Quick and Easy Low Carb Snacks
A low carb diet is not an open invitation to consume as many high-fat foods as possible. Instead, you should choose snacks that are high in fiber and nutrients, with carbs that have a lower glycemic index, have protein and heart-healthy fats.
One example of a great snack for low carb diets is celery sticks with peanut butter. Celery offers a lot of fiber; peanut butter is high in protein and has heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Don’t use low-fat peanut butter – it’s loaded with sugar.
Super high in protein and low in fat and calories, edamame makes a great snack. The big box stores now carry individual frozen servings that can be popped into the microwave to steam.
Carrots and hummus make a delicious snack. Use baby carrots or carrot sticks with 1/4 cup hummus. Hummus comes in a variety of flavors such as roasted red pepper, Greek olive, basil pesto and many others.
Nuts are super-healthy and ideal for a low carb diet. Any kind of nuts is okay – just keep in mind that a serving is 1/4 cup.
Meat and cheese rollup – this is an on-the-go favorite. Roll up a slice of cheese or cheese stick in a slice of deli turkey or roast beef.
Cottage cheese with sliced tomatoes – use low fat cottage cheese with cherry or sliced tomatoes. Find the freshest you can, locally grown if possible – the flavor difference is amazing!
Low carb tortillas – if you’ve just gotta have some bread, this is a great alternative. You can use them for wraps, toast them and add butter, use one as a hot dog bun or as the basis for a personal size pizza.
My experience has been that a low carb diet is the easiest to follow. There are so many foods you can eat, and you never have to go hungry…just grab a low carb snack anytime you feel the urge to eat.