is rich in protein and fiber and completely free of added sugar. Plus, it pairs well with veggies, crackers or pretzels. If you’re bored with the original, give this Turmeric Hummus a try.

25. Jerky

This is a super portable, high-protein snack option. To avoid added sugar, skip the jerkies that have a marinade like teriyaki and be sure to check the ingredients list.

Trying not to reach for sugar-laden snacks when the clock hits 3pm? It doesn’t have to be a struggle. Curb your hunger the low-sugar way with our better-for-you bites that are packed with flavour, but contain minimal sugar.

Avocado with tamari & ginger dressing

0.5g sugar per serving (0.6g sugar per 100g)

Pair creamy avocado with a quick ginger, tamari and zesty lemon dressing for a low-sugar snack that’s ready in just five minutes. Avocado is rich in healthy, monounsaturated fats and vitamin E – read more about the health benefits of avocado.

Try the recipe: Avocado with tamari & ginger dressing

Basil & olive eggs

0g sugar per serving (0g sugar per 100g)

This easy, speedy snack is ready in under 15 minutes and uses just five ingredients. Eggs are a great source of inexpensive, high-quality protein, plus vitamins and minerals – read more about about the health benefits of eggs.

Try the recipe: Basil & olive eggs

Courgetti fritters with tomato salsa

3g sugar per serving (1.8g sugar per 100g)

Put your spiralizer to good use with this super colourful snack, served with a zingy cherry tomato salsa. If you’re entertaining, this recipe makes a delicious yet healthy starter, too.

Try the recipe: Courgetti fritters with tomato salsa

Artichoke baba ganoush

0.4g sugar per serving (0.8g sugar per 100g)

This easy snack using chargrilled artichokes, tahini, smoked paprika and feta has a luxury feel, yet only 0.4g sugar per serving. Try serving with crudités or wholegrain flatbread.

Try the recipe: Artichoke baba ganoush

Curry leaf popcorn

0.5g sugar per serving (0.5g sugar per 100g)

Use our basic curried roast chickpea recipe, then add a few extras to create a moreish savoury popcorn mix.

Try the recipe: Curry leaf popcorn

Mini butternut squash frittatas

2.3g sugar per serving (3.1g sugar per 100g)

These tasty, vegetable-packed bites are a good new way to use your spiralizer. Eggs and goat’s cheese add plenty of flavour and protein, and make them super satisfying too.

Try the recipe: Mini butternut squash frittatas

Curried hummus

2g sugar per serving (0.9g sugar per 100g)

Another way to upcycle a batch of basic curried roast chickpeas, this delicious dip is packed with spices, lime and tahini – strong flavours that mean you won’t crave a sugar-laden snack in the afternoon.

Try the recipe: Curried hummus

Nutty chicken satay strips

2g sugar per serving (0.9g sugar per 100g)

A coating of peanut butter, garlic and soy sauce mean that these chicken strips pack a serious punch in the flavour stakes. Pop them in the fridge until you’re peckish.

Try the recipe: Nutty chicken satay strips

Leafy salsa verde with yogurt

2g sugar per serving (3.2g sugar per 100g)

Herbs including mint, basil and parsley take this light yogurt dip to the next level of deliciousness. Serve with your favourite crunchy veg – we love radishes, fennel and chicory.

Try the recipe: Leafy salsa verde with yogurt

Avocado & strawberry ices

3g sugar per serving (3.9g sugar per 100g)

These iced delights contain only 3g sugar per serving and require only five ingredients to make. Balsamic vinegar brings out the flavour of ripe strawberries, while avocado adds a delicious, yet dairy-free, creamy texture.

Try the recipe: Avocado & strawberry ices

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This page was published on 1 August 2018. Nutritional information supplied by Kerry Torrens.

A registered nutritionist, Kerry Torrens is a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food magazine. Kerry is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).

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11 No-Sugar Snacks That Skip the Refined Stuff but Not the Flavor

Snacking becomes infinitely more important once you start watching your sugar intake. When the munchies suddenly hit, finding something to hit the spot is a little harder when you can’t just run to the nearest vending machine and grab a bag of M&Ms.

Even though it takes a little more effort and creativity, sugar-free snacks can be way more filling. Plus, they won’t leave you spiraling toward a sugar crash before you can toss out the wrapper. These simple snacks are great to make in bulk and just keep on-hand—whether that’s in the freezer, your backpack, a jar by your bed, or maybe just in your pocket. (We won’t judge!) That way, you’ll be prepared to spring into snacking action whenever and wherever the next bout of hanger hits.

These snacks are all refined sugar-free so you can guarantee you’re not getting any of the white stuff in there. A couple of these recipes include a little bit of maple syrup (as in just one or two tablespoons in the whole batch) so feel free to leave it out if you want to cut back even more.

1. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

In our opinion, roasted chickpeas are the new popcorn. Not only are they salty, snackable, and super simple to make, but they’re packed with protein and fiber to keep you energized and full for longer. Make a big batch by doubling this recipe and keep extra around the house in mason jars or bring baggies to work (or the movie theater) for on-the-go eating.

2. 3-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Cookies

Refined sugar is a no-go, but tapping into the natural sweetness of bananas is just peachy with us. These three-ingredient cookies make perfect portable breakfasts (yes, really), afternoon treats, and midnight snacking material.

3. Turmeric Roasted Cashews With Chia

These aren’t your everyday spiced nuts—this recipe is pure gold. And with that, cue the turmeric, our favorite golden spice! Seasoned with chili flakes and dried rosemary, these cashews will cure even the worst case of the munchies in just a few handfuls. We love keeping these on standby for the next snack emergency or to sprinkle on top of a salad or a stir-fry that needs a little kick and crunch.

4. Soft and Chewy Baked Granola Bars

No matter how organic they may claim to be, even the most “granola” of granola bars you can buy will likely be packed with sugar. (Womp, womp.) Making your own means you can control what goes in—and what stays out—of your bar. What goes in, you ask? Oats, Medjool dates, dried cranberries, nuts, and seeds come together for a chewy experience you’ll want to take on the trail or your morning commute. Make a few extra and freeze ’em for later.

5. Roasted Carrot Dip

Sick of gnawing on raw veggies all the time? Listen—just because you’re not eating sugar doesn’t mean you have to eat like a woodland creature. Try sprucing up your cucumbers, tomatoes, and broccoli bites with this carrot, pepper, and tahini-based dip. Paleo and Whole30-compliant folks, this dip is great for giving new life to your veggie sticks or for spreading on top of low-sugar crackers.

6. 5-Ingredient Pecan Date Energy Bites

There’s nothing like a sweet little energy bite to power you through a workout, a workday, or just a moment of urgent hunger. Combining crunchy pecans, rich almond butter, shredded coconut, sweet dates, and raw cacao nibs, these simple snacks are simply addictive. Go ahead. Try just eating one.

7. Thin Mint Raw Bites

One of the biggest losses you’ll have to take on the sugar-free lifestyle is turning down the Girl Scout at your door who promises world peace and happiness via a box of cookies. While you’ll still have to reject said Girl Scout, you don’t have to scrap the cookie. These raw thin mint bites are a delicious healthier snack alternative. Keep them on hand for times when you need a comforting snack that will take you back to your childhood.

8. Cheddar Cauliflower Bacon Bites

For those of you who are all about the savory, these bites bring home the bacon. Fill them up with sharp cheddar, roasted cauliflower, and natural bacon for a quick snack—or part of your breakfast or lunch.

9. Granola Yogurt Popsicles

It can be hard to stay sugar-free when the first day of summer hits and all of your friends are digging into cartons of Ben & Jerry’s like there’s gold at the bottom. But don’t sweat it—we’ve got a sweltering summer day snack that will take care of all that FOMO. Not only are these pops packed with creamy coconut milk and sweet summer berries—they’re also unbelievably good-looking.

10. Sweet Potato, Kale, and Feta Muffins

Thought ditching sugar meant swearing off muffins? Think again. These savory muffins get their oomph from pureéd sweet potato, feta cheese, and Greek yogurt. Bake a dozen (or two) and bring to a potluck, serve as an appetizer, or pop a few in a Tupperware container to hold you over until lunch.

11. Homemade Mango Fruit Roll-Ups

Yep, you can totally eat fruit roll-ups as an adult. This DIY version is way better for you and way better tasting too. Though it takes a few hours for the mango to bake, it takes only 10 minutes (and one ingredient!) to prepare.

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