Low-carb snacks are best for preventing weight gain. About one-third of your daily energy comes from snacking (1). So, it is important to keep track of what and how much to consume when it comes to snacking.
Yes, snacking is an important part of socializing, but you must take care of your health and avoid consuming high-calorie and zero-nutrition snacks. Here are 20 low-carb, nutrient-dense snacks that are easily available and/or easy and quick to prepare. Read on and snack your way to good health. Swipe up!
Boil them, scramble them, flip them, poach them – just eat them. Eggs are packed with nutrition. A whole egg contains 68 calories, about 5.5 grams of protein, fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, and minerals (2). The yolk has a high amount of cholesterol, but avoiding it completely is not desirable unless your doctor recommends it. The yolk contains essential nutrients that help make your bones healthier (3).
Do not consume more than 3-4 eggs per week.
2. Spicy Almonds
A gram of almonds contains 5.8 calories, healthy fats, dietary fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals (4). Consuming almonds as a snack will not only keep the calories low and keep you full for a long duration but may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes type 2, oxidative stress, and inflammation (5).
Spicy almonds will satiate your taste buds and prevent you from consuming other carb-rich snacks that do nothing but harm your health.
3. Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate chia pudding tastes yummy, and you can make it in a jiffy. Chia seeds are also loaded with healthy fats that help reduce inflammation and inflammation-induced weight gain, increase insulin sensitivity, reduce hunger, and lower triglyceride levels (6).
All you have to do is add 4 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup of full-fat milk. Add dark chocolate powder, stir, and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours. You can add some banana slices and dark chocolate shavings right before consuming it.
4. Kale Chips
Want something crispy to eat along with black coffee or green tea? Opt for kale chips. While you do get kale chip bags in the supermarkets, we suggest you make them at home as you will be able to regulate the amount of salt and customize the flavors according to your taste. A serving of kale chips contains 50 calories and keeps you satiated for a long duration (7).
To make these, roughly chop 1 cup of kale, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and seasoning. Bake it at 200 o C, and your snack is ready.
5. Broccoli Fritters
Yes, broccoli can taste good as a snack if you know how to cook it! Broccoli needs no introduction as a healthy food. This storehouse of antioxidants and vitamins has been found to be effective against cancer (8). Broccoli stems and leaves have also been found to have anticancer properties (9).