Sometimes you just need a hit of sugar--something to take the edge off a bad day at work or a boring night at home. Here's how to indulge (and maybe even sneak in some extra nutrients) without falling off the diet wagon.
Get our delicious ideas for snacking without overindulging with these 20 treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth. We've included the calorie, cholesterol, fat, and sodium facts for each, plus brand names to make your shopping super simple.
Kellogg's Bite Size Maple & Brown Sugar Frosted Mini-Wheats
These super-tasty sweet treats feature a satisfying crunch (it helps that whole grain wheat is the first ingredient). Six Mini-Wheats will cost you just 47 calories--and you'll get a gram of filling fiber, too.
Nutrition facts for six Mini-Wheats: 47 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and potassium, raspberries are among the Cleveland Clinic's list of 40 best foods for heart health. Research suggests they help lower blood pressure and boost good cholesterol, plus they'll tide you over as a delicious snack.
Nutrition facts for 3/4 cup raspberries: 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Edy's All Natural Fruit Bar
You'll get 15 percent of your daily vitamin C needs in one 50-calorie frozen pop. Pick from yummy cherry, grape, and tropical flavors.
Nutrition facts for one bar: 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium
Root Beer Float
Pour fizzy diet root beer over 1/4 cup of light vanilla ice cream for a treat that will take you back to your youth. Toss your glass in the freezer 10 minutes before dishing for the full frosty effect.
(We used Frostop Diet Root Beer and Breyer's Smooth & Dreamy Light Ice Cream.)
Nutrition facts for one root beer float: 50 calories, 2 g fat (1 g sat fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium
Jell O Sugar Free Cup with Cool Whip
These single-serving containers of Jell-O make calorie counting oh-so-easy! The gelatin has just 10 calories, the whipped topping adds 25.
(We topped our Jell-O with 2 tablespoons of Cool Whip.)
Nutrition facts for Jell-O with Cool Whip: 35 calories, 2 g fat (2 g sat fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium
Increasing your fiber intake (at least 25 grams a day) can significantly lower your heart disease risk, and a peach provides nearly 2 grams. For a special treat, cut one in half and grill both sides to caramelize the natural sugars.
Nutrition facts for one peach: 38 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Stock these simple treats in your fridge for grab-and-go convenience. Each cherry has just 10 calories with no fat or cholesterol.
Nutrition facts for five cherries: 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Sugar-Free Baskin Robbins Hard Candies
In flavors like Pralines 'n Cream, Fruit Medley, and Mint Chocolate Chip, these long-lasting, creamy candies mimic the taste of their ice cream counterparts. Each piece melts in your mouth for a full 10 minutes.
Nutrition facts for five candies: 50 calories, 1 g fat (0 g sat fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium
Tea with Sugar
Calorie-free white, black, red, and green teas have all been shown to contain high levels of antioxidants, which help ward off disease. Add a dash of sugar substitute to sweeten things.
Nutrition facts for a cup of tea: 0 calories, 0 g fat, mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Ripe and juicy, eight strawberries provide more than 100 percent of your vitamin C for the day. For an even sweeter treat, dust five strawberries with 2 teaspoons of confectioners' sugar for only 3 tiny calories more.
Nutrition facts for eight strawberries: 46 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Mott's No-Sugar-Added Healthy Harvest Applesauce
This tasty fruit-filled applesauce kicks up your vitamin C quotient: Each 50-calorie snack cup provides 25 percent of your daily needs.
Nutrition facts for one snack cup: 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Dove Dark Chocolate Promise
Sometimes all you need is one decadent bite of really good chocolate. Plus, the dark kind is full of heart-healthy antioxidants. Enjoy!
Nutrition facts for one chocolate: 42 calories, 3 g fat (1 g sat fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Propel Fitness Water
Sipping a 23 ounce bottle of this fruit flavored water can stave off a candy binge all afternoon, as well as provide much needed hydration and a splash of B vitamins.
Nutrition facts for one bottle: 30 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium
Jelly Belly Sugar-Free Jelly Beans
Jelly Belly's bold jelly bean flavors range from tangerine to sizzling cinnamon to juicy pear. A handful will quench any sweet craving, and with 20 beans you're hardly skimping on portion size.
Nutrition facts for 20 beans: 46 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium
Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop Kettle Korn
Air-based snacks, such as popcorn, help you feel full on fewer calories. The smell of the popped popcorn will also make you feel indulgent, even while you're being sensible.
Nutrition facts for 3 cups popped popcorn: 45 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium
Marshmallow Dipped in Chocolate
Get a dose of campfire nostalgia by tempting your palate with a fluffy marshmallow drizzled with chocolate syrup. Melt your own dark chocolate to add heart-healthy antioxidants to this sweet treat.
(We used Kraft Marshmallows and 1/2 teaspoon Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.)
Nutrition facts for one marshmallow with chocolate syrup: 34 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium
Del Monte No-Sugar-Added Mandarin Oranges
Grab a spoon and you can savor the natural sweetness of mandarin oranges anytime (and nearly anywhere). The 40-calorie portion-controlled snack serves up 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
Nutrition facts for one snack cup: 40 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium
Quaker Quakes Caramel Corn Rice Snacks
Pop five of these mini rice snacks in your mouth and you'll forget you're dieting. The sweet crunch comes without fat or cholesterol and is delightfully low in sugar, too.
Nutrition facts for five rice cakes: 43 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 107 mg sodium
Swiss Miss Fat-Free Hot Cocoa with Calcium
The antioxidant level in cocoa is even higher than in red wine. Plus, one mug provides as much calcium as a glass of milk. Add a cinnamon stir stick for no additional calories.
Nutrition facts for one mug: 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium