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Sugar is not so sweet for our health. But avoiding it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy muffins or cookie dough or even ice cream (yes, ice cream!). Whether you have dietary restrictions because of doctor’s orders, or simply want to cut down on sugar consumption, there are still plenty of healthy, low sugar snacks that will satisfy without making your glucose levels skyrocket.
Sure, you can grab a couple cubes of cheese or eat half an avocado with a spoon (preferably with a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning on top), but with just a little advance planning, you can make even more satisfying snacks that won’t wreck your diet—but will taste amazing.
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Forgo starchy, carb-heavy potato chips (which can also have a shocking amount of sodium and even hidden sugar in their seasoning blends) for a bowl of crispy baked chickpeas coated in an irresistible mixture of cumin and other spices. Get our Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas recipe.
It may be hard to believe that this decadent cookie dough dip is free of the sweet stuff. The recipe swaps out refined sugar for liquid stevia and sugar-free chocolate chips, so it still tastes just like the regular one. Get the Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Dip recipe.
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Coconut pulls triple duty here. Unsweetened coconut shreds are held together by coconut oil and coconut butter, then coated with a dark chocolate bottom to form sugar-free candy bars. Get the Low-Carb Coconut Bars recipe.
This dozen is going to disappear fast. Not only are they perfect as an on-the-go snack (or make-ahead breakfast), the muffins are packed with good-for-you ingredients like peppers and kale. They’re made with coconut flour, so they’re also gluten-free. Get the Grain-Free Savory Breakfast Muffins recipe.
Ice cream with less than a gram of sugar? Yes, it’s possible! This six-ingredient pint subs sugar with Swerve sweetener and still gets the same decadent result. Get the Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe.
Run zucchinis through a mandolin to get ultra-thin and ultra-addictive “chips.” You can season the crisps with salt and pepper or get creative with other finishing spices. Get the Oven-Baked Zucchini Chips recipe.
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Brazilian pão de queijo gets both a vegan and sugar-free makeover in this recipe, which uses a mix of golden flaxseed meal, tapioca flour, and potato starch, plus dairy-free mozzarella cheese. Get the Vegan Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe.
Popcorn is a naturally sugar-free snack, but if buttered kernels are starting to feel boring, kick things up a notch with a chili powder garnish. Get the Chili-Lime Popcorn recipe. (Also try black sesame and mustard; parmesan and black pepper; or herbes de Provence.)
Protein-rich hard boiled eggs are an easy and satisfying snack (pro tip: that everything bagel seasoning comes in handy again), but deviled eggs are even better—and as long as you go light on the mayo, they don’t have to be unhealthy. Be sure to use a sugar-free mayonnaise, or whip one up yourself to use in the filling; alternatively, you can swap in Greek yogurt, sour cream, or something similar. Get our Sriracha Deviled Egg recipe.
Broiling these spicy little bites instead of frying means they’re not so bad for you—and they’re way easier to make when the craving hits. You can mix the cream cheese with whatever else you fancy, and even assemble these ahead of time, then stash them in the fridge so you just have to pop them in the oven at snack time (a toaster oven works too). Get our Broiled Jalapeno Popper recipes.
Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. Heart-healthy avocado helps keep these fudgy brownies moist, while unsweetened chocolate bites and cocoa powder give it a chocolate-y punch, minus the sugar. Get the Low Carb Fudgy Avocado Brownie recipe.
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