avocados make a great low carb snack

Our Top 10 Favorite Low Carb Snacks of All Time

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A lot of diets are high in carbohydrates.

So many foods, like pasta, rice, and even bread, are packed with carbohydrates.

If you’re interested in low carb diets [1] but are worried you won’t be able to give up your favorite foods, you should know that there are plenty of great snacks and recipes that you can try.

Here are a few favorites from the PatriciaandCarolyn.com team.

1. Cheese

blocks of cheese sitting on a shelf

A lot of people assume that snacking on cheese is bad for your health. While you won’t want too much cheese in your diet, cheese has a lot of health benefits. It’s an excellent source of calcium and healthy fats, and it’s also high in protein [2], which means it can tide you over between meals.

A lot of people feel like they have to give up all of their favorite foods when they’re on a diet. Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious and comforting snack foods that you can continue to enjoy.

String cheese is an especially smart choice if you’re looking for a tasty and cheesy snack.

2. Nuts

a pile of almonds

Nuts and seeds might not seem like a filling snack, but they’re actually a terrific snack food for a number of reasons [3]. Seeds and nuts can help to replicate the salty flavor and crunchiness of chips.

Instead of grabbing for a bag of high-carb, high-calorie chips, you can enjoy a healthier snack.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to make nuts and seeds your go-to snack food. They’re high in healthy fats, and they’re also an excellent source of magnesium.

Whether you stick to your favorite nut or eat an assortment of nuts and seeds, you can expect this snack to benefit you in a lot of different ways.

3. Edamame

some edamame

When people see edamame, they usually don’t expect it to be high in protein. Edamame is actually soybeans that are still in the pod, which means these greens are filled with protein [4].

They’re low in carbs, and they can be eaten in all kinds of ways. You can eat them shelled or in the pod. You can even enjoy crunchy edamame.

This is a simple low-carb snack that tends to be a big hit with kids. When you’re cutting carbs, it’s important to look for snacks that are high in protein. Edamame is an easy and excellent option.

4. Sweet Potatoes

some Sweet Potatoes in a bowl

Potatoes are a very popular vegetable, and it’s easy to understand why. They have a hearty taste that naturally compliments a lot of food.

Unfortunately, potatoes aren’t a good option for low-carb dieters. Potatoes are a starchy vegetable that is packed with carbs.

If you’re craving potatoes, but want to reduce your carb intake, there’s a very easy substitution you can try: sweet potatoes [5]. While sweet potatoes are naturally sweeter than your standard potatoes, you can easily make them taste savory with the right ingredients.

Baked stuffed sweet potatoes are a terrific low-carb recipe idea!

5. Alternatives to Bread

portobello mushrooms

Sandwiches are something that many people enjoy for lunch. A sandwich is quick and easy to prepare, and there are so many options.

Unfortunately, avoiding carbs means that a lot of your favorite sandwich options won’t work for you anymore.

If you’re worried about not being able to eat sandwiches, you should know that there are plenty of things that you can eat in place of bread [6].

There are low-carb loaves of bread that are made from grains and legumes. You can also try some more unusual substitutes, such as portobello mushrooms or slices of eggplants.

Experiment and find ways that you can enjoy sandwiches.

6. Avocado

avocados make a great low carb snack

Not everyone thinks of avocado as a breakfast food. However, an avocado can be the perfect way to eat a high-fat, high-protein morning meal [7].

Slice open an avocado and remove the pit. Crack an egg and pour it into the holes in your avocado. Bake the avocado until the egg is fully cooked.

From there, you can remove the avocado from the oven, add the seasonings of your choice, and chow down on this healthy and filling breakfast. Avocados can be a great snack food as well.

7. Low-Carb Pancakes for Breakfast

a stack of low carb pancakes

Pancakes are a classic breakfast food that is unfortunately high in carbs.

If you want to be able to enjoy pancakes from time to time without breaking your low-carb diet, there are actually all kinds of substitutions that you can try.

One of the best low-carb pancake recipes is also one of the simplest options [8]. Take a cup of oats and combine it with half a cup of cottage cheese. Add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a dash of nutmeg, crack three eggs, and mix everything together well.

You should wind up with something that has a consistency that’s similar to pancake batter.

Don’t have eggs on hand? If you don’t mind fruity pancakes, you can actually use bananas instead! Mix and match with different ingredients until you find a pancake recipe that’s perfect for you.

8. Cauliflower

some Cauliflower

Cauliflower is fairly bland when eaten on its own. However, this makes it an incredibly versatile food that can be used as a substitution for all kinds of ingredients. You can chop up cauliflower and use it instead of rice.

You can mash up cauliflower and serve it as a side instead of mashed potatoes. It can even be used in place of pizza crust!

If you want to adapt your favorite recipes [9] and reduce the number of carbs they contain, you’ll definitely want to start cooking with cauliflower.

It can be cooked in many ways, and it can help you to turn high-carb dishes into low-carb meals.

9. Try Replacing Pasta With “Zoodles”

a pile of Zucchini

If you love pasta, you certainly aren’t alone. While there are low-carb pasta noodles on the market, you may find that it’s easier to substitute that pasta for something else entirely, like zucchini. When made into noodles, they’re called zoodles.

Zucchini might not seem to have a lot in common with pasta, but when it’s cut into the right shape, it can be a surprisingly convincing substitute [10].

Carrots can also be a great pasta noodle substitute. You can use a spiralizer or even an ordinary vegetable peeler to slice these ingredients into the right shape.

From there, you can pair them with your favorite sauce and meat and chow down on a bowl of low-carb “pasta.”

10. Only Use Half of the Pasta in Your Favorite Recipes

If you don’t want to give up pasta completely, but you’d still like to eat less of it, try replacing half of the pasta noodles in a dish with sliced veggies. Veggies will bulk up the meal and make sure it’s loaded with nutrients.

For better results, you should try to make the veggies mimic the shape of the pasta. For example, if you’re replacing macaroni noodles, you’ll want to dice your veggies until they’re a similar size.

You should be careful even when cutting the amount of pasta in a dish; it’s easy to go overboard, especially when you’re seriously restricting carbs. You can always just go with the Zoodle option, if you’re worried about it.

Still, as long as you’re willing to watch what you eat, this is a terrific way to enjoy some of your favorite foods.

In Conclusion…

You don’t have to cut carbs completely if you want to eat a healthier diet. However, it’s definitely possible to have too much of a good thing.

If you’re looking to reduce the number of carbs that you’re eating, you’ll want to look at these snacks and recipes. Little by little, you should be able to change your diet and eat fewer carbs.

Citations

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  3. Ruairi Robertson, PhD, The Top 9 Nuts to Eat for Better Health, HealthLine. Found at https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-healthy-nuts
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  5. Tasha Metcalf, Carbs in Sweet Potato: Are Sweet Potatoes Lower in Carbs? Ketogasm. Found at https://ketogasm.com/carbs-in-sweet-potato/
  6. Academy of Culinary Nutrition, 6 Awesome Bread Alternatives Worth Trying. Found at https://www.culinarynutrition.com/6-awesome-bread-alternatives/
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  8. Low Carb Keto Pancakes, The Novice Chef. Found at https://thenovicechefblog.com/low-carb-pancakes/
  9. Kritin Berglund, RN, Low-carb and keto cauliflower recipes, Diet Doctor. Found at https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/cauliflower
  10. Lisa Bryan, How to Make and Cook Zucchini Noodles – The Best Way! Downshiftology. Found at https://downshiftology.com/how-to-make-and-cook-zucchini-noodles-the-most-popular-methods/