Doc made an appointment for me last month to see a nutritionist, who then put me on a low-carb food plan. Can’t have no more than 30 carbs at breakfast, 30-45 carbs at lunch and the same at dinner. I can also have two snacks per day, but they can only be 15 carbs each.
Yeah, I know. 15 carbs isn’t a lot. For example, the average bagel (a snack I used to eat quite a lot ) has 48 grams of carbs. One bagel is more than I can currently have for both snacks.
So I went on the hunt for low-carb snacks.
Here are five that I found:
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 carbohydrate, 0.3 gram fiber, 144 calories, 17 grams protein, 6.6 grams fat, 3.8 grams saturated fat.
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.
Each serving (with egg) contains: 3 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 146 calories, 11 grams protein, 10 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat
Each serving (with avocado) contains: 6 grams carbohydrate, 4.4 grams fiber, 120 calories, 4 grams protein, 9 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat
Peanut Butter & Celery Sticks
Serve 3 celery stalks with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter.
Each serving contains: 8.5 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 208 calories, 7 grams protein, 16 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat
A Handful of Nuts
A handful, depending on the size of the hand, can be the ideal snack portion: a quarter cup. You can keep roasted, unsalted mixed nuts on hand or choose any variation of nuts.
Each serving (1/4 cup roasted almonds) contains: 6.7 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 205 calories, 9.5 grams protein, 18 grams fat, 1.4 grams saturated fat
Carrot Sticks and Hummus
Cut one large carrot into sticks or coins and serve with 1/4-cup hummus.
Each serving contains: 15.8 grams carbohydrate, 5.8 grams fiber, 133 calories, 6 grams protein, 6 grams fat, 0.9 grams saturated fat
I forgot to add that I’ve also lowered my cholesterol significantly and my blood pressure has also gone down since starting this food and walking plan. And I feel better too!
If you’re thinking about eating healthier and exercising more, I highly recommend it. As I stated in a previous post, I still have a loooong way to go weight-wise, but if I can do it (lazy as I am most times) anyone can! Don’t be like me and have to be scared straight into eating better and exercising more by the threat of a diabetes diagnosis. Do it.