Low carb diets are more than a trend; they have scientifically been proven to offer various benefits, including weight loss, low cholesterol, improved blood sugar control, and increased insulin sensitivity. Learn about some low carb snacks below!
Snacking is traditionally associated with foods rich in carbohydrates, especially refined ones. Even the seemingly “healthy” ones, such as crackers and granola bars, are full of them. But that’s not to say it’s impossible to get a healthy low-carb snack to push through before your next meal.
This article discusses various low-carb snacks that you can choose from.
1. Homemade trail mix
A trail mix is a snack mix often containing nuts, seeds, raisins, dried fruit, and sometimes candy, all of which are high in calories. However, you can make your own low-carb trail mix with low-carb ingredients such as a cup of pecan halves, half a cup of roasted pumpkin seeds, a cup of chopped walnuts, and half a cup of unsweetened coconut flakes.
2. Sweet bell peppers and guacamole
Bell peppers are not necessarily sweet, but neither are they hot.
They come in a variety of colors, including green, orange, yellow, and red. Each bell pepper color offers a different flavor.
Green bell peppers are more vegetal and bitter; yellow and orange are sweeter than green, while red bell peppers are the sweetest.
Sweet bell peppers are generally low in calories, with half a cup containing 3 grams of carbohydrates.
They contain high levels of vitamin C, with a medium-sized red bell pepper providing 253 percent of your daily requirements. That’s almost three times what the body needs.
Bell peppers are also rich in vitamin A and other nutrients, including fiber, folate, vitamin K, and thiamine.
On the other hand, avocado is so feeling and refreshing with lots of nutrients, including healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
To make your guacamole, mash the avocado in a bowl and mix with diced onion, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and seasoning. Use it as a low-carb dip for your bell pepper slices.
3. Kale chips
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin A, C, and K, folate, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Unlike potato chips, kale chips retain all their nutrients during preparation, making for a healthy, low-carb snack.
Reap kale leaves from the stem and chop them into bite-size pieces.
Into a medium-sized bowl, add olive oil, garlic powder, and salt, and mix. Add the kale leaves and toss or mix until all the leaves are well coated.
Arrange the kale on a baking tray lined with a parchment sheet
Bake at a temperature of 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until the ages are brown. Be careful not to burn them.
Allow them to cool and enjoy.
4. Cinnamon toasted pumpkin seeds
One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains 5 grams of carbohydrates. They are also rich in other nutrients such as protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, and copper.
Additionally, pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, meaning even as a snack, they can promote satisfaction and hold down your hunger levels for a reasonable amount of time.
Simply combine half a cup of pumpkin seeds with two tablespoons of olive oil and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Spread them on a baking sheet and let them bake for 45 minutes until golden brown at a temperature of 300°F.
Green smoothies are a typical morning drink for many but can also make for a great mid-morning snack.
They are also the easiest way to eat more vegetables and fruit, especially for someone trying to eat more plant-based foods.
Green smoothies basically contain leafy greens like spinach and fruit, but more can go into green smoothies depending on preference.
Try my Green Detox Smoothie and make the recipe your own with your favorite additions. To lower the amount of carbs, use berries, milk, and a sweetener such as stevia or monkfruit as your base.
6. Vegetable sticks with hummus
Vegetable sticks such as carrots or celery can make an excellent snack when paired with hummus.
Hummus is a spread, a dip, or a savory dish made from cooked and mashed garbanzo beans (chickpeas) blended with lemon juice, garlic, tahini, olive oil, and a pinch of salt.
Hummus is not only filling but pretty low in calories, with half a cup of hummus (123g) containing 25 grams of carbohydrates.
Hummus is also high in fiber and other nutrients, including protein, minerals like calcium, sodium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc, and B vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9, vitamins C, E, and K.
Find your new favorite hummus recipe here!
Garbanzo beans have been consumed worldwide for centuries, especially in the Middle East, Mediterranean, India, and Africa. They are one of the oldest foods for humans, and for a good reason. Garbanzo beans are generally high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which has been shown to promote digestive health.
They may also lower cholesterol, promote heart health, and are great for diabetes since they are very low on the glycemic index.
While most people are used to hummus, there are many ways to eat chickpeas, and one of them is by roasting.
Roasted garbanzo beans can be eaten as a snack or added to salads or soups instead of croutons.
Simply soak your chickpeas overnight or until they have plumped up. Dry them out on a kitchen towel, then toss them in a bowl containing olive oil and a generous amount of salt, and any other seasoning of choice, such as pepper or curry. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until nicely crisped.
Also try out my Roasted Edamame and Chickpea recipe for the perfect burst of flavor in your snack.
Final thoughts on the best low carb snacks:
Most of the time, snacking may be inevitable, especially when you don’t get enough during your main meal.
However, if you are on a low-carb diet or generally want to eat healthily, you may want to look into your snack time. That’s when you are likely to overindulge in carbs without even knowing it.
And that shouldn’t be a problem anymore since there are healthy options that will allow you to eat with ease and without worrying about excessive carbohydrate intake.
Some of the best low-carb snack options include homemade trail mixes, sweet bell peppers, roasted garbanzo beans, vegetable sticks with hummus, green smoothies, kale chips, and cinnamon toasted pumpkin seeds.
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