When most people decide they want to make healthy changes to their diet, cutting back on sugar is often a starting point. Curbing your sweet tooth is something that often sounds like it will be easy to do. No more cookies, cake, candy—the obvious choices are the easiest to nix from your shopping list. But once you start to buckle down and do your research, you uncover that a major part of the problem is that there’s pesky added sugar sneaking its way into many of your favorite foods, especially those irresistible snacks that might not even taste sweet, like crackers, chips, and dips.
In Michele Promaulayko’s book Sugar Free 3, she outlines exactly how to get your sweet tooth and those sugar cravings under control over the course of three weeks. And don’t worry—she doesn’t suggest you stop snacking. It’s all about making smart choices on what you should munch on between meals.
Looking for specific examples? You’ll find just that in the book as well. Michele lists the best foods with no added sugar in things like milks, cereals, pasta, and yogurts, to name a few categories. And there is a snack section, too, which is where we gathered this list.
Here’s a breakdown of 15 of the best snacks that are free of any added sugar, so they’re perfect for you to nosh on while you’re trying to tame your sweet tooth. You can use this list as a guide so you know what to buy when you’re at the grocery store.
Here are 15 snacks with no added sugar highlighted in Sugar Free 3:
Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt
Popcorn is a sensible snack, as long as you’re eating the right kind. Stay away from the movie-theater style or any sweet flavor, and instead, stick with a simple sea salt variety like this one from Boom Chicka Pop. Plus, one serving is four cups worth—talk about a generous portion! And with zero grams of added sugar, you’ll satisfy a crunchy craving without adding sugar to the mix.
Rhythm Organic Beet Chips
We know what you’re thinking—there are 18 grams of sugar per serving. But, keep in mind that this is not added sugars; those 18 grams come from all-natural sugar. Beets are a root vegetable known for having a more earthy flavor, but in this form, they’re dehydrated, serving up plenty of protein and fiber.
Way Better Black Bean Tortilla Chips
This is a tortilla chip you’re going to keep coming back to again and again. Way Better’s Black Bean chip is packed with sprouted flax, quinoa, and black beans. This means the protective coating that naturally occurs in seeds, beans, and grains has been removed, which makes them easier to digest. The result is a chip that you can easily eat by itself or pair it with a no-added-sugar guacamole or salsa option. You can never go wrong with a chips-and-dip combo.
Triscuits are a classic cracker you can pair with just about anything. What makes Triscuits a reliable snack is its simple ingredient list. Whole grain wheat, canola oil, and sea salt are what you find in these hearty, bite-sized treats.
Good Health Half Naked Popcorn, Hint of Olive Oil
Some olive oil mixed into your popcorn? Yes, please. Again, there is zero added sugar here, and you get more than 20 grams of whole grains per serving. Pack some of this stuff in little bags for you to grab and go, and to prevent you from eating a whole bag in one sitting.
Brami Hot Chili Pepper
If you’re looking for a perfectly crunchy afternoon pick-me-up, these bean snacks are for you. Brami is inspired by lupini beans in Italy, where they eat the beans lightly pickled. It is a bit higher in sodium, but again, there are no added sugars here, and it’s a snack that is high in plant protein and fiber and very low in calories, fat, carbs, and sugar.
Bada Bean Bada Boom Sea Salt
If you’re looking for more beans, then you need to stock up on Bada Bean Bada Boom snacks. The brand carries quite a few flavors, but the classic sea salt is a go-to. Each pack of the crunchy, protein-packed treats is only 100 calories. They’re gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan, too, so the fact that there is no added sugar just makes them even better.
SkinnyPop Sea Salt and Pepper
Another savory twist to step up your typical popcorn game is with SkinnyPop’s sea salt and pepper flavor. It has a bit of a kick, but the flavor isn’t too overpowering, so you can easily munch away. Plus, there are no artificial ingredients—it’s simply just popcorn, sunflower oil, sea salt, and black pepper that you’ll find in here.
Rhythm Organic Cauliflower Bites
It’s no secret cauliflower everything has caught on in the food world, and these bites further prove exactly why it is such a beloved cruciferous veggie. These bites are bursting with flavor and crisped in a way that keeps all the important nutrients you get from cauliflower—such as vitamins C and K—intact.
Simply 7 Quinoa Chips Sea Salt
These chips are dressed in sea salt, but combined with the more nutty flavor of the quinoa-based chip, it makes for a snack unlike any other. Along with being free of added sugar, there are no artificial colors or flavors, and you’ll find a short, clean list of ingredients.
Mary’s Gone Crackers—Herb
Mary’s Gone Crackers are gluten-free and packed with flavor. The herb variety is exceptionally savory with garlic, sesame seeds, sea salt, and an assortment of herbs. Pair these crackers with a few slivers of cheese for a hearty snack.
Enjoy Life Grab & Go Lentil Chips Margherita Pizza
Lentil chips? Sounds delish! These Margherita pizza chips are chock-full of protein, don’t contain any added sugars, and have less than one gram of saturated fat per serving. Eat these chips midafternoon to tide you over between meals.
Go Lite Himalayan Salt Popcorn
Step aside, butter-laden popcorn. Say hello to Go Lite! Himalayan Salt Popcorn instead. The popcorn is dressed in coconut oil and contains 65 percent less fat than other popcorn brands that are tossed with butter. The best part? You can eat the whole bag for just 80 calories. A healthy snack indeed.
Garden of Eatin’ Yellow Chips
When you think of tortilla chips that you get at a restaurant, you probably envision ones that have been fried in oil, which leave that greasy film on your hands. For a healthier chip with simple ingredients, try Garden of Eatin’ Yellow Chips instead. They’re hearty enough to stand up to your thickest dips and healthier than your usual queso companion.
Way Better Multi-Grain Chips
As the name implies, these chips are way better for you than most chip options. What makes these tortilla chips stand out from their competitors is that they’re made with flax, chia, quinoa, broccoli, and radish seeds. What a combo! No wonder why there are a whole three grams of fiber in just one serving (about nine chips). This snack will definitely curb your hunger between meals!
For the complete plan to give up added sugars for three weeks, order Sugar Free 3.