Snacks can help suppress hunger when you are on a low-carbohydrate diet to lose weight; however, keep in mind that snacks themselves are often high in carbohydrates. Pretzels, cookies, fruit, French fries and granola bars can easily have in excess of 15 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Carbohydrate-free snacks can satisfy hunger and provide extra nutrients without putting you over your carbohydrate limits.
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Lean Meats and Poultry Can Stave Off Hunger
You can turn your leftover meats and poultry from meals into carbohydrate-free snacks. Choose lean beef or ground beef, chicken breast or turkey breast. If you opt for prepared meats, choose low-sodium, nitrate-free turkey breast and ham, or low-sodium beef jerky. Try spreading fat-free cream cheese on low-sodium deli turkey slices, add sliced olives -- and then roll up the slices and enjoy. Or, quarter a red bell pepper and fill it with extra lean ground beef cooked with your favorite seasonings.
Depend on Eggs
Eggs may become mainstays of your low-carbohydrate diet. They are carbohydrate free and versatile -- and you can prepare them ahead of time or cook them quickly at snack time. Egg whites are fat-free and cholesterol free. Yolks have saturated fat and cholesterol, but they also provide nutrients such as choline, lutein and vitamin D, a vitamin that helps build strong bones. Keep some hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator, so you can peel and eat them at snack time, or make some egg salad with fat-free mayonnaise and mustard to store in the fridge.
Cheese without Crackers
Swiss, cheddar, Parmesan, Brie and other full-fat cheeses have less than 1 gram of carbohydrates per ounce. Cheese is a good source of calcium, which is an essential mineral for bone health, but it is high in saturated fat, which raises your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, increasing your risk for heart disease. Have cubes of low- or reduced-fat cheese for a snack. Or, make a more filling snack, while still keeping your carbs in check, by adding vegetables. Have a low-fat cheese stick with celery sticks or top cucumbers with low-fat blue cheese. Alternatively, have some nuts with your reduced-fat cheese for a boost of protein.
Nothing Fishy about Fish
Fish is free from carbohydrates and low in saturated fat. It's high in protein -- and seafood also provides eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosohexaenoic acid, or DHA. These are omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce your risk for heart disease, according to the University of Michigan. Keep cans or pouches of tuna and salmon around the house or at your workplace for a shelf-stable, ready-to-eat snack. You can also make tuna or salmon salad with water chestnuts and diced green onions, or try grilling shrimp dipped in teriyaki sauce on skewers.