Let’s be honest, low carb snacking can be difficult especially considering the amount of hidden sugars, flours, and other additives in most packaged foods. Not to mention that it quickly gets boring reaching for raw veggies, deli meat, and eggs every time you need a pick me up between meals. So today let’s talk about some of the best low carb snacks out there. What are your favorites?
- Portioned Almonds, Nuts, and Seeds
- Kale Chips
- Beef, Turkey, or Salmon Jerky
Although not everyone loves jerky, personally I think it is delicious and a great protein packed snack on the go. Reach for all different types of jerky to mix things up. Trader Joe’s offers delicious turkey and salmon jerky and you can find all sorts of delicious jerky on Amazon.
- Portioned Cheese
Although it is important to watch cheese intake due to the high calories, fat, and sodium it is a great option for low carb snacks. Look for cheese that comes portioned out already (think string cheese, cheese wedges, etc.) and try to limit it to one snack daily. Pair it up with raw veggies, low carb fruit, or low sodium and natural deli meats.
Nuts are a best friend of many low carb dieters and for good reason. With limited carbs, lots of fiber, and healthy fats; they have the staying power to boost energy between meals. However since it’s very easy to quick eat over 500 calories in nuts without thinking and plain nuts can get boring, I recommend either packaging/flavoring nuts on your own or buying portioned, flavored packs. Some of my favorites are: Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Wasabi Soy Almonds, and Chili Lime Pistachios.
Although not completely low carb since they contain chickpea flour, these delicious Skinny Crisps have only 4g net carbs per serving and taste great. They come in a variety of flavors Cinnamon Sugar, White Sesame, Brownie Chips, and Say Cheese. They are made in Boulder, Colorado and made with lots of natural ingredients like almonds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and olive oil. The only downside to these if unless you live in Colorado, they can be very hard to find in stores so you likely have to order them online.
Kale chips are a great option for snacking on the go. You can either bake up a big batch at home or opt for the prepackaged variety, which although pricier come in some pretty great flavors. My personal favorites (other than homemade) are the Southwest Ranch and Cheezy Chipotle.