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16 Terrific Snacks That Keep You On Plan

By Edited Jul 9, 2016 8 20

Cute Deviled Eggs For Low-Carb Snacks

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Have you ever noticed that when you’re on a diet, everyone around you seems to be eating more than they did before? That’s because you’ve suddenly become more aware of what others are doing, and now you feel left out.

One of the major selling points for using a controlled-carbohydrate diet is your ability to enjoy a wide variety of low-carb snacks at any time of the day or night. They are also the perfect choice if you happen to be a diabetic or have been diagnosed with PCOS. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, snacks are an excellent way to curb your hunger and give you a boost of energy throughout the day.[6] It's also a great opportunity to work in another serving of healthy vegetables.

If you're hungry, you don’t have to sit around watching others eat. That’s the quickest way to fail.

Low-Carb Snack Foods Eliminate Deprivation

One of the largest downfalls to dieting is hunger or cravings, so when you begin a low-carb diet, you don’t want to allow yourself to get hungry. You want to incorporate low-carb snack foods into your menu. Initially, going more than six hours without eating is not recommended by those following the Atkins Diet[5] because you need to give your body ample encouragement to make the switch from predominantly burning glucose to burning fatty acids instead. Although you need to stay realistic about portion sizes and overall daily calories, these 16 terrific low-carb and no-carb snacks will give you the mental boost you need to stay on plan.

16. Raw Vegetable Platter

Raw Vegetable Platter Makes a Great Low-Carb Snack

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Celery and carrot sticks are traditional, low-calorie diet foods. They contain a lot of fiber that can help keep you full. The problem isn’t their nutritional value. They are just flat out boring! Instead of limiting yourself to carrots or celery, think about the wide variety of raw vegetables offered on a platter for the holidays. Slices of summer squash, halved mushrooms, chunks of cauliflower and broccoli, colorful sweet pepper slices and cherry tomatoes dipped in Ranch Dressing, or a homemade spicy jalapeno-bacon dip will leave you feeling satisfied rather than deprived.

15. Stuffed Celery

Simple Celery and Carrot Sticks are Boring

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Stuffing celery with peanut butter or a processed pimento cheese spread is traditional, but for a great new taste sensation, stuff your celery stalk with full-fat cream cheese and then top it off with a hefty dollop of sugar-free peanut butter.

14. Cheese Crackers with Salsa

Cheese Cracks Make Terrific Low Carb Snacks for Diabetics

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Crackers on a low-carb or diabetic diet? Certainly! For a terrific low-carb snack recipe, take a couple of slices of real, honest-to-goodness American Cheese (not those plastic-wrapped cheese-food products, but the type that comes unwrapped) and cut each slice into 9 equal squares. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a paper plate. Arrange the cheese squares about 1/2-inch apart and stick the plate in the microwave for 1 minute. You’ll get crunchy, tasty crackers that are terrific dipped into your favorite salsa or dip.

13. Protein Shakes and Smoothies

Although protein shakes make a fast breakfast or lunch when you’re on the go, they make a nice, filling snack for dieters and diabetics as well. To keep them from getting boring, experiment with different types of liquids and flavorings. Try combining dark cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sugar substitute with diet Dr. Pepper, almond milk, or coconut milk. Use orange or pineapple extract with heavy cream or cottage cheese.

12. Homemade Beef Jerky

Homemade Beef Jerky is an Excellent No-Carb Snack

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If you’ve never invested in an American Harvest dehydrator, or a similar model that allows you to control the temperature setting, you’re missing out on the best homemade jerky you will ever eat. Most ready-made jerky comes with added sugars and chemicals that can interfere with fat loss or blood glucose levels. When you take the time to marinate your own lean beef in a sugar-free teriyaki sauce and then dry it yourself, you get a lot of flavor that’s worth the effort.

11. Cottage Cheese Mixed With Berries

Cottage Cheese and Strawberries Make a Terrific Snack or Breakfast

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When you’re busy, but hungry, stirring a few frozen blueberries or chopped up strawberries into a scoop of cottage cheese makes a fast-and-easy low-carb snack. This makes a simple, light breakfast treat as well.

10. Salad with Something Special

Add Something Special to Your Lettuce Salad

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When funds are tight, low-carb snacks need to be extra special to fill the place of more traditional comfort foods. Although grabbing a small bowl of leftover salad is inexpensive, when you add something special to that bowl, you get an added taste sensation. Crumbles of blue cheese, leftover bacon pieces, dehydrated cranberries, or chopped pecans will turn that traditional lettuce or chicken salad into something special.

9. Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs are a Great Low-Carb Snack Food

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Boiling up a dozen eggs for the week can give you an easy snack when it’s too late at night to fix something more involved, but if you turn those eggs into a platter of deviled eggs the day you boil them, they will already be fixed and ready to eat when you are. For an added flavor punch, add bacon bits, chopped olives, pecans, or minced jalapeno.

8. Ham and Cheese Rolls

Simple Low-Carb Snack Recipes are Best

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There are several ways to make these special low-carb treats. My favorite way to make them is to spread full-fat cream cheese down one end of a slice of baked or boiled lunchmeat style ham, top with a cheddar cheese stick and roll them up. Some people like to spread the ham with mustard and then roll a dill pickle inside instead of cheese.

7. Mock Root Beer Float

While diet sodas made with sugar substitutes can wreck your diet if you’re corn sensitive or have adverse blood sugar reactions to fake sugars, I didn't know about my corn intolerance when I lost most of my weight. One of the best snacks that helped to curb both my cravings and deprivation was to take diet Root Beer and combine it with a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream.

6. Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps Make an Easy Low-Carb Snack

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Bacon is one of my favorite foods, so a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich was the sandwich I missed most when doing low carb. Although, Dr. Atkins original Revolution Rolls make a good substitute for bread or hamburger buns, lettuce wraps are easier. Simply smear a trail of mayonnaise down the center of a leaf of Romaine, and top with cooked bacon and sliced tomatoes. Fold it in half like a taco, and you get all of the taste of a terrific BLT without the carbs.

5. Chocolate Mousse

Yummie Chocolate Mousse Low-Carb Snack Recipe

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A little higher in carbohydrates than other snacks, a yummy chocolate mousse helps to drive away the feelings of deprivation. Simply whip up a package of instant chocolate pudding mix substituting heavy cream or coconut milk for the cow’s milk. For an extra-special flavor, use half heavy cream and half almond milk.

4. Cheesecake Muffins

Cupcake Papers Help With Cheesecake Portions

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Even with a sugar substitute, cheesecake packs a large calorie wallop, but when you place the filling inside paper-lined muffin cups without the graham-cracker crust, you get a lot more portion control. For a more festive look, you can top the muffins with a dollop of sugar-free jam.

3. Chicken Vegetable Soup

When the weather turns chilly, nothing hits the spot better than a steaming cup of hot soup. Making your own is extremely easy and versatile. Simply boil up the chicken pieces for a couple of hours, fish out the meat, and allow the broth to sit in the refrigerator overnight. The excess fat will rise to the top, which you can then scoop off and throw out. Return the broth to the stove. Chop up the chicken and throw it into the broth along with a large variety of chopped vegetables. A package of frozen stir-fry vegetables works extremely well, especially if you season the broth with lots of garlic and minced fresh ginger.

2. Chicken Legs or Wings

When you cook up some chicken legs or wings for dinner or a weekend lunch, cook up extra, so you’ll have leftovers. Leftover barbecue chicken legs, hot wings, teriyaki chicken breast strips or pieces of a well-seasoned roast chicken make nice low-carb snacks.

1. Hot Poppers: Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Jalapeno Hot Poppers: My Favorite Low-Carb Snack

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This is my absolute favorite low-carb snack! You simply slice a fresh jalapeno carefully down one side, scoop out the seeds and vein with a spoon, fill the cavity with full-fat cream cheese, and then wrap the whole pepper in a strip of bacon. Secure it with a toothpick, so you’ll be able to turn them over as you bake or broil them until cooked through and crispy.

Additional Low-Carb Snacks

When you begin a low-carb diet, one of the first things that happens is you learn to stop eating according to some pre-made design. There is no such thing as breakfast foods, lunch meals, or dinner meats. You simply eat foods that allow you to stay on plan. The same thing goes for no-carb or low-carb snacks.

Eggplant Lasagne: Leftovers Make Great Low-Carb Snacks

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Although pork rinds, pepperoni slices, and string cheese sticks make terrific snacks, take advantage of whatever foods you like. Slices of avocado, hard boiled eggs dipped in a sweetened mustard sauce, low-carb yogurt, tuna mixed with mayonnaise and pickles, fresh ripe strawberries topped with homemade whipped cream, a low-carb pizza, or Carb Smart ice cream bars all make great snack foods, but so do leftovers such as Eggplant Lasagne.

If it’s cold, have a bowl of chili made with black soybeans. If it’s hot, have a nice bowl of frozen blueberries, a handful of mixed nuts, or a low-carb muffin. There isn’t a list of specific low-carb snack foods you need to follow. Preparing for a low-carb lifestyle is about making your diet your own.



Aug 8, 2012 11:08am
Great list! I love the raw veggies, salads, and protein shakes. Oh, and I've got to try the mock root beer float! Thumbs-up.
Aug 9, 2012 7:57am
Thank you for the compliment and thumbs up. It suddenly dawned on me the other day, that even though I can't eat many of these low-carb goodies anymore, I can still write about what I used to do that works.
Aug 24, 2012 1:11am
Sweet Post. After see it I feel hungry. @@ :)
Aug 30, 2012 10:26am
Sep 1, 2012 2:47pm
Thank you.
Sep 18, 2012 7:59am
Some great ideas on here! I am going to steal a few of them for my own snack menu!
Sep 18, 2012 7:59am
LavenderRose, great article. Many of these can be high in fat, though, so hopefully your readers take the time to include that in their portion control. I love the cute picture of the deviled eggs!
Sep 18, 2012 9:06am
Steal away Darren!

psidwell, the hardest thing to get low-carb dieter's to believe in is portion control. Luckily, the greater majority of my readers are those for whom a low-carb diet has stopped working (so their more apt to listen) or those new to low-carb diets who haven't been exposed to most of the low-carb diet myths yet.

In my personal experience, calories matter more than the amount of fat in the diet. My artery tests I had done a couple of years ago came back the cleanest the cardiologist had ever seen. When I told him I was on The Atkins Diet, he simply said: "Oh! That explains it then!"
Sep 23, 2012 3:41am
Nice list of foods. Gave me the munchies seeing the photos and reading about them.
Sep 23, 2012 7:45pm
Great read!
I going to try out the Cheesecake Muffins :)

Thumbs Up!
Sep 24, 2012 11:36am
Thanks to both of you for reading! When I first went dairy free, cheesecake was one of the hardest things to give up. I'm finding that I can now eat a little bit of high-quality, organic dairy, so I'm very grateful that I appear to finally be healing.

Sep 25, 2012 8:16pm
Wow, so many options. Ill try the pudding, I love chocolate.
Jun 20, 2013 4:54pm
This article made my mouth water, and i am not even hungry. I love this article! Probably because I love food. Especially healthy food! And my favorites are the shakes, the jerky, and the cottage cheese and berries. Great ideas. I hate eating the same old thing everyday. But I have to say it was the faces on the eggs that really grabbed me. Second thing that grabbed me was that one of my ex-employers from so many years ago has an ad on this article. My mouth really dropped open on that one. Too, too funny. Good job, LavendarRose!
Jun 21, 2013 2:34pm
Thanks. If I really, really like something, I could eat it almost every day, but most of the time I'm into variety. These are classic low-carb snacks, but sometimes it's hard to think about what to eat when you're hungry.
Nov 18, 2013 4:00am
Thanks for the inspiration. I am adding this to my gluten-free resources. People panic so much when they are told not to eat bread!
Jan 26, 2014 7:19am
Some wonderful ideas here - Thank you.
Jan 27, 2014 4:38pm
Thanks to both of you for your comments. I appreciate the feedback.
Feb 18, 2016 1:37am
Great ideas here, thanks!
Feb 19, 2016 3:38pm
Our Internet service has been down for a couple of weeks. What a mess that has been. I'm so glad you found some useful ideas in the article.
Feb 21, 2016 3:12am
I'm sorry to hear, what a pain that must be. Welcome back!
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