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Low Sugar Snacks

4 Low-Sugar Snack Ideas

Whether you’re looking to make a few healthy changes, or need to modify your diet for health purposes, cutting down on your sugar intake can have many benefits. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find healthy, filling snacks that are low in sugar. Try integrating the following low-sugar foods into your diet as quick, grab-and-go snacks that don’t make you feel like you’re losing out on anything.

1.Nuts: Nuts are a great source of protein and can help tide you over in between meals when you’re feeling especially hungry. With only about 2 grams of sugar per ounce, pistachio nuts contain very little sugar, and they’re also a great source of phytosterols, a plant compound that helps lower cholesterol. Sunflower seeds are another good choice. They have a high content of healthy fats and proteins and are rich in magnesium, which helps control blood sugar. Other nuts, like almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts, and walnuts are also solid snack choices because they’re packed with fiber, antioxidants, and heart-healthy fats.

2.Celery: One of the best things about celery as a snack is that you can dip it in just about anything. Celery sticks are mostly water and contain little flavor, so choose whatever dip you’re in the mood for, whether it be cream cheese, peanut butter, or something else. Some peanut butter contains sugar, so be sure to choose a product without added sugar or oils, or try almond butter instead.

3.Hummus: Made from high-fiber chickpeas, hummus is a wholesome dip perfect for a mid-day snack. Chickpeas contain no sugar, and they contain numerous healthy minerals, making hummus a great option for those looking to cut out sugar completely. While you can eat it with pita chips or pita bread, for a healthier alternative try using celery or broccoli. Dipping carrots in hummus is another tasty option, though carrots do contain natural sugars, so keep the serving size small.

4.Popcorn: Instead of potato chips or crackers, try popcorn if you’re looking for something crunchy to snack on. Popcorn contains no sugar, and it actually contains whole grains, fiber, and antioxidants. As long as you stick to plain or natural flavors without unnecessary additives, it can be a very healthy, salty treat.

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