If you're trying to wean yourself off sugar, you know that eating on the go can make life quite tricky. Even when you do try and consciously pick healthy foods there are so many hidden sugars that fill our bloodstreams (and ultimately) to a very unsatisfactory point. Luckily though, there are a few healthy low-sugar and no-added-sugar snacks out there. Here are five of the best.
1. Bienna Chickpea Snacks
With only three ingredients - chickpeas, sunflower oil and sea salt - this crunchy plant-based snack is simple and completely free of added sugar. One serving provides six grams of protein and fiber each and eight percent of your daily iron needs. A cheeky bonus, chickpeas are a member of the pulse family, a food group known to protect against type 2 diabetes.
2. Quinn Just Sea Salt & Organic Popcorn
Each bag in this box contains organic popcorn, sea salt, and nothing else. Popcorn counts as a whole grain, and packs an antioxidant punch that a lot of its competitors don't. Because it’s airy, you get to eat a decently-sized portion without racking up the excess carbs. One serving (three cups popped) satisfies 12 percent of your daily fiber target, and contains just 80 calories, primarily from 16 grams of total carb (about the amount in one slice of bread).
3. Amrita Chocolate Chip Coconut Minis
These bite-size bars - made from dried fruit, cocoa powder, chia seeds, coconut, and brown rice protein - are free from allergens and ingredients commonly associated with intolerances, including gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and nuts. At just three grams of sugar per mini, you can get a chocolatey fix along with four grams of plant protein.
4. Elan Granola Shot Paleo Mix
Maple syrup is toward the bottom of the list of ingredients in this granola which contains just 2 grams of sugar per third cup. The other ingredients are cashews, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut, macadamia nuts, flaxseed, and organic virgin coconut oil. Simple as that. The snack also satisfies between 15 and 90 percent of your daily need for seven important nutrients, including the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium.
5. Wonderful Roasted Pistachios
Pistachios, while you may consider them a decadent snack, they are actually quite healthy. A pack of Wonderful Pistachios (1.5 oz) has just two grams of natural sugar. They are full of protein too; good fat and 15 percent of your daily need for four key vitamins and minerals, including B6 and manganese.
Whether you like savory or slightly sweet, crunchy or chocolatey, you’re sure to find options that satisfy. Stock up and keep them handy, so you’re well prepared when that three o’clock craving comes calling.