One of the early challenges for me when moving to slow carb was finding good slow carb snacks. After some trial and error I’ve found quite a few items that help me avoid the carb temptation.
I was lucky enough to find Duke’s Sausage Sticks at my office’s snack store. Most commercial jerky and a lot of meat sticks have loads of added sugar, but 1 serving of Duke’s weighs in at 1g carb, and 6g protein. They have a lot of flavor varieties, my favorites being Hatch Green Chili and Hot & Spicy.
Almonds are on the slow carb snacks, “don’t over-do it”, list but I make sure I always have a bag around to much on. Each serving of almonds has 5g carbs, 6g of protein 3g fiber.
I have a distrust of any sweetener that doesn’t have carbs. So as I was trying to figure out how to make my unsweetened protein powder not taste like garbage I happened to read the back of the bin I bought and found, “Great in soups”. I had a batch of turkey bone broth in my fridge from the Thanksgiving bird, so I mixed it up and gave it a shot. It’s really not bad! I wouldn’t go out of my way to add it to a soup, but it really curbs my between meal hunger in a more significant way than any other snack I’ve tried.
If you don’t mind stevia, Ascent Protein Powder comes highly recommended.
Some seaweed snacks I’ve tried were a little on the fishy side, but Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks are light, clean, crispy, and perfectly seasoned. If you’re unfamiliar with nori, it’s the seaweed wrap they use in making sushi rolls. It tastes slightly of the ocean, in the best way possible. 2g carb, 1g fiber, 1g protein per 10 sheet serving.
These olives are < 1g of carbs per serving, and around 0.4g of fiber. I find that olives are one of the snacks that really help curb my hunger. While I could eat olives all day, I can more easily stop after 4 – 5 big olives than 4 – 5 almonds.
Slow Carb Snacks Thoughts
Drink water. Before you reach for a snack, drink a cup of water. It will aide in digestion as well as cut back on the total amount you eat.
In my experience, mixing and matching snacks more quickly satiates hunger than eating lots of one type of snack. For example, 5 almonds, 4 olives, and 1 beef stick would be better than 10 olives or 3 beef sticks.
If you find yourself constantly looking for snacks as I had been, check out my article on intermittent fasting. It’s really helped me reduce the number of times I crave and seek food.