22 Satisfying Low-Sugar, Low-Carb Snacks
It’s 10am or 4pm and your stomach is rumbling. Your next meal is hours away, so you need to eat something. At times like these, you need a low-sugar, low-carb snack that will be satisfying and tide you over without setting off cravings.
You want something that tastes good, while also meeting your nutritional needs. Science shows that foods that include protein and fat keep you feeling full for longer. In addition, recent research shows that the sugar rush is a myth— sugar doesn’t actually give you a boost of energy. Instead it leaves you feeling tired and foggy within half an hour, so sugary snacks actually do more harm than good.
These 22 low-sugar snacks are delicious and will leave you feeling great:
1. ½ avocado, sprinkled with salt and lemon juice (0.5 g sugar)
When it comes to a refreshing and healthy summer snack, it doesn’t get better than this.
2. 1 cup celery sticks (1 g sugar) + 1 ounce (2 Tbsp.) low-sugar nut butter (2 g sugar)
Celery delivers a satisfying crunch while also keeping you hydrated. The nut butter has protein and healthy fats.
3. 1 ounce cheddar or jack cheese (0 g sugar)
Cheese is a great snack as long as you watch your portion size.
4. ½ cup dry-roasted edamame (2 g sugar)
Edamame is quickly becoming a snack staple that’s a healthier alternative to chips.
5. ⅓ cup hummus (0.5 g sugar) + 1 cup cucumber rounds (2 g sugar)
This Middle Eastern-inspired snack is savory and light.
6. 1 ounce kale chips (2 g sugar) or oven-roasted kale.
Another option when you crave chips. Kale yeah.
7. Nuts—½ cup almonds, ½ cup peanuts, ½ cup pecans, or ½ cup walnuts (2 g sugar)
Research shows that people who eat nuts regularly are healthier in the long-term.
8. 3 cups air-popped popcorn (1 g sugar) + 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese (0 g sugar)
Rather than reaching for butter, make a savory and sophisticated cheese popcorn.
9. ½ cup pumpkin seeds (1 g sugar)
Pumpkin seeds are packed with antioxidants.
10. ½ cup roasted chickpeas (3 g sugar)
Instead of popping pretzels or chips, reach for protein-rich chickpeas.
11. 1 ounce salmon jerky (1 g sugar)
Packed with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a smart snack choice.
12. ½ cup sunflower seeds (2 g sugar)
Vitamin B in sunflower seeds supports your nervous system.
13. 1 ounce turkey jerky (5 g sugar)
This protein-packed snack is portable, too.
14. Turkey slice rolled around cucumber and cheese (2 g sugar)
A childhood favorite is still delicious as an adult.
15. 5 ounces plain Greek yogurt (6 g sugar) sprinkled with cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a calorie-free way to make things taste sweeter.
16. 2 hard-boiled eggs (1 g sugar)
Eggs are a powerhouse food that are great any time of day.
17. 1 cup of raspberries (5 g sugar) + 1 piece string cheese (less than 1 g sugar)
String cheese will make you feel like a kid again, and so will putting the raspberries on each of your finger tips!
18. 1 cup no sugar three-bean salad
Who says salad has to be eaten at lunch or dinner?
19. 1 slice Ezekiel bread with 2 Tbsp. nut butter (2 g sugar)
This bread made from sprouted grains has no added sugar.
20. Tuna + 2 fiber crackers (0 g sugar)
Tuna is a great savory snack that can be flavored however you like.
21. 1 cup roasted broccoli (1.7 g sugar)
Broccoli roasted with salt and olive oil is easy to make, and the florets are bite-sized.
22. Egg muffins (0 g sugar)
For a quick and easy snack, mix eggs with chopped veggies and bake in a muffin tin until set. Added bonus: they keep well in the freezer; just microwave when you want to eat.
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