In the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, snacks should be low in carbohydrates and sugars. To make sure that you don’t starve yourself during the day only to over-indulge at night, healthy low-glycemic index snacks play an important role. Try out these five great snack ideas for a new twist on your daily routine.
Hearty Tomato Salad
In a bowl, mix together fresh, chopped tomatoes, chopped artichokes hearts (drain water), chopped hearts of palm (drain water), chopped green onions, and chopped celery. Sprinkle with a ¼ ounce of feta cheese and dress with a homemade balsamic dressing. To make one serving of the dressing, mix together 2 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp. filtered water. Sprinkle in salt, ground pepper, dried thyme, oregano and basil. Whisk together and pour on top of salad. Toss well.
Veggie Egg-White Omelet
Coat a heated non-stick pan with 1 tsp. olive oil. Mix together 2 egg-whites in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pour egg mixture into hot pan to create a small disc, cook on both sides and move egg onto a plate. Toss four chopped brown mushrooms and a ½ cup chopped asparagus into the pan. When mushroom and asparagus are almost done, toss in two cups of fresh spinach and cook until wilted. Scoop out vegetables and lay them across ½ of the cooked egg. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp. parmesan cheese and fold other half of egg over to create a semi-circle.
Sushi Lettuce Wraps
Wash and dry a large outer red or green lettuce leaf. Cook three asparagus stalks in cooking spray. Chop 1.5 ounces of sushi grade tuna or salmon into small pieces. Place fish in a bowl and toss with 1 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice and 1 tsp. white vinegar. Lay fish across the lettuce leaf in a long line from one end to the other. Sprinkle with finely chopped green onions. Lay the asparagus along side the line of fish and roll the lettuce around the two to create a long tube. With the seam facing down, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces.
Spicy Tofu Salad
Chop two ounces of extra firm tofu into bite-sized squares. Heat 1 tsp. of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and quickly fry tofu pieces on all sides. Scrap tofu and remaining oil into a bowl using a rubber spatula. Toss with chopped celery, cucumbers, red peppers and fresh spinach. Drizzle with low-carbohydrate salad dressing.
Italian Vegetable Soup
Heat up 1 tsp. of olive oil in a sauce pan. Add 2 Tbsp. chopped onion and 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic. Cook until onions are soft. Add in two diced tomatoes and one cup of vegetable broth. Season with salt, pepper, dried basil and oregano. Add in 1 cup fresh spinach, ½ cup finely diced green pepper and four chopped mushrooms. Simmer together until tomatoes and broth have combined and all ingredients are cooked through. Enjoy sprinkled with 1 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese.