Dying for a better selection of low carb snacks?
Carbohydrates are the bane of the dieter’s existence. Unfortunately, they show up in the most unexpected places. Take fruit for example.
Did you know a banana has 31.1 g of carbs? Eating two is equivalent to eating a baked potato, which has 63.2 g of carbohydrates. Raisins, dates, mangos, and pears also contain surprisingly high amounts of carbs.
So, it’s not just starchy vegetables, breads, and pastas you need to stay away from. The list of carb-heavy foods is vast and often surprising. When you finally narrow your grocery selection to exclude all the foods from that list, you’re left with a bland assortment of fruits and vegetables.
But life’s too short for tasteless food. That’s why we’ve rustled up 8 delectable light carb snacks that even the pickiest epicurean will swoon over. So, grab a fork and read on.
Chocolate Ice Cream
If you’re dying for a little dessert, keto chocolate ice cream is any dieter’s dream food. It combines all the elements that give chocolate ice cream it’s scrumptious texture and mouthwatering appeal. But it removes the sugar and carbohydrates.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 free-range eggs
- 1/3 cup confectioners Swerve
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 pinch sea salt.
Place all the ingredients in a deep bowl and stir them with a spoon. Then blend with an electric mixer on medium until well mixed. Finally, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow your manufacturer’s instructions for the churn speed and time.
Voila! Instant nirvana!
Guamanian Style Chicken
These little chickadees may not be enough for a full-fledge entrée, but they’re the perfect size for a mid-afternoon snack. They’re medallion sized chicken pieces with their own dipping sauce.
- 8 small chicken pieces (breast or thigh)
- 2 cups soy sauce
- 2 large lemons (quartered)
- 1 tsp. garlic (minced)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- Donne peppers to taste (watch out! They’re hot!)
- Salt and pepper to taste
These snacks require more explaining than others. To see how to properly prepare Guamanian style chicken, please follow the link for further instructions. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
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The style of sushi that we all know and love was created in Edo, Japan in the mid-1700s. It’s since developed into two distinct categories: (1) sushi, a piece of fish on a rice bed, and (2) sashimi, a piece of fish without the rice.
Fortunately, you don’t need to know the great art of sushi preparation to eat this delicious meal. You just need a good cut of sushi grade fish and a healthy appetite.
- 4 oz. sashimi grade tuna
- 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
- 2 tsp. mirin
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 small piece of ginger
Chill the fish for at least ½ hour before cutting into mouth size pieces. Mix the vinegar, mirin, and sesame oil in a cup. Then pour over the fish. Cut the ginger into slivers, placing one on each piece of fish, and enjoy.
Zesty Cheesy Kale Chips
Any modern dieter will tell you kale is where it’s at. The dark green leafy vegetable is full of a laundry list of vitamins and nutrients, yet devoid of sugars and carbohydrates. Unfortunately, most dieters complain of the fibrous texture and bitter taste.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can turn fibrous to crunchy and bitter to spicy with this delicious snack.
- 1 large bunch of kale
- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
- 1/8 tsp of cayenne
- 1/4 tsp of pepper
- 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup of avocado oil
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then wash and trim your kale into 2-inch pieces, avoiding the hard stems.
In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, pepper, sea salt, and cayenne. In a large bowl, toss kale with avocado oil. Then sprinkle with the spice mixture and nutritional yeast.
Spread a single layer onto a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes. Then enjoy.
If you’re looking for something to dip all those raw vegetables in, we’ve got just the thing. Cauliflower hummus has a texture similar to traditional hummus, but without the carb-heavy chickpeas.
- 3 cups of raw cauliflower florets
- 2 Tbsp. of avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. of water
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- 1.5 Tbsp. of Tahini paste
- 3 whole garlic cloves
- 3 Tbsp. of lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, (crushed)
- smoked paprika and extra virgin olive oil for serving
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
Combine cauliflower, olive oil, salt, garlic, and water into a microwave safe bowl and microwave until soft (about 15 minutes). Then place mixture in a food processor with the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Blend.
Place in a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and paprika. Then enjoy with your favorite dipping vegetables.
Turkey Wrapped Asparagus
It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to enjoy turkey. These delightful high-protein low-carb snacks only take about 10 minutes to make.
- 10 oz. sliced turkey meat
- 10 medium-sized asparagus spears
- 2 Tbsp. of low carb BBQ sauce
Preheat oven to 450. Cut off the bottom of each asparagus spear and heat in a pan on medium heat for 3 minutes. Remove the spears from pan and wrap each with a slice of turkey. Rub each with BBQ sauce and place on baking sheet. Heat in oven for 4-5 minutes and enjoy.
Salami and Cheese Chips
These are another great option for those of you on a keto diet. They’re high in fat and protein, but low in sugars and carbs.
- 4 oz. parmesan cheese (grated)
- 3 oz. salami (20 slices)
- Paprika powder (to taste)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place salami on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Heep 1-2 tablespoons of cheese on each slice and sprinkle with paprika. Bake until cheese turns golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!
Blueberry Breakfast Smoothies
This is one of the best low carb snacks for those of you with a long drive to work. It’s filled with blueberries, coconut milk, and a dash of citrus to liven up your morning.
- 14 oz. coconut milk
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Throw all the ingredients into your blender and mix on high until the ingredients are smooth. Pour into your favorite to-go cup and drink on your way to work.
After Your Low Carb Snacks
Low carb snacks are just the first step in any diet. You’ve also got to avoid carb-heavy foods at mealtime. Remember, if you cheat for just one meal, it may offset up to 3 days’ worth of your diet. Stay consistent and stay slim.
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