Like most people, when I'm hungry and need a snack, I grab a cookie, candy bar, chips or popcorn. Who wouldn’t want to have them to snack on? Well, I have decided that it’s time to change up my routine. Of course, in order to maintain or lose weight it’s all about moderation. But why not give up some of your favorites for a healthier option? Of course, I will take at least one day a week and splurge on something that I enjoy to eat. Why deprive yourself of your guilty favorites? I have listed just a few low-carb snacks ideas that you can have at home or work... try working these into your snack rotation!
1. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups
Cut one part-skim mozzarella cheese stick in half lengthwise. Roll about 1 ounce of sliced roasted turkey breast around half of a part skim mozzarella cheese stick and repeat with the remaining cheese and turkey to make a total of two roll-ups. *Each serving contains: 3.5 grams carbohydrates, 0.3 gram fiber, 144 calories, 17 grams protein, 6.6 grams fat, and 3.8 grams saturated fat.
2. Side Salad Topped with a Hard-Boiled Egg or Avocado
Top a typical side salad with a hard-boiled egg or 1/4 chopped avocado, drizzle with a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1-2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar or 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette. So tasty! *Each serving (with egg) contains: 3 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 146 calories, 11 grams protein, 10 grams fat, and 3 grams saturated fat. *Each serving (with avocado) contains: 6 grams carbohydrates, 4.4 grams fiber, 120 calories, 4 grams protein, 9 grams fat, and 2 grams saturated fat.
3. Large Artichoke
Cut artichoke in half (from the stem to the tip) and cut out the inedible thistle part of the center of the artichoke. Place in microwave-safe, covered container with 1/2 cup water and cook on high until tender throughout (about 6 minutes for one artichoke or 10 minutes for two). Enjoy with lemon juice or 2 teaspoons of canola oil or olive oil mayonnaise. This is one of my favorite fall treats! *Each serving (with lemon juice) contains: 17 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fiber, 76 calories, 5.5 grams protein, .2 gram fat, and .01 gram saturated fat. Did you see that? Less than one gram of fat! *Each serving (with mayonnaise) contains: 17 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fiber, 106 calories, 5.5 grams protein, 3 grams fat, and 0.1 gram saturated fat.