I cannot take credit for this as I obtained most of my content from an email from WebMD
However, it did inspire some independent thought and I want to share some of their suggestions and offer a few of my own.
There is really no excuse for munching on potato chips or eating a candy bar when you can create your own low-carb snack. Here are some suggestions:
- Edamame: found in the frozen food aisle and usually still in the pod, however, warm them up and add a little seasoning and they not only fill you with protein, they give you something to chew and occupy your time
- Yogurt and sliced cucumber: this is a WebMD suggestion and one I have tried myself…light, refreshing, and filling (use plain, nonfat, Greek yogurt)
- Homemade Trail Mix: toss the bag of M&Ms with peanuts. There is a healthier version that you can make yourself:
- Almonds (be mindful of the salt: I buy raw and season them myself)
- Dried fruit such as cranberries, cherries, blueberries, or raisins (keep portions within allowed size)
- Real chocolate 75% pure or greater: you may find it in the baking section of most grocers and you break it up into tiny pieces. It may be bitter alone but adding it to nuts and dried fruit is just the right amount of sweet
- Turkey Jerky: or other lean meat jerky…low carb and high protein (just stick to the serving size and do not eat the whole bag)
- Celery and peanut butter: crisp chewing that can be rewarding when dieting because you have to chew celery longer and the peanut butter gives it a different take (plus, you are getting protein too)
- Hard boiled egg and Sriracha: Sriracha can be found in a sauce (Asian section) or as a dry seasoning. Either gives your egg a spicy kick!
- Cottage cheese and ANYTHING: Cottage cheese can be served with fruit or any fresh vegetable (ex: tomato). Just remember to keep your portions under control!
- Apples and cheese: mozzarella string cheese is lower calorie and lower fat and munch it along with some apple slices and you get a nourishing, healthy snack that keeps you satisfied longer.
Other tips to remember when preparing these healthier snacks:
* Portion them out into serving sizes that fit within your diet restriction:
- Snack size ziplock bags
- Small, sealable containers
- Or, pre-slice celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other fruit in serving sizes
This eliminates the overindulgence of the snack which defeats your goal…
* Have them prepared in advance so that you have the healthier version to go-to instead of being so hungry you grab that bag of potato chips!
*Keep refrigerator and pantry stocked with healthier options and throw out the bad stuff: chips, cookies, crackers, milk chocolate (or donate it to a food bank or family in need)
Remember, the more you choose the better snacks and foods, the more you want the better snacks and foods. Habits take time and this is part of that lifestyle change that will make you habitually healthier, leaner, and happier.