Do you love snacking but are worried you need to give it up if you go low carb? You may not realise it, but there are many options available for low-carb snacks that are ready to eat without any prep or cooking required.

When living a low-carb lifestyle you don’t need to abandon the snacks. However, you will find that once you stop eating processed foods and eat enough healthy fat and protein, you may not even feel like snacking between meals.

Is Snacking Necessary?

It is not necessary to eat frequently to keep your blood sugar levels stable. In fact, constantly eating will just keep them elevated, eventually leading to insulin resistance.

Snacking can be one of the main reasons you are not losing weight if that’s your goal.

Ask yourself – Are you snacking out of habit?

Should You Avoid Snacking?

It will depend on what your goals are and how many carbs per day you are aiming for.

Eating low carb you shouldn’t be hungry between meals if you are eating enough healthy fat. So, snacking will not be necessary. You will be fuller for longer and not be peckish between meals.

However, sometimes you just want a little snack so, when the mood strikes, here are some low carb options for you.

Most of these low-carb snacks can be prepped into a ziplock bag for easy transportation.

Low carb snacks

No Prep Low Carb Snacks

Cheese – a great source of protein and healthy fat. Pre-cut some cubes and tote or buy string cheese or babybel, already packaged in portions.

Beef jerky – also called biltong, dried beef is a great snack. Be sure to choose a sugar-free version.

Deli meat – ham, roast beef, etc. Grab some pre-sliced at the deli counter at the supermarket. Choose meat that has had minimal processing and added sugar.  

Dark chocolate – not all chocolate is low carb. Aim for 80% and higher cacao which has the least amount of sugar. It may take a while to build up to this level if you are used to milk chocolate which is high in sugar.

Boiled egg – cheap, easy to prepare ahead, transportable. Cook up a few and have them on hand in the fridge at home and work.

Nuts – a great low-carb snack option as they are high in protein and healthy fats. But the carb count can add up quickly. Choose lower cab options such as macadamias, almonds, brazil nuts or pecans. Avoid cashews that are high in carbs. Make up a trail mix with some seeds and dark chocolate. Portion in zip lock bags so you don’t over-indulge.

Berries – most berries are low carb (except blueberries). An easy low-carb snack on their own or with heavy (full fat) cream or Greek yoghurt.

Avocado – the ultimate, portable, low-carb powerhouse snack. Full of healthy fats, they can be eaten on their own with a sprinkle of salt or made into guacamole dip with veggie sticks or seed crackers.

Olives – ahh olives, great on their own, with cheese or with an antipasto platter.

Can of tuna or sardines – Straight off the shelf and easily portable. The protein will fill you up and you can add mayonnaise for a creamy version.

Peanut butter – even just a teaspoon will satiate you until mealtime.

Seed crackers – There are good grain-free cracker options available now. Use as a base for your tuna, cheese or avocado.

Minimal Prep Low Carb Snacks

  • Vegetable sticks – Celery, cucumber and capsicum are great low carb options. Carrots are higher in carbs as they are a root vegetable.
  • Low carb dips for your veggie sticks – tzatziki dip, peanut butter, pesto, guacamole or cream cheese.
  • Bag of salad and a can of tuna. Grab a bag of pre-prepared salad leaves. Add a can of tuna and you’re good to go.
  • Oven baked kale chips
  • Pork rinds, home made
  • Bacon & egg cups
  • Seed crackers
  • Parmesan crisps
  • Ham and cheese rollups

Chocolate

chocolate low carb

Forget the sweet stuff. When you go truly low carb, you no longer crave sugar and the natural taste of foods will return to your palette.

When you eat a lot of sugar, everything else tastes bland or bitter.

Instead of regular milk chocolate with a high sugar level, you can work your way up to 85%+ dark chocolate. If you go straight to 90 from regular chocolate, it will taste quite bitter but once you have weaned yourself off sugar and processed carbs, just one square of dark chocolate is enough to satisfy you. Believe it or not!

High Carb Snacks

It’s easy to grab high-carb snacks on the go. Don’t make these mistakes:

  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Cashews and other high carb nuts

Remember, snacking is not essential. You are most likely snacking out of habit rather than true hunger. If you are hungry between meals, go for one of the low-carb snacks suggested but also increase your healthy fats at mealtime.

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