I’m looking for some simple low carbohydrate snacks. Any suggestions?
I get a lot of questions coming in for simple, easy snacks to include that are lower in carbohydrate (for those living with diabetes and those not). Snacks are important when it comes to meal planning and weight loss. It doesn’t mean that you are eating more food throughout the day by adding snacks, but that you are feeding your body and helping speed up your metabolism; and also helping to stabilize your blood sugar levels a bit more.
Keep in mind it still comes down to balance. Low carbohydrate doesn’t necessarily mean any carbohydrate. The key is to keep protein, carbohydrate and fat intake balanced, keeping your energy up and motivation high.
So what should you snack on? Depending on your needs, if you are looking for low carbohydrate foods in general, non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, green beans, etc.), low fat cheese or cottage cheese, nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews) or peanut butter are some options. Of course, you need to remember that portions count and even though it may be a low-carbohydrate food, it does have calories.
But as we mentioned, snacks or small meals should focus on balance – this way you optimize the intake of nutrients your body needs; trying to include snacks that are have high nutritional value and don’t fill you up with simple sugars or excess calories.
My recommendation is if you are looking for low-carbohydrate snacks, keep the carbohydrate intake on the lower side and balance it out with protein and healthy fat. Snacking this way will help to keep your blood sugar from fluctuating up and down and provide your body with the protein (helps your muscles) and fat (provides satiety) it needs. In addition, by including vegetables, whole grains and fruits, you’ll get the added benefit of fiber (you know I love fiber!).
Simple Lower Carbohydrate snack options:
Good old cottage cheese with almonds
Peanut butter with celery or a few slices of apple
Low fat cheese with nuts
Slice of low sodium deli meat and low fat cheese
Tuna (I like to mix it with Italian dressing) and veggies
Greek yogurt (has a good amount of protein) and almonds
What is your favorite combination? It is all about enjoying what you eat!