While it’s common to suffer from midday hunger pangs, munching on sugary and salty snacks will just leave you feeling more sluggish. Instead of eating empty calories, why not try low-calorie snacks in Singapore filled with fibre and vitamins? Whether it’s chips, biscuits or nuts, our rundown of the best healthy snacks in Singapore will perk you right up so you can survive those slow work days — be it in the office, or at home!
What is considered a healthy snack?
The first thing that comes to mind when you’re searching for healthier snacks would be fruits, vegetables and nuts. But did you know that there are also healthy alternatives when it comes to these snacks? Instead of focusing only on caloric intake, you should also look at the food item’s macronutrients. We’re talking about the amount of carbohydrates, protein, fat and more. These nutrition facts can usually be found in a panel located on the food item’s packaging. For the best healthy snacks in Singapore, you can always go for options that are high in protein, low in fat or carbohydrates.
What are macronutrients?
Your body needs macronutrients in certain quantities so you can stay healthy. Commonly referred to as macros, these nutrients can benefit your body in many ways. There are three main macros you should always look out for: protein, carbohydrates and fat.
Protein helps keep your muscles and bones healthy. They’re also important for the repair, recovery and development of your body tissues. This is why many tend to drink protein shakes after an intense workout.
Recommended amount needed: About 10-35% of your daily intake
Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for your body, and most importantly, your brain. This macronutrient is broken down into glucose, which is used for most of your bodily functions. For instance, carbohydrates help maintain body temperature, digestion and other vital body processes.
Recommended amount needed: About 45-65% of your daily intake
Fats get a bad rep. But they’re actually crucial in providing your body with energy. Generally, dietary fats fall into trans fat, saturated fats and unsaturated fats. The healthier fats are unsaturated, so you should always go for these. Nevertheless, fats help your body and muscles with recovery, energy storage and absorbing vitamins.
Recommended amount needed: About 20-35% of your daily intake
Best healthy snacks in Singapore: High-protein
1. Gooey-Filled Protein Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies don’t sound very healthy. But these MyProtein Gooey Filled Cookies (available on Woah Group Official Store) will change your mind. Apart from being one of the best low-sugar cookies in Singapore, this healthy biscuit snack is also exceedingly big on protein. Just one of these cookies contains enough protein to match that of a 100-gram chicken breast. If you’re concerned about taste, you’ll be happy to know that this cookie has tons of chocolate chips. The dough is also fragrant and rich in flavour so you’ll be surprised these are actually guilt-free cookies!
2. Take Root Kale Chips
Can’t get past kale’s bitter flavour? Several healthy snacks in Singapore have incorporated earthy vegetables to create the perfect savoury, low-calorie snack for regular consumption! Providing a punchy crunch with each bite, kale chips enrich your body with antioxidants and vitamins.
To make kale more appealing to the average snacker, Take Root Kale Chips (available on Shopee Supermarket) are made with all-natural ingredients that are gluten-free! These healthy low-calorie vegetable chips in Singapore are also brimming with Vitamin K! With one serving, you’ll consume close to the daily recommended amount, which can improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
3. Quest Nutrition Protein Chips
Healthy potato chips? Sign us up! These Quest Nutrition Protein Chips (available on Ultimate Sup) are one of the best healthy snacks in Singapore as you can finally snack guilt-free on a bag of chips without worrying about your diet. These are similar to tortilla chips, carrying a crunch that’ll make you go back for more! The Quest Nutrition Protein Chips are simply addictive and it’s no wonder why. With five flavours to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to these best healthy chips in Singapore. We recommend going for the Loaded Taco and Nacho Cheese flavours. They taste just like Doritos and you’re just missing the guilt (or are you, really?)!
Best healthy snacks in Singapore: Low-carbs
4. Absolute Organic Coconut Chips
It’s 4 P.M., and you just need a little bit more energy to see you through the end of the workday. Instead of adding an extra shot to your coffee, we suggest turning to a crunchy and healthy snack in Singapore for a change. Yes, we are talking about coconut chips! Coconut chips contain high levels of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). This is a type of saturated fat that can be easily digested and burnt as energy, giving you that extra push for the next hour or two.
The Absolute Organic Coconut Chips (available on Shopee Supermarket) is one of the best healthy snacks in Singapore. While this isn’t really a low-calorie snack in Singapore, it’s full of natural goodness and can be enjoyed in moderation. The chips are made with minimal processing and can be added to your smoothies, muesli or eaten as it is!
5. Quest Nutrition Peanut Butter Cups
Tired of the same old healthy biscuits and chips in Singapore? Go for these Quest Nutrition Peanut Butter Cups (available on Nutrition Asia) that are one of the best healthy snacks in Singapore! They’re a guilt-free alternative to your favourite peanut butter cups, with similar flavours and textures that’ll make you crave for more. The chocolate melts in your mouth to reveal a peanut butter centre that’s not overwhelmingly sweet. And the best thing about them is how they’re also considered as another low-calorie snack in Singapore. One peanut butter cup is only about 90 calories, which is about the same as a boiled egg!
6. CJ Bibigo Savory Roasted Korean Seasoned Seaweed
If you find yourself feeling sluggish during the workday, you’ll probably need a dose of dietary iodine found in seaweed! It contains a range of nutrients from amino acids and protein to good fats and essential vitamins.
Although most seaweed brands might seem like good low-calorie snacks in Singapore, they’re often deep-fried for enhanced flavour. With CJ Bibigo Savory Roasted Korean Seasoned Seaweed (available on Shopee Supermarket), rest assured you’re getting the best healthy snacks in Singapore. The seaweed is roasted before being lightly seasoned with salt and oil for maximum flavour! No wonder it’s the #1 selling Korean snack in South Korea!
Best healthy snacks in Singapore: Low-fat
7. Dole Soft Dried Dates
Here’s another one of the best healthy snacks in Singapore to satisfy your sweet tooth — dried dates! Dates have a fruity sweetness that can make for a healthy alternative to candies. These wrinkly treats boast an impressive nutritional profile, providing your body with fibre, protein, potassium, magnesium and more! In addition, this healthy snack in Singapore is also high in antioxidants and can reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
The Dole Soft Dried Dates (available on Shopee Supermarket) are especially suitable for fussy eaters. They are pitted dates (seeds removed), which means you can munch on these yummy treats without having to worry about the seeds. However, do note that although dates provide many healthy goodnesses for your body, they are not considered low-calorie snacks in Singapore. They have a relatively high-calorie content and should be consumed in moderation!
8. Pink Berry Instant Oatmeal
While you might be motivated to adopt a healthy, clean and light diet, it won’t be long before you’re craving for something more filling! Despite loading you up on essential vitamins and nutrients, most of the best healthy snacks in Singapore often disappoint as multiple servings still leave you craving for more.
This Pink Berry Instant Oatmeal (Goodness Bowl) (available on Amazin’ Graze Official Store) seeks to change this as it provides the complete nutritional package while remaining a convenient ready-to-eat option. Offering nutrient-rich toppings like cranberries and goji berries along with almonds and pumpkin seeds, you’ll definitely feel fuller with this healthy snack delivery in Singapore! Additionally, this Amazin’ Graze oatmeal is mixed with 100% natural beetroot powder for a beautiful pink tint that will instantly lift up your mood!
9. Blueberry Goji Coconut Granola
Granola is unrivalled as a digestive aid and is one of the most popular healthy snacks in Singapore! From regulating digestion to improving heart health, there’s no low-calorie snack in Singapore that comes close to offering the same dietary fibre benefits. Unfortunately, many granola options today flood their oats with sugary ingredients, causing the fibrous snack to lose its edge in the low-calorie snacks market.
With the Blueberry Goji Coconut Granola (available on Amazin’ Graze Official Store), you never need to worry about the overall sugar content! Restricting themselves to natural ingredients, superfoods and natural sweeteners, Amazin’ Graze guarantees a wholesome snacking experience with every bite.
Best healthy snacks in Singapore: Low-sugar
10. Nature’s Wonder Fruits & Nuts Fusion
Fat — the dreaded nutrient that’s linked to heart disease and obesity. Yet, you’ll often hear dieticians recommending nuts as go-to healthy snacks in Singapore. That’s because the monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids present in the nuts can help combat health issues like inflammation and high cholesterol!
If you need recommendations, Nature’s Wonder Fruits & Nuts Fusion (available on Shopee Supermarket) is a terrific example of good fats done right! From antioxidant-filled raisins and figs to fibrous pistachios, mixed nuts provide ample flavour and variety of texture so you’ll never get bored of having the same few nuts.
11. Julie’s Wheat Crackers
Possessing timeless cross-generational appeal, crackers are an evergreen favourite when it comes to healthy snacks in Singapore. From being dipped into our favourite Milo (available on Shopee Supermarket) to being accompanied with toppings like cheese or tuna, there are plenty of ways to savour this versatile snack! Instead of munching on biscuits laced with sugar and refined grains, you should choose healthier and low-calorie snacks in Singapore that offer fibre and protein.
Julie’s Wheat Crackers (available on Shopee Supermarket) combines a hefty, wheat-based flavour with nutritional benefits. These wheat crackers retain their shape even after being dunked and are one of the best healthy snacks in Singapore to go with a hot beverage.
12. Healthy Mate Natural Almond Paste Unsweetened
Preparing a peanut butter sandwich for a midday pick-me-up? If you’re using a regular peanut butter spread, it’s time to make the switch. Almond butter spreads are a healthier alternative with their rich source of protein, heart-healthy fats and antioxidants! In addition, they contain more fibre and vitamins than peanut butter.
Even without sugar, the Healthy Mate Natural Almond Paste Unsweetened (available on Shopee Supermarket) boasts a delightful nutty taste that goes well with toasts, oatmeal or even salads. It has such a creamy texture and makes fo
13. Yifon Roasted Chestnuts Organic
Chestnuts, also known as gao lak in Hokkien, was a widely popular snack back in the days. However, the ban on littering made it inconvenient to deshell the chestnuts while snacking on the go. This likely contributed to the fall in popularity of this local snack.
Thankfully, you can still enjoy a bag of roasted goodness with ready-to-eat chestnut snacks like the Yifon Roasted Chestnuts Organic (available on Shopee Supermarket). This low-calorie snack in Singapore is jam-packed with fibre — just 10 roasted chestnuts will supply you with 17% of your daily essential fibre intake! As such, roasted chestnuts are the best healthy snacks in Singapore that can help to improve your digestion and prevent constipation.
14. PhD Nutrition Smart Bar
Feeling hungry after a hard workout? The PHD Smart Bar (available on Nutrition Asia) is the perfect healthy snack that will satiate your hunger. It also contains a lot of nutrients like protein and carbohydrate that will give you the extra boost of energy for the day. With oozy caramel and protein crispies on top, Smart Bar is a delightful, high-protein, low-sugar treat.
If that weren’t enough, the bar’s silky chocolate covering gives it an additional mouthwatering flavour that will surely satisfy you. Another point worth highlighting for the health-conscious is that this product doesn’t contain palm oil, making it the best guilt-free snack to satisfy your cravings.
Calories: 238 kcal/serving
15. Morris Protein Snack
Chicken breast, also known as the gains, is an essential food for bodybuilders to gain protein after a strenuous workout. Most, if not all, of the gym bros/sis would understand the pain of preparing tasty chicken breast after a tough day. Great news for you! The Morris Protein Snack (available on Shears Singapore Official Store), which comes in three different flavours, is the ideal choice for you to hit your protein intake.
The product is fully roasted with high protein and low sodium. Rest assured that the chicken breast is free of flour, carbohydrates, sugar, MSG, and preservatives, making it a tasty and nutritious snack for individuals across all ages.
Calories: 60 kcal/serving
Anytime is a good time for a healthy snack!
From biscuits and chips, to nuts and oatmeal, we hope you’ll get to enjoy maximum productivity and satiation with these best healthy snacks in Singapore during the slowest workdays. Shop for other yummy snacks online on Shopee Supermarket! And check out our 9.9 Super Shopping Day for exciting deals on your favourite healthy snacks. Don’t forget to bolster your healthy diet with effective exercises! Go cycling on one of these best foldable bikes in Singapore or get smacking with the best badminton rackets! You can also consider equipping your home with some gym essentials so you can pump it out in your own home gym!
This article was updated on 14 September 2022. Additional research done by Jamantha Lim.
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