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!
Several doctors who have studied the effects of a low carb diet on the body have recommended that if you consume less than sixty grams of carbs a day, you need to increase your sodium intake by two to three grams (that’s a lot when you’re talking about salt!). So when you feel that craving for salty foods coming on, don’t ignore it! Try to satisfy the craving by consuming salt in a healthy and natural way (many of the recipes below will help you!). If the craving persists, visit your doctor and see what they have to say about your salty craving in conjunction with your low carb diet.
If your cravings are strong, there is a second reason why you should never ignore them or try to ignore them and that is because of your mental health. If you are dying to eat something sweet, it may be all you can think about. You wake up and really want a sweet treat. If you choose not to satisfy this craving, that doesn’t mean the idea of eating something sweet goes away. You will be dwelling on that sweet snack at lunchtime and probably obsessing over it by dinner. If you do not satisfy your cravings, they will be the only thing you can think about. If you have ever diets or restricted what you eat then you know this is all to true! Cravings don’t just go away because you “choose” not to give in to them. Instead, they linger and grow until it is all you can think about.
One of the reasons the Atkins Diet is so effective and so pleasurable to do is that you can have a midmorning and a midafternoon snack. That way, you’ll head off fatigue, jitters, inability to concentrate, ravenous cravings for inappropriate foods or overeating at your next meal. But not just any snack will do: They should be made up of fat, protein, and fiber for best appetite control. Vegetables (and later berries and other fruit) are fine , but always eat them with some fat and/or protein to minimize the impact on your blood sugar. These snacks can be assembled in minutes and are perfectly portable. Keep the ingredients on hand at home or in your office so a satisfying and low-carb snack is always available when hunger strikes.
It is beneficial for your own mental health to eating a food that satisfies your craving. If it is that sweet snack that you need, a little saccharine sweetness to help calm your mind, body and belly, then allow yourself to have something sweet. The sooner you do, the sooner you can move on with your day and with your diet. No harm done! Well, that is if you choose to satisfy your craving with a healthy sweet snack that sticks to your dietary guidelines…
Skyr, Icelandic yogurt that’s similar to strained Greek yogurt, is one of the lowest sugar yogurts on the market. Pick up Siggi’s No Added Sugar Whole Fat Yogurt with Peach & Mango for a touch of sweetness without breaking the carb bank. (You’ll also reap 10 grams of protein and belly-filling healthy fats.) Like your yogurt plain or like to choose your own fruits? Go with Chobani’s Whole Milk Greek Yogurt—130 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 13 g protein per 5.3 oz container.
It is not just us who love these recipes either. These no-carb snack ideas are loved by healthy cooking bloggers and their readers worldwide. Beyond being nutritionally sound, this collection of low-carb recipes is easy to prepare and provides convenience for those times when you need a great healthy snack in little time. Whether your craving is sweet or salty, based on your nutritional needs or just something you mentally want, you will find a perfect recipe here. Time to start cooking up some perfect sweet and salty snacks!
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This low-carb, high-protein snack bar is made from hormone-free chicken, organic spices and chia seeds —and is much lower in sodium than a typical meat stick, too. You won’t find any actual sriracha in this bar, despite the name. Instead, it gets its heat from the addition of red pepper flakes, which Laval University researchers say can diminish hunger and amp up the calorie burn.
Looking for a new way to make healthy chips? Then you have to try these tomato chips. You’ll slice big, juicy tomatoes into thick slices and drizzle them with benefit-rich olive oil. After sprinkling them with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings, they’ll slow bake for several hours. The result is a tray full of low-carb snacks that are actually good for you!
We all know fat is more filling than carbs, but every now and then you get a hankering for something to snack on and you NEED some low carb snacks. Whether it’s salty, sweet or frosty, we all need a moment to enjoy something in between meals. Being on a diet shouldn’t mean all snacks are thrown out the window, being on a diet means learning what your body needs and how to best provide for it. If your body is craving something salty, there are ways of indulging without setting yourself back. There are ways of eating even brownies and cakes that won’t undo all your progress.