The more you can plan ahead and stock yourself with quick, convenient, low carb, real foods… the more consistently you will make good healthy snack choices. It’s kind of like prepping for school and work the night before… mornings go a lot better when we plan ahead! Make healthy living easy by stocking up on a handful of these low carb snacks for the week ahead:
Celery sticks with cream cheese, studded with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (if dairy free, choose natural peanut butter or almond butter and skip the seeds)
Guacamole with fresh vegetables or crispy cheese, salami or bacon
Guacamole served with crunchy fresh vegetables and/or a plate that could include the following as dipping elements: baked cheese slices or salami slices or bacon (all of these get deliciously crispy when baked!)
Pickles and cheese, meat or rotisserie chicken
Also: pickles. These are great and very satisfying, especially when paired with some hard cheese, cottage cheese, deli meat or a few nibbles of a rotisserie chicken you keep on hand in your fridge.
Ready-to-eat meats (whether you make them at home or a good deli/butcher does the heavy lifting)
In addition to a rotisserie chicken, having other ready-to-eat meats in the fridge (like a ham, roast beef, anything you prepped in a slow cooker, pulled pork, etc.) makes it so much easier to stick with a low carb lifestyle. Eat the meat cold, or drizzle olive oil, on it, add a pinch of sea salt & pepper, and throw it in the toaster oven for a quick meal or healthy low carb snack. Serve on a bed of greens, or straight up.
For the purse: pre-packed pouches of 1-2 oz. nuts + cheese stick
If you’re looking for something you can throw in your purse, take 5 minutes to pack several baggies with a modest handful of nuts, and keep cheese sticks or meat sticks on hand. These all make great on the go low carb snacks.
Fresh vegetables, washed and prepped
Stock up on some of the above items today (whatever appeals to your particular taste buds), AND wash and prep a large container of fresh vegetables to throw into quick salads or to add creatively to meals (raw, sautéed, roasted, steamed…).
Hard boiled eggs, half an avocado, a small can of tuna or sardines, olives…
This list could be endless. Comment below to share some of your favorite low carb snacks!!
Add a hot cup of… anything! Coffee, tea, lemon water, and especially BROTH!
A hot beverage makes any snack more satisfying. If hungry, I suggest eating a solid, whole food with the beverage.
Once you’re in the groove… it gets so much easier!! If you’re reading this article, you are probably doing the hard work of changing ingrained habits. That’s tough! Instead of grabbing whatever your go-to fix had been for quick energy or stress relief, you are now putting a lot of effort into reaching for something new. Reflect on where you are, envision where you want to be, and be gracious with yourself. Take at least one small step today to facilitate an easy, healthy and nutritious week for yourself.