Easy snacks you can take with you when you’re avoiding carbs.
Hopping on the low-carb (or no carb) lifestyle? In case you didn’t know, a low-carb diet limits your carbohydrates (think grains and starchy veggies and fruits) intake and instead focuses on protein in fat. According to a study published in the journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, a low-carb diet improves metabolic syndrome, which has been found to cause diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Carbohydrates stimulate insulin, so reducing your intake can restore your body’s ability to process it properly. Another study even found that low-carb diets are especially beneficial to men—the scientists found that over 70% of men lost more weight and fat on a low-carb diet.
One problem you might come across when you’re cutting back on carbohydrates? Snacking options might seem limited. When on a diet, starving yourself or going hungry between meals are counter-productive. You will probably just end up bingeing later on. So here are six easy-to-find and easy-to-prepare snacks you eat—so you can say goodbye to cheating on your diet!
This low-carb variety of fruit comes in handy when you’re craving for something sweet. They have some of the lowest carb content among fruits, and if you want to stay clear of sugar, strawberries have the lowest content. Refrigerate or freeze a small container of berries and eat when cold for a sweet, refreshing snack.
They’re packed with protein and great for when you’ve got the munchies. Make sure you get the unflavored mixes—salted, honey or sugar-coated nuts come packed with unnecessary calories and sodium that’ll do nothing for you. Walnuts, cashews, and pistachios are among the healthiest.
SIf the thought of mixing vegetables with nut butter strikes you as weird, give it a chance—crunchy vegetables like carrots, radishes, celery, and even cucumbers actually go great with peanut and almond butters. Don’t get the sweetened kind though (they’re packed with sugar!). Get the plain ones available in healthy groceries and in some supermarkets. If you’re not used to nut butter without the sugar it usually comes with, mix in a dollop of a healthy sweetener like coconut syrup (Check out Natural Health’s Coconut Syrup) for every two tablespoons of nut butter. It’ll pair well with your veggie sticks of choice!
Yes, it’s possible! Sushi sans rice can be delicious, and super healthy too. Recipes like this one pack vitamins, protein, fiber, and great taste in a sushi roll. You won’t even miss rice with all the ingredients included!
Think ham and cheese sandwich without the bread—you won’t even miss it! Layer a slice of ham and a slice of pre-sliced cheese, roll together, and secure with a toothpick. They’re perfect for your mid-day munchies.
Craving for something other than plain fruits? Try chopping up some apples and topping them with brown, muscovado, or coconut sugar and cinnamon. You’ll feel like you’re eating apple pie!