More and more people are learning of the benefits that a low carb diet can have on the body. Weight loss, more energy, and longevity being among them. But finding good, easy to prepare, low-carb snacks can be difficult when you’re just starting out…and expensive if you don’t know what you like.
We’ll help you out with a few super easy and relatively inexpensive snacks that you can prepare on your own. Grab these snacks as you walk out the door or when you need a quick fix while bingeing your favorite TV show.
1. Veggies and Ranch
Yes, veggies and ranch are totally low carb, and super good for you! Of course, don’t go to heavy on the ranch, or find a sugar-free version that won’t pack on the pounds.
To save money, buy produce fresh (rather than prepackaged and cut) and cut it up into dippable sizes. Store in airtight containers and separate your ranch into small portions to eat with each serving of veggies.
Cucumbers, peppers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and celery are all great veggies to use with this snack.
2. Deli Meat and Cream Cheese
Pick up your favorite meat from the deli – ham, roast beef, turkey, salami – and spread some cream cheese over it. Roll it up and pack it in a zippable bag or airtight container for a quick protein packed snack later on.
For more variety, try different flavors of cream cheese or add seasonings like garlic powder or Italian seasoning to it.
3. Mini Sandwich Wraps
Pick up some deli meat, your favorite cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce. Slice the cheese and tomatoes into thin slices so they can be easily rolled into a wrap. Lay down the deli meat first, spread on your favorite condiments, and layer the rest on. Roll it up and stick with toothpicks if needed.
All the joy of a delicious sandwich without the guilt of all the carbs that accompanies the bread.
Mix a can of tuna with some avocado oil mayonnaise. It’s a great protein boost and you can enjoy it with cucumbers, pickles, peppers, or almond thin crackers.
This is very easy to prepare on your way out the door or when you’re at home. You can also prep it head of time for some easy grab and go snacks throughout your week.
5. Trail Mix
Making your own trail mix is so easy, and it lasts a long time (unlike fresh produce). Pick up an assortment of salted nuts and seeds – almonds, macadamia nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, cashews – and mix them together. Add in some dark chocolate chunks for a little more variety.
If you want different flavors, try adding different spices and seasonings like cinnamon or chili-lime powder.
6. Hard-boiled Eggs
Eggs are the perfect low-carb snack. With a healthy blend of fat and protein, they will give you the quick boost in energy that you need during your afternoon lull.
For the perfect hard-boiled eggs, check out Martha Stewart’s recipe.
Add your favorite seasonings to it and enjoy!
If you’ve started a low carb diet and are missing fruit or sweets, grab a handful of berries. You can purchase strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries and mix them into small portion sizes for the perfect on-the-go sweet fix.
If the berries are out of season and not very sweet, add a little bit of your favorite sugar-free sweetener. Erythritol is a great one to try.
8. Pepperoni Chips
Microwave some pepperoni slices until they are crisp. Grab your favorite dip to enjoy them with – guacamole, queso, or even spinach dip. Or melt some cheese over them and eat them like nachos. Pair it with some marinara sauce and you won’t even miss pizza anymore.
9. Sugar-free Jello
There are tons of things that you can make with sugar-free Jello and then enjoy throughout the week. Simply make it or buy it premade and enjoy it as is when you need a sweet fix. Or try one of these sugar-free Jello recipes to get a delicious low-carb dessert.
10. Cheese Crisps
Pick up your favorite shredded cheese (parmesan and cheddar work great for this). Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the shredded cheese in small, flattened circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 5-8 minutes – until they start to crisp.
Bag them up and save them for later (or eat immediately). Dip in salsa, guacamole, ranch, or just enjoy them as they are!
If you want to see your dentist less, love your body more, and enjoy life to the fullest, cut out added sugars and incorporate low carb snacks into your daily routine.