HEALTH TIPS

20 No-Added Sugar Snacks for Kids

This list of no-added sugar snacks is a great reference of nutritious snacks for kids and parents looking for lower sugar options.

This list of no-added sugar snacks is a great reference of nutritious snacks for kids and parents looking for lower sugar options.
Hey, I spy some sugar! We aren’t on an elimination diet in this house. But we are more conscious of some lower-in-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.

This list of no-added sugar snacks is a great reference of nutritious snacks for kids and parents looking for lower sugar options.
Snacking on peppers. Just another night in the Serbinski house. Mind you this is after they screamed for fruit snacks… #reallife

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].

This list of no-added sugar snacks is a great reference of nutritious snacks for kids and parents looking for lower sugar options.
Bottled salad dressing has plenty of sugar in it. But hey, the boys love veggies dipped in ranch. Trade-off’s folks!

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 

Fruit:

Fresh Fruit [apples, bananas, oranges, etc.]

Unsweetened Applesauce

Avocados [sliced]

This list of no-added sugar snacks is a great reference of nutritious snacks for kids and parents looking for lower sugar options.
Hands-off my cottage cheese Joey!

Grains:

Pretzels [check the food label because some brands have added sugar]

Wasa Crackers [I like these with hummus or cheese spread on top!]

Popcorn [unsalted]

Dates [remove the pits!]

Veggies:

Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes

Homemade Salsa

Cucumber Slices

Carrot Sticks

Bell Pepper Slices

Edamame

This list of no-added sugar snacks is a great reference of nutritious snacks for kids and parents looking for lower sugar options.
Standard Serbinski snack plate!

Protein:

Hard Boiled Eggs [my go-to in a pinch]

Hummus

Chickpeas [try roasting for extra flavor]

Nuts [unflavored]

Natural Peanut Butter

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Standard Serbinski snack plate part 2!