15 Low-Sugar Snacks To Help You Lose Weight
Picture a voracious beast gnashing down on anything fatty and puffy—a seal, a tourist, a doughnut—that happens to float by. That’s you, every day, around 3 PM. Your targets: sugary and calorie-loaded drinks, chips, crackers, candies, cake, and pastries.
But as you’re about to see, snacking doesn’t have to mean indiscriminate feeding. “Use between-meal eating to deliver nutrients you’re not getting otherwise,” says New York City-based registered dietitian Willow Jarosh.
Here, 15 delicious snacks to tame your midday hunger beast, whether you're craving something salty, crunchy, savory, creamy, or a little sweet:
Curry RoastedChickpeas:Heat 1 1/2 tsp olive oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup rinsed, drained, and dried (thumbs-up for their BPA-free cans). Cook 5 to 7 minutes, flipping frequently. Toss with 1/2 tsp curry powder and a generous pinch each of cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and sea salt. (Psst! Here are 9 misleading food labels you should avoid.)
Tuna & Feta Salad Mix:3 oz canned tuna with 1/2 cup chickpeas, 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, 3 Tbsp feta, 1 tsp olive oil, and 1 tsp red wine vinegar.
Chips & Guacamole:Combine 1/3 mashed avocado with 2 Tbsp chopped tomato, 1 Tbsp chopped onion, 1 tsp fresh lime juice, and a generous pinch each of garlic powder, chili powder, and sea salt. Serve with 10 Garden of Eatin’ Black Bean Tortilla Chips( for a pack of 12 bags, ), which we love because they’re made from organic corn and black beans (that means more protein for staying full).
Put a spin on guacamole with this delicious recipe:
Parmesan-Chive Popcorn:Pop 2 Tbsp Arrowhead Mills Organic Popcorn Kernels ( for 2 bags, ). Whisk 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan, 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tsp water, 2 generous pinches of garlic powder, and a generous pinch of sea salt in small microwaveable bowl. Microwave 10 seconds. Drizzle over popcorn. Toss well. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp finely chopped chives.
Garlicky Bean Dip With FennelPuree:1/2 cup rinsed and drained , 1 1/2 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan, 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 clove garlic, and a generous pinch each of dried thyme and sea salt in food processor until smooth. Serve with 1/4 fennel bulb (or cucumber), cut into matchsticks.
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No-Bake Granola Bars:Line 8" x 8" baking pan with wax paper. Combine 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup,1/2 cup roughly chopped peanuts, 1/2 cup tart dried cherries, and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Melt 3 Tbsp unsalted butter with 6 Tbsp brown sugar and 3 Tbsp honey in saucepan. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Stir into granola mixture. Fold in 1/2 cup organic dark chocolate chips (60% cacao). Transfer to pan. Cover with wax paper and press into pan. Chill 30 minutes. Cut into 12 bars (2" x 2 2/3"). (Makes 12 servings).
Whole Grain Waffle With Lemon-Herb Ricotta:Toast 1 . Top with 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta mixed with 1 tsp lemon zest and 1 Tbsp chopped mixed herbs such as parsley, oregano, and tarragon.
Egg, Avocado & Salmon Wrap:Spread 2 Tbsp mashed avocado onto an 8"-diameter whole grain tortilla; top with 1 oz smoked salmon and 1 sliced hard-boiled egg.
White Bean &Mozzarella Toss:Mix 1/2 cup canned white beans with 1/2 cup diced mozzarella, 1 tsp olive oil, and 1 tsp vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
MORE:Your Simple 7-Day Plan To Lower Sugar In Your Diet
Tzatziki With Whole WheatPita Wedges:Whisk 1/3 cup 2% Greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp reduced-fat sour cream, 1/4 cup shredded cucumber, 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp minced garlic. Serve with 1 organic whole grain pita cut into bite-size wedges. (For more yummy low-sugar recipes like this, check out .)
Fig-Almond Power Parfait:Layer 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt with 2 Tbsp sliced almonds and 2 diced dried figs.
Chocolate, PB &Banana Shake:Blend 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 banana, 2 tsp peanut butter, 2 tsp cocoa powder, and a handful of ice.
Lemony Quinoa-Apricot Muffins:Heat oven to 350°F. Whisk 3/4 cup 1% milk, 3 Tbsp expeller pressed canola oil, 1 egg, zest of 1 lemon, and 1 tsp vanilla extract in large bowl. In separate bowl, whisk 1 3/4 cup flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp salt. Stir into wet ingredients. Fold in 1 cup cooked quinoa and 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (try Anna and Sarah Dried Turkish Apricots, , ). Divide in lined muffin pan. Bake 30 minutes. (Makes 12 servings).
Creamy Blueberry-Almond Smoothie:Blend 1 1/2 cups fortified milk, 1/2 cup fortified orange juice, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 banana, and 1/2 cup crushed ice.
Roasted Pear With Cinnamon-Spiced Greek Yogurt:Coat 1 quartered and cored Bosc pear with olive oil spray. Bake in a 425°F oven until tender, 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Top with 1/4 cup Fage total 2% Greek Yogurt whisked with 1/2 tsp agave nectar and a generous pinch of cinnamon.
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