Snack Food on a Low Carb Diet
Snack Food on a low carb diet? What should
we eat between meals if hungry?
When you are following a low-carb diet, you will be
eating the least amount of carbohydrates that you can throughout the
day. This means that when you are in need of a snack, you will need
to find low carb, high-protein selections that provide you with a
nutritious boost of energy. Sometimes this is just as easy as
opening a can of tuna and digging in. You could also substitute oily
chips and fattening chocolate bars with hard boiled egg-whites or a
slice of cold chicken, both ideal snack foods for a low carb diet.
When you are
adhering to this diet, you should keep in mind that your body does
need a certain number of carbohydrates to properly function. Carbs
serve as the main source of energy for muscles and other processes
of the body. If you intend on working out a lot, you should not
totally eliminate carbohydrates from your diet.
For the most
part, you will need to focus on eating a balanced diet consisting of
lean protein; simple carbs like raw veggies and fruits; as well as
whole grain pasta and whole grain rice. This ensures that your body
receives all of the nutrients and energy that keeps you in tip-top
shape and health. Below are some of the best snacks that you can
grab or prepare when you need something to tide you over until your
next low-carb meal.
One ounce of beef jerky contains about 70 calories and
1 gram of fat. There is a healthy dose of 11 grams of protein. When
choosing your jerky, shop at a health food store because the brands
sold at most stores contain tons of salt. Keep in mind: salt retains
2) Egg Whites
white offers 15 calories. This small energy booster is fat and
cholesterol-free; and also provides 4 grams of protein. For a great
mini-meal, toss two or three in a pan; add peppers and onions for a
tasty, quick omelet.
Cheese and Fruit
Try eating one-half cup of 2% cottage
cheese. This treat contains an average of 16 grams of protein, as
well as only 102 calories and 2 grams of fat. Mixing this treat with
fruit provides it with extra flavor and delight.
Tuna offers a good source of protein, containing
about 25 grams per can. One can also contains 111 calories and is a
fat-free selection. Keep in mind that you have to eat it raw and
forgo the mayonnaise.
Try choices such
as Designer Whey Protein Bars. Each 75-gram bar contains 30 grams of
protein, only 6 grams of carbs and 5 grams of fat. Make sure you
read the back of the packaging carefully in order to avoid hidden
Try making your
own high-protein shake. A recipe to consider:
2 cups natural
soy milk with no sugar
3 egg whites
1 banana (Or
another fruit of your choice.)
natural peanut butter
flax powder or 2 teaspoons flax seed oil
1/3 cup rolled
together and serve.
These can be used for a protein boost snack.
of peanut butter contains about 4 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat
and 95 calories. A great snack idea is to spread some peanut butter
on a slice of whole-wheat bread and top with banana slices.
Oatmeal is known to possess a nice balance of
protein and good carbohydrate. One packet of instant oatmeal
contains 5 grams of protein, 105 calories and 2 grams of fat. For a
nice flavor, try adding cinnamon.
and Peanut Butter
with Sugar-Free Dressing or Dip
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