If you are following a low-carb diet for managing blood sugars or weight, you may find it helpful to keep a variety of snacks in your pantry that support your low-carb lifestyle and satisfy you at the same time! Below are some great snacks that you can easily grab off the shelf and keep in your pantry at home, or even take with you during travel or work. Not only are these snacks delicious, but they are full of antioxidants, protein, and fiber to keep you nourished and satisfied in between meals.
Almonds are a great low-carb snack, and full of fiber too (6g of carbohydrates per 28g serving with 3.3g of fiber). They are also considered an excellent source of protein (6 grams of protein per 28g serving). Almonds are known for playing a role in managing blood sugars, as well as reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are a delicious low-carb snack full of polyunsaturated fatty acids and with plenty of other health benefits. Each serving (28g, around 1/ 4 cup) is loaded with fiber and protein at around 3-5g of fiber and 5-7g of protein. We recommend purchasing the low-salt or no added salt varieties. This can decrease risk of high blood pressure and water retention.
Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Roasted seaweed snacks are the perfect snack to have around the house. You can find them at the store in flavors such as Wasabi, Toasted Sesame and Sea Salt. Along with being low-carb, seaweed provides one of the best dietary sources of iodine, which is great for supporting your thyroid gland. It’s also full of calcium, fiber and protein!
Parmesan Crisps are becoming an increasingly popular low-carb snack. They are really convenient to keep on hand, as they don’t need to be refrigerated (even after opening)! One serving (around 21g) contains 1g of carbohydrates and 9g of protein. They also provide an excellent source of calcium.
Moon Cheese is an all-natural snack that is 100% real cheese. Similar to Parmesan Crisps, they are shelf stable and do not need to be refrigerated. They come in a variety of flavors such as Bacon Cheddar, Pepper Jack, and Garlic Parmesan. Each serving (around 12g) contains 0g of carbohydrates and 5g of protein. And just like Parmesan Crisps, they are an excellent source of calcium.
Craving something sweet but low in carbohydrates? Dark chocolate is one of the best snacks to choose from! Aim to choose dark chocolate that contains a minimum of 70 percent cocoa or more. Anything lower than 70 percent is typically higher in sugar. For one serving (28g) of unsweetened dark chocolate, there are only around 5g of carbohydrates and 3g of fiber. Not to mention, dark chocolate is a wonderful antioxidant.