While thinking about going on a low carb diet such as the ketogenic diet (which we give the scoop on in the Body Reboot book), sometimes full meals are easier to plan. After all, meat and veggies are always the best options! But it’s nice to have the option to snack on something lighter than a steak or heavier keto meals. Unfortunately, high-carb snacks are no longer an option on keto, so it’s essential to find snacks that taste delicious and make great substitutes to processed, unhealthy “traditional” food treats. Yes, saying goodbye to pretzels and breadsticks is necessary, but saying hello to yummy treats like low-carb nuts and avocado tastes excellent and is easy to prepare. If there are snacks that seem intimidating to prepare move on to make something simple. Many recipes tend to overcomplicate meals and snacks, and treats are meant to be easy. Give these simple, low-carb snacks a try:
Avocado on a crisp
Combine crispy and guac together to make a yummy, creamy snack. Web MD mentions how many carbs are in this snack and if you’re looking to have fewer carbs look for an alternative to using light rye crisps.
Avocados have a place in your diet outside the guacamole bowl. Mash 1/4 of a ripe avocado and spread it on 2 light rye crisps for a crunchy, creamy snack with 17.3 grams of carbs, plus plenty of fiber and heart-healthy fat. It’s like a mini open-faced sandwich.
Who can say no to avocados on the keto diet! Healthline provides the deets on a stuffed avocado snack. Sounds yummy to us!
One medium avocado has 12 grams of carbs. However, 9 grams of these carbs are derived from fiber, an indigestible nutrient that your body doesn’t absorb, making avocado an excellent option for low-carb diets.
To make a stuffed avocado, slice it in half and remove the pit. Then, spoon your desired low-carb stuffing into the center of the avocado.
Try filling avocado with tuna salad, chopped shrimp, or scrambled eggs and cheese.
Kale is super healthy on keto, and Healthline provides the quick recipe on how to whip up some kale chips.
Kale is a popular low-carb veggie that is packed with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate. One cup (21 grams) of kale contains less than 1 gram of carbs.
If you aren’t a fan of raw or sautéed kale, try snacking on kale chips.
To make these, rip kale leaves into bite-sized pieces and lay them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the kale with olive oil, garlic powder, and salt. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for about 10 minutes, or until the leaf edges are brown and crisp.
Mini Pepper Nachos
Peppers are packed full of vitamin C, and Dr. Axe gives us a quick mini pepper nacho snack instructions below:
You won’t miss the tortilla chips once you try these nachos. All your favorite toppings are served in mini peppers instead and finished off in the oven, making for a crisp base with melty cheese and fixings like fresh tomatoes, avocados and more. This low-carb snack even works as a quick, satiating weeknight dinner — just make a bigger batch!
Homemade trail mix
Trail mix sure is tasty, whether it’s for a quick snack on your way to the office or while you’re off on a hike. Healthline gives you an easy trail mix option:
Trail mix often contains high-carb ingredients like raisins, candy, and dried fruit.
However, you can make a low-carb version by combining a variety of nuts and seeds, along with other low-carb ingredients like unsweetened coconut. For an easy trail mix recipe, combine the following:
1 cup (112 grams) of pecan halves
1 cup (112 grams) of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup (30 grams) of roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup (43 grams) of unsweetened coconut flakes
Turkey is a good source of protein, and Web MD suggests this is an excellent low carb snack. To add more fat to this snack forgo the mustard and instead, use mayonnaise.
Deli turkey has uses beyond a sandwich filling. Lose the bread and roll up 1 ounce of sliced turkey in lettuce leaves with mustard. This light, crisp snack has 3.7 grams of carbs and will get you through the afternoon.
Sweet bell peppers and guacamole
Yummy! There’s not much to be said when this delicious snack speaks for itself. Healthline explains why this snack is yummy and nutrient-rich too.
Though their name may imply a high sugar, and thus high carb, content, sweet bell peppers are a low-carb vegetable providing just 3 grams of this nutrient in 1/2 cup (46 grams).
They’re also rich in vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for your heart, immune system, and skin. In fact, one green bell pepper provides more vitamin C than an orange (6Trusted Source).
Make a quick low-carb guacamole dip for your bell pepper slices by mashing avocado, onion, garlic, lime juice, and salt together in a bowl.
Crispy Parmesan Tomato Chips
Craving chips? Since chips are a no-go on keto, Dr. Axe provides an excellent chip alternative.
Looking for a new way to make healthy chips? Then you have to try these tomato chips. You’ll slice big, juicy tomatoes into thick slices and drizzle them with benefit-rich olive oil. After sprinkling them with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings, they’ll slow bake for several hours. The result is a tray full of low-carb snacks that are actually good for you!
Cottage cheese and berries
Going without dessert is challenging, which is why Web MD’s idea to eat cottage cheese and berries is a godsend.
Cheesecake doesn’t make for a healthy snack option, but you can mimic a little of the flavor in a healthier way. Pair a cup of low-fat cottage cheese with half a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries and a little of your favorite no-calorie sweetener. The result? A dessert-like snack with 17 grams of carbs.
Cheesy Jalapeño Mushroom Bites
Spice things up with Dr. Axe’s cheesy jalapeno mushroom bites:
Like your food hot and spicy? Then say hello to your favorite new low-carb snack. Ready in 15 minutes, this simple recipe packs immunity-boosting, nutrition-packed mushrooms with cheese and jalapeños. You could even add bite-sized pieces of chicken or turkey and make it a full meal.
Grass-fed beef jerky
Beef jerky isn’t always healthy, which is why Web MD recommends looking for grass-fed jerky that’s better for you and tastes delicious too.
Jerky has been going upscale in recent years, and there are better options now than the over-processed mystery-meat versions you’ve had before. Look for jerkies made from grass-fed beef, which have big flavor and just 5 grams of carbs per serving (about 1.5 ounces).
Raw “Eggplant Parmesan”
Snacknation provides an easy recipe on how to whip up some raw eggplant parmesan. Sounds pretty good to us!
Get all the flavor of your favorite Italian dish in a quick, easy, and raw package that has half the fat and half the fuss of its rich, cheesy counterpart. To make raw eggplant parmesan, simply slice and salt an eggplant, and then top each round with a dollop of marinara, a slice of tomato, and a sliver of high-quality Parmesan cheese. These snacks also taste amazing if you pop them in the oven at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Quick list of basic snacks
Last but not least, Ditch the Carbs lays out some low-carb basics below. If you don’t have time to prepare anything at all, these basics can help get you through the day!
These Best Low-Carb Snacks are easy to make and some don’t need any preparation. They are portable so are great to have in your desk drawer at work, or packed for lunch.
EGGS – this has to be my favourite. Have a bowl of hard boiled eggs in the fridge or work. An easy, portable snack with a good amount of protein and fat to keep that appetite in check.
NUTS – make a little pot each morning and nibble on them throughout the day. Don’t go for unlimited quantities of nuts, they can be high in carbs which soon add up. Go for lower carb nuts such as macadamias, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Avoid cashews. Click here to see: Ultimate Guide To Carbs in Nuts & Seeds Chart.
CHEESE – have cubes of cheese on hand. Try different cheeses too. Watch the carbs in some cheeses. They can sometimes sneak in with hidden dried fruits, nuts and even wheat and starch in pre-shredded/grated cheeses.
COLD MEAT – keep the leftovers from last nights dinner or roast. Ham, salami, pepperoni, chicken, etc.
VEGETABLE SLICES – have with some kind of fat such as cheese, cream cheese, olives.
FISH– keep tinned/canned tuna in the pantry or your desk, tuna mayonnaise, smoked salmon and cream cheese.
BERRIES – add some full fat cream or coconut cream. Click here to see: Ultimate Guide To Carbs In Fruit
AVOCADO – a great source of fat, vitamins, and nutrients. Cut in half and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
OLIVES – make a container with cheese, olives and vegetable sticks.
DARK CHOCOLATE – go for the highest cacao percentage and the lowest amount of carbs. If you don’t like dark chocolate, gradually increase the cacao % each time you buy a block. You will learn to love the slightly bitter taste and won’t want to go back to chocolate ‘like’ bars. And because it is slightly bitter, you will only want 1 or 2 squares to satisfy.
If you’re ready to go on the ketogenic diet, you now have a great list of simple and delicious snacks! See — a ketogenic diet can help you lose weight AND taste delicious too. To learn more about keto, help us cover shipping and receive the Body Reboot book free.
Sources: Web MD, Dr. Axe, Healthline, Ditch the Carbs, Snacknation
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