February is National Snack Food Month in the United States, and you may be looking at how you are managing the New Year’s resolutions you set at the beginning of the year. Since snacking is a national pastime you have many options to choose from. So, why not focus on healthy, low-sugar options. Here are 10 great choices to snack on.
Popcorn is a great snack whether is hot-air-popped or popped in a bag in the microwave. It has a very low sugar content and even contains some fiber. Hot-air-popped popcorn is considered one of the best snack foods for diabetics. Stay away from carmel corn or kettle corn, which are full of sugar.
Another great, low-sugar snack option is pretzels. Be sure to read the label, but whole wheat pretzels with zero added sugar have a low-sugar content per serving, anywhere from 0.5 grams to 2 grams depending on the brand.
Veggies and Hummus
Keeping fresh veggies on hand is always a good idea with many vegetable options to choose from, such as fresh baby carrots, celery, red bell pepper, and cucumber – oops, that’s a fruit! Vegetables, together with hummus, make for a healthy snack with protein that is both filling and healthy.
String cheese is a quick and easy grab. One stick of mozzarella string cheese has 6 grams of protein and zero sugars. Keep some in the fridge for a quick snack in between meals.
Fresh berries, like strawberries and blueberries, are healthy and sweet, low-sugar, snack options. They also contain a fiber, are a good source of vitamin C, and can be quite filling.
Beef jerky and turkey jerky are easy to find in every grocery store with many varieties and flavors available. One ounce of teriyaki or plain turkey jerky has about 5 grams of sugar and 11 grams of protein. This snack will satisfy you and has nutritional value.
Whether you choose almonds, cashews, pistachios, or peanuts, if you can tolerate them, nuts are an extremely healthy snack food. They are excellent sources of protein, fiber, omegas 3 and 6, vitamin E, and magnesium. Be sure to choose raw nuts to avoid excess sodium.
Tortilla Chips and Pico De Gallo
Grabbing a bag of tortilla chips and fresh pico de gallo is a great snack to share with friends. Add a sparkling water or maybe a cerveza, and a great time is had by all. If salsa is your thing with tortilla chips, be careful to read the nutrition label since most have added sugar. Pico de gallo is a fresh five-ingredient condiment with zero added sugar. Or make you own, like this Mango Avocado Salsa.
Crisp dill pickles come in many sizes and flavors. Stay away from sweet or “bread and butter” versions and stick with the low-calorie, zero-sugar-added dill varieties. Choose one spear or the whole pickle with no sugar and only 5 calories.
Eggs are a great source of protein and are easy to eat when they are hard-boiled. You can cook them the old-fashioned way, boiling them in a pot of water. But a pressure cooker is a faster and fool-proof method of hard cooking the eggs. If you feel like being creative, make some deviled eggs!
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