Low-Carb Snacks and Recipes
An Overview of Low-Carb Snacks
When on a low-carb diet, it's good to leave a few grams of carbs out of your regular meal planning in case you get hungry in between meals This is especially true in the first few weeks of the diet After that, your appetite should normalizeâ€”so you are less likely to be hungry in between meals
Still, with the busy lives that many of us lead, you never know when you may get caught in a long stretch without food
The worst thing to happen, in that case, is to grab something you were once used to eating, such as a muffin from a cafe This can spike your blood sugar and throw your body out of your carefully cultivated stable state
Also, as experts point out, it's very important not to go hungry This can cause the body to generate stress hormones which also mess with blood sugar and insulin levels However, this does not mean that we should never experience a hunger pangâ€”especially in the first part of a low-carb dietâ€”but that we shouldn't ignore them for long
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If you are still feeling the need to snack frequently, consider whether you are eating enoughâ€”particularly enough fatâ€”at meal times
Constructing the Perfect Low-Carb Snack
The ideal low-carb snack contains protein, fat, and fiber The fiber is usually attributed from nuts, seeds, or vegetables
In some ways, nuts (and certain seeds) can be a perfect low-carb snack Nuts contain protein, healthy fat, and fiber all in one package and most of them are stocked with nutrients There are only two caveats:
- Some nuts, such as cashews, actually have a fair amount of carbs
- Some people have trouble stopping when they are eating nuts
It pays to know exactly how many carbs you are eating when you eat nuts Watch your portion sizes carefully
Tip: Store nuts and seeds in the freezer Remove just the amount you are planning to eat at one time If you take them with you, use small snack-sized zip bags
Flax seeds and chia seeds are wonderfully nutritious additions to low-carb snacks Almost all the carbohydrates in them are in the form of fiber which doesn't raise blood sugar
Vegetables: Dips, Spreads, or Crackers
Lots of dips and spreads are low in carbs Pair them with non-starchy vegetables and you've got a great healthy snack!
While you're at it, think beyond celery and carrot sticks You can stuff mushrooms with an easy homemade cheese spread, pimento spread, or a 5-minute spinach dip Use jicama or cucumber rounds as you would a cracker for the dip or even guacamole
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Many vegetables can be eaten rawâ€”or quickly blanchedâ€”and make good substitutes for higher-carb crackers and chips
Speaking of crackers, there are now a number of low-carb options on the market For example, try almond meal crackers made by Simple Mills (available on Amazon) or you can make own crackers:
Another low-carb choice is pork rinds (Chicharrón) which can satisfy a desire for something crispy and can also be used for dipping
You can even enjoy spreads by rolling them up There are two main types of low-carb roll-ups:
- Roll up a dip or spread in luncheon meat For example, spread spinach dip on a piece of smoked turkey and roll it up
- In a lettuce leaf, roll up a salad made from a protein, such as egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, salmon salad, or ham salad This makes for an excellent lunch!
Looking for fruit that doesn't have a lot of sugar? Berries are the way to go!
Strawberries and blueberries are pretty low too Combine berries with plain full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, or you can even just drizzle some cream over them Yum!
More Low-Carb Snack Ideas
- Celery With Peanut Butter Or Stuffed With Tuna Salad (other veggies work too)
- Hard Boiled Or Deviled Eggs ( eggs for beginners)
- Dill Pickles And Cheddar Cheese
- Sunflower Seeds (on the shell so it will take longer to eat them)
- Low-Carb Trail Mix
- Jerky (sugar-free or low-sugar)
- Low-Carb Shakes
- Cheese: Sticks, String, Or With Apple Slices
- Sugar-Free Jello, With Or Without Cottage Cheese And A Sprinkle Of Nuts (Make sugar-free lime Jello with part coconut milk For a large package, dissolve the powder in a cup of boiling water Add a can of coconut milk and then add the rest of the water Stir well)
- Sugar-Free Or Low-Sugar Chocolate, Such As ChocoPerfection Bars
- Smoked Salmon And Cream Cheese On Cucumber Slices
- Ricotta Cheese With Low-Sugar Fruit, Nuts, Or Flaxseed Meal
- Snack Bars, Such As Quest Protein Bars (watch out for sugar alcohols, especially maltitol)
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- Pepperoni Chips (Microwave pepperoni slices until crisp These are great with cheeses and dips)
More Low-Carb Snack Recipes
- Oven-baked parmesan crisps: Just bake some cheese in the oven and you have a delicious, low-carb crunchy snack!
- Low-carb nachos: Enjoy the great flavors of nachos without all the carbs
- Low-carb pizza: From simple recipesâ€”put pizza ingredients on low-carb tortillas or a portabello mushroomâ€”to a bunch of more involved low-carb pizza crust recipes
- Peanut butter protein balls: Mix together four ingredients, roll them into balls, and you're done!
- Baked jalapeno poppers: Put cheese and bacon on spicy peppers and bake
- 5-minute spicy sweet pecans: Great for holiday time (or any other) or if you are expecting guests They're quick and easy and your home will smell amazing!
- Pizza bites: Bake them in a muffin tin with a pepperoni crust
- Celeriac chips: Make your own chips from a lower-carb vegetable (this works with many root vegetables)
- Sugar-free cranberry sauce: Eat with cottage cheese or yogurt (You can even make sugar-free dried cranberries in the oven)
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A Word From Verywell
Sometimes when we think of snacks, we automatically think of foods that aren't very good for us But snacks can just as easily be part of a healthy way of eating