Low Carb Snack Ideas

There is no doubt about it: low carb diets are effective and easy to follow compared to other diet plans. There is no need to count calories and there is a wide range of foods for you to enjoy which reduces your cravings for sugary and starchy foods at the same time.

However, one problem that most low carb diets have in common is that they do not take fat content into consideration. The majority of foods are either allowed or disallowed based on their carbohydrate content which, in my opinion, leaves too much room for unhealthy and high-fat items.

Today I want to have a look at a few suggestions for low carb snacks that I am sure will go down a treat as well as showing how easy it is to reduce the amount of fats in your diet.

  • Greek Yogurt:

Low fat and with a high content of protein, Greek yogurt is a food which all those following a low carb diet should keep in their fridge as it can be used for both savoury and sweet snacks. Greek yogurt makes the perfect base for delicious herby or spicy dips which you can have with crudites such as celery, carrots, fennel and radishes. Alternatively, if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, simply sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa powder for a sweet treat without the guilt.

  • Cold Meats:

Cold meats such as lean ham, chicken, turkey and beef are the ultimate quick fix when it comes to low carb snacks which require no preparation. Most supermarkets sell a wide range of many different types so I find it’s a good idea to stock up when you do the weekly shop so that you always have something available and don’t get too hungry in-between meals.

If you have a little more time, I also recommend you try the extremely easy to make meat roll ups: simply spread low fat cream cheese on a couple of slices of meat, add some salad leaves and roll them up. The very same can be done with smoked salmon. Don’t forget these snacks can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for a couple of days.

  • Eggs:

From hard boiled eggs to delicious slices of vegetable frittata, eggs have got to be one of my favourite low carb snack. What I think makes eggs ideal as a snack when following a low carb diet plan is the fact that, just like meat and smoked salmon roll ups, most recipes can be prepared in advance and kept refrigerated for a few days without losing their lovely flavours. In terms of recipes, don’t forget to keep an eye on the fat content and opt for healthier options such as oven-cooked frittata or poached eggs.

I think it’s worth mentioning at this stage that if you suffer of cholesterol problems you might want to reduce the fat content of your egg snacks by using the egg whites only.

  • Sugar-free Jelly:

Finally, the perfect low fat, low carb and inexpensive snack which has helped me get rid of sugar cravings once and for all: sugar-free jelly. Available from most supermarkets in a wide variety from flavours ranging from strawberry to mango, sugar-free jelly is easy to prepare and can be eaten on its own or with the addition of low fat yogurt.

 

Guest post by Sara – foodie, serial dieter and editor of Dukan Diet Meals, a website offering advice on the Dukan Diet plan and a collection of Dukan Diet recipes to anyone following the ever so popular French diet.