If you’ve ever been able to walk in and out of Trader Joe’s without buying at least one impromptu snack, you’re a stronger person than I am. There are so many good things to grab that even if my pantry is well-stocked, I inevitably pick something up whenever I am there. My snacks of choice tend to lean sweet; however, I know I won’t feel my best if I munch on a candy bar or something else that’s super-high in sugar. So I am always looking for low-sugar snacks that taste great (and aren’t artificial).
Luckily, Trader Joe’s* has plenty options. Here are five of my favorite low-sugar snacks.
*Please note that some quoted prices are from Amazon, which are often more expensive than shopping at Trader Joe’s.
1. Trader Joe’s Organic Banana Chips, $14 for 3 8-ounce packs
The selection of dried fruit at Trader Joe’s is overwhelmingly vast but it’s this underrated bag that you should focus your attention on. Their organic banana chips are made from fresh bananas that are sliced and lightly fried in coconut oil. A serving comes in at just 3 grams of sugar and yet the chips taste perfectly crunchy and sweet. Try crushing them up and sprinkling them over plain yogurt or dipping them into peanut or almond butter.
2. Trader Joe’s Simply Nutty Bars, $12 for 5 bars
Trader Joe’s offers three varieties of Simply Nutty Bars: Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt; Dark Chocolate, Peanut & Almond; and Dark Chocolate, Walnut, Peanut, Fig & Date. What they have in common, clearly, is nuts and dark chocolate. While most snack bars like these tend to be high in sugar, one Simply Nutty Bar only contains 5 grams. They’re a bit like trail mix in bar form and are the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
3. Trader Joe’s Organic Reduced Sugar Strawberry Preserves, $14 for 15.2 ounces
There’s chunks of real strawberries inside these strawberry preserves, rather than strawberry juice or purée, so it really does taste more like fruit and less like sugar. While cane sugar is added, it’s added with a light hand so a serving only contains 6 grams of sugar. This is a solid choice to reach for when you want something sweet to swipe on a piece of toast or swirl into plain yogurt.
4. Trader Joe’s Fair Trade Organic Belgian Dark Chocolate Bar, $13 for 2 bars
Yes, chocolate can be a low-sugar snack if you select an extra-dark bar like this one. It is 72% cacao, which means it’s very deep, dark, and rich-tasting. This also means it contains less sugar than other chocolate bars, so a serving — about a 1 ounce square — contains just 7 grams of sugar. It’s wise to keep this bar on hand when a chocolate craving hits.
5. Trader Joe’s Chèvre with Honey, $3 for 5 ounces
Cheese isn’t one of the first things you think of when you’re looking for a sweet snack but this honey-sweetened goat cheese from Trader Joe’s probably should be. Tangy, soft goat cheese is mixed with honey to create something pretty special that only contains 3 grams of sugar per serving. Try pairing it with figs and honey to make these super-simple cheesy fig bites.