Welcome to the latest edition of Unboxed, where Delicious Living's Senior Food Editor Jenna Blumenfeld reviews the latest natural food and beverage products that have crossed her desk.
This week: low- or no-sugar snacks. From large soda corporations to small startup brands, food companies of all sizes are recognizing that low-sugar is the future.
What's causing this criticism of sugar? For one, many popular diets and eating patterns such as paleo, ketogenic and Whole30 preach the health benefits of consuming minimal added sugar. Plus, most health professionals agree that sugar is best consumed in minuscule quantities to stave off type 2 diabetes and inflammation-based diseases.
Natural food brands, such as these 10 smart companies, lead in formulating products with less than 5 grams of sugar per serving while still covetable and craveable.
A thin and crispy chip packed with sprouted grains for ultimate nutrition. Each tortilla chip is made with organic whole ground corn, sunflower oil, sprouted chia seed, sprouted quinoa, organic sprouted flax seed, sea salt and black pepper and white pepper. Total sugar content? Zero grams per serving.
Way Better Snacks Sea Salt 100% Whole Grain Tortilla Chips
Drop a 10-calorie tablet into a glass and receive a full serving of bubbly organic greens and vegetables including wheat grass, barley, alfalfa, spirulina, broccoli concentrate, turmeric, blueberry extract and so much more. Under 1 gram of sugar per serving.
Amazing Grass Green Superfood Effervescent Greens
Ultra-crispy, thin banana chips dusted with sweet and spicy add-ons including paprika, yeast extract, salt and, yes, even cane sugar. But this product passes as a low-sugar snack because it contains under 1 gram per serving.
Banana Joe Crispy Thin Banana Chips Thai Sweet Chili
Light, fluffy chips made with protein-dense lentil flour, potato starch, salt, turmeric, sunflower oil, sugar, spices and salt. Each serving contains just 1 gram of sugar.
Enjoy Life Plentils Moroccan Spice Lentil Chips
Made In Nature rethinks the pub-food staple with these USDA Organic onion rings, coated in sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, potato flour, olive oil and a collection of spices—not fried batter. Kinda perfect with an IPA.
Made In Nature Onion Rings Tavern Style Supersnacks
Kudos to Manitoba Harvest for thinking up new and delicious ways to eat more hemp seeds. Sprinkle these spice-infused, sriracha-tinged toasted hemp seeds over salads or into soups or dips for a no-sugar, savory crunch.
Manitoba Harvest Toasted Hemp Seeds Sriracha
Though these puffed, crispy chips taste slightly sweet and buttery, they contain a relatively low amount of sugar—just 2 grams per ounce. Made with durum semolina, farro flour, seasonings and more. Pasta Bow Ties aren't really a whole-food snack, but they sure are fun to eat.
Pasta Bow Ties Honey Butter
Sugar pops up in myriad unexpected places, including salad dressings. This standout, paleo-friendly option from Primal Kitchen, however, contains avocado oil, organic apple cider vinegar, dijon, coconut aminos, lemon juice, cage-free eggs and more ... and best of all, no sugar!
Primal Kitchen Green Goddess Dressing & Marinade
We love the simplicity of this whole-grain, no-sugar breakfast cereal, made with whole-grain oats, oat bran, red quinoa, brown flax seeds and black chia seeds. The Soulfull Project also does great work mitigating hunger in the United States by donating meals to food pantries.
The Soulfull Project Gluten Free Hearty Grains & Seeds
A salty, protein-dense snack that makes good use of fava beans, plus green split peas, non-GMO safflower oil, coconut oil and tocopherols. All for 7 grams of protein and just 1 gram of sugar per serving.
The Good Bean Crispy Favas + Peas Sea Salt
Unboxed: 10 low- or no-sugar snacks from @deliciousliving #paleo #ketogenic
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