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No Bread Needed: 22 Low-Carb Snack Ideas

Dec 4 2014 - 4:33pm

Whether you're looking to balance out all those rich holiday meals or shed a few pounds [1] in the new year, try snacking on some of these low-carb snacks throughout the day. Easy to make, many of these are also high in good-for-you nutrients like antioxidants, protein, and fiber.

Brussels Sprouts Chips

Craving carb-heavy potato chips? Opt for our roasted brussels sprouts chips [2] instead. High in fiber and low in calories, they only take 10 minutes to make!

Carbs per serving: 4 grams

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather

If you're craving something sweet and fruity without any added sugar, whip up a batch of strawberry fruit leather [3]. Keep these in your gym bag or purse for those times when you're on the go.

Carbs per serving: 4 grams

Meatballs

For an easy snack, make this Paleo meatball recipe [4] ahead of time, and pop them in your fridge or freezer for easy prep when cravings strike.

Carbs per serving: 3 grams

Vegetable Chard Wraps

If you are craving something crunchy and spicy but don't want to load up on some serious chip-and-salsa calories, try these refreshing, cooling vegetable chard wraps [5]. Please your palate with a rainbow of phytonutrients as well as a zingy dipping sauce that transforms these raw veggies into a scrumptious snack.

Carbs per serving: 7 grams

Prosciutto and Melon

The sweet and savory combination of honeydew wrapped in prosciutto can't be beat! Expect lots of vitamin C from the melon and a good amount of protein from the prosciutto.

Carbs per serving [6]: 11 grams

Go Nuts

Low carb or not, nuts make a great afternoon snack. They're a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. And when it comes to nutritional benefits, you can't beat almonds, which also contain a good amount of calcium and iron [7] when compared to other nuts.

Carbs per quarter-cup serving of almonds: 5 grams

Tuna Salad on Tomato

When you're watching your carb counts, bread can be a major culprit. But bread doesn't have to be the only thing to build a sandwich on. The next time you whip yourself up a light tuna salad [8], serve it on tomatoes or cucumbers. Tuna is packed with protein and iron, and the veggies will give the snack added vitamins and nutrients.

Carbs per serving [9]: 2 grams

Avocado With Sunflower Seeds

Avocados are a creamy snack that are good on their own, but a sprinkling of sunflower seeds give them an even healthier boost. The combination of avocado and sunflower seeds [10] brings the body a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins E and K, and potassium. You also get a little bit of protein, too.

Carbs per serving: 10 grams

Cucumbers With Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip

Skip the processed powder and chop up chives, parsley, and garlic for our cucumbers with ranch Greek yogurt dip [11]. There is so much flavor packed in these fresh herbs, only a little salt is needed.

Carbs per serving: 10 grams

Beef Jerky

Whenever possible, make your own jerky [12], but if that's out of the question, look for an all-natural, organic jerky that's made without preservatives or MSG and is relatively low in sugar and sodium. In general, jerky is a low-fat, low-cal, and low-carb food and is a great source of iron and protein.

Carbs per serving [13]: 3 grams

Caprese Salad

When the heat starts to pick up in the Summer, nothing beats a caprese salad [14]. Simple to make, you only need a few ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. And the fresher the better! If you're worried about calories, opt for a part-skim mozzarella, which still tastes satisfying.

Carbs per serving [15]: 9 grams

Cottage Cheese With Berries

When you're watching carbs, the combination of cottage cheese and berries is always a big win. Berries of all sorts are low in calories and high in antioxidants, vitamins, and lutein [16].

Carbs per serving [17]: 10 grams

Vegan Cucumber Tofu Rolls

Get yourself a crisp, protein-filled snack with these cucumber tofu rolls [18]. Make a batch ahead to enjoy throughout the week — you definitely will not miss the bread.

Carbs per serving: 10 grams

Kale Chips

Light, crispy, and delicious, baked kale chips [19] are loaded with vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. They also won't last long — make sure to make a a few batches!

Carbs per serving: 11 grams

Asparagus and Salmon Bundles

When you need a low-carb snack with a bit of a sophisticated edge, make our asparagus and salmon bundles [20]. Don't let looks fool you; these are beyond simple to make.

Carbs per serving: 5 grams

Greek Salad Bites

Salad is even more appetizing — and fun! — to eat when it's served on a stick. These Greek salad bites [21] are a cinch to prepare and will make a great appetizer for your next dinner party.

Carbs per serving [22]: 3 grams

Roasted Edamame

A crunchy snack of roasted edamame [23] will satisfy salt cravings while also upping your protein for the day. It's a great alternative to carb-heavy potato chips.

Carbs per serving: 11 grams

Cucumber Cups With Spicy Tapenade

For something cool, light, and refreshing, try these cucumber cups with spicy tapenade [24]. If tapenade isn't you're thing, serve these low-carb cucumber cups alongside your favorite dip.

Carbs per serving: 11 grams

Seaweed Chips

There is so much goodness packed into this portable snack. These seaweed chips [25] are cholesterol free and high in vitamin A, and a single serving is only 42 calories.

Carbs per serving: 3 grams

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Protein-packed coconut shrimp [26] get a healthy makeover in this recipe where a deep fryer is not at all needed!

Carbs per serving: 13 grams

Babaganoush

If you love Middle Eastern food, head immediately to your kitchen and make our babaganoush [27]. Good as a spread, it can be served alongside fresh veggies to keep carb counts down.

Carbs per serving: 9 grams

Bacon and Brussels Skewers

It really doesn't get much better than bacon and brussels sprouts — especially for anyone in your life who follows the Paleo diet. This recipe could not be more simple to make, which means it should be a regular addition to your party-appetizer routine.

Carbs per serving: 3 grams


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