9 Easy Low-Carb Snack Ideas That You Will Love
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The common misperception for some time was to eat three big meals a day. Now we know to “graze” or snack often, instead of overfilling ourselves a few times a day. Frequent snacking helps you maintain a healthy weight, keeps your blood sugar stable, and speeds up your metabolism.
As long as you’re snacking on the right foods. The healthiest choices aren’t easy to find, nor are they always available, which means you grab something convenient that isn’t as healthy as you wish.
These 9 low-carb snacks are all great, healthy options that are either quick to prepare or already grab-and-go. Your kitchen should already contain these foods and they fight nicely into your bag or purse for additions to your lunch or just as snacks for the day.
These 9 snacks are great choices for everyone, especially diabetics who have a hard time controlling their rolling blood sugars.
9 Low-Carb Snacks
This one may take you back to your childhood, and will definitely take you towards better health. Cut celery into 2-or-3-bite chunks. Swipe natural organic peanut butter in the rut of this veggie and place a few raisins on top. You can also be creative and use whatever you want on the “log”—blueberries, sunflower seeds, crushed almonds, grapes, muesli.
Celery is fibrous, and your homemade peanut butter is packed with protein and healthy fats, so this snack will give you a boost of energy when you need it.
2. Mixed Nuts
Almonds, pistachios, and walnuts each have different health benefits. Almonds are extremely high in vitamin E for healthy skin; walnuts have heart-healthy omega-3s; and pistachios contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which help improve and maintain healthy eyes. Fill a small bag or container with 13 almonds, 30 pistachios, and 8 walnuts for a 100-calorie snack.
Non-GMO organic edamame is loaded with fiber which is great for your digestive system, and rich in protein. Eat them on their own or add edamame to your bag of nuts for a nutrient-rich, low-carb trail mix. Lightly steam a bowl of edamame and eat them warm. Press the pods to get to the beans inside.
4. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Eggs are as good a snack as they are a breakfast. They are the most nutrient-rich food and best eaten soft-boiled or poached. Hard-boiled eggs are a nutrient-filled snack any time of day. Making them is easier (not to mention cheaper!) than ordering a pizza, and they’ll be ready in less time too.
5. Kale Chips
Kale chips are loaded with nutrients that help manage weight control, heart health, and eyesight. To make, take a bowl of kale leaves (washed and dried) and mix them with olive oil and seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne, etc.) Bake for 20 minutes on a baking sheet at 300 degrees.
6. Herbal Teas
You may not think tea is a satisfying snack, but teas have a ton of health benefits and the ability to satisfy your snacking needs. Matcha and green tea have been proven to boost your metabolism and increase your endurance and are great to have when you just feel like an extra boost of energy.
Low-calorie nutrient-rich smoothies contain most of the fruits and veggies you need in a day. You can make a smoothie at home by grabbing your favorite fruits and veggies and throwing them together in a blender. Smoothies are good any time of the day.
Eat pita or kale chips, carrots, celery, or whole grain toast with hummus. Made from ground chickpeas and healthy oil, hummus is another one of the healthiest foods that is known for its rich taste and high protein levels.
9. Cottage Cheese
A cup of cottage cheese is packed with protein and is filling enough to be a satisfying snack. You can even add fruits like mixed berries or peaches to your cottage cheese for some quick energy. If you add cinnamon you’ll be helping your heart, or if you add chia seeds you’ll be helping the digestive process.
Now, you’ve got all the tools to get you through the day without overeating at mealtime. They all taste great and have multiple health benefits—just don’t try to eat all of these snacks at once!
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