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?
Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.
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