In the previous Trip Fitness blog post, Zach provided his readers with a Low Carb Sample Diet that he uses as a guideline during his low carb time frame while following a carb cycling diet.
In this blog post, I want to help you out with your snack cravings. I have found snack cravings to be the most difficult part of low carb dieting and diets in general! Typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals are not too difficult to make, but I tend to find carbohydrate cravings haunting me around every corner.
If you are anything like I am, I tend to get bored (usually driving to sales calls or meetings) and want to revert back to my old carb indulgent tendencies throughout the day. During these times I tend to want the unhealthy snacks that I used to always grab, prior to monitoring my carb intake and following a weight loss diet.
Usually I would go to the pantry or into a convenience store (while I’m traveling) and go directly to the salty snacks and chocolate. Doritos, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, a Snickers Bar, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were my go-to snacks! They can also destroy any diet very quickly…
Now the tables have turned! Don’t get me wrong, I still love all of the junk food I just mentioned, but I consistently remind myself that I have worked far too hard to revert back! The 10 minutes of indulgence is not worth looking in the mirror and being disappointed with what I see. (I will still save a Reese’s for one of my cheat days/refeed periods…)
Your snack cravings will come. Your willpower will be tested to the max. They cravings may come frequently. They may haunt you and taunt you throughout the day. Just remember, you also have worked way too hard to allow the snack fairy to overpower and manipulate your mind. Stay strong! Just say no…
Make sure to track your snacks and daily diet in a Food Journal! Snack calories can add up quickly…
Here are my top 15, go-to low carb and healthy snacks:
- Almonds -(Try Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds to kick your chocolate craving)
- Dark Chocolate (88% Cocoa) (no sugar added) -(If you are craving chocolate, go to the grocery store, get a bar of natural dark chocolate (made with cocoa), break off a small piece and eat it in multiple, small bites.)
- Wonderful Pistachios -(Make sure to get them shelled. You cannot grab a handful of shelled Pistachios and shove them in your mouth. They take longer to eat, therefore limiting your intake)
- Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter and Celery Sticks -(I choose almond butter over peanut butter due to the fiber and essential fats in almond.)
- Lunch Meat Roll Ups -(Get some natural lunch meat, roll it up, possibly even put some cheese in the middle)
- Carrot Sticks or Sliced Bell Peppers and Hummus -(Cures that “something crunchy, something creamy” craving that you may have. This can be a higher carb snack depending on what route you go, but still very healthy. Just be aware of carb content.)
- Dill Pickles -(Everyone loves pickles… What? You don’t? How about Ham and Pickle rollups with cream cheese? Mmmmmm)
- Shrimp Cocktail -(Easy on the cocktail sauce)
- Sunflower Seeds -(Get them in the shell. It takes me back to my high school days of playing baseball. Plus they take longer to eat…)
- Sugar Free Jello w/ Real Heavy Whipping Cream -(This combination is a low carb delight! I love to eat it for a dessert!)
- Pepperoni -(You can zap them in the microwave and make “pepperoni chips”)
- Pork Skins, Hot N Spicy -I love spicy pork rinds to curb my chip craving!)
- Raw Veggies w/ Cream Cheese, Ranch, or Blue Cheese -(Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, etc…)
- Beef Jerky -(Be aware of higher sodium content. My local favorite anytime I am in Kentucky is Mingua Beef Jerky (Hot) which you can get on Amazon!)
- Deviled Eggs
If you have any of your own favorite snacks to add to this list, please use my contact page and let me know what I may have missed! I’m always looking for new ideas.
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