First, watch Fat Head for some insight into why limiting your carbs (not low-carb, just lower than 50% of your calories from carbs - I am for 40% from carbs, 30% from fat, 30% from protein) can be very important to your health, especially heart health.
As for low(er) carb snacks:
2 sticks light string cheese plus 1 medium apple: 193 calories, 23g carbs, 5g fat, 11g protein 3 oz shredded chicken breast with 1T mayo, 2T 0% greek yogurt, and some yellow mustard, packed into half a yellow bell pepper: 234 calories, 7g carbs, 13g fat, 22g protein 1/2 c. 0% plain greek yogurt, 1 tsp sugar, splash of vanilla, and 1/2 oz roasted almonds, coarsely chopped: 150 calories, 12g carbs, 7g fat, 13g protein
There are two keys to lower-carb snacks. First, think protein. Base your snack on a strong source of protein, like cottage cheese, greek yogurt, shredded chicken, or low-fat cheese. The second is to think about the source of your carbs. Do you want to "spend" those carbs on something with very little impact, like sugar, or would you rather get something big and beefy for your trouble, like that half a bell pepper or the apple? Sometimes, I choose the sugar - I can't do unsweetened yogurt straight up, so I mix in a little sugar. Usually, though, I choose the direct source like the veggie, fruit, or milk.
The other trick I use is to make use of "sweet" spices like vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Just adding these flavors helps trick your taste buds into thinking you're eating something sweet, when really there's very little added sugar.
Thinking outside the box of sandwiches and crackers can also help you come up with your own lower-carb snacks. If you like the innards of a sandwich, try stuffed into lettuce or half a pepper. If you really want that bread, what about an open-faced sandwich? Would cucumbers give you the same crunch you're looking for in a cracker, or do you really want that cracker-y flavor and would rather just try something like a Triscuit that's 100% whole-grain?
One-half cup of blackberries contains 7g of carbs. One-half cup of raspberries contains 7.5g of carbs. One-half cup of cherries contains 11g of carbs. One-half cup of sliced cucumber contains 2g of carbs. Two medium stalks of celery contains 2.5g of carbs. One-half cup of raw sliced white mushrooms contains 2g of carbs. One-half cup of cooked turnips contains 4g of carbs One cup of shredded romaine lettuce contains 1.5g of carbs. One-half cup of sliced green peppers contains 2g of carbs. One-half Avocado with stuffed crabmeat 4 ounces crabmeat with mayo on a bed of lettuce about 6 carbs One-half cup of cooked green beans contains 5g of carbs. 3 graham cracker squares to get 15-20 g of carbs. 3 cups of air-popped popcorn about 18 carbs
I've been trying 1oz of dark chocolate once daily for a snack. Yum.
5/18/13 4:18 P
Thanks guys for the great advice
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Have you updated your goal since losing the weight? Sparkpeople doesn't adjust automatically. While too many carbs aren't good for you, if you're still eating below your maintenance range, you should still be losing weight.
What's your current calorie range, and what are you eating each day? Are you weighing and measuring your food, or eyeballing it? How much are you burning through exercise, and have you changed thing up recently?
SP has a great series on plateau busting, and it doesn't mention cutting carbs. :)
Look for carb choices that include fiber. You might think about having a little protein with each snack, also. Here's a few ideas:
1/2 c. shelled edamame beans (15 g. carbs, 7 fiber) 1 small apple with 2T peanut butter (20g. carb, 4.5 fiber, 5g protein) 1 c. raw carrots and 4 oz. cottage cheese (14g carb, 2 fiber, 12 protein) 3/4sliced strawberries and 6 oz. plain nonfat greek yogurt (16g carb, 2.5 fiber, 18g protein) 1/2 c. Jello sugar-free pudding (any flavor) and 1/2 small banana (26 carb, 2.3 fiber 2.5 pro
There may be a slideshow somewhere on the Spark People website. But another option is looking at any diabetic website. I know you are not diabetic, but diabetics have to watch their carbs very carefully and you might get more low carb snack ideas there.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Edited by: TRAILBLAZER6 at: 5/17/2013 (21:05)
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ham and cheese pinwheels. Roll a slice of deli ham and a slice of cheese together, then slice into pinwheels and dip in mustard.
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Beef jerkey, carb conscious protein bars, protein shakes, Greek yogurt, hardboiled egg whites. These are some of my favorite :)
5/17/13 8:30 P
I normally stay withing my calorie range but always seem to go above my carb intake. SP suggests 150-273 per day and I believe this is the cause I have plateaued. Please I really need to know whether my carb requirements are too high and some low carb snack ideas
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