On the look out for low carb snack ideas?
Eating a nutrient-dense low carbohydrate diet has been popular recently, and for good reason.
As snacks often include a source of carbs, you might be unsure what snacks you can include that are lower in carbohydrates.
It’s important to remember that there are different definitions of low carb.
For some, low carb falls low enough to be included in a ketogenic diet of <50g or even <30g net carbs.
For others, low carb is simply below the average carbohydrate intake of 200-300g per day.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered below, 10 healthy and easy low carb ideas to fill your tummy!
Yoghurt and berries
Low carb doesn’t mean you need to cut out your fruit altogether.
Instead, you should go for berries, which are lower in carbohydrate and sugar and higher in fibre.
So, for this simple snack, you need to serve up some plain yoghurt (dairy or mylk-based), and then mix through a handful of your favourite berries.
You can also add some cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavour.
Depending on the serving size, yoghurt type and choice of berries, this healthy snack would sit at around 10 to 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Celery with nut butter
Another simple low carbs snack that should only take you 2 minutes to pop together.
Just slice your celery up into approximately 5cm pieces.
Choose your nut butter of choice, then spread onto the celery and munch away!
With this, the celery adds almost no carbs to your snack.
So depending on your nut butter serving, this would sit between 5 to 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Low carb veggie chips
If you’re following a low carb diet, you might be missing your favourite chips or popcorn.
You actually might be yearning for them so bad you're getting a little cranky about it.
The good news is that you can make your own ‘chips’ at home using these lower carbohydrate veggies.
You can make chips out of veggies such as:
To make these low carb chips, start by slicing your chosen veg finely into ‘chips’.
Spray with some oil and sprinkle with salt or spices.
Bake on low in the oven or put into your dehydrator until your chips are crisp.
You can also make kale chips, or even slice up nori sheets and make seaweed chips out of them.
The carbohydrate content depends on your veggie of choice and, of course the serving size you choose.
Nut and seed mix
Looking for a really simple wholefood based snack?
You can make your own nut and seed mix at home!
All you need to do is grab your favourite nuts and seeds and mix them together.
You can make a big batch in advance and just store in an airtight container to keep it fresh.
You can also add in other ingredients such as coconut flakes or some appropriate spices to boost up the mix flavour.
How low the carbohydrate count does depend on the nuts and seeds that you include in your mix.
But you’re probably looking at around 5 to 10 grams of carbohydrates per serve.
You don't get a snack much easier than boiled eggs.
You can batch them in advance, so you always have a snack handy.
The good news is that you don’t have to eat plain eggs.
You can mash the yolk with some herbs and spices, top it with some guacamole or even coat it in dukkah if you’re feeling a little fancy.
One egg contains less than 1 gram of carbohydrate, making it ideal for those on a ketogenic diet.
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Many smoothies are naturally high in carbohydrates because they are based on fruit.
But even if you’re watching your carb intake, you can still enjoy a nutritious green smoothie!
It’s all about choosing low-carb veggies, fruits, flavours and an ideal base liquid.
The carbohydrate levels of your green smoothie will depend on the ingredients you use.
As an example, if you add a serving of our Super Greens to unsweetened almond milk, you’re looking at only 7 to 8 grams of carbohydrates.
You can find the Super Cubes Super Greens Smoothie Cubes in our shop pages if you need more information.
They do make a great base to create your ultimate low carb super greens smoothie recipe!
Looking for a filling snack?
It's as easy as reaching for a tin of your favourite fish.
Tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines are a few good options to try if your new to this fish in a can for a snack concept.
You can have it solo as a snack, or you can add it into one of your current snack recipes.
For example, you might just spread it on some seed crackers you have.
Pretty simple snack recipe, but who said a snack recipe has to have more than two ingredients!
Keep in mind that the lowest carb option for tinned fish is unflavoured.
If you go for pre-flavoured options, it may have a few grams of carbohydrates added through using a sweetener.
Plain tinned fish will typically have less than 1 gram of carbohydrate for you.
Throwing together a chia pudding is one of the easiest snack preps you can find.
I know, I know, it's been said here before many times, but chia pudding is one of the easiest low carb options for you and it's filling too!
Just add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds into a bowl or mason jar.
Mix your base liquid of choice, either unsweetened almond and coconut mylks are a good option for this.
Allow the chia seeds to sit for at least 5 minutes to soak up the liquid you've added.
You can at this stage also add in some flavours to your chia pudding such as cinnamon or vanilla.
Just mix it in and the chia will soak it all up.
Finally, you can top the chia pudding with some berries or nuts and seeds to serve.
Most of the carbohydrate in chia seeds is fibre which is great!
Depending on the ingredients, a chia pudding would sit around 10 to 15 grams of carbohydrate, but with 8 to 10 grams of the carbohydrate coming from the fibre.
Veggies and dip
Veggies are your best friends forever when it comes to low-carb snacks.
So why not match veggies with a lower-carbohydrate dip for a tasty snack?
It's as easy as chopping up some carrot, celery, capsicum and cucumber into sticks.
Then add a dip such as tzatziki or guacamole, and you're ready to munch away.
The carbohydrate content of this healthy snack depends on your dip and veggies of choice.
If you need a very low carb option, it's best to go for the combo of celery and cucumber sticks with guacamole.
A low carb snack that is packed full of nutritious ingredients and tastes amazing sounds too good to be true.
But that’s exactly what you get with our Wholefoods bars.
Our Wholefoods bars have around 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrate per serve, with 5 to 6 gram as fibre.
Small enough to fit in a bag if you're heading out too so you know you're always prepared and have a healthy low carb snack with you when you need it.
Plenty of low carb healthy snacks to choose from
As you can see above amongst these 10 low carb snack ideas, there are some that may take a little time to make and some that are phenomenally easy to prepare as well.
The main thing you have to consider (outside of what snack you're having), if you're sticking to low carbs, is your portion and serve size.
So, make sure you are weary about the serve size that's needed to stay with your carb allowance for the day or for that meal.
It's easy to get carried away and over eat if your snacks taste great (believe me, this is so true!).
I hope you enjoy the above low carb snack ideas and make sure you remember to carry around a Wholefoods bar.
They taste great, are convenient and will get you comfortably out of a hole if you're ravenous!