On your track to eating the low-carb foods, you should tend to ones that contain protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
They can reduce appetite and increase metabolism, explains Emily Rubin, R.D., a clinical dietitian at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Those snacks can leave you feeling satisfied so you eat less during the day.
According to many weight-loss diets, low – carb is defined as anywhere between 50 to 150 grams of carbs per day. So, your aim for a snack should be 15 grams or less of total carbs.
Here are 11 delicious snack ideas that fit the bill:
- Peanut Butter and Celery
Getting two stalks of celery topped with two tablespoons of natural peanut butter will add you up to only five grams of carbs.
Benefits: The fiber and water from the celery combined with the protein and healthy fats from the peanut butter will leave you feeling satisfied on fewer calories, which causes a reduction in overall calorie intake.
- Hummus and Bell Pepper Slices
Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C (three times more than oranges) and don’t have sugar, as well, while the hummus provides a healthy amount of dietary fat. Both of the ingredients provide you to stay full and satisfied when lowering carb intake.
Take a half diced bell pepper and four tablespoons of standard hummus, which provides only eight grams of fibrous carbs.
- Tuna Packets
Tuna is a rich source of protein, which is digested slower and helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels. In addition, that food is carb-free and added a bonus of consuming it.
- Hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are free of carb too, and rich in protein (one egg contains roughly six grams). They also contain five grams of healthy fats, keeping you full and energized. The vitamin D, found in the eggs has been shown to enhance the beneficial effects of a reduced-calorie diet in overweight individuals.
- Kale Chips
As a low-energy-density food and low in calories, kale is used in a diet linked to losing weight without going overboard on calories. It keeps your micronutrients high while eating fewer carbs is very important for overall health. For instance, thanks to a solid dose of B vitamins, it is very important for converting carbs, fats, and proteins into energy.
You can eat it as an easy snack, removing the leaves from the stems and drizzling them with extra virgin olive oil. Season it with the salt and pepper to taste. The prepared kale is baked at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
100 grams of kale yields only four grams of plant-based protein and eight grams of carbs.
- String Cheese
One serving of string cheese contains only one gram of carbs, and they are as fun to eat as they are satisfying. With six grams of fat and seven grams of protein per serving to keep you full and satisfied, this is the perfect snack to have on hand when those late-night cravings strike, says Stephan. (Plus, they’re pre-packaged, so you won’t have to worry about going overboard.)
Walnuts contain the ultimate trifecta of fiber, protein, and healthy fats necessary for weight loss. As the walnuts are rich in the omega-3s they help to reduce the stress and inflammation that your body produces, enhancing your weight-loss efforts.
One oz. of walnuts contains only four grams of carbs.
- Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reducing inflammation in the body and can cause your body to hang onto unnecessary weight. In addition, healthy fats can keep insulin levels stable and prevent mindless snacking.
Prepare pudding combining one can of coconut milk, one-half teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, one-third cup chia seeds, and a pinch of salt in a container. Leave the mixture to stay overnight in the refrigerator, stir, and enjoy.
One half-cup serving provides 12 grams of carbs.
- Turkey Jerky
Turkey jerky is rich in protein, plus it comes in low-sodium varieties, helping to keep bloating to a minimum.
One ounce of turkey jerky contains 13 grams of protein and only four grams of carbs.
- Plain, Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
A half cup of fat-free Greek Yogurt contains only six grams of carbs and 15 grams of protein. Those compounds help you maintain muscle and keep you full throughout the day. The consumption won’t spike your blood sugar levels, which essentially stops cravings before they start.
- 2 Percent Cottage Cheese
The low-carb containment in the cottage cheese, only three grams in a half-cup makes this food healthy option. The 2 percent of cottage cheese, slows down your digestion, releasing amino acids in your body at a slower pace, keeping you fuller longer.