Since the end of 20th century living the low carb lifestyle has become very popular. There are a lot of variations of low-carb diets--from the Atkins diet to the Zone diet to the South Beach diet. All of those low-carb diets are based on the idea of limited consumption of foods that are high in sugar and starch such as white and brown sugar, white bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and desserts.
Consumption of carbohydrates while following the Living the Low Carb diet can go as low as 20-30 grams of carbohydrates a day (a slice of white bread has 15 grams of carbohydrates in it).
Though it may seem that low carb diets are restrictive, they are not. With a little imagination you can come up with a vast supply of healthy low-carbohydrate snacks. It is recommended to combine proteins, fats and fibers so adding vegetables to your snacks is a good idea. Here are seven low-card snack ideas.
1. Celery Sticks with Cheese
It is better to use little slices of cheese or string cheese in that snack since cheese spreads can be full of ingredients that are not compatible with the low carb diets. You can spice it up with some garlic powder or red pepper.
2. Bean Dip with Vegetable Slices
Bean dip will give you your protein while vegetable slices will add fibers. Good choices of vegetables for dipping are cucumber slices, pepper wedges, celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower tips, and raw carrots.
3. Berries and Plain (or Sugar-free) Yogurt
Berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries) are very low in carbs and high in vitamins and antioxidants. Yogurt is a good source of protein. That makes berries and yogurt a winner snack, especially if you have taste for sweets.
4. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts are a good source of healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acid which is essential for your health. Walnuts are the best source of omega-3 with 2.3 g in a quarter cup. They are closely followed by Brazil nuts, pecans and almonds. Pumpkin seeds are the best choice in the seed family.
5. Cheese Crisps
If you are a lover of crunchy foods you can enjoy crispy cheese bakes. Use grated Parmesan or other hard cheese, put in little heaps 2-4 inches apart on a cookie sheet covered with oiled parchment paper. Flatten tops and bake at 350 F for 3-4 minutes. Watch closely because they burn easily. You can season them with a sprinkle of garlic powder or red pepper.
6. Deviled Eggs
Eggs are an excellent choice of protein and you can easily add some fiber by mixing in some sugar-free sweet pickle relish and grated carrots.
This snack is very handy if you are on the road--every gas station has some. Choose the ones that have the least amount of sugar.
The variety of snacks allowed by the low-carb diets is almost unlimited. With a little creativity you can always find a nutritionally sound snack without jeopardizing your low-carb lifestyle.