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35 Best Low-Sugar Foods to Satisfy Every Type of Craving

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When you’re on a low-sugar diet, it’s important to take a close look at what you’re snacking on. Something that might seem good for you could be loaded with added sugar that can derail your whole day. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the best low-sugar snacks on the market. These goodies combine protein, fiber and good-for-you fat without loading you up with the added sugar found in many processed foods and desserts. We’ve made sure that each of our picks fall in the single digits range for added sugar — meaning none contain more than 8 grams per serving.

We’ve also got some tips to help you the next time you head to the supermarket. First, look for snacks made with a real, whole food as the first ingredient (e.g., a packaged snack that lists “apples” instead of fruit juice puree, fruit concentrate or syrup).

Next, make sure it’s as low in total sugar as possible compared to others on the shelf, and that sugar isn’t the first or second ingredient. Sneaky names for added sugar include: brown rice syrup, agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, molasses, caramel and glucose or glucose syrup.

Last, if you’re choosing a dairy or fruit-based snack, look for versions labeled “plain, unsweetened” instead of “original” flavor. The latter is meaningless unless the original really has zero grams of sugar added to it or there’s no sugar moniker in that ingredients list.

In general, fresh or frozen fruit or unsweetened and canned produce is always a great bet, especially when paired with nuts, seeds, and legumes to give you a hit of both protein and fiber, which will help you stay satisfied and energized, longer. To help you out, this list contains prepackaged snacks as well as easy snack ideas you can make at home.

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1 Organic Chickpea Tortilla Chips

Hippeas

These chickpea-based tortilla chips pack tons of flavor and nutrients. Even better, a 1-ounce serving provides 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and just 1 gram of sugar.

2 Whey Protein Snack Bars

Clif Bar

Get a protein boost (14 grams!) without a sugar crash — each of these bars has just 5 grams of sugar. It gets a creamy flavor from nut butter and protein from whey.

3 Mini Original Semisoft Cheeses

Babybel

The original on-the-go cheese bite is a classic for a reason. Babybel minis will give you a little energy boost and help curb sugar cravings between meals. One piece contains 5 grams of protein an no sugar at all.

4 California Pitted Prunes

Looney Pruney

Prunes are way tastier than you probably realize. They’re naturally sweet (no added sugar!) and filled with fiber and antioxidants. They also pair perfectly with a few walnuts or olives or a slice of grapefruit or Manchego cheese.

5 Carrots with ranch dip

An oldie but a goodie, carrots have lots of fiber and nutrients like beta-carotene. A little dollop of ranch dressing will serve up a flavor kick and a little fat to help you feel full.

6 Black Bean and Green Pea Crisps

Harvest Snaps

Bored of your usual salty treats? These light and yummy bites come in green pea and black bean varieties. The three pictured here all contain 1 gram or less of sugar per serving.

7 Chia Bars

Health Warrior

These bars come in fun flavors like apple cinnamon, acai berry and banana nut. Plus, each one is just 100 calories and has only 3 grams of sugar.

RELATED: 13 Best Protein Bars

8 Pepper Jack Cheese Sticks

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If you loved string cheese as a kid, you’ll love these cheese sticks from Sargento. They’re the grown-up version of that travel-friendly cheese. One stick has 5 grams of protein and no sugar.

9 Better Cookie, Almond Butter

Erin Baker’s

“This treat tastes like a yummy oatmeal cookie and only has 7 grams of sugar total for two cookies,” says Stefani Sassos, M.S., R.D.N., C.S.O., C.D.N., registered dietitian nutritionist at Good Housekeeping. “I love the soft, chewy texture.”

10 Grapefruit

Grapefruit provides all the antioxidants of citrus fruits in a heartier, juicier form. Plus, it’s a low-glycemic index fruit, which means it’ll have less of a blood-sugar-raising effect. Pair a half grapefruit with a 1-ounce piece of cheese (like a stick of string cheese) for an even more filling snack.

RELATED: The 9 Healthiest Low-Sugar Fruits You Should Be Eating

11 Mango Probiotic Fruit Bar

That’s it

“Vegan probiotic sources can be hard to come by, but this vegan and non-GMO Project Verified choice has a traditional chewy fruit bar flavor and probiotics to support gut health,” says Sassos.

12 Pistachio Chewy Bites

Setton Farms

Pistachios are a great source of fiber and protein. Cranberries, blueberries and coconut add some sweetness to these bites. A two-bite serving will give you 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and 8 grams of sugar.

13 Popped Sorghum

Nature Nate’s

If you haven’t heard of sorghum yet, get ready! This grain is becoming popular as a snack food, especially among popcorn lovers. None of the three varieties shown here contain any sugar.

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15 Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn Mini Cakes

SkinnyPop

“This is a staple in my home!” says Sassos. “They have the perfect touch of cinnamon spice and are free from artificial ingredients.” One serving (20 “cakes”!) has 3 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugar.

16 Butternut Squash Stalks, Cinnamon

Real Food from the Ground Up

Cinnamon gives these “straws” a hint of sweetness without the need for tons of sugar. There are only 3 grams of sugar per serving.

17 Hummus with vegetables

Hummus is made of chickpeas so it has lots of fiber and it goes well with nearly any veggie: cucumber, celery, carrots and bell pepper are favorites.

18 Cranberry Almond Thins

Nonni’s Thinaddictives

The right biscotti can be a healthy treat. “These are crunchy, lightly sweet and delicious!” says Sassos.

19 Peatos Crunchy Puffs Snacks

World Peas

When you need a bold flavor, Peatos have you covered. Choose from classic cheese, fiery hot, zesty ranch, classic onion and fiery onion.

20 Ancient Grains Superfood Teff Tortilla Chips

Wild For

These air-popped triangle-shaped barbecue chips are made from teff, a protein-rich grain. Each serving touts 5 grams of protein and just 2 grams of sugar.

21 Organic Sweet Potato Crackers

RW Garcia

A serving of 16 of these gluten-free crackers contains just 2 grams of sugar. Pair a few with a bit of cheese and you’ve got a well-rounded afternoon snack.

22 Berries With Cottage Cheese

All fruit is a great choice since the sugar is naturally occurring versus added, but berries particularly are both low in sugar and super high in dietary fiber, which can help you feel fuller, longer. Mix a cup with a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese for a sweet and slightly tart midday treat.

23 Nut Butter Filled Snack Bars

KIND

Get your candy bar fix with this nut butter-based snack, which has a mere 8 grams of added sugar compared to the 20 grams you’d find in a traditional version. They’re protein-packed and provide fiber from real, whole food ingredients you’ll love, like almonds and oats.

RELATED: The 25 Best Breakfast Bars to Fuel Busy Mornings

24 Salted Peanuts in the Shell

Hampton Farms

What’s better than a classic ballpark snack like peanuts?! These legumes are loaded with 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein and key minerals and antioxidants that make them as good for you as they are filling.

25 Less Sugar Greek Yogurt

Chobani

This line of lower-sugar Greek yogurts can help you fill up and satisfy that creamy craving for a total of 8 grams of sugar per serving. Since dairy has naturally occurring sugar, that’s only about a teaspoon or less of the added type.

RELATED: A Definitive Ranking of the Best Greek Yogurts

26 Dark Chocolate Cocoa Almonds

Skinny Dipped

These lightly-coated almonds come in multiple flavors and portable packs so you can fill up on a satisfying snack with 5 grams of protein per serving. These have just a mere 6 grams of sugar per ounce, while chocolate-covered peanuts contain upwards of 22 grams!

27 Granny Smith Apple With Peanut Butter

This diabetic-friendly combo will help you fill up from the high-fiber content and satisfying, energy-boosting protein you’ll get from the peanuts. Mix and match with other nut butters (like almond or cashew) for variety.

28 Roasted and Salted Pistachios

Wonderful

Antioxidant-packed pistachios also provide fiber, protein and good-for-you fat, which makes them super filling. Plus, taking ’em out of the shell helps you slow down while you snack, so you may eat less overall (rather than mindlessly grazing).  

29 Peanut Butter Nutter Puffs

Popchips

Made from peanut butter, corn and peanut flour, these puffs are the perfectly crunchy semi-sweet, semi-savory snack that ticks off all the boxes. A total 5 grams protein and just 1 gram of added sugar per serving makes them both filling and nutrient-packed.  

30 Himalayan Pink Salt Organic Popcorn

Lesserevil

One serving of this delicious popcorn has up to 5 grams of fiber, which makes it super filling and loaded with antioxidants. Crunch up to 4 cups for a high-volume snack with staying power.

31 Bada Bean Bada Boom

Enlightened amazon.com

Made from broad beans and seasoning, these savory snacks are as simple as they are delicious. One serving has 7 grams of protein plus 5 grams of fiber and just 1 gram of added sugar. Use them as a snack on their own or swap for croutons in soups, salads, and stews.

RELATED: 60+ Healthy Snacks That Are 200 Calories or Less

32 Steamed Artichokes

Another simple (but ultra gourmet-seeming) idea: steamed artichokes, which you can make quickly and mess-free in the microwave. Flavor with lemon juice and seasoning, like salt and pepper or chili flakes. Then dunk into a hearty 1/3 cup of hummus or Greek yogurt-based dip.

33 Gourmet Garlic, Herb and Olive Oil Almonds

Blue Diamond Almonds

These gourmet-style almonds have just a mere gram of sugar — and come loaded with flavor, fiber, and 6 grams of protein per 170 calorie serving. Have them with cheese and unsweetened dried fruit for an easy appetizer or stand-alone snack.

34 Cheddar Cheese Crisps

Whisps

Whisps pack up to 8 grams of protein for zero grams of sugar. Add them as a topping, pair with fruit or enjoy on their own for a filling, cheesy snack that’s also shelf-stable.

35 Pumpkin Seeds, Dry Roasted and Salted

Eden

Try these savory or spicy seeds for an easy topping or all-star snack. Each bag has zero grams of sugar but comes loaded with flavor — plus 4 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein.

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