10 Unique Low-Carb Snacks You Can Eat on the Go
By JENNIFER WANG
Most low-carb diets focus on the three main meals, with some mention of snacks that are probably prepared at home and then need to be refrigerated.
But what if you have a busy on-the-go schedule and don't have constant access to a refrigerator? Or what if you want to keep some snacks with you to munch on before you hit the gym? At some point, I'd imagine that a handful of almonds over and over again gets pretty old.
I'm a big fan of snacking for joy. In today's world, so many of us have so much going on every day that snack time has turned into one of our few opportunities to take a small break, to experiment and have a little fun with our food. It can still be quick and easy, but why not give our taste buds a little excitement?
These are some of my latest discoveries of interesting, delicious low-carb snacks that you can take with you for easy-access, mindful munching.
1. Nots! Sunflower seed snacks
These snacks are like crunchy pretzels, only without the gluten and free of the top eight allergens. They've got only seven grams of carbs per serving and four grams of protein, plus loads of vitamin E and healthy fats. They're great by themselves as a snack (especially pre-workout), or as an addition to a salad, trail mix or tacos.
2. Parmesan crisps by Turlio
These crisps from a local L.A. artisan contain one ingredient and one ingredient only: Parmesan cheese. Don't ask us how they turn cheese into these delicious, convenient crisps - that's their little secret. They've got only one gram of carbs and nine grams of protein.
3. Turmeric, Coconut & Lime Pepitas by Moon Juice
These raw pumpkin seeds have been sprouted for optimal digestion and nutrient absorption and combined with turmeric, coconut and lime for a light and tangy, savory treat. Turmeric has been shown to have a number of health benefits and with four grams each of carbs and protein, you can't go wrong.
4. Chickpea flatbread
This is a snack that you have to make in advance, but it only calls for four ingredients: chickpea flour, arrowroot powder, oil and water. All you have to do is pan-fry it and sprinkle with whatever seasoning you'd like. This is a great gluten-free, yeast-free alternative to bread or crackers that's also lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein.
You might guess from the name that these chips are all about protein: 15 grams to be exact. These pea protein-based chips are light and crunchy and are great for dipping. We're big fans of the spicy chili-lime flavor.
6. Brick bars
Specifically, turkey, sweet potato, cranberry and pumpkin seed Brick bars. A blend between a jerky and a granola bar, this is a dried-meat bar that's great as a pre- or post-workout snack, or even as a hearty breakfast.
7. Ch'arki Lamby Jerky
You've heard of beef jerky and buffalo jerky, but have you ever tried lamb jerky? If not, it's probably because it's so difficult to make a lamb jerky that tastes good. This jerky has eight grams of carbs, 10 grams of protein and only 2.5 grams of fat and no added MSG or nitrates. Only the best cuts of meat are used and it's a great alternative to your typical grocery store jerky.
8. Goodbites Raw Superfood Truffles
These little bites of heaven are packed with just enough cacao and superfoods to satisfy your sweet tooth and pack a nutritional punch. Sweetened with just a bit of honey, these truffles prove you can have your cake and eat it, too, on a low-carb diet: Each bite has about 2.5 grams of carbs and my guess is you'll only need a few to be satisfied.
9. Yawp Grain-Free Mocha Bar
This nutrient-dense, grain-free energy bar contains no added sweeteners and is delicious as a snack or breakfast with a cup of coffee. It's dehydrated, which preserves its nutrient value and gives it a unique, crunchy texture.
10. Turnip fries
Move over, sweet potato fries, and make room for turnips. Turnips may look like a starchy root, but they're actually part of the cruciferous family, which includes broccoli and Brussels sprouts. They're low in calories and carbs: one medium turnip only has 34 calories and eight grams of carbs. They’ve been shown to help reduce blood pressure, lower the risk of cancer and aid in weight loss and digestion. Just cut them into large slices (about the size of home fries), toss with some oil, salt, pepper, paprika and roast at 400 degrees F.
Readers - What are you favorite low-carb snacks? Have you tried any of the snacks mentioned above? What other kinds of healthy foods do you eat as a snack? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Jennifer Wang is the founder and CEO of The Tasteful Pantry. Having lived with multiple food intolerances and tasted countless "free-from" snacks that taste like cardboard, Jennifer's mission now is to share her love of wholesome food and healthy living through The Tasteful Pantry. When she's not scouring the country looking for yummy snacks, Jennifer enjoys teaching Spinning and meditation (although not at the same time!)