Snacking used to be the healthy eater’s worst nightmare. We say “used to” because we think its cray-cray and besides all the sexy peeps are doing it. Surely a normal person can’t get through the day without a little snack?
Exactly what are you supposed to do when two o’clockitis hits and you’re on Struggle Street and taking up two lanes? No, you should simply have one of those healthy low carb snacks at hand! Snack yourself sexy we say. Yep, you have our permission but (there’s always a but) not before you’ve read the rest of this article.
Healthy Snacking Tips
- Pick foods that satisfy and keep you full so you don’t feel the need to graze
- Pick protein snacks. They rev up your metabolism
- Make friends with fruit and veggies – they are low in fat and calories
Let go of your fear of the snack. If you’re starving yourself between meals you’re doing more harm than good. Munching on little healthy food between meals may actually prevent you from overeating at your next meal. Snacking is the secret to avoid a big binge.
Having the permission to snack however doesn’t mean you go all out on the soda and sugary treats. You want to snack smart on food that is nutritious without being too high on the dirty C word (carbs). To keep your metabolism fired up, you need to give the chocolate bar a miss and snack smart on some healthy low carb snacks instead.
Most of us would like to make friends with veggies but as a snack, they can be so darn…boring! To spice things up, how about snacking on veggies and dips? Awesome! Just remember though, not all dips were made equal and some are actually pretty fatty and completely cancel out the goodness of your veggies.
Make Your Own Dips.
It’s easy and you know exactly what goes in them, so you can keep track of what you’re eating. Steam equal parts spinach and artichokes, blend them with some greek yogurt and a bit of parmigiano and voila! You have a simple, healthy and delicious dip for your carrots or celery sticks.
Use Your Kitchen More
Some of us are kitchen wizards, others find it hard to boil an egg. There’s one thing you can get to make your life easier: a food processor. I’ve been using this Braun food processor ever since my mom got a new one and gave me hers. It’s done wonders for me by slicing my kitchen time in two.
And I use it for everything: dough, cream soup, dips, desserts, you name it, the Braun food processor can make it. I just steam or boil my veggies and throw them in. Then all I have to do is rinse it thoroughly and I’m out of the kitchen in less than twenty minutes.
No Time to Cook? Try These:
- A handfull of pretzels and yogurt
- Baby carrots and cream cheese
- Half of an avocado with lemon juice, salt and pepper
- Sliced bell pepper with hummus
Favourite Sweet Healthy Carb Treats
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a mid-afternoon sugar craving and binged on chocolate. Yep, we thought so. You’re not alone. Chowing down on celery sticks just doesn’t cut it on some days and you need a sugar hit, now! For those moments of desperation, we wanted to share our two absolute fave recipes.
Make these treats in advance and be prepared the next time the sugar monster wants to take over.
Protein balls are a great on-the-go snack. They’re perfect handbag staples so you have healthy low carb snacks on the go even if you’re out and about. But buying packs of protein balls can become an expensive habit so here’s an easy recipe:
How To Make Your Own Protein Balls
Photo Credit: Living Well Mom
Throw everything into a food processor and add a splash of water if the mixture is too soft. Take it out, water your hands and start forming some balls. You can dip them in raw cacao powder or in coconut flakes. You can store them in the fridge for up to a week.
Peanut Butter Fudge
This is too easy to be this delicious. All you need is a quarter cup peanut flour, six tablespoons almond milk and sweetener to taste (one stevia packet is enough).
If peanut flour is hard to find, just get some raw peanuts and pulse them in that food processor I told you about earlier.
Now, take all the ingredients and stir them until the mixture is all smooth. Spread into a plastic container and freeze it solid, cut it into cubes and let it thaw a little before you eat it. It’s that easy!
Snacking has never been this guilt-free! What do you snack on? Do you have any favourite healthy low carb snack recipes to share? Do tell.