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Trying to eat less added sugar? Here are 50 snack ideas that have less than 1 gram of added sugar.
The purpose of this post isn’t necessarily to provide you with a list of healthy snacks. If I wanted to do that, I could just list every single fruit and vegetable as a separate item. BOOM- a list of healthy snacks.
What I was looking for was a list of options when you are trying to cut down on the amount of added sugar in your life. And some of those options aren’t the healthiest of the bunch. Like potato chips.
Still, when my kids are asking me for a snack, I am always going to prefer they are eating the one without all the added sugar. Even if it’s a (small) bowl of potato chips.
For me, I’d rather have them eating foods with full-fat ingredients like whole milk and real butter, rather than “low-fat” alternatives that make up for flavor by adding tons of extra sugar OR WORSE, fake sugar.
Some of these have 0 grams of added sugar, while others may have 1 gram or a label that reads “<1 gram.”
(Also: None of these have artificial sugars in them. It drove me crazy when I was researching this list to find people labeling snacks “healthy” and with “no added sugars!” only to find out that they were using Splenda or a similar sugar substitute.)
Here’s the list:
- Snyder of Berlin Cheese Popcorn
- Apple slices
- Carrot sticks
- Kale chips
- Pirate’s Booty
- Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (Cheddar or Pretzel)
- Popcorn (homemade, from kernels on the stovetop)
- Tortilla chips
- Pumpkin seeds
- Potato chips (plain, but check other sweeter flavors like BBQ)
- Skinny Pop Popcorn– all varieties, even their “Naturally Sweet” flavor which has <1 gram of sugar in 3.5 cups of popcorn)
- Bagel chips
- Peanuts (dry-roasted)
- Snapea Crisps
- Stacy’s Pita Chips
- Sesame sticks
- Apple chips (homemade, so you can control how much sugar you sprinkle on)
- Smoothie made with whole milk + a combination of any fresh fruit and frozen fruit you have on hand
- Ice-pops made from above smoothies
- Sweet potato chips
- Pesto chips
- Steamed edamame with sea salt
- Banana chips
- Garden Veggie chips
- Skinnygirl Lime & Salt Microwave Popcorn— I swear you will feel like you’re sipping a margarita on the beach
- Frozen grapes (especially good in the summer!)
- Homemade peanut butter with celery sticks (or check labels at the store to find a brand that has no added sugars)
- Baked french fries, like the Alexia brand
- Homemade guacamole
- Healthy Rolled Oats Oatmeal Nut Cookies
- Pineapple Cream popsicles
- Strawberries/blueberries with homemade whipped cream
- Pear Oatmeal Bars (use unsweetened applesauce)
- Meyer Lemon Snack Bars
- Roasted chickpeas
- Hard-boiled egg w/ salt and pepper
- Zucchini chips
- Lightly-salted rice cakes topped with no-sugar-added peanut butter
- Sunflower seeds
- Banana soft-serve ice-cream— I can’t wait to try this. All you need are frozen bananas and a food processor!
- Microwaved Baked Apples
- Homemade trail mix with peanuts, pretzels, and raisins
- String cheese
I will tell you, it is definitely a struggle to find snacks that are healthy, yummy, and don’t have added sugar. And like I said, not everything on the above list is “healthy.” But most are. And the rest are great for occasional treats.