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20+ Fat-Free Snacks to Help You Lose Weight and Achieve Your Fitness Goals

By June 28, 2019 January 10th, 2020 No Comments

Fat-free snacks

Have you ever felt that fat-free snacks leave you feeling…unfulfilled?

They don’t have to!

We’re breaking the stigma of fat-free snacks by giving you a list of delicious quick bites that shy away from fat but still leave you feeling full and energized.

Health Benefits of Fat-Free Snacks

Good health and dietary fat have shared a tumultuous relationship for decades. Contributors to the British Medical Journal lamented this relationship, asking…

“Are dietary fats “villains,” are they benign, or are they even “heroes” that could help us consume better overall diets and promote health? And, which dietary fats fit into which category?”

Choosing fat-free snacks

The experts still have plenty of research to do before we consumers have a straightforward answer to this question. However, we do know that certain kinds of fats—especially saturated fats, synthetic trans fats, and hydrogenated fats—have been associated with cardiovascular disease and spikes in bad cholesterol levels.

Plus, the United States 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines advise consumers to limit saturated fats and trans fats, with the goal of getting less than 10% of their daily calorie intake from saturated fats.

And that’s why fat-free snacks deserve a place of honor in any overall health and wellness strategy.

Fat-Free Snacking 101

If you want to become a pro fat-free snacker, then you can learn from the experience of those who’ve come before you. Here are some tips from people who’ve experimented with fat-free snacks and shared their knowledge with the world.

Fat-free snacking

Substitute strategically

Take some of the fat away from your favorite recipes with expert “swaps.” This helps you fill the void left by your favorite snacks with fat-free options to satisfy your cravings.

Please note that many of these swaps remove just some, not all, of the fat from your favorite dishes.

  • Try sorbet instead of ice cream
  • Try nonfat yogurt instead of sour cream
  • Try Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese
  • Try part-skim or fat-free cheese (cottage, ricotta, or mozzarella) instead of regular cheese
  • Try bran flakes instead of granola
  • Try egg whites instead of whole eggs
  • Try mustard instead of mayonnaise
  • Try cucumber on sandwiches and salads instead of avocado

Think of flavor before fat

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Herbs and spices
  • Vinegars
  • Fruit juices

Avoid high-fat items

  • Butter
  • Dairy
  • Fatty meats
  • Oils
  • Animal products
  • Sausages
  • Fried foods
  • Sweets
  • Nuts

Grab and Go Fat-Free Snacks

Grab-and-go fat-free snacks

Save some time on label-reading by knowing about the fat-free grab-and-go snacks you can pick up at grocery and convenience stores around the world. These snacks have big flavor and zero fat, and they won’t leave you feeling empty.

Go Organically Fruit Medley Fruit Snacks

Lots of real fruit goes into these chewy fruit snacks. They’re sweet, flavorful, and packed with plenty of vitamins. They’re also United States Department of Agriculture certified organic. The only thing they’re missing? Fat!

  • Flavor profile: Sweet and fruity
  • Replaces: Fruit tarts

Bear Real Fruit Yoyo’s

Real fruit is always fat-free, and these real fruit yo-yos showcase “fatless” fruit in a delightfully snackable way. They include pure, delicious fruit, no funny business, and no fat.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet and fruity
  • Replaces: Fruity pastries

OneBar Cherry Fruit Bar

Cherries have too much natural goodness to spend all their days baked into fatty pies and pastries. This bar highlights the rich natural flavors of sweet red cherries.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet and fruity
  • Replaces: Cherry pie

You Love Fruit Mango Fruit Strip

Rich, juicy, and flavorful mango does not travel well. The good ones have far too much juice to enjoy on the run. Can you imagine that sticky mess? This fruit strip puts the glorious flavor of mango at your fingertips to enjoy whenever you wish.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet and fruity
  • Replaces: Mango sticky rice

Craize Sweet Corn Toasted Corn Crisps

These delicate, yet crunchy, crisps walk the fine line between “chip” and “cracker.” The yellow corn rounds make an elegant base for fat-free toppings, including fresh salsa or even sliced fruit. Please note that these crisps do have 0.5 grams of fat

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Buttery cornbread

That’s It Apple Pineapple Fruit Bar

An apple and a pineapple walk into a bar and…

That’s it! No punchline here; just a delicious fat-free bar you’ll want to take with you everywhere.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet and fruity
  • Replaces: Pineapple upside-down cake

Old Dutch Fat Free Pretzel Sticks

The fat-free pretzel is a healthy snacking staple. These pretzel sticks embody all the qualities that make pretzels great: golden-brown outside, flecks of briny salt, and that pretzel-specific crunch.

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Fatty chips

Bare Snacks BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

Chipaholics unite! Bare makes their clean chips by baking—without oil—naturally delicious sweet potatoes until they’re perfectly crispy. The BBQ flavor contrasts nicely with the potato’s natural sweetness.

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Fried BBQ chips

Made in Nature Dried Bananas

Some people see bananas as nature’s favorite fat-free dessert. Bananas have tons of natural sweetness and an incredibly creamy texture that lends itself perfectly to desserts. Even just dried and sliced, they make a satisfying and simple snack.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet
  • Replaces: Pound cake

Poshi French Beans Pack

This posh snack puts fat-free french green beans at your fingertips for snacking pleasure anywhere and any time.

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: French fries

Happy fat-free snacking

 

Oh Snap! Pretty Peas Pickled Snap Peas

Pickled snap peas provide an explosion of flavor that will keep you from missing the richness of fattier snack options. (You’ll probably also get more nutrients from this snack than you would get form fattier options!)

  • Flavor profile: Savory and tangy
  • Replaces: Deep-fried pickles

GoGo Squeez Apple Raspberry Lemon Twists

This squeezable fruit may be marketed to kids, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy it, too! These handy squeeze packs provide a burst of sweet, sweet energy that’s always age-appropriate.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet
  • Replaces: Lemon snack cakes

Nancy’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt Maple

Nonfat yogurt with a kiss of maple flavor provides the kind of richness and sweetness you crave in fatty foods. Don’t treat that mindless craving to an unhealthy snack; try this leaner option instead.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet
  • Replaces: Pancakes

Make-at-Home Fat-Free Snacks

Make-at-home fat-free snacks

These recipes relay some crucial fat-free cooking tips, techniques, and strategies. Perfect and adapt these processes, and you’ll master making tasty, fat-free treats at home in no time.

BrandNew Vegan Fat Free Potato Chips

Everyone needs a solid fat-free chip recipe in their back pocket! This classic recipe returns perfectly crispy chips. Plus, you can make this snack in the microwave!

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Fatty potato chips

Roasted Potato Skills with Fat-Free Cottage Cheese

First make roasted potato skins without using oil:

  • Scrub, score, and bake a few potatoes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour (or until they’re soft.)
  • Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out most of the fluff, saving it for a different recipe or a different snack.
  • Return the skins to the oven and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes on each side.
  • When the skins are as crisp as you want them, remove them and let them cool.

Mix up a filling of fat-free cottage cheese (or ricotta), lemon juice, black pepper, thyme, and green onions. Dollop this filling into each skin and enjoy!

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Loaded potato skins

Mary’s Busy Kitchen Fat Free Hummus

We love the flavors and protein-rich health benefits of classic hummus. If you’re trying to watch your fat intake, then make this fat-free version of your favorite Middle-Eastern dip. Pair it with fresh sliced veggies.

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Sour-cream based dip

Stirring up fat-free snacks

Cucumber Slices + Melon Pico de Gallo

Melon and cucumber make an impossibly fresh and juicy combination. Try out this chef-worthy snack to impress your friends with your fat-free cooking skills.

  • Flavor profile: Spicy
  • Replaces: Chips and a fatty dip

Celery Sticks Stuffed with Curried Cauliflower Salad

Whip up a simple curried cauliflower salad by tossing 1 tablespoon of curry powder (or fat-free curry sauce) into a cup of raw cauliflower florets. Stir in a squeeze of lime juice, some chopped carrots, a handful of cilantro, and some raisins if you like that sweet-and-salty vibe.

Let the flavors of your salad meld in the refrigerator. When it tastes strong enough for your liking, put it on some fresh celery sticks and eat immediately.

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Celery and blue cheese

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen Crispy Air Fried Black-Eyed Peas

If you have an air fryer, then you have the equipment necessary to turn black-eyed peas into crunchy, snackable morsels.

  • Flavor profile: Spicy and smokey
  • Replaces: Pork rinds

Fruit Salsa + Melba Toasts

Tangy fruit salsa and wholesome melba toasts make a light and healthy snack that’s easy to put together and absolutely delightful to eat.

  • Flavor profile: Sweet
  • Replaces: Fruity cookie bars

Laughing in the kitchen

Kirbie’s Cravings Microwave Egg White Omelette* Substitution needed

An omelet can definitely be a snack food when you can make it in the microwave! This recipe does include some cheese, so substitute fat-free cheese to make this snack as close to fat-free as possible.

  • Flavor profile: Savory
  • Replaces: Fatty deviled eggs

Carrots + Chipotle Salsa

Sweet carrots pair perfectly with smokey chipotle. Use carrot sticks or carrot rounds as your dippers—either one works beautifully.  

  • Flavor profile: Spicy
  • Replaces: Chips and queso

 

What are your favorite fat free snacks? Let us know in the comments below! 

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