- Diet & Weight Loss
Easy Low Carb Snacks
Salad with avocado
Salads, in general, are a no-brainer as far as healthiness goes. Add avocado for a bit more satiety as well as calories, and you have a great snack--or even a meal with more than one avocado and a fairly large bowl of salad greens. Mix in different types of greens, carrots, cucumbers, and tomato with a small amount of oil and vinegar to eat your way to a healthy physique!
Contrary to popular belief, nuts may very well not promote weight gain even though they are fairly high in calories. Several studies prove this to be the case. Most nuts--save for cashew and chestnuts--are fairly low in carbohydrates yet high in protein and fat but are fairly low in saturated fat. All plant products are free of cholesterol and have some fiber. As previously stated, nut consumption does not seem to add the same amount of body fat one would assume it would based on calorie density--the mechanism(s) for this effect are currently not well understood. In fact, some studies show weight loss due to nut consumption despite added caloric intake... odd, yet true!
Celery is very high in water and quite cheap, and, requires no preparation to eat. It also lasts a long while before going bad. Celery works great when eaten raw, and is a great way to eat peanut butter--although try to find peanut butter without added sugar in the ingredients list to maintain the low-carb status of the snack. Like stated previously, nuts are low carb, and most natural peanut butter has palm oil added to it which is a low-carb food additive.
Take a large artichoke and cut it in half. Then take out the middle "thistle" portion that is not fit for consumption. Then steam it until desired tenderness is reached. Usually it is consumed with a citrus juice such as lemon juice or your oil of choice, similar to a salad. A little-known fact is that artichokes have some of the most antioxidants of any vegetable. Healthy, tasty, and low-carb to boot!
Blackberries and strawberries in particular are low in carbohydrate content. Berries are also extremely healthy--albeit sometimes pricey--and usually high in anthocyanidins which are linked with a great number of health effects in humans. Also, both berries are very easy plants to grow requiring little maintenance and no replanting/seeding as well as often large crop yields as well as long seasons of berry production--of course the breed will determine much of this. Either way, it's hard to beat a free low-carb, healthy food growing in your back yard.
Soy is not only fairly cheap and easy to find, but it is also low carb and healthy. Edamame is fairly easy to prepare and eat. Contrary to popular belief in some circles, soy consumption is not regularly associated with negative hormonal effects in men. In women, however, soy and soy products (such as tempeh and tofu) are associated with lower risk of breast cancer. So ladies, go much some soy!
Although a bit unconventional in the west, seaweed is quite nutritious. Beware, though, which type of seaweed you are consuming because some types have toxic amounts of iodine in them, even when a fairly small amount of seaweed is consumed. However, if one does not have another source of iodine in their diet, moderate intake of low-to-medium iodine seaweed would be likely quite beneficial. Asian grocery stores are your best bet to find high-quality seaweed at an acceptable price.
Hummus and Carrots
Hummus is a fairly popular food in the west--although it is originally a middle-eastern food--and can be found in most grocery stores. Carrots are fairly cheap, and the taste of the hummus is usually so strong that the mild flavor of the carrot is a non-issue. Both options are low-carb.
Flax crackers can be affordable as well as tasty! Use them to eat a low-carb dip option such as guacamole, organic salsa, or the aforementioned hummus and have a great low-carb snack that is high in omega 3 fatty acids as well as low in carbs.
Chocolate can be very healthy; cocoa is extremely high in antioxidants and have certain phytochemicals (special chemicals only in plants) that pass the blood-brain-barrier and travel to the brain, purportedly activating areas of the brain related to learning and memory. A sugar-free and dairy-free chocolate with a high cocoa percentage is low carb and healthful--although it may be too bitter for those not accustomed to dark chocolate.
There are obviously thousands more options than this, but this will be enough to last you for a good week or more--probably longer as long as you change things up from time to time. There you have it, 10 great ideas for low-carb snacking! Now go forth, eat snacks, and be healthy!