Here are some lunch and snack ideas to help get you through the toughest parts of the day...when cravings set in!
Wraps: Keep low carb tortillas on hand but try to limit LC tortillas to ONE or two a day.
peanut butter wraps
cream cheese wraps
Melted cheese wraps (add bacon for extra flavor)
Cabbage or romaine heart wraps: Get large pieces of cabbage or buy romain hearts and use them to make sandwiches. Put some mayo or mustard on the leaves then put deli meats, cheese, tomato, onion (whatever youd like), into the leaves then wrap it up.
A really yummy snack or lunch is to take lil' smokie sausages and heat them up in the microwave and melt some cheese over them. Wrap a big cabbage leaf around the cheesy sausage. Yummy!
Bacon Wraps: Take a strip of cooked bacon and spread some mayo on one side. Wrap the bacon around a bunch of spinach leaves and add a small piece of tomato if you want. Not quite a BLT but still really good!
celery and peaunut butter
celery and tuna salad
cottage cheese and berries
beef jerky or slim jims
sugar free pudding (made with heavy cream, not milk. Freeze for a sugar free ice cream treat!)
string cheese or cheese cubes
Riccotta cheese and fruit and nuts
cheese and salami
Mushrooms covered in ceasar dressing (I love!)
Fajitas (I keep chicken and beef fajita meat readily on hand!)
Yellow and Orange peppers are great snacks. They taste similar to fruit and are crunchy. I slice up a few peppers into strips and keep in ziplocs in the fridge.
HOMEMADE CHEESE CHIPS
Put small pile of cheddar cheese onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or so. Basically you want each chip to be crispy but not burnt. Remove from cookie sheet with metal spatula and place onto paper towels to get rid of any excess grease. This is really great when your having cravings for a crispy snack! Chips keep fresh in a ziploc bag for a few days.
OMLETE MUFFINS (great for breakfast, snack, or lunch)
In a large bowl, mix 8 or so eggs, and whatever meat you would want in your omelete (ham, bacon, sausage), cheese, red/green peppers, onions..whatever you like! Add a half a cup of heavy cream. Mix well and pour into pam sprayed muffin tins. Bake at 300 until the tops are a bit brown and a knife comes out clean when stuck in the middle.
You can keep these muffins in a ziplock bag in the fridge for up to a week. Pop a few in the microwave for breakfast or for a snack.
Salads are a great lunch option or even for a quick snack. I use balsamic vinegarette and Ceasar dressings. No Croutons though! Keep bacon bits, sunflower seeds, and boiled eggs on hand for quick salad garnishes.
There are also a huge variety of processed low carb or sugar free snacks that you can buy nowadays. I try to stay as much away from this stuff as I can but sometimes its not a bad idea if you just need some really easy premade snacks on hand. You can find low carb/sugar free diet bars and shakes pretty easily nowadays. But you may not be aware of the huge variety of low carb/sugar free snacks available to you because most of it is not sold in your average grocery store.
Check out these sites for some great sugar free/low carb snacks:
www.Netrition.com (has the largest selection of low carb products. Their prices are competitive and shipping is very reasonable.
www.VitaCost.com) sells their low carb products at wholesale prices saving you over 40%.
Happy Snacking! Feel free to let me know if you come up with another great snack idea! I'd love to hear it!