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Top 10 low-sugar snacks

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Trying to quit sugar? If you're looking for snack ideas to fit into a low-sugar diet, we have you covered! Try our nutritious recipes, including savoury popcorn, vegetable-based dips and spiralised snacks.


Trying not to reach for sugar-laden snacks when the clock hits 3pm? It doesn’t have to be a struggle. Curb your hunger the low-sugar way with our better-for-you bites that are packed with flavour, but contain minimal sugar.


1. Avocado with tamari & ginger dressing

0.5g sugar per serving (0.6g sugar per 100g)

Pair creamy avocado with a quick ginger, tamari and zesty lemon dressing for a low-sugar snack that’s ready in just five minutes. Avocado is rich in healthy, monounsaturated fats and vitamin E – read more about the health benefits of avocado.

Try the recipe: Avocado with tamari & ginger dressing

2. Basil & olive eggs

0g sugar per serving (0g sugar per 100g)

This easy, speedy snack is ready in under 15 minutes and uses just five ingredients. Eggs are a great source of inexpensive, high-quality protein, plus vitamins and minerals – read more about about the health benefits of eggs.

Try the recipe: Basil & olive eggs

3. Courgetti fritters with tomato salsa

3g sugar per serving (1.8g sugar per 100g)

Put your spiralizer to good use with this super colourful snack, served with a zingy cherry tomato salsa. If you’re entertaining, this recipe makes a delicious yet healthy starter, too.

Try the recipe: Courgetti fritters with tomato salsa

4. Artichoke baba ganoush

0.4g sugar per serving (0.8g sugar per 100g)

This easy snack using chargrilled artichokes, tahini, smoked paprika and feta has a luxury feel, yet only 0.4g sugar per serving. Try serving with crudités or wholegrain flatbread.

Try the recipe: Artichoke baba ganoush

5. Curry leaf popcorn

0.5g sugar per serving (0.5g sugar per 100g)

Use our basic curried roast chickpea recipe, then add a few extras to create a moreish savoury popcorn mix.

Try the recipe: Curry leaf popcorn

6. Mini butternut squash frittatas

2.3g sugar per serving (3.1g sugar per 100g)

These tasty, vegetable-packed bites are a good new way to use your spiralizer. Eggs and goat’s cheese add plenty of flavour and protein, and make them super satisfying too.

Try the recipe: Mini butternut squash frittatas

7. Curried hummus

2g sugar per serving (0.9g sugar per 100g)

Another way to upcycle a batch of basic curried roast chickpeas, this delicious dip is packed with spices, lime and tahini – strong flavours that mean you won’t crave a sugar-laden snack in the afternoon.

Try the recipe: Curried hummus

8. Nutty chicken satay strips

2g sugar per serving (0.9g sugar per 100g)

A coating of peanut butter, garlic and soy sauce mean that these chicken strips pack a serious punch in the flavour stakes. Pop them in the fridge until you’re peckish.

Try the recipe: Nutty chicken satay strips

9. Leafy salsa verde with yogurt

2g sugar per serving (3.2g sugar per 100g)

Herbs including mint, basil and parsley take this light yogurt dip to the next level of deliciousness. Serve with your favourite crunchy veg – we love radishes, fennel and chicory.

Try the recipe: Leafy salsa verde with yogurt

10. Avocado & strawberry ices

3g sugar per serving (3.9g sugar per 100g)

These iced delights contain only 3g sugar per serving and require only five ingredients to make. Balsamic vinegar brings out the flavour of ripe strawberries, while avocado adds a delicious, yet dairy-free, creamy texture.

Try the recipe: Avocado & strawberry ices

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This page was reviewed on 11th September 2020 by Tracey Raye.

Nutritional information supplied by Kerry Torrens.

Kerry Torrens BSc. (Hons) PgCert MBANT is a registered nutritionist with a post graduate diploma in personalised nutrition & nutritional therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the last 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.


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