When you’re craving a snack, it can be tempting to reach for the office candy bowl or grab a chocolate bar from the vending machine. Arm yourself with these low-sugar snacks to see you through the afternoon slump instead.
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It’s no secret at this point that added sugar is bad news, but when we reach for an afternoon snack, even the so-called “healthy” options can be packed with sugar. Something like a conventional granola bar delivers some protein and fiber from whole grains, but it can also pack in as much sugar as a cookie or candy bar.
The list below contains some quick-and-easy recipes for low-sugar snacks that you can make on the fly along with make-ahead snack ideas that you can keep handy for your next afternoon snack attack.
Satisfying Low-Sugar Snacks
Move over, avocado toast! This sweet-and-savory breakfast recipe make a great, low-sugar snack, too. Thin slices of roasted sweet potato are the base for your favorite spreads, fruits, nuts, seeds and more!
Roasted chickpeas are an easy-to-make, protein-packed savory snack, and you can season them however you like! The link above is to a basic recipe, so you can add your favorite combination of herbs and spices for the ideal low-sugar snack.
3. Kale Chips
You can splurge on store-bought kale chips, but they are so easy to make at home, especially if you have an air fryer, which cuts your cooking time in half. If air frying isn’t your thing, you can also make kale chips in the oven using this recipe as your guide.
These savory little bites are a perfect solution for a mid-afternoon snack attack! They’ll keep for a few days in the fridge if you store them in an airtight container.
5. Pizza Hummus
Hummus is a natural low-sugar snack idea, but why go with the plain-and-simple? Step up your hummus game with savory pizza flavors!
Don’t you love a tiny version of a conventional recipe? These mini tostadas are stuffed with guacamole, black beans, fresh corn and tomatoes. Perfect little healthy bites.
These healthy, cheesy, vegan bites will keep for a few days in the fridge. Munch on them as-is, or top with your favorite dips and spreads. They’re so good with a dollop of salsa fresca on top!
There are no dairy or processed ingredients in these cheesy little pasta bites! You make the vegan cheesy sauce in the blender, then bake in muffin tins for a cute and delicious low sugar snack!
This is a two-ingredient snack that’s super easy to whip up. You can make a big batch over the weekend and snack on them all week long! Store in an airtight container on the kitchen counter for three to four days.
Move over, sweet potatoes! Carrots make a great base for curried veggie fries. Carrots deliver a little bit of natural sweetness to balance out the deep curry seasonings in this low-sugar recipe.
11. Jicama Fries
Another offbeat oven fries recipe! Tangy jicama teams up with chili powder, lime juice and sea salt for a flavorful baked treat.
If you juice, chances are you’re tossing the leftover pulp into the compost bin. Next time, save it for this low-sugar crackers recipe!
These easy, flavorful roasted almonds couldn’t be easier to make! They only have eight ingredients, and they come together in under half an hour.
If you want a decadent-yet-healthy snack for your next party spread, you are looking at it. There are no processed ingredients in this dip. Serve with crackers, pita triangles or your favorite veggies for dipping.
Miniature bell peppers stuffed with creamy, chickpea salad is a satisfying snack that’s deliciously healthy and free from added sugars.
This savory breakfast recipe is a great high-protein, low sugar snack! Granola can be very sweet, but this recipe only uses a tablespoon of maple syrup in a recipe that yields four cups of tasty, snacky goodness.
I love this choose-your-own adventure recipe for roasted cashews! Make them with your favorite hot sauce, and layer on whatever herbs and spices are speaking to you to create your perfect, spicy snack.
If you haven’t made your own crackers before, I encourage you to try it. With a solid recipe, like this one, it’s super easy to do. I like to use a pizza cutter when I make crackers to get nice, clean lines.
19. Basic Edamame
Sometimes, the best low-sugar snack is the simplest. Boil up some edamame for a protein-rich, low sugar snack in minutes.
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