Today, I am sharing with you a list of low-carb snacks that I hope are as much of a help to you as they are to us.
One of the hardest things to manage on a special diet is healthy snacks.
When I was growing up, I would grab for But now that my family has gone gluten-free and is moving more and more grain-free, I've needed more ideas to keep around for me, my husband, and our seemingly-always-hungry boys.
It's hard to find things that taste good and aren't loaded with processed flours, sugars, and preservatives. And when you have a craving or are sincerely hungry between meals, it's important to have healthy options around so you aren't tempted to eat what you aren't supposed to.
Just to be clear, I do not think that carbs are a problem. In fact, I am careful to get healthy carbs in my family's diet daily. Healthy carbs are important for many bodily processes and I have read that they are necessary for your thyroid and adrenals to work properly.
In fact, going too low carb can be detrimental in several ways, including affecting those with thyroid disease and adrenal fatigue. Later I hope to share some of our favorite carbs that we are using now.
Since my oldest has a life-threatening food allergy to dairy and eggs, and I am not tolerating eggs well at present, the following are not just low carb snacks, but egg and dairy-free as well. Not all of them are vegan snacks, since a few have animal products (meat or gelatin) in them, but many are.
But for now, here is a great list of low carb snacks to help you stick to your special diet, and stay away from excess carbs.
35 Low-Carb Snacks
This great allergy-free recipe would be good with any raw veggies, and doubles as an egg and soy-free mayonnaise.
Babaganoush from And Here We Are
Loaded with garlic--lots of it! Possibly the BEST guac you will ever have!
Lasagna Rolls (paleo and V) from Healy Eats Real
Avocados with Salt
Hard-Boiled Eggs with Salt (if you can have eggs)
Homemade Sauerkraut - Why not get some healthy probiotics in while snacking?
Crispy Nuts (see my post on How to Make Nuts Crispy)
Beef Sticks - We LOVE this brand.
Carrot Sticks, or Baby Carrots
Olives - Another big favorite in our home.
Canned Tuna - Great with a little olive oil, pepper, and salt, but even straight, it tastes great.
Seaweed - We could eat this all day - it's our new favorite snack. I get whole sheets, but these snack packs are yummy.
This would be good with any raw veggies.
Zesty Nacho Kale Chips from Delicious Obsessions
Haven't tried kale chips? You should. A great way to use up the "brown thumb gardener's" choice crop!
A "seasoned just right" blend that will satisfy all the nibblers in your home
Pimientos de Padron from And Here We Are
Baked Parsnip Chips from Beauty and the Foodie
Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings (GF) from Health Starts in the Kitchen
(8 carbs, 1 fiber per 1/2 cup of buffalo cauliflower. If that's too many carbs for you, try some almond flour as a sub instead of the cassava flour)
Jerky from Maria Mind Body Health
Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips from Sugar-Free Mom
Ultimate Keto Breadsticks from The Keto Diet Blog
(use water instead of egg yolks for brushing if needed)
Real Food Hot Nacho Cheese Sauce (GF & DF) from Tessa the Domestic Diva
Cabbage Chips from Maria Mind Body Health
Zucchini Nacho Chips from Maria Mind Body Health
Chicken Strips from Maria Mind Body Health
I am always on the hunt for good recipes - and the following book is a great resource for healthy snacks. Not all of them are low carb, but for most of them that aren't, you can easily make substitutions since all of the recipes are grain-free. Everything we've made from this book has been a big hit!
Which ones will you make first?
Please share your favorite snack in the comments!