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A snack is a portion of food, often smaller than a regular meal, generally eaten between meals. Snacks come in a variety of forms including packaged snack foods and other processed foods, as well as items made from fresh ingredients at home.

Traditionally, snacks are prepared from ingredients commonly available in the home. Often cold cuts, fruit, leftovers, nuts, sandwiches, and the like are used as snacks. The Dagwood sandwich was originally the humorous result of a cartoon character's desire for large snacks. With the spread of convenience stores, packaged snack foods became a significant business. Snack foods are typically designed to be portable, quick, and satisfying. Processed snack foods, as one form of convenience food, are designed to be less perishable, more durable, and more portable than prepared foods. They often contain substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives, and appealing ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts, and specially-designed flavors (such as flavored potato chips).

Beverages, such as coffee, are not generally considered snacks though they may be consumed along with or in lieu of snack foods.

A snack eaten shortly before going to bed or during the night may be called a midnight snack.

Healthy Low Carb Snacks

Low Carb Diet Snacks

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.

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