6 Easy Low Carb Snacks for Busy DaysArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
With full days of work, taking care of the kiddos, social engagements, errands, housework and more, low carb snacks that are quick and easy are a must.
Healthy, low carb snacks can help fuel you through your day, but without the right options on hand, it’s easy to fall into the snack trap—rummaging through the pantry, then the fridge, a peep in the freezer, then back to the pantry before finally settling on something carb-y with way too much fat because it’s the fastest, easiest option.
Well, there’s one surefire way to avoid the snack trap—and that’s being prepared. And no, that doesn’t mean hours in the kitchen making energy bites and kale chips (though we do have some amazing snack recipes if you find yourself with a few extra minutes!). Click here to discover some delicious, healthy snack recipes you can make right at home! >
With a little forethought and a few minutes of prep time, you could have healthy, low carb snacks that are ready any time you find yourself in the so-hungry-I-could-eat-the-whole-bag phase (or worse yet, “hangry”). You’ll fill up with nutrients and be less likely to over-do it with refined carbs and then have to fight through the mean sugar crash—or cravings!—that follow.
Here are six of our favorite grab-and-go, low carb snacks—with a good mix of lean proteins, healthy fats and even some veggies:
1. HARD-BOILED EGGS
Quite possibly, the ultimate of on-the-go, low carb snacks. Boil them up at the beginning of the week or grab a pre-cooked bag at the store to save even more time.
If you want to get fancy, sprinkle on a little Himalayan pink salt and fresh-cracked black pepper. If not, they won’t judge. They’ll fill you up with lean protein just the same.
2. TRAIL MIX
Always make your own to ensure there’s no sneaky sugars added. If your grocery store has a bulk bin section, this can be a great way to change things up each time. Grab some almonds, walnuts, pepitas, unsweetened dried coconut, sunflower seeds or whatever combination calls to you.
When you get home, just toss it all in a large Ziploc bag and give it a good shake, then grab and go throughout the week. Done and done!
In an even tighter pinch? We’ve got you. The South Beach Diet’s Sea Salt-Kissed Nuts are the way to go. Keep some at the desk, in your bag or even in the car.
3. TURKEY ROLL-UPS
Sounds complicated, right? Fool everyone with this deceptively simple snack. Low-sodium turkey slices for filling protein, avocado slices for heart-healthy, satiating fats and red bell pepper slices for crunch.
Roll them up at home or pop everything in a Tupperware and roll as you go.
Another idea: Pick a different deli slice, swap in another veggie, add a squeeze of mustard. You’re the expert!
4. MEAT STICKS
Grab some of your favorite low-carb beef jerky for a protein-powered snack that travels really well. Better yet—grab a few Sweet & Tangy Flavored Meat Snack Sticks from the South Beach Diet. The irresistible tang of BBQ makes them an instant favorite.
5. COTTAGE CHEESE
What we love about cottage cheese is its versatility. Take it to the sweet side with slivered almonds and a dusting of cinnamon. You could even go savory with fresh, juicy tomato slices and a sprinkle of salt and pepper
Pick up a pack of single-serving cups, stash your toppings in your desk and you’re in business. Quick, no-fuss, filling and delicious.
6. DARK CHOCOLATE
Gotcha! OK, but seriously, we saved the best for last: The Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Nut Bar from the South Beach Diet. The satisfying crunch of almonds, walnuts and peanuts, drenched in decadent dark chocolate, finished off with a sprinkle of sea salt. After a busy day, you’ve earned this one. Go ahead, indulge!