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12 Easy Low-Carb Snack Ideas

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Whether you are trying to lose weight or hope that new studies are correct in indicating that low-carb diets can improve fertility, you are going to like these snack ideas!

Low-carb diets have gotten a lot of praise and a lot of complaints over the years. Recently, there have been reports from a new study that low-carb diets could be linked to higher fertility rates in women. So, with a lot of people going “low-carb” these days, whether for fertility, weight-loss, or other reasons, there is a lot of interest in low-carb snacks. Most low-carb diets suggest small snacks between meals, to keep a person from reaching for the chips or crackers, but sometimes going low-carb can be a challenge for those who have relied heavily on carb-high snacks.

What can you have?

First of all, low-carbers should remember that the best options have not just protein, but a healthy fat and some fiber, as well. So, when you have a piece of no-sugar-added jerky (a popular low-carb snack option), having some sliced raw veggies along with it—carrot sticks, green pepper slices, sliced radishes, cucumber spears—is a great idea. So, feel free to add your veggies along with any of these ideas.

  1. Deviled Eggs: Easy to fix, easy to grab, and so good!
  2. Dill pickle spears wrapped with Cheddar cheese.
  3. Pepperoni “chips”: This may seem odd, but give pepperoni chips a minute or so in the microwave, and they will crisp up like a chip; great as-is or with dips.
  4. Nuts and Seeds: A good idea is to put these into portion control bags when you get them home, so you can just grab one and not just reach into a bag and eat too many—it’s easy to do, they are so yummy!
  5. Cheese sticks with apple slices.
  6. Sugar-free Jello: Great when you want a sweet treat.
  7. Roll-Ups: These can be done with lettuce leaves (romaine is a great one for this trick) or with a low-carb lunch meat. Just put a filling inside your leaf or slice of lunch meat—tuna or egg salad is great in the lettuce, for example; a slice of cheese, a cucumber spear and a little mayo or mustard is tasty in lunch meat—and roll up; use your imagination!
  8. Smoked salmon and cream cheese on cucumbers.
  9. Spinach dip with veggies, pepperoni chips, or even pork rinds, if you are so inclined.
  10. Ricotta or cottage cheese sprinkled with ground flaxseed and fresh strawberries or blueberries.
  11. Guacamole with sliced veggies—radishes are great with guacamole!
  12. And, last but not least, an old favorite: natural peanut butter and celery sticks.

There are many, many different low-carb snacks out there when you start looking. And, of course, different low-carb diets will have different guidelines, so adapting ideas to work for your particular plan is a must. What are some of your favorites? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below!

To read more about low-carb diets and fertility, click here.

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