10 Low-Carb Snack Ideas for On the Go

Consuming low-carb snacks doesn’t necessarily mean you will be eating nothing but protein! There are plenty of healthy, low-carb snacks that will satisfy you and keep you from gaining extra weight. In fact, when you look at the effective carb count of many non-starchy vegetables, you may find that your low-carb choices increase considerably. Try some of these suggestions for a quick snack anytime, anywhere.

  1. String Cheese – These snacks are also called cheese sticks. They usually come individually wrapped and easily fit into a purse or pocket. For variety, if you have an insulated lunch bag, you can wrap the cheese stick in a piece of sliced deli meat.
  2. Walnuts – One ounce (approximately seven walnuts) will give you 10% of your daily magnesium requirement, along with healthy omega-3 fats. Portion out a serving in a plastic snack bag and keep some with you or in your briefcase for those moments when you feel like you need just a little something to eat.
  3. Yogurt – If you enjoy yogurt, try fat-free Greek varieties. Plain Greek yogurt has half the calories of regular yogurt and 75% fewer carbs than regular sweetened yogurt. You also get twice as much protein with each serving.
  4. Pepperoni Chips – This delicious snack may surprise you! Place pepperoni slices on a paper towel and microwave until crisp – about one minute for 14 slices. Most of the fat will be drained from the slices leaving a crisp chip. Unlike potato chips, you can eat one at a time and enjoy the flavor because they last a little longer. Pack some in a snack bag to take with you on your jaunts. They can also be crumbled up and sprinkled on salad or cottage cheese.
  5. Celery Sticks – Celery sticks are still one of the go-to portable snacks. You can eat them plain, or choose from a variety of toppings. Peanut butter is popular with kids and adults alike, and natural varieties with no added sugar contain about eight grams of carbs, three of which are fiber. Cottage cheese also makes a great topping. If you’re not a fan of cottage cheese, season cream cheese in the way you prefer and spread it on your celery.
  6. Hard-Boiled Eggs – You can boil up a few eggs at the beginning of the week and keep them in the fridge, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Eggs have protein and vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium and build healthy bones. Selenium is an anti-oxidant which helps protect your body from certain toxins. A hard-boiled egg contains 22% of your daily requirement for this mineral.
  7. Bell Pepper Slices– Choose red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers and slice them into sticks or cut them into bite sized pieces. The brightly colored peppers have a deliciously sweet taste. You can also pack a small container of veggie dip if you need a little something extra, but be sure that you check the label for added sugars and carb levels. If you choose red bell peppers, your eyes will thank you because this snack contains nearly a day’s supply of vitamin A, an essential nutrient for healthy eyesight, along with folate for red blood cell health. Bell peppers also contain all the vitamin C you will need for the day.
  8. Jicama – If you miss the crunch of potato chips or crackers, jicama may be just the right alternative for you. It’s a root vegetable also known as yambean, Mexican Yam or Mexican Turnip. It has potassium to aid in your cardiovascular health and vitamin C. Peel the brown skin off and slice into sticks to nibble on. Jicama can also be used in salads.
  9. Dried Cranberries – Dried cranberries are perfect for traveling, and contain less sugar than most other fruits. Eaten one at a time, they will last for quite a while during the day and can keep your hunger at bay.
  10. Oranges – One of the really convenient things about oranges is that they come in their own container. Just grab one and go! Oranges provide you with a healthy dose of vitamin C, and their refreshing taste isn’t just for breakfast.

You can choose meats or non-starchy fruits and vegetables for low-carb snacking and satisfy your hunger while keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Low-carb snacking can be very healthy when you make wise selections. These snacks will provide vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function at its optimum level. Making a choice for high quality and organic foods will serve your body even better. You may be surprised to find yourself snacking more than you ever have before, losing weight and feeling better all around!

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