Hey low carbers! Today I wanted to share something near and dear to my heart...snacks! Seriously though, snacking is so important to my low carb lifestyle. It keeps me on track everyday. It's a mini meal between breakfast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner. Snacking is beneficial to anyone's nutritional lifestyle. By eating smaller meals more frequently and avoiding extreme hunger situations, you'll be more likely to reach for a healthy option over an unhealthy one. A healthy snack between meals curbs cravings, fights weight gain, boosts brain activity, and regulates your blood sugar which can keep mood swings and mid afternoon sleepiness at bay.
One of the things I like to do to make snacking easier is prep some simple and healthy snack options in the beginning of the week. I do this for both my kids and myself. I spend Sunday afternoons cutting veggies and fruit, boiling eggs, slicing lunch meat and cheeses, bagging single servings of nuts, etc. If you don't like the thought of prepping a whole weeks worth, even prepping a day ahead of time can keep you from making unhealthy snack choices or not eating at all and then overeating later.
So now i'll share with you some of my favorite snacks!
|Cucumber slices drizzled with Walden Farms Super Fruits Vinaigrette and sprinkled with crushed almonds|
|Boiled eggs, cheddar slices, and green olives|
|Cheddar slices and celery with almond butter and chia seeds|
|Celery with cream cheese, green olives, mozzerella cheese, almonds, and sugar snap peas|
|Boiled eggs, mozzerella rolled up in large pepperoni slices, sugar free jello|
|Boiled eggs, celery, and cucumber slices|
|Strawberries and walnuts|
|Cucumber slices with black bean hummus|
|This was actually my lunch but I eat all of these things as snacks as well.|
Cheddar slices folded up in pepperoni, pepperoncini, celery with PB and nuts
|Strawberry slices drizzled with warmed sunflower nut butter and sprinkled with sunflower seeds and|
a bit of unsweetened coconut flakes
|Raw veggies (mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini) and Caesar Dressing to dip|
|Boiled eggs with black bean hummus, pistachios, and cheddar cheese slices|
|Pepperoni chips and hot wing sauce. |
Not as healthy of an option, but it's low carb and yummy!
|Celery with sunflower nut butter and sunflower seeds, boiled egg, and almonds|
|Cheese chips, boiled egg, and dill pickles|
|Cheddar cheese, sugar snap peas, blackberries, and a few plum slices|
|Pizza Snack Plate! Pepperoni slices, mozzarella bites, and black olives|
|Warmed ricotta cheese with berries (1 serving)|
Hope you enjoyed these snack ideas! Remember to try to make healthy snacking a priority. Whenever possible, choose foods with high protein, fiber, and good fats which will keep you fuller, longer and offer the slow burning fuel which give you the energy you need to keep you going all day long.
Happy Low Carbing Ya'll!
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