How to have a low-carb snack

This article from about.com (http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/snacks.htm) is very helpful for people who want to snack but don’t want the high-carb content of most snacks… Enjoy…

It’s important to have access to nutritious low-carb snack food so that if you get hungry between meals you won’t reach for crackers and chips.

Ideally, a low-carb snack should have protein, healthy fat, and some fiber (so the best thing would be to have some raw veggies with your eggs or jerky). Here are some easy snack ideas. I will be adding to the list as time goes on. If you have easy ideas for snacks, come share in our Forum.

  • Celery with peanut butter
  • Celery with tuna salad
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Deviled eggs
  • Dill pickles and cheddar cheese (no kidding, it’s a great combo)
  • 1/4 cup berries with 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • Nuts (keep raw ones in the freezer if you think you’ll overeat them)
  • Sunflower seeds (get them in the shell so it will take longer to eat them)
  • Other seeds (How to Toast Pumpkin or Squash Seeds)
  • Low-Carb Trail Mix
  • Jerky (beef or turkey — try to find low-sugar varieties)
  • Low-carb shakes
  • Cheese sticks, such as string cheese
  • Sugar-free Jello, alone or with cottage cheese and a sprinkling of nuts
  • Make sugar-free lime Jello with part coconut milk — For a large package, dissolve the powder in a cup of boiling water, add a can of coconut milk, and then add the rest of the water. Stir well.
  • Pepperoni “chips” — Zap the slices in the microwave
  • Cheese with a few apple slices
  • 4-ounce plain or sugar-free yogurt with berries and flax seed meal
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese on cucumber slices
  • Lettuce Roll-ups –- Roll luncheon meat, egg salad, tuna or other filling and veggies in lettuce leaves
  • Lunch Meat Roll-ups –- Roll cheese or veggies in lunch meat (read the labels for carbs on the lunch meat)
  • Spread bean dip, spinach dip, or other low-carb dip or spread on the lunch meat or lettuce and then roll it up
  • Raw veggies and spinach dip, or other low-carb dip
  • Pork rinds, with or without dip
  • Ricotta cheese with fruit and/or nuts and/or flax seed meal
  • Mushrooms with cheese spread inside (or other spreads or dips)
  • Low-carb snack bars (watch out for sugar alcohols, especially maltitol)
  • Product Review: Atkins Advantage Bars
  • Pepperoni Chips — Microwave pepperoni slices until crisp. Great with cheeses and dips
  • Garlic Parmesan Flax Seed Crackers
  • Parmesan Crisps — Good when you want a crunchy snack.
  • Peanut Butter Protein Balls
  • More Snack Recipes

 

What Are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates, along with fats and proteins, are one of the three main classes of food. Carbohydrates are organic compounds consisting mainly of sugars, starches and fiber.Plants make carbohydrates during photosynthesis and store them as any of the saccharides (sugars) described below. They are used primarily for energy in the body. If carbohydrate isn’t used in short order, it is stored. A certain amount can be stored in the liver and muscles asglycogen, and the rest is stored as fat. Unlike protein and essential fats, our bodies can get along without dietary carbohydrate if needed.

Unlike fat and glucose, our body has little capacity to store protein. If we were to stop eating protein, our body would start to break down muscle for its needs within a day or so. Extra protein can be broken down into glucose in a process called gluconeogenesis. On low carb diets, this happens continually. One benefit of obtaining glucose from protein is that it is absorbed into the bloodstream very slowly, so it doesn’t cause a rapid blood sugar increase.

 

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