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.
Tips for Success: Read your labels. Watch out for hidden carbs; to calculate the grams of carbs that impact your blood sugar, subtract the number of grams of dietary fiber from the total number of carb grams. Also double-check serving sizes on labels; some foods and drinks are actually two or more servings, so you need to add in those extra carbs and calories.
To begin, a craving can be your body’s way of telling you what nutrients it is lacking. If you are craving salty foods, that may be a signal that your body is low in sodium and it needs to be replenished. Many people have a tendency to think that ignoring a craving is what you should do and that cravings are bad but that is just not the case. Sure, many of us may crave a bag of potato chips just because it tastes good and we want to eat it but when you start a diet, these cravings turn away from basic human wants to essential human needs.
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!
Just as with a salt craving, a sugar craving is one that won’t go away unless it is satisfied. If you try to ignore your desire for something sweet then the pressure to eat sweet foods will only grown stronger. It is not a bad thing to “give in” to cravings and, in fact, it can be unhealthy not to. If you keep avoiding sweets then you will keep thinking about sweets and wanting them badly. However, even if you wanted to just have a small something sweet to help you through the say, what would you be able to eat on a low carb 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.