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. And if you’re looking for more low-sugar snacks, check out our list of the 25 Best & Worst Low-Sugar Protein Bars.
Epic Chicken Sriracha Bar
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.
Blue Diamond Thai Sweet Chili Almonds
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.
Kashi GOLEAN Plant-Powered Bar, Honey Pecan Baklava
Plant-based snack bars can be hit-or-miss, especially in the sugar department. Luckily, these Kashi GOLEAN bars have just the right amount of sweet at just 7 grams of the sweet stuff per bar. Plus, the 4 grams of fiber and 8 grams of fiber help balance out the carb count.
Justin’s Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Pack
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.
Rhythm Superfoods Kool Ranch Kale Chips
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.
Simple Mills Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers
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.
Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips
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.
Siete Grain Free Lime Tortilla Chips
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.
Oloves Basil & Garlic
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.
Oh Snap! Pickles Hottie Bites
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.
Paleo Valley Beef Sticks
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.
Alter Eco Dark Super Blackout
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).
Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Gluten-Free Granola, Maple Walnut
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.
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.
Hope Original Recipe Hummus
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.
Boulder Canyon Lentil Carrot Quinoa Crisps, Sea Salt & Pepper
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.
Biena Chickpea Snacks Honey Roasted
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.
Siggi’s Icelandic Style Strained Non-Fat Plain Yogurt
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.
The New Primal Cilantro Lime Turkey Sticks
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.
Skinny Dipped Almonds, Dark Chocolate Espresso
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. You’ll also find these almonds on our list of The Best New Groceries of 2017.