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Great Slow Carb (4HB) Snack Ideas

By Edited Jun 8, 2016 0 0

As a relatively niche type of lifestyle, the slow carb diet doesn't really have too many resources on the net with Google usually correcting "slow carb" to "low carb" when searching for tips. Some low carb snacks are great, but many do not fit the restrictions of the slow carb diet. Here is a list of some of my favorite slow carb friendly snacks.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Carrots

Even though most roasted vegetables are the particularly starchy ones not allowed by the diet, there are still some great ones that can be roasted. My favorites are roasted carrots and roasted cauliflower. I ordinarily don't really enjoy them, but when they're roasted, they just taste absolutely wonderful. Roasting the vegetables caramelizes the sugars naturally inside them so they taste sweet without any added sugar. 

They do take a bit of time, but a lot of it is just waiting around for it to bake. I make them once every so often when I need a little something sweet. 

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Egg

Hard boiled eggs are an excellent snack both for at home, and when travelling. They are easy to make in bulk, delicious, and portable. An easy way to eat them on the go is to just pack it in a plastic bag. You can peel the egg, throw the shell back into the bag, and seal it up until you get to a trash can. You can even bring multiple hard boiled eggs in this fashion since they do have a shell to protect them.

Deli Meats

Turkey Breast

Deli meats are another great slow carb snack, if you pick the right one. Many of them contain 

added sugars so scan the ingredient list for things like corn syrup or honey. Also, take a quick look at the nutrition label and try to find the golden zero grams of sugar.

My personal favorite is the "Bold Chipotle Chicken Breast" from Boar's Head. It has no carbs and no sugars (or at least a negligible amount) and tastes absolutely delicious! It's also only 60 calories for 2 oz. of it! A few slices should be good for a snack here and there or you could incorporate it into your meals for extra protein. Did I mention that it contains 13 grams of protein per serving? This could be another way to get your 30 in 30 every morning.

Fajita Chicken Strips

Chicken Fajita Strips
Pre-packaged, pre-cooked fajita chicken strips are a delicious, quick, and easy snack as well as a great source of quick protein. It's a great idea to just keep a bag on hand in the fridge whether as a snack or an add-on to a salad or something similar to that. It only takes a quick spin in the microwave to prepare, or you can just eat them straight from the bag. At just about 110 calories for three ounces, you can pretty much eat as much as you want.

Nuts

Nuts
The notion of having nuts on the slow carb diet has been debated, but they remain a delicious and healthy snack, if you can handle it. For many, including myself, they are a domino food so exercise judgement before reaching for the almonds. In my experience, it helps to weigh out servings and individually package them so I'll have to walk back to the pantry if I want more. However, our personal experiences are all different so again, be careful.

Low Sugar Fruits

Watermelon
Fruits aren't technically allowed in the slow carb diet...Well, they're outright banned. However, they are still delicious and nutritious and a little once in a while shouldn't make a significant difference. Also, as Tim Ferriss says, we all need to self experiment. Don't cheat at all for several weeks and observe the effects on your body. Then change one variable at a time until you have a lifestyle that's right for you.

Even though they're all technically banned, there are some that are better than others while slow carbing, namely, the ones lower in sugar[1]. They include the following:

  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Honeydew
  • Apples

Apples are especially great when travelling since they're practically ready to eat anywhere and are very common (such as at those hotel breakfasts). There are also some high sugar fruits that should be ideally avoided. They include the following:

  • Bananas
  • Mangoes
  • Figs
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Tangerines
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples

Again, experiment on yourself and see what works for you.

Quest Bars

Quest Bars
Gasp! A protein bar? On the slow carb diet? Again, this is another highly debated food item, but they are indeed mostly compliant with the lifestyle. These protein bars are absolutely delicious and contain about 20 grams of protein with 1-3 grams of sugar.  There are about 25 total grams of carbs, but 16 grams of that are from fiber. 

Quest Bars have a binder of isomalto-oligosaccharide which is sweet, but high fiber and low calorie.[2] Quest Nutrition has two lines of Quest Bars. One uses artificial sweeteners (sucralose), and the other, sugar alcohol (erythriol) plus stevia.[3] I like to avoid artificial sweeteners when I can so I like the choices that Quest Nutrition gives us. Lots of flavors are great, but some are not so much. My personal favorite is their "Cinnamon Roll" flavor, but "Strawberry Cheesecake", "Banana Nut Muffin", and "Chocolate Peanut Butter" are also delicious. I've been warned to stay away from the "Lemon Cream Pie", and I personally did not enjoy the "Peanut Butter and Jelly".

You can find Quest Bars at GNC or you can order them online at Amazon or the official website.

Again, experiment with adding different things into your lifestyle and keep track of the way it affects your body. I haven't heard anything negative about Quest Bars and slow carb, but who knows? Maybe it's just a vocal minority praising them. The way that things affect you is the most important thing to consider.

Happy Snacking!

I hope you enjoyed these snacks and maybe keep some on hand if needed. Transitioning into a new lifestyle of health can be hard with both an internal struggle to stay on it as well as other people trying to convince us to stay with the status quo.

If you have a great slow carb snack idea that you'd like to share, please comment it below and I'd be glad to add it to the list! With the amount of resources available, we have to work together to make things easier for newcomers and be the ones to create those resources that are needed.

Thanks for reading and I wish you all the luck in finding success and sticking to the lifestyle.

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Bibliography

  1. Laura Dolson "Low-Carb Fruit List: The Best and the Worst Fruits." About.com. 25/06/2014 <Web >
  2. "Bioneutra FAQ." Bioneutra. 25/06/2014 <Web >
  3. "Quest Protein Bar." Quest Protein Bar. 25/06/2014 <Web >

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