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16 Easy and Satisfying Low-Sugar Snacks Less Than 200 Calories

By JESS BARRON

If you have diabetes and/or you’re trying to cut down on sugar it does not mean that you need to stop eating snacks. In fact, if you're going more than four or five hours between meals, a small reasonable snack could be just the thing you need to keep your blood sugar steady.

When choosing a snack, try to make sure your snack includes at least 3 grams of protein to balance out the carbohydrates. Also, look for snacks that are less than 200 calories and contain less than 10 total grams of sugar.
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Each of these snacks has 20 or less grams of carbs - and they're easy to prepare in advance and bring to work with you in a container:

* 3 tablespoons of hummus and a red pepper (sliced)
Calories: 121 calories
Fat: 4 grams
Carbs: 18 grams
Sugars: 7 grams
Protein: 5 grams

* Vanilla ricotta crème (1/2 cup ricotta cheese, part skim, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and one teaspoon stevia)
Calories: 170 calories
Fat: 10 grams
Carbs: 6 grams
Sugars: 1 gram
Protein: 14 grams

* 1 no-bake gluten-free oatmeal energy ball (Check out the full recipe in MyPlate)
Calories: 145 calories
Fat: 8 grams
Carbs: 16 grams
Sugars: 4 grams
Protein: 4 grams

* 1 hardboiled egg (sliced) and served with 3 slices of avocado and sriracha sauce
Calories: 150 calories
Fat: 7 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
Sugars: 1 grams
Protein: 7 grams

* 1/2 cup of boiled (shelled) organic edamame with sea salt
Calories: 120 calories
Fat: 4 grams
Carbs: 11 grams
Sugars: 5 grams
Protein: 10 grams

* 3 steamed asparagus spears, each wrapped in a piece of sliced turkey breast and dipped in mustard
Calories: 100 calories
Fat: 2 grams
Carbs: 3 grams
Sugars: 2 grams
Protein: 7 grams

* 8 cherry tomatoes and 1.5-oz of feta cheese
Calories: 134 calories
Fat: 6 grams
Carbs: 6 grams
Sugars: 5 grams
Protein: 6 grams

* Sweet potato fries — made from approx half of one sweet potato (Check out the full recipe in MyPlate)
Calories: 174 calories
Fat: 9 grams
Carbs: 20 grams
Sugars: 6 grams
Protein: 3 grams

* 6-oz plain Greek yogurt (such as Smari organic Icelandic yogurt) with 1 tablespoon of natural unsweetened peanut butter mixed in
Calories: 200 calories
Fat: 9 grams
Carbs: 9 grams
Sugars: 6 grams
Protein: 23 grams

* 2 cups of air-popped popcorn sprinkled with 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
Calories: 84 calories
Fat: 2 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Sugars: 0 grams
Protein: 4 grams

* 4 tablespoons of guacamole (here’s my recipe) and 5 celery sticks and 5 baby carrots
Calories: 105 calories
Fat: 5 grams
Carbs: 14 grams
Sugars: 7 grams
Protein: 3 grams

* 1/2 cup low-fat (2%) cottage cheese and 1/2 cup sliced strawberries OR 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
Calories: 114 calories
Fat: 1 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Sugars: 9 grams
Protein: 15 grams

* 10 baby carrots and 1 tablespoon of almond butter
Calories: 136 calories
Fat: 9 grams
Carbs: 11 grams
Sugars: 6 grams
Protein: 3 grams

* 1 part skim mozzarella cheese stick and 1/2 sliced pear
Calories: 133 calories
Fat: 6 grams
Carbs: 14 grams
Sugars: 8 grams
Protein: 8 grams

* 1/2 sliced apple and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Calories: 130 calories
Fat: 8 grams
Carbs: 13 grams
Sugars: 8 grams
Protein: 4 grams

* 2 halves of a spicy devilled egg (Check out the full recipe in MyPlate)
Calories: 102
Fat: 6 grams
Carbs: 3 grams
Sugars: 1 grams
Protein: 6 grams

–Jess

Readers - Are you diabetic or just trying to cut down on sugar? Do you have any favorite low sugar snacks that we missed on our list? Do you have questions on how to make any of these snacks? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!

Follow Jess on Twitter @jessdandy. Also, you can add her on Google+ and follow her on Pinterest.

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