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.
- Deviled Eggs: Easy to fix, easy to grab, and so good!
- Dill pickle spears wrapped with Cheddar cheese.
- 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.
- 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!
- Cheese sticks with apple slices.
- Sugar-free Jello: Great when you want a sweet treat.
- 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!
- Smoked salmon and cream cheese on cucumbers.
- Spinach dip with veggies, pepperoni chips, or even pork rinds, if you are so inclined.
- Ricotta or cottage cheese sprinkled with ground flaxseed and fresh strawberries or blueberries.
- Guacamole with sliced veggies—radishes are great with guacamole!
- 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!
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