Low Carb Snacks

Midday snacking at work, home or school can be a danger zone, especially if you are striving to keep your intake of carbs down. You can avoid those carb-heavy chips, cookies and crackers by keeping a ready supply of tasty low carb snacks that are high in protein, healthy fats and fiber. Read on for some super simple snack ideas. Even better, print out the following list and recipes and keep it handy so you are never at a loss for healthy low carb nibbles.

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Quick and easy low carb snacks

  • Pork rinds or pork skins
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Olives
  • Mini-meatballs with marinara dipping sauce
  • Avocados, cucumbers, and tomatoes topped with shredded cheese
  • Grilled mushrooms spread with cream cheese
  • Unsalted, unglazed nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc)
  • Lunchmeat slices rolled with cheese slices
  • Drained and rinsed garbanzo beans tossed with bacon bits
  • Small cubes of cheese
  • Hummus and pita chip bread
  • Protein bars
  • A small square of dark chocolate
  • Low-sugar fruit popsicles or homemade fruit popsicles

low carb Snack Recipes

 

Spicy Tropical Snack Mix

Makes 8 servings

 

Ingredients:
1 cup Goldfish crackers or oyster crackers
1 cup unsalted pecans, macadamia nuts or almonds
1/4 cup mixed dried tropical fruit and/or dried cranberries or raisins
Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
Black pepper to taste

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine crackers, nuts and fruit on a large baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and toss with herbs and spices.

 

2. Bake 15 minutes or until dry and crunchy. Stir mixture about 7 minutes. Let cool before storing or eating.

 

Garbanzo Snacks

Makes 4 servings

 

Ingredients:
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained and dried
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon chili powder (or more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
A few drops of hot sauce
Salt to taste

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place beans in a large skillet and coat with cooking spray. Heat beans until lightly browned, stirring often, for about 10 minutes.

 

2. Combine remaining ingredients and toss with beans in pan. Spread mixture on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until they are crispy. Let cool before storing or eating.

 

Vegetable Chips

Makes 8 servings

 

Ingredients:
2 pounds of sliced thinly, peeled mixed vegetables, such as potatoes or sweet potatoes, carrots, eggplant, squash, mushrooms, corn kernels, leeks, sliced Brussels sprouts, etc.
Salt
Cooking spray

 

Directions:
1. Sprinkle vegetables with salt and lay on paper towels, allowing most of the moisture to be released, about 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse salt from vegetables and dry on paper towels.

 

2. Place vegetables on a microwave-safe dish in one layer. Spray vegetables with cooking spray and microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes or until crispy. Vegetables will become crisper as they cool, so be sure not to overcook. Vegetables with more moisture will take longer to dry.

 

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Comments on "Low carb snacks made quick and easy"

Eva 132 February 23, 2009 | 7:36 PM

I don't realy like these recipes anyway. You can just take the recipes you already know, and replace some of the ingredients to make it better for you. It tastes good and your saving carbs, fat, and calories. And these websites arn't always accurate!:)

Emily September 10, 2008 | 1:43 PM

How are goldfish crackers low carb?!

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