Updated: Mar 9
Many people plan their meals quite well, but snacking has the ability to sabotage the best made plans. It tends to trip people up! Not just calories, but carbs. Be as proactive as you can and look out for the sneaky diet busters.
It can be helpful to know ahead of time which snacks to grab and keep on hand. This way, when it’s time for a pick-me-up, you already know that what you’re eating isn’t going to blow your diet.
When you choose a snack make sure that the amount of carbs it contains, if any, fit into your daily allotment of total net carbs. If you over-snack, you can have too many carbs. Make sure your snack items are ready to go foods that you can grab and go if need be.
Here are some ideas:
Nuts, boiled eggs, or olives.
Cheeses, such as mozzarella or sliced brick cheese.
Left-over meats as snack foods. You know.. the pieces too small for a leftover meal. Pair each bite with a cherry tomato.
Sandwich using lettuce leaves in place of bread and very low or carb free ingredients.
Dip broccoli, zucchini, spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower or bell peppers in a low-carb Ranch dressing.
Celery. Carrots will work too, although they are higher in carbs.
Low-carb fresh fruit, such as berries. A ¼ cup of strawberries gives you less than two carbs. The same size serving of blueberries gives you five carbs. A chopped banana with cherries, although bananas are higher in carbs. Better than a piece of cake, though!
If you’re craving chocolate as a snack, look for dark chocolate. Remember moderation.
All-natural peanut butter, with less than two carbs per tablespoon, makes it a quick and low carb snack.
Snack bars. Read the nutrition and ingredients' label first, though.