Snacking can be difficult when abiding by the low carb diet. Most snack foods are made of carbs, because of the sustainability and taste. While most of your common snack foods are off limits, like chips, pretzels, and bread, there are some that are a good substitutes. Here is a list of the top 10 low carb snacks.
10. Pork Rinds
If you do not know, pork rinds are made from pig skin. Although it sounds appetizing, these snacks taste great and make a great alternative to chips. They are crunchy and can be found in several flavors. They’re also great for dipping.
9. Protein Shake
The common protein shake comes in at number nine on our low carb snack list. Protein shakes make a great for breakfast for the low carber. To make your own, try using milk, peanut butter, and banana. There are also many powders on the market. These are usually whey or soy protein and can contain as few as 4g of carbs per serving and up to 30g of protein per serving.
8. Celery and Peanut Butter
The popular celery and peanut butter comes in at number eight. Celery is one of the lowest carb foods you can buy with 3g of carbs per cup. Combined with a good, natural peanut butter, you have a crunchy, salty snack that all ages will enjoy. Be careful when picking a peanut butter though, some have added sugars that will set you back on your low carb diet.
7. Veggie Dip
Veggie dip can be one of the easiest ways to get a low carb snack in. Most dips found at the grocer are naturally low carb, although making your own tastes much better. For a basic dip, try combining 8oz. sour cream with 8 oz. mayo, ½ onion chopped, and your favorite fresh herb. Cheese can also be added. Dips also store for a very long time in the refrigerator.
Eggs are cheap and full of protein. Weighing in at 8g of protein and 2g of carbs, the egg comes in at number six. Eggs can be fried in a typical breakfast, but can also be made into egg salad, deviled eggs, or even quiche.
5. Cottage Cheese
Ever heard of curds and whey? Cottage cheese is the curds of the separated milk. This means that it is packed with protein. A cup of cottage cheese contains 6g of carbs and up to 30g of protein. Try adding some toppings if you get bored with regular cottage cheese. Add some berries, paprika, pepper, or even deli meat.
Protein is the name of the game here. At number four on the low carb snack list, jerky is one of the most convenient snacks. Being dried, it will last for a very long time, and does not need to be refrigerated. You can even make your own with a dehydrator. Simply marinade strips of lean beef and dehydrate for 8 to 12 hours. Making jerky at home will also save you a lot of money.
3. Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts are some great low carb snacks. Being salty and crunchy, they can satisfy that craving when you are grazing the cupboard. Try making your own trail mix, with different varieties of seeds and nuts. You can also buy raw nuts and add your own seasoning and bake them for a custom flavor.
2. Parmesan Crisps
Here is one you may have not heard of. At number two on the low carb snack list, parmesan crisps are easy to make and can be stored just like the chips they will replace in your cupboard. Simply bake small circles of grated parmesan cheese at 400 F for 4-5 minutes. Keep a close eye, they can burn easily.
1. Spinach Chips
Similar to parmesan crisps, spinach crisps take the number one spot. Simply toss some fresh spinach in a little oil, and garlic powder and bake in a 250 F oven for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet. You will not be able to keep these in the house, they go too quick!