Ready to Eat Guilt Free Snacks [Dietitian’s Favorites]
In a world filled with tempting treats and indulgent snacks, finding guilt-free options that satisfy your cravings without sabotaging your health and wellness goals can feel like an uphill battle.
But fear not because in this blog post, we share some of our favorite snacks. I’ve found that these snacks not only help to satisfy my cravings but many of them also provide important nutrients – all essential for keeping a healthy weight.
There are plenty of tasty options for getting your snack fix. So let’s dive in!
Nut Just a Cookie
Made from whole almonds, these delicious cookies satisfy your sweet tooth.
At only 100 calories and 4 grams of sugar, they deliver the flavor without sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Available on the Kriks website and selected stores.
Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Cocoa Dusted Almonds
This is a fantastic snack as it has anti-inflammatory properties as well as blood sugar control. These dark cocoa-dusted almonds have only 3 grams of sugar. They are a great option if you crave something sweet and salty.
If you are looking to lose weight, keep the portion size to one handful or 1/4 of a cup.
Skinny Dipped Lemon Blissed Snack Attack Minis
A perfectly portioned snack, these flavorful yogurt-coated almonds make for an absolutely nutrient-dense snack.
This snack could be paired with a piece of fruit to make it more staisfying.
Nutrail Keto Glazed Nut Snacks
Any time you can find a snack with a short and clean ingredient list with a sweet glazed flavor, say “Yes!”!
These snacks are rich in healthy fats and low in sugar and carbs. To make them even better, they are perfectly crunchy.
These can be eaten in so many ways- on top of a salad, in a yogurt bowl, or even by themselves.
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, Dark Chocolate Granola
KIND Bar Dark Chocolate Clusters are crunchy and chocolatey. The best is the low sugar content and 5g protein. There are many other flavors available, the trick is to select the ones low in sugar.
Pro tip: pair these clusters with Greek yogurt for a more satisfying snack.
Purely Elizabeth Chocolate Sea Salt Granola
If you like granola and you’re a chocolate lover, this one’s for you.
This granola is rich in flavor, without a high sugar or calorie content.
One serving (⅓ cup) of this Purely Elizabeth Chocolate Sea Salt Granola has 7g of sugar and 130 calories.
For a well-balanced snack, add this granola to a 5-ounce Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. Add diced strawberries for a snack rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Kind Clusters (Vanilla, Nuts, and Fruit Flavors)
These Kind clusters are fruity and nutty. They are a superb choice because you get a rich combination of flavors without the excess sugar and calories.
One-third cup has 7 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.
It is a perfectly portioned snack that will satisfy that sweet tooth.
MadeGood Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies
Who doesn’t love the taste of a soft baked chocolate chip cookie? These MadeGood Mini Cookies taste just like the ones you loved as a kid, except these only have 7g sugar and 120 calories for an entire pouch.
Find these cookies at your local grocery store or online.
To boost the protein content, throw some of these cookies onto some yogurt and enjoy.
Hu Kitchen Grain Free Snickerdoodle Cookies
No need to compromise on taste with this wholesome, clean, sweet treat!
These cookies are made with high-quality ingredients, such as almond flour, organic coconut sugar, and antioxidant-rich chocolate.
These cookies have the ideal crispiness minus all the sugar you typically find in a regular cookie.
HighKey Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies
These cookies are “High-Key” delish!
A big pro of this snack is it is gluten-free and sugar-free, which is not very common with cookies. Also, they contain healthier ingredients than your typical cookies, such as almond flour, monk fruit, and stevia.
A serving of seven cookies has 130 calories and 3 grams of protein.
Let’s get munching!
Simple Mills Almond Flour Nutty Banana Snack Bars
Simple Mills may be simple when it comes to its ingredients, but these almond flour snack bars taste anything but simple!
These Nutty Banana Bars are grain free and contain cleaner ingredients, including banana, sunflower, flax, chia, organic cinnamon, and almond butter. One bar has 9g of sugar and only 160 calories.
Simple Mills Honey Cinnamon Sweet Thins
The Graham Cracker era is not over!
Simple Mills has taken the typical Graham cracker and healthified it by using a simple ingredient list.
These snacks also have seed/nut flour instead of white flour.
Twelve Honey Cinnamon Sweet Thins have 7 grams of sugar and only 140 calories. They are the best!
Skinny POP Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn Mini Rice Cakes
There’s nothing better than the crunch of popcorn. Oh wait, yes there is!
Pair the crunchiness of popcorn with a cinnamon sugar flavor, and you’ve got the best of both worlds.
Skinny POP Cinnamon Sugar Mini Rice Cakes. These rice cakes are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and contain 4 grams of fiber which is always a plus!
Lesser Evil Sweet & Salty Popcorn
This is popcorn with a sweet twist!
Lesser Evil Sweet & Salty Popcorn is a fantastic snack because it’s high in fiber, contains antioxidants, and is low-calorie.
Purely Elizabeth Dark Chocolate Chunk Superfood Oatmeal Cup
These oatmeal cups have clean and simple ingredients packed with antioxidants and fiber. One serving has 9g sugar and 190 calories.
Purely Elizabeth Dark Chocolate Chunk Superfood Oatmeal Cup
Magic Spoon Grain-Free Fruity Cereal
If you’re crazy about Froot Loops cereal, here’s a game-changer for you!
Fruity, delicious, and healthier than your typical cereal, this cereal is high in protein and low in carbs. High-protein cereals have a distinct taste, so they don’t work for everyone. But, if you love cereal, it is worth to try a bowl.
Perhaps the best part, it contains 0g of sugar and 150 calories in one serving!
Three Wishes Grain-Free Fruity Cereal
This fruity cereal option is healthier than your typical cereal brand.
One serving maintains a low sugar profile at 3 grams while still adding 8 grams of protein. Plus, it has a relatively minimal ingredient list, making it a top choice in the healthier cereal category
Add a handful of blueberries for a more filling snack.
Power Crunch Protein French Vanilla Creme Wafer Bars
These beautifully coated protein bars taste like a decadent vanilla cake.
Although, they actually only have 5 grams of sugar and an incredible 14 grams of protein.
While the ingredient list is longer than ideal, it is a low-sugar, high-protein option. This on-the-go snack will keep you full until your next meal.
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips
These Coconut Chips are so good!
The ingredients of this snack are simply coconuts and sea salt, which is clean and to the point. While this snack is high in healthy fats, it is relatively low in protein.
Definitely a winner on the healthy snack list!
Hu Kitchen Chocolate Covered Cashews
We are going nuts over this Hu Kitchen snack!
Cashews are a nourishing, low-sugar, high-fiber, and healthy fat snack. But when paired with chocolate, Hu snacks make an even more appetizing combination.
Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Flavored KIND bar
While the name of this snack may sound highly unhealthy, these Caramel Almond & Sea Salt bars from KIND are far from it.
Filled with almonds which are helpful for stabilizing blood sugar, These bars contain healthy fats, protein, and fiber.
KIND bars are a marvelous choice if you need a quick sweet treat on the go or something healthy to hold you over until your next meal.
The Bottom Line
As this snack list highlights, you can absolutely achieve a perfectly indulgent, sweet snack without adding excess sugar and calories.
For weight loss, it is important to plan how many snacks and the types of snacks you will have. It is also crucial to keep portion sizes small.
By selecting healthy snacks in small portions, you can indulge without throwing away your weight loss goals.
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This blog post was written by Talia Ciklik and edited by Dr. Su-Nui Escobar, DCN, RDN, FAND.
Dr. Su-Nui Escobar, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in Miami, FL, is dedicated to empowering women in perimenopause and menopause to live healthier, more satisfying lives.
With a doctorate in clinical nutrition from the University of North Florida, she has expertise in menopause and weight loss, including the unique challenges faced by those on weight loss medications.
Su-Nui’s passion for her field is evident in her previous role as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson.