This list of no-added sugar snacks is a great reference of nutritious snacks for kids and parents looking for lower sugar options.
Sugar is a touchy subject for a lot of people. ESPECIALLY parents of young children. Do I notice my children behave a little less like angels when they’ve had a lot of sugar? You bet. Is sugar in a lot of foods we have in our house? Yep. And some of those foods just happen to be healthy too! In last week’s newsletter, I shared how I’m somewhat overhauling my family’s snacking game. And it starts by eliminating some processed snacks and looking for fresher, lower-in-sugar options.
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Now I’m not putting my family on a sugar elimination diet. And I’m not being the sugar police— especially when we are supposed to make Christmas cookies this week. Again, I’m just being more conscious of their diets, and the foods and choices I offer them. With that, here’s a quick list of 20 no sugar added snacks I think you might find useful! While there’s more than 20 I could have added to this list, here’s a snapshot of what the boys are enjoying at this moment in time [minus the chickpeas and dates].
Food Label Sugar Trick:
Every 4 Grams of Sugar = 1 Teaspoon measurement
The recommended amount of sugar for 2-3 year olds is 25 grams of sugar, or about 6 teaspoons.
The recommended amount of sugar for 4-8 year olds is 28-32 grams of sugar, or 7-8 teaspoons.
Note: Some of these foods still contain sugar naturally. Added sugar has been added to a food or product during the manufacturing process.
Food Label Ingredient List Trick: Look for words on a food label such as glucose, sucrose, dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, raw sugar, rice syrup, corn sweetener, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn syrup, can juice, can sugar, crystalline fructose, beet sugar, caramel, and barley malt to indicate sugar in a packaged food product.
20 No-Sugar Added Snacks
Fresh Fruit [apples, bananas, oranges, etc.]
Pretzels [check the food label because some brands have added sugar]
Wasa Crackers [I like these with hummus or cheese spread on top!]
Dates [remove the pits!]
Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes
Bell Pepper Slices
Hard Boiled Eggs [my go-to in a pinch]
Chickpeas [try roasting for extra flavor]
Natural Peanut Butter
Plain Greek Yogurt [a friend suggested mixing in honey or jam, so I did!]
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Hungry yet?! If your kids like to snack like mine, then you might also like this list of 25 toddler snacks. While I might have titled this post and others to be kid-centric, adults certainly love snacking on these too!
What’s something your kids are snacking on these days?! How do you handle the sugar craze in your house??