10 Low-Sugar Groceries That’ll Still Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
If you think you’re eating too much sugar, you probably are. The American Heart Association says women should cap their daily added sugar intake at 6 teaspoons; it’s 9 for men. That’s 24 grams of added sugars per day for women and 36 for men. Maximum. And yet, many of us rack up around three times that amount. (Those numbers don’t count natural sugars, which are found, well, naturally in fruits, vegetables, and dairy).
Thankfully, it seems like brands know that consumers want better products with less added sugar or no added sugar at all. And, due to new labeling laws, many products now state how many grams of added sugars are in packaged foods, so it’s super easy to find out exactly what type of sugar is in your food and how much comes naturally from the food itself.
To help you out even more, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best new groceries that are geared towards those of us who want to eat less sugar, without giving up on sweet stuff entirely. Whatever you fancy, there’s something here for everyone!
1. Peeled Blended Fruit Snacks, $4 for 2.8 ounces
Dried fruit is often a sneaky source of added sugars, but thankfully, you can find wholesome dried fruit snacks (like Peeled!) that have no added sugar. These are a great way to eat fruit on-the-go or keep fruit around without worrying about it spoiling. We love the Harvest Blend and the Tropical Blend.
2. Silk Less Sugar Light Vanilla Almond Milk, $3 for 64 ounces
Silk recently reduced the added sugar in their light vanilla almond milk by 30 percent, so it now comes in much lower than other versions on the market. If you’ve tried unsweetened varieties of almond milk and didn’t care for them, give this one a try — it’s slightly sweeter but not too sweet. It’s great in coffee, smoothies, chai tea, or oatmeal.
3. Chobani Less Sugar Greek Yogurt, $1.50 for 5.3 ounces
One of Chobani’s best and newest lines of low-fat Greek yogurts has real fruit, lean protein and 50 precent less sugar than most flavored yogurts on the market, including non-dairy varieties. These new yogurts come in fun flavors and offer protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 — with just 9 grams of total sugars (including the natural sugar from milk) and only 120 calories per serving.
4. RX Nut Butter Packs, $1.50 for a single-serving pack
RX Nut Butter Packs take flavored nut butter to a whole new level in a super convenient on-the-go snack pack! You could easily substitute these for a protein bar (they have natural fruit and protein from nuts!). Or, spread the stuff on an apple, banana, or carrot sticks. Instead of sugar, these packs are made with wholesome dates, which are a great source of potassium, B vitamins, and fiber.
5. Sunmaid Sour Raisin Snack Packs, $4.50 for 7 pouches
Although these new snack packs are technically geared toward kids, they’re totally adult-approved! Sunmaid makes regular raisins with no added sugar, but for those times you want a little something different, there’s this strawberry option. There’s also no added sugar and they taste a little like pink lemonade.
6. Planters NUTrition Nut Packs, $5 for 7 pouches
Prepare to start seeing nut packs everywhere this year. Full of only wholesome nuts that are great for heart health, these portion-controlled snack packs have no added sugar — again, because they’re just nuts (and a “touch” of sea salt). For only 180 calories, you get protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
7. Silk Oat Yeah Unsweetened Oat Milk, $3.50 for 64 ounces
Silk launched Oat Yeah and originally came out with three flavors, which were already low in added sugars compared to other flavored oat milk products on the market. Their newest addition to the line is the unsweetened variety, which has no added sugar and the same great taste. Use it in coffee, oatmeal, tea, or in your smoothie then choose your favorite natural sweetener of choice to control your intake of the sweet stuff.
8. Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Plant-Based Unsweetened Half and Half, $3 for 12 ounces
Coffee-Mate has been creating new varieties of creamer for years now, but many options have been sneaky sources of added sugars. That’s why their latest line of non-dairy creamers is such a hit. Marketed under the brand Natural Bliss, the new unsweetened half and half option by Coffee-Mate is made with almond milk and coconut cream — with zero added sugar. It’s the perfect way to add a creamy touch of goodness to your morning cup of coffee. And it’s vegan!
9. Kashi by Kids Organic Superfood Combos Cereal, $4 for a 10.8-ounce box
Kashi’s new kids’ cereal is perfect for adults who want to try a new cereal that’s low in added sugars. (Okay okay, it’s also good for kids). Each flavor is organic and made with whole-grain brown rice and plant-based protein from chickpeas or red lentils. All three flavors are sweetened with whole fruit purée or honey and have just a touch of natural organic cane sugar instead of refined sugar. Each serving contains only 140 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 8 or 9 grams of sugar — which is half the amount of most competitors’ kid cereals.
10. Wonderful Raw Pistachios, $9 for 20 ounces
Pistachios are one of the most underrated healthy nuts: They’re high in plant-based protein, minerals, and are lower in fat than most nut varieties. Unfortunately, most are high in salt, oil, preservatives, and many are roasted, which can diminish some of the vitamins and minerals that are sensitive to heat. Some brands even sneak in added sugars you wouldn’t expect. Lucky for all of us, Wonderful has a new bag that contains only 100% raw pistachios — with no added sugar or oil. They’re also not roasted. Add them to yogurt, oatmeal, or salads, or eat them as a snack.
Are you trying to cut your intake of added sugars this year? If so, what’s your favorite new grocery find?