With a low-carb diet, you are reducing or restricting most foods that contain a moderate to high amount of carbohydrates. While a low-carb diet can be challenging, there are several foods from which you can choose, especially for snacks in between meals. Protein-rich foods, as well as some dairy and vegetables, are good choices to stay committed to your low-carb diet plan.
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The basis of a low-carb diets is to focus on foods that are natural and to avoid foods processed with additives and sugars. Sometimes, a low-carb diet is also referred to as a protein diet. Protein offers an array of health benefits such as B vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. When you are hungry between meals, flavorful munchies from the protein group include deviled eggs, beef jerky sticks and ham roll-ups. A 20 g serving of beef jerky has 7 g of protein, 100 calories and only 2 g of carbs. Ham roll-ups also make a good snack that is high in protein. Ham roll-ups consist of a thin slice of ham with 0 g of carbs, a layer of cream cheese with less than 1 g of carbs, and green onion with less than 1 g of carbs.
Seafood is also a good source of protein and is virtually carbohydrate-free. With seafood, you can create a lot of different snacks to fill in between meals. If you like shellfish, shrimp is low in carbs. You can eat the shrimp in a cocktail or in a salad. Other seafood treats include anchovies, albacore tuna and mayonnaise in a lettuce wrap, oysters, mussels and lobster tails. Avoid breading and frying your seafood in fat or oil to keep carbohydrate levels down.
Enjoying a low-carbohydrate diet and finding tasty munchies from the dairy group doesn’t have to be challenging. Watch out for any processed dairy products such as artificially sweetened yogurt, ice cream and puddings, that contain added carbohydrates because of added sugar and flavorings. One cup of 2 percent milk has around 13.51 g of carbohydrate, so use it in extreme moderation. Instead, create homemade dairy snacks derived from whole cream and whipping cream. Both heavy cream and unprocessed whipping cream contain under 4 g of carbohydrate. You can take unprocessed whipping cream and top your favorite sugar-free gelatin or freeze it into ice pops for a faux ice cream. Unprocessed cheese snacks including cubes of sharp cheddar and blue cheese make good munchies, alongside pickles and beef jerky.
Vegetables are a healthy snack and are mostly low in calories and carbohydrates. While not all vegetables are carbohydrate-free, some that are low in carbs include mushrooms, cucumber, spinach, celery, cauliflower, arugula and spinach. You can cut cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli into small pieces and serve with a low-carb dip; they provide great snack options for diabetics following a low-carb diet. Create salads using leftover low-carb vegetables and top with seeds and slivered almonds in place of high-carb croutons.