5 Low Carb Treats You Can Buy
The best part about low-carb eating is that due to its popularity there is a boatload of snacks and treats that have hit the shelve in the last few years. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a boring trudge of salads and self-denial. Sometimes you just need a quick snack to keep you going, a bite of something sweet to take the edge off, or even an after-dinner treat. These snacks are so low-carb compliant, you can almost eat them guilt-free!
What To Watch Out For
It’s important to note that while low-carb eating has sparked the creation of a lot of innovative products that not all that glitters is gold. When you visit your local grocery store, we still recommend looking at nutritional labels for hidden carbs, sugars (or sugar substitutes you want to avoid), and allergy information. Just because something has cauliflower in it, it doesn’t make it healthy. The following snacks are vetted, tried, and true fan favorites.
This is a delicious snack that has been gaining popularity in the last years as low-carb eating has become more mainstream. The unfamiliar name may scare some people off, but if you like beef jerky, but want to avoid all of the extra processed ingredients many jerky brands have, biltong has your name written all over it.
Originating from South Africa, this meaty treat is traditionally made with very few ingredients. The protein can vary, but usually, the recipe is simply meat, salt, vinegar, black pepper, and coriander. Unlike beef jerky, biltong is less processed and has fewer secondary ingredients like sugar or soy added to the final product. And whereas jerky is often smoked, biltong is brined and then hung up to dry, so it takes a little longer to make.
However, the final product is a bag full of deliciously spiced and flavored meat with an incredibly low carb count (lower than most jerky).
Olive Snack Packs
Olives are included in most snack lists, no matter what the diet. They’re briny, heart-healthy snacks that fit the requirements of most ways of eating. Olives are high in antioxidants which aid in the prevention of chronic diseases and help fight against LDL cholesterol from building up.
Other than being low calorie and low carb, olives are just tasty! These days most grocery stores carry snack-pack-style olives in a variety of different brands. From cured black olives to zesty kalamata and even green marinated in seasonings like garlic and chilis, olive snack packs are one of our top picks when it comes to on-the-go, low-carb munching.
Quest Protein Chips
There are several brands of low-carb chips, ranging from meat chips, pickle chips, and beyond. However, there’s one chip at the top of our list that truly satisfies that potato chip craving like no other, and that’s Quest Protein Chips. These crispy, protein-packed snacks reign supreme because they’re delicious, low calorie, low carb, low sugar and come in a variety of flavors from more traditional flavors like Nacho Cheese to something with a little kick like Spicy Sweet Chili. Perfect for dipping in hummus or eating with your favorite cheese, Quest Protein Chips leave you feeling full (thanks protein!) and tide you over until your next meal.
If you’re looking for a different sort of crunch, look no further than a pack of seaweed snacks. Made popular in Korean cuisine, these crispy, flaky little sheets of dried seaweed are very nutritious, with healthy amounts of riboflavin, thiamin, iron, manganese, and copper. They’re also very low carb and low calorie.
They’ve grown in popularity all over the world, and the U.S. is no different. The best part is that they come in many different flavors like wasabi and teriyaki, to more seafood leaning flavors like shrimp. Additionally, they make other food taste any better. Use them as a scoop for cauliflower fried rice, or with your favorite sashimi and fulfill your Asian-food cravings!
Rebel Ice Cream
Oh ice cream, how we love thee. Did you know that ice cream is still on the table while eating low carb? One of the most popular brands, Rebel, has a huge selection of flavors and is oh-so-creamy. Rebel ice cream is not only low carb, but also high fat, and doesn’t have any added sugar making it ideal for hitting those macros with an icy cool treat at the end of the day (or any time, really).
Two-thirds of a cup will only set you back around 190 calories and has 11 grams of fat with between 4-7 grams of carb. If you’re an ice cream lover and just gotta have your fix, then Rebel has you covered.
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