Another thing to mention is that when you start eating low carb, your liver no longer holds on to excess sodium as it use to. Instead, it flushes the sodium out frequently. If you have a high carb diet, this encourages your liver to retain salt but when you have a lower carb intake, your body naturally excretes the salt. This is called the “natriuresis of fasting’ and is something that hunter-gatherer cultures have seemed to evolve to compensate for. These cultures where processed foods are nonexistent and diets are naturally low in carbs have a high sodium intake. You should take a page from the books of these ancient cultures and abide by your bodies need for salt!
Larabar just made over their Nut & Seed line with a bold new crunchy texture and it’s perfect for those of us who love low carb snacks! Made with almonds, sprouted chia seeds (which have more bioavailable nutrients than the non-sprouted version), and only 5 more whole food ingredients, you should reach for this treat when you have a bit more room for carbs in your day as it’s made with a touch of honey and maple syrup.
When you cut processed foods from your diet in an effort to eliminate carbs, you will also be drastically reducing your sodium intake without even realizing it. All those bags of chips and packaged bars you use to love are gone due to your low carb diet and with them went your daily intake of salt. So, of course, your body is asking you for salt, you just took a lot of it away!
Just because you’re on a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. Thanks to their high water content, carrots are one of the most satiating veggies out there, making this grab-and-go snack pack a solid pick. Bonus: The carrots are accompanied by a package of seasoning that punches up the flavor, similar to dips and dressings, but without the excess calories or fat. If you’re worried about the sodium (one of the 50 Little Things Making You Fatter and Fatter), simply use half of the seasonings packet.
The only way to really stop a true sugar addiction is to cut it out completely. If you are opting for a low carb diet in order to do this, then those sugar cravings should be treated differently. If you are trying to overcome a so-called addiction, then avoid sugar. However, if you are just on a low carb diet in order to live healthier and possibly lose some weight, then a craving for something sweet is a craving you should abide by!
Studies have shown that bites high in protein and healthy fats and low in refined sugars are among the most satiating foods you can eat. Combined with a few sweat sessions every week, these mini munchies will also serve to tone up your body’s lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism. And for those of you concerned about blasting away your muffin top? A 2016 review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that those who follow a diet in which less than 45 percent of daily calories come from carbs can lose between 2.5 and 9 more pounds in the first 6 months compared to individuals following a low-fat diet.
So we have covered the two most popular cravings that people have when on a low carb diet and just throughout life in general (everyone wants sweets and everyone wants salty!). Now, it is time to start making your own snacks to satisfy these needs! The recipes here are not only all low carb but they are also full of flavor. There are sweet treats as well as perfectly salty snacks and you can feel good about eating all of them- they all fit into your diet! No need to ignore those food cravings anymore with these drool-worthy snacks.
Even kale haters come around when they taste kale chips. Some store-bought varieties have less than 10 grams of carbs. You can cut that number even further by making them at home. Tear the leaves from a bunch of kale. Rinse and dry them. Toss with 1 tablespoon of oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Roast them in your oven at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the kale is crispy.