Make no mistake, low carb snacking is just as important as eating low carb meals.
Listening to our bodies hunger signals and eating when we're hungry is key to preventing cravings and eating the wrong types of sugary or high carb foods.
So in order to avouce the 3pm slump, here are my top five low carb snacks to keep you on track with the Defeat Diabetes Program.
These are a fantastic choice. You can add many different low carb high protein toppings to mix it up.
Try full fat cream cheese dips like French onion, tasty cheddar cheese with tomato, or creamy brie. Even smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers is amazing.
But my personal favourite is no added sugar peanut butter! Quick and easy, and only 2g of carbs for two crackers.
This one will definitely satisfy those salty potato chip cravings!
Many of my clients crave something crunchy and salty from time to time, and I always recommend port crackling. It covers all low carb bases, and with literally zero carbs per serve versus potato chips which have 30g, it's a great alternative.
Enjoying a good handful of salted dry roasted mixed nuts in between meals can help satisfy hunger.
I often recommend macadamia nuts as they are the lowest in carbs. Pistachios and cashew nuts are a little higher in carbohydrates so be mindful if you're choosing these ones.
Is there anything tastier than some dark chocolare and raspberries with a hot cup of tea in the afternoon? Not for me!
Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and low in sugar, making it a great choice. And with the added burst of sweetness from the raspberries, it feels like a really indulgent afternoon treat.
My final choice of snack is Greek yoghurt with berries and nuts.
This has to be one of the easiest snacks to prepare; simply throw together in a bowl and you're done!
And for a twist, blend all of this with almond milk for a delicious smoothie. These options will be under 7g of carbs, which is far better than a donut at 51g, equalling whopping 13 teaspoons of sugar!
There you have it - a few options to get you through between meals that won't pack carbs into your daily life.
Just remember, it's important to eat when you feel hungry to ensure you don't end up craving and binging on sugar-laden foods.
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