Eating the wrong carbohydrates can cause blood-sugar spikes, sending your moods and energy levels on a not-so-thrilling roller coaster ride. Often, the ride leaves you craving more carbohydrates just to feel good again.
Carbs can lead to sugar crashes and the desire to eat again soon after your meal, whereas protein and fats allow you to feel full for longer, thus eating less overall.
- Here are some excellent and novel low carb snacks:
If you’re looking to increase healthy fats, these low-carb fat bombs can help. Made with coconut butter, coconut oil, berries and lemon juice, they’re a terrific option if you’re following a ketogenic diet. One serving has 18.7 grams of fat! Coconut cream, butter, oil and other byproducts are an excellent source of healthy fats.
2. Apples and Cheese
Sweet and salty flavors add up to a great snack. Pair a cup of apple slices with an ounce of mozzarella cheese for about 16 grams of carbs. The combination of protein, fat, and fiber makes it a filling and satisfying nosh.
3. Yogurt and Cucumbers
Take your yogurt in a savory direction. Use a cup of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt as a creamy dip for 1 cup of refreshing cucumber spears. It adds up to12 grams of carbs and a mega dose (25 grams) of appetite-satisfying protein. It’s like a version of the famous Greek dish.
4. Herbed Celery Cucumber Salad
The snack salad from the Ketovangelist Kitchen is a low-carb eating savior. Smother celery and cucumber with fresh herbs to elevate the simple green vegetables into gourmet territory. This green mix has plenty of flavor to tide you over to your next meal, no carbs necessary.
5. Fruit Kebabs
Trouble getting the kids to eat their fruit? I love this fruity low-carb snack. A combo of your favorite low-carb fruits along with cubed raw cheddar will have the littlest family members begging for more.
6. Cottage Cheese With Berries
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.
7. Low-Carb Pumpkin-Seed Balls
Roll up a bunch of delicious ingredients (including pumpkin puree, oats, and almond butter) into balls to make a portable low-carb snack that provides just the right boost of energy. Without lots of sugar and carbs, these balls won’t make your energy levels crash later on.
Mixed nuts are an all-time snack classic for good reason. They’re just as satisfying at your desk as they are at a party. One ounce of crunchy, salty, mixed nuts will keep your energy up for hours for only 6 grams of carbs per ounce.