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10 Easy Low-Sugar Snacks You’ll Love

Low-sugar snacks support health, longevity, and weight loss Check out these dietitian-approved, balanced snack ideas!

Low-Sugar, Balanced Snack Ideas

The snacks below are low in added sugars and processed ingredients, making them a healthier option compared to processed snacks.

These low-sugar snacks are nutrient-dense and provide a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

1. Edamame

Edamame, or soybeans, are a good source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

They make a great snack on their own or topped with a sprinkle of sea salt!

Serving Size

A serving is about a cup of edamame in the pods.

Bowl of edamame in pods
Edamame is packed with nutrients!

2. Apple Slices & Nut Butter

Apples are high in fiber and antioxidants, while nut butter is a good source of healthy fats and protein.

This snack is both delicious and satisfying!

Serving Size

Choose a medium size apple that is about the size of a tennis ball. Slice the apple and enjoy with about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

Sliced red apple topped with peanut butter
Satisfy a sweet tooth with an apple & nut butter!

3. Hummus & Veggies

Hummus, a dip made from chickpeas, is a good source of protein and fiber.

Pair it with raw vegetables, such as carrots, cucumber, and bell peppers for a tasty and nutritious snack.

Serving Size

Eat as many vegetables as you like since they are low in calories and high in nutrients. Limit your hummus to 3-4 tablespoons.

Plate of veggies with hummus in the middle
Dip in and savor the goodness of hummus!

4. Greek Yogurt & Berries

Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium and contains probiotics, which support digestive health.

Top it with fresh berries, such as blueberries or strawberries, for added fiber and antioxidants.

Serving Size

A serving of Greek yogurt is about 6 ounces or 3/4 cup. Limit your fruit to about 1 cup.

Bowl of vanilla yogurt topped with raspberries and strawberries
A perfect pairing of Greek yogurt & fresh, juicy berries!

5. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein and healthy fats. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D and choline.

Hard-boiled eggs are a convenient, portable snack!

Serving Size

Slice or mash 1-2 eggs on top of a slice of whole-grain toast.

Hard-boiled eggs make for the perfect on-the-go fuel!

6. Popcorn

Popcorn can be a healthy snack option when prepared in the right way.

It’s high in fiber which promotes healthy digestion and heart health.

Packaged microwave popcorn is often high in sodium and unhealthy fats.

Air-popped popcorn without added salt or butter can be a nutritious and low-calorie snack option!

Serving Size

A serving of popcorn is about 3 cups.

Glass bowl of popcorn
Poppin’ Perfection!

7. Nuts

Nuts are a good source of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

They have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, improved blood sugar control, and reduced inflammation.

Serving Size

A serving of nuts is about 1 ounce of 3/4 cup. Pair nuts with a piece of fruit or 6 ounces of yogurt.

Various nuts representing a low-sugar snack
Nuts: Grab a handful and crunch away!

8. Tuna & Crackers

Tuna is a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and a range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D and selenium.

Choose tuna canned in water. Top whole-grain crackers with tuna for added fiber and complex carbohydrates.

For tuna salad, mix canned tuna with Greek yogurt or avocado instead of mayo to reduce added fat and calories.

Serving Size

Pair around 5 crackers with 4 ounces or 1/2 cup of tuna.

8 crackers on a cutting board each topped with tuna salad
Tuna is full of flavor and protein!

9. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate and white chocolate.

It also contains flavonoids, antioxidants that protect against cellular damage and inflammation.

In addition, dark chocolate provides magnesium and iron, which supports healthy blood pressure and reduces the risk of anemia.

You can learn more about the benefits of chocolate in this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post “7 Cacao Benefits for Skin“.

Serving Size

A serving of dark chocolate is 1-2 ounces which is typically 3-6 squares. Pair dark chocolate with about 1/4 cup of nuts to add some protein to your snack.

Dark chocolate bar; a low sugar snack.
Dark chocolate is an indulgent treat you can feel good about!

10. Cheese

Cheese is a good source of protein and calcium.

Choose low-fat options, such as cottage cheese, mozzarella, or 2% milk cheese to reduce overall fat and calorie intake.

Serving Size

A typical serving of cheese is 1 ounce or 1 slice. Pair your cheese with some apple slices or about 1 cup of grapes for a high-fiber, balanced snack!

You can also pair cheese with about 5-7 crackers.

Do you need more snack ideas? Check out this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – “50 Balanced Snacks That Will Satisfy & Energize You“.

Block of Swiss cheese surrounded by crackers and grapes.
Indulge in a perfect harmony of cheese and crunch!

Smoothie bowls make for a great snack too! Check out this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post “The Ultimate Guide to Smoothie Bowl Toppings“.

Takeaways from Low-Sugar Snacks

Low-sugar snacks support healthy aging. They provide important nutrients for maintaining good health and preventing chronic diseases.

They are also low in calories and high in fiber, which promotes weight management and reduces the risk of obesity, a major contributor to premature aging.

By opting for nutrient-dense choices that are low in sugar, we empower ourselves to make mindful decisions without compromising on satisfaction!

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