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Sometimes, the whole world of snacking seems to be based on the one thing you’re supposed to limit: refined carbs. Even the "healthier" packaged items, like granola bars, smoothies, and crackers, are full of them. If you look past the vending machine, though, you'll find plenty of other tasty options, like these smart snacks. The best part? They're as easy to toss together as they are delicious.
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.
Tater tots are the perfect snack: portable, easy to eat and super tasty. They’re especially loved in the toddler and school-aged crowd. But have you seen what’s in those ingredient lists? Luckily, you can make your own low-carb snack version, thanks to this cauliflower recipe. With only five ingredients that are baked instead of fried, you won’t believe how much better this version tastes.
Knowing exactly what you should — and shouldn’t — be doing for your own health isn’t always easy. There’s too much information, not enough time in the day, and a lot of advice that may not suit your lifestyle. Finding what works best for you — when it comes to fitness, food, nutrition, stress management, sex, aging, gut health, brain health — is much easier when you know where to look.
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.
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.
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.
When starting a diet, it is likely that your body will be deprived of something essential that you need. This is simply because you are changing the way that you eat and you may not have worked out all the little nuances of your diet yet. If you use to get a lot of your daily intake of fiber from fruit, for example, your new diet may not allow so much fruit. Therefore, your fiber intake will decrease and your body will be signaling you to eat more fiber in any way it can. You’d have fruit cravings not because it is delicious but because your body needs it.
When you’re considering going on a low-carb diet or simply reducing carbohydrates, full meals are a little easier to plan — eating all the meat and veggies is always a good option! But it’s nice to chow down on something a little lighter than a steak or full keto chicken meal when it’s snack time. Unfortunately, the traditional snacks you’d reach for don’t normally fall into the category of low-carb snacks.
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