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25 Low-Sugar Recipes We Can’t Wait to Make

We looked through our archives for the best meals and snacks without a lot of added sugar. In fact, each recipe here has less than 10 grams of total sugar per serving.

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So, you’re watching your sugar intake? Of course, some healthy foods contain natural sugar, like fruit and dairy products, which contain fructose and lactose. But added sugar often just adds calories with no nutritional value. You want to limit the total sugar in your meals and snacks to less than 10 grams of sugar per serving, to nourish your body.

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Italian Cloud Eggs

This egg dish is almost too pretty to eat—and it has 0 grams of sugar per serving. Whether you have it for breakfast or another meal, this combination of egg whites and yolks should be a staple among your low-sugar recipes.

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Pistachio Salmon

This is one of those low-sugar recipes that you can make for dinner and enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day. It gives you a good dose of healthy fats and protein between the salmon and pistachios, plus it only has 1 gram of sugar per serving.
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Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli

You can’t go wrong with broccoli. It’s a superfood loaded with sulfuraphane, a compound that has been shown to help fend off certain cancers. Plus, this citrus-loaded broccoli dish contains 0 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fiber, which bodes well for blood sugar control.

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Sesame-Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

Looking for a high protein, low-sugar snack? These roasted pumpkin seeds are jacked up with an egg white and sesame seeds to offer 4 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar per serving. Find even more low-sugar snacks.

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Tuna and White Bean Lettuce Wraps

Are you eating fish at least twice a week to get healthy omega-3 fats? In one of our favorite low-sugar recipes, you get a healthy dose of protein with tuna fish and beans on top of delicate Bibb lettuce for just 1 gram of sugar per serving.

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Grilled Lemon-Dill Shrimp

If you’re looking for a simple dinner, try this grilled shrimp. With 0 grams of sugar and 19 grams of protein per serving, this will keep you blood sugar stable for awhile. You can toss it on top of a whole grain, like brown rice or quinoa, to up the fiber.

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Asparagus with Fresh Basil Sauce

For a colorful side dish with fish, chicken or tofu, this asparagus is a crowd-pleaser! With a mere 1 gram of sugar per serving, this is one of those low-sugar recipes that you can prep ahead and enjoy within a couple of days.

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Vegetable Samosas

This baked version of an Indian classic is chock-full of nourishing spices and vegetables. With 1 gram of sugar per serving, this delicate phyllo dough melts in your mouth. You can enjoy these savory samosas with grilled chicken or shrimp for lunch or dinner.

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East Coast Shrimp and Lentil Bowls

With a whopping 26 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar and 4 grams of fiber per serving, this hearty bowl of shrimp and lentils with spinach and spices will keep your appetite satisfied for hours. You can easily make this with frozen shrimp and precooked lentils so it’s ready to eat in minutes.

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Asian Tofu

The tofu soaks up the Asian-inspired flavors beautifully in this dish. This plant-based lunch or dinner is sure to please with 9 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar per serving. The best part is it’s only made with six ingredients!

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Spiced Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Butter

There’s nothing as tasty as cilantro and citrus together in a marinade. This protein-packed recipe contains 40 grams of protein and 3 grams of sugar per serving—and it’s simple to make.
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Mom's Sloppy Tacos

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned sloppy joe? The difference with this recipe is that it’s low sugar, with 1 gram of sugar per serving—and it’s stuffed into a taco shell! You can cut some of the saturated fat by using ground turkey or chicken breast here.

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Rosemary Walnuts

Looking for a simple yet tasty snack that’s loaded with healthy fats and protein? These spicy walnuts have 4 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar, so you’ll get a sustaining energy boost. The nuts keep well in an airtight container, so add them to your lunchtime salads, too.

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Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This Mediterranean-style dish is a quick and tasty dinner solution. For 1 gram of sugar per serving, you get a protein-packed meal with the heart-healthy benefits of olives and olive oil. Pair this with a glass of red wine and it will be like you are on the Sardinian coast.

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Walnut and Oat-Crusted Salmon

With omega-3 fats coming from the fish and the walnuts, as well as oats with soluble fiber, it’s a triple threat of goodness. There’s no worries about sugar in this recipe, as there are 0 grams of sugar per serving.

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Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups

It’s never a dull moment when there’s pesto on the menu. This simple chicken dish offers a high protein kick with 44 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar per serving. Plus, the pesto gives these roll-ups a fresh flavor boost!

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Spinach-Mushroom Scrambled Eggs

This veggie-filled egg-stravaganza makes a tasty and simple breakfast. With just 1 gram of sugar per serving, this recipe is loaded with plant-based goodness—it has spinach and mushrooms scambled into the mixture. It’s perfect for a leisurely or quick out-the-door morning.

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Tex-Mex Popcorn

Looking for a light snack with a spicy kick? Try this popcorn loaded with smoked paprika, cayenne and garlic powders and cumin for a savory snack attack. The good news is that a cup of popcorn is only 100 calories and 0 grams of sugar. So grab a bowl and enjoy!

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Spicy Shrimp 'n' Scallop Skewers

Skewers are a fun way to entertain for lunch or dinner. These are loaded with protein-packed goodness from shrimp and scallops. With 0 grams of sugar and 28 grams of protein, these skewers will fuel your appetite for hours. Serve on top of brown rice or quinoa for some whole grain goodness, too!

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Hard-Boiled Eggs

Whether you’re looking for a low-sugar snack or protein-packed addition to any meal, hard-boiled eggs are the way to go. This recipe makes it simple to make a batch and keep in the fridge for days to enjoy. For 6 grams of high-quality protein and a mere gram of sugar, you can have a handy accompaniment to any meal or snack.

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Fiesta Chopped Salad

This salad makes a great lunchtime fix, with a bevy of fresh colorful veggies and healthy fats from olive oil and avocado. With virtually no sugar per serving, this dish is packed with phytonutrients that will keep you humming along throughout the day.

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Curried Egg Salad

Whether you stuff a bell pepper, tomato or a whole grain pita with this egg salad, you’re getting a good dose of protein. It has 10 grams per serving with only 2 grams of sugar. You can make a batch ahead of time and enjoy for any meal you’d like.

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Blackened Halibut

If you’re looking for a different fish, try halibut. This is one of those low-sugar recipes that you can’t believe is low-sugar! The savory flavors meld together so well. For 1 gram of sugar and 24 grams of protein per serving, enjoy this spicy dish for lunch or dinner.

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Quick Ginger Pork

The healing properties of ginger are endless—it’s an herbal elixir than spans the ages. Plus, ginger pairs well with pork. Try this quick dinner for 1 gram of sugar and 24 grams of protein per serving. It’s tasty served up with greens like bok choy or steamed broccoli.

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Artichoke Chicken

The savory goodness of artichokes, mushrooms, rosemary and chicken in this dish is spectacular. It’s a quick weeknight dinner that serves up a mere 1 gram of sugar and 28 grams of protein per serving. This will be in your regular recipe rotation!

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Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
A registered dietitian nutritionist, book author and speaker, Vicki has a passion for helping others embrace simple lifestyle habits that lead to health and happiness. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up tasty, nourishing meals for her family: two children, a husband and pet pug named Stella. Vicki enjoys a soothing face mask, Pilates and the occasional trip to their local sushi hotspot.

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