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Ideas for low carb snacks

One thing we’re learning with our daughter is that she has quickly grown tired of cheese and cucumber as a low carb snack. It is so important to have a variety of snack options available to prevent burnout. Here is a great list of snacks to supplement the list you may have received at the hospital:

 

A Recipe for Low-Carb Trail Mix – This is just one possibility, of course.

  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup raw or roasted almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin or squash seeds 2 oz unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup raisins (loosely-packed, i.e. don’t cram in as many as possible)

 

Nutritional Information: This should make about 16 servings of ¼ cup each. Each serving will have 6.5 grams of effective carbohydrate and 3.5 grams of fiber. If you make the same mix without the raisins, assuming 14 servings, each will have 4 grams of effective carbohydrate and 3 grams of fiber.


Other Good Choices For Trail Mix

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Filberts (hazelnuts)
  • Walnuts
  • Soy nuts
  • Other nuts and seeds, but check the labels for carbs

 

Other Ideas:

  • Lunch Meat Roll-ups – roll cheese or veggies in lunch meat (read the labels for carbs on the lunch meat)
  • Spread bean dip, spinach dip, or other low-carb dip or spread on the lunch meat or lettuce and then roll it up
  • Raw veggies and spinach dip, or other low-carb dip
  • Pork rinds, with or without dip
  • Ricotta cheese with fruit and/or nuts and/or flax seed meal
  • Mushrooms with cheese spread inside (or other spreads or dips)
  • Low-carb snack bars (watch out for sugar alcohols, especially maltitol)
 Nut (1/3 cup)  Calories  Fat(g)  Carbs(g)  Protein
    Coconut

94.3

8.9

4.1

0.9

    Chestnut

98.9

1

21

1.5

    Almond

182.9

16

6.2

6.7

    Pistachio

237.4

18.9

11.9

8.8

    Hazelnut

240.5

23.3

6.4

5.7

    Pine Nut

256.3

23

6.4

10.9

    Walnut

261.3

26.1

5.5

6.1

    Cashew, dry roasted

261.9

21.1

14.9

7

    Pecan

273.8

28.5

5.5

3.6

    Peanut, dry roasted

284.4

24.1

10.5

11.5

    Macadamia

320.4

33.8

6.2

3.5

   

 

 

When you want something sweet, try…

  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich: Toast 1 slice of whole grain bread. Top it with 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon honey and half of a banana thinly sliced. TIP For a heartier dish, add another slice of bread and cook this sandwich on a warm skillet like you would make grilled cheese.
  • Yogurt Parfait: In a tall glass or sundae cup, spoon alternating layers of low-fat yogurt, granola and sliced fruit of your choice. TIP Try fresh or canned fruit such as berries, peaches and bananas.

When you want something salty, try…

  • Nachos: Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread out a handful of low-fat or baked tortilla chips onto pan. Top with salsa, black beans (canned and rinsed), and a small amount of shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese on top is melted. TIP You can also heat nachos on high in the microwave for about a minute.
  • Nut Butter Dip: Combine 1/4 cup of your favorite nut butter (such as peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter) with 1/4 cup water. Whip with a fork until smooth. Cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers, apples, bananas or other fresh product into spears and dip into the nut butter. TIP You might have so melt the nut butter slightly to achieve desired consistency.
  • Bean Burritos: Top a whole wheat tortilla with canned fat-free refried beans, salsa and shredded low-fat cheese. Microwave until warm, then add chopped lettuce and plain low-fat yogurt for garnish. Roll up and enjoy! TIP If you don’t have refried beans on hand, open a can of black or pinto beans, rinse, drain and then mash with a fork.
  • Personal Veggie Pizza: Preheat oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread tomato sauce onto a piece of whole wheat pita bread. Top with your favorite veggies, such as frozen peas, corn, diced peppers or onions, olives, broccoli or sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle cheese over vegetables and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. TIP If you don’t have pizza sauce on hand, you can skip the sauce. For added flavor, sprinkle your pizza with garlic powder, dried basil and/or dried oregano.


When you’d rather head to the store, remember…
If you don’t have the time to make any of the recipes above but still want to snack healthy, there are some great packaged snacks available. Take a cruise down the natural-food aisle the next time you’re at the supermarket. There are plenty of low-fat, healthy and natural versions of your kids’ favorites. Healthy snacks that don’t need any prep work include:

  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Trail mix
  • Mixed nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit leather
  • Granola bars
  • Protein or energy bars
  • Fresh fruit
  • Low-fat string cheese
  • Whole grain cereal with low-fat milk
  • Whole grain crackers with sliced low-fat cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Baby carrots with hummus
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Whole wheat pita with black bean dip
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter
  • Canned tuna salad kits

 

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