The 6 Best Snacks for Anyone Cutting Out Sugar, According to a Nutritionist

From TIME - February 28, 2018

If youre trying to wean yourself off sugar, you know that eating on the go can get tricky. So many packaged (and easily portable) foods are full of the sweet stuff. But luckily, there are a few healthy low-sugar and no-added-sugar snacks out there. The six below are rich in nutrients to help you refuel. Whether you like savory or slightly sweet, crunchy or chocolatey, youre sure to find options that satisfy. Stock up and keep them handy, so youre well prepared when that 3 oclock craving comes calling.

Cynthia Sass is Healths contributing nutrition editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and a consultant for the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets.

1) Bienna Chickpea Snacks

With just three ingredientschickpeas, sunflower oil, and sea saltthis crunchy plant-based snack is simple and completely free of added sugar. One serving provides 6 grams each of protein and fiber, and 8% of your daily iron needs. Bonus: chickpeas, a member of the pulse family, have been shown to help protect against type 2 diabetes and support weight management.

Available at $3

2) SuperSeedz Maple Sugar and Sea Salt

Even though organic sugar and maple syrup appear in the ingredient list on this bag of pumpkin seeds, the amount of sugar per quarter cup serving is just 3 grams, or less than one teaspoon worth. (I think the flavor is worth that bit of sweetener, but if you prefer a zero-sugar option, choose the Sea Salt variety). A quarter cup portion packs a generous 7 grams of plant protein, along with 10% of your daily iron needs, 15% of your zinc needs, and 30 to 60% of the recommended amount of phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese.

Available at $8

3) Quinn Just Sea Salt & Organic Popcorn

Each bag in this box contains organic popcorn, sea salt, and nothing else. Popcorn count as a whole grain, and packs an antioxidant punch that rivals produce. Because its airy, you get to eat a decent-size portion without racking up excess carbs. One serving (three cups popped) satisfies 12% of your daily fiber target, and contains just 80 calories, primarily from 16 grams of total carb (about the amount in one slice of bread).

Available at $4

4) Amrita Chocolate Chip Coconut Minis

Available at $13

5) Elan Granola Shot Paleo Mix

Available at $23 for 12

6) Wonderful Roasted Pistachios

Available at $23 for 24


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