10 Healthy Ways to Scrumptiously Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

low sugar healthy snacksTake a look around a gas station or truck stop convenience store. What do you see? Lots of junk food and tons of sugary snacks. Just glance at a nutrition label and you’ll see upwards of 20 grams of sugar on virtually every package. With all these sugary foods left and right, it can be quite difficult to maintain a decent truck driver diet on the road.

By now, everyone has heard about sugar’s effects on our health. Sugar is harmful, but this really only applies to added sugar – table sugar (sucrose), and high fructose corn syrup — both of which are about half glucose, half fructose. Many people wonder, if fructose is bad for us, doesn’t that also mean fruit is bad for us since it too contains fructose?

Not exactly. Fructose is harmful in large amounts, but it would be very difficult to eat too much fructose if you were only getting it from fruit alone. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day, and men no more than 37.5 grams a day.

That being said, today we’re going to talk about how to get your sugar fix without completely blowing your healthy diet. Without further ado, here are 10 low sugar healthy snacks for the road.

Low-Sugar Healthy Snacks

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Low sugar yogurt parfaitThis is my breakfast on a daily basis, and to be honest, it’s sweet enough to be considered dessert while still being good for you. Layer vanilla Greek yogurt with fruit of your choice (I always use strawberries) and sprinkle chopped nuts, low-cal granola, crushed graham crackers, or something similar on top. Keyword there is sprinkle – granola often has a reputation for being healthier than it really is.

The Greek yogurt in this parfait provides a lot of protein, and the fruit sweetens it up while also providing nutritional value. Adding granola, graham crackers, or nuts adds some crunch and gives it a nice texture. Can you believe this is healthy?!

Protein Bar

Energy/protein bars can be very hit or miss when it comes to nutrition. Often they’re high in protein, but still contain high quantities of refined sugar. Look for a protein bar that’s high in protein while still being relatively low in sugar for a healthy snack. Suggestions include ThinkThin bars and Pure Protein bars. There are also tons of recipes out there for making your own protein bars so you know exactly what’s going into them.

Frozen Grapes

Frozen grapesThis is one of the easiest low sugar healthy snacks there is. Not only are frozen grapes a great snack for a hot summer day, they’re also a good way to satisfy a sweet tooth without wrecking your diet! Simply wash the grapes, and put on a baking sheet in the freezer. Voila – a super simple grape popsicle!

Recommended Products: Mini Fridge/Freezer

Dark Chocolate

What? Eat chocolate, you say? Yep. You may have heard about the nutritional benefits of dark chocolate. It can help lower high blood pressure and is rich in antioxidants. But that doesn’t mean down a pound of dark chocolate. We’re talking a small serving of dark chocolate with more than 70% cacao. (Cacao are the seeds from which cocoa and chocolate are made. Thus – 70% cacao beans.)

Homemade Fruit Popsicles

You can make healthy, homemade popsicles by pureeing a juicy fruit like peaches, strawberries, or watermelon with a smidge of apple juice and freezing. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you could always use paper cups or an ice cube tray.

Fresh Fruit

What’s an easier way to satisfy a sweet tooth than with a piece of fresh fruit? This is the healthiest low sugar healthy snack choice and provides you with various nutrients and fiber! An apple with a little bit of peanut butter is a great way to get a sugar fix while also getting protein and vitamins.

Smoothies

Fruit SmoothieThink of it as a healthy milkshake! Blend fruit with some sort of base and ice cubes for a delicious smoothie on the road. If you’re feeling super healthy, add in some spinach leaves or kale to make a green smoothie. A travel blender makes it easy to whip up a one serving smoothie.

Recommended Products: Hamilton Beach Personal Blender

Homemade Trail Mix

Store bought trail mix can often be loaded with sugar, but this homemade one will satisfy that sweet tooth while also providing protein and fiber. Make it yourself by mixing a small serving of almonds, pistachios, or cashews with dried cranberries/cherries/raisins and dark chocolate chips.

Baked Apples

Looking for something a little more comforting? Slice an apple and mix with some cinnamon, crushed graham cracker, and a dash of honey for a healthier alternative to apple pie. Learn how to make it in the Healthy Trucker kitchen.

Frozen Yogurt Chips

If you have a freezer on the truck, this is a good one if you need to switch up your dessert options. Put flavored yogurt into a Ziploc baggie and cut one of the corners off. Squeeze yogurt drops onto some wax paper and freeze.

There you have it – 10 low sugar healthy snacks to help with that sugar tooth. Are there any we missed? Share your suggestions with us!

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About Amanda

Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the TheHealthyTrucker.net, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!