Here are some delicious snacks that are low in carbohydrates and fits perfectly in your diet plan.
A low-carb diet basically means eating lean meats, eggs, plenty of leafy and non-starchy vegetables, berries, cheese, and a certain amount of whole grains.
It is also about eliminating potatoes, starchy pastas and breads, or any food made of refined flour and sugar.
The main trouble with this kind of diet, however, is to find different snacks that are readily available, since most conventional snacks are loaded with sugar and starch. Here are a few recipes that you can prepare to fight those hunger pangs.
Hot 'n' Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms
3 (8 oz.) packets of button mushrooms
1 lb bulk sausage
1 (8 oz. packet) cream cheese
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 teaspoon, red pepper (crushed)
Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. Put cooling racks in a large-sized baking pan.
Place the mushrooms tightly together on the racks.
Brown the garlic and sausages in a skillet, and drain the extra fat.
Then, add the cream cheese and red pepper, and cook on low heat, stirring continuously until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat.
Stuff the mushrooms with this mixture using a small spoon, then place the stuffed mushrooms in a preheated oven and bake at 350 ºF for about 15 minutes. Serve hot.
6 cups, yogurt (vanilla flavored)
4 granola bars, (cinnamon, peanut butter, or oats-n-honey)
1/2 cup, nuts-hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts (toasted and chopped)
1/4 quart, strawberries (hulled and sliced)
Put the yogurt in a bowl. Crush the granola bars and add it and the nuts to the yogurt.
Stir it all well so that all the ingredients are combined and then put this mixture into cups.
Use the strawberries as garnish and serve.
Fishy Deviled Eggs
6 eggs (hard-boiled and cut into halves with the yolks removed)
1/3 cup, fish, any type you like (already prepared)
1/4 cup, mayonnaise
1/4 cup, sour cream
1 tablespoon, dill (chopped)
Salt and pepper, according to taste
Sprigs of dill, for the garnish
Mix the prepared fish, cooked yolks, chopped dill, sour cream, mayonnaise, pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
Then, spoon this mixture into the hollow egg whites.
Garnish these with sprigs of fresh dill and caviar.
Cheesy Turkey Tacos
1 lb ground turkey
3 cups, blended cheese (chopped into shreds)
1 (1.25 oz.) packet taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup, water
2 cups, lettuce (shredded)
1/2 cup, low-carb taco sauce or salsa
Take a non-stick frying pan, cover the bottom with half a cup of the blended cheese, and fry until it becomes light brown on one side.
Drain the excess fat.
Use a large spatula to turn it over and cook until it becomes light brown in color on the other side too, and then drain off the excess fat.
Then, removing it from the skillet, place it over a wooden dowel that is 1-inch in width that is suspended between two large sized cans, placing paper towel under them in order to catch the excess fat that drains off.
Repeat this process three times, and reserve the cheese that is left over.
Let the shells cool until they harden.
In the meantime, cook the ground turkey in a non-stick skillet until it browns, drain off the excess fat, and then, add the seasoning mix, and mix it in well.
Add some water and bring it to a boil.
Then, reduce the heat, cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Fill the cheese shells with the taco meat and the lettuce.
And then top each of the tacos with some of the taco sauce and the rest of the cheese.
Quick and Easy Ideas for Low-Carb Snacks
Apart from the mentioned low-carb snack recipes, it is also a good idea to have a few quick snacks around, which can be real life savers:
Sticks of celery with cream cheese spread on them.
Various nut butters, free of sugar.
Boil some eggs and keep them around for when you feel sudden hunger pangs.
Cheese cubes are a great accompaniment with just about anything, and yummy by themselves.
Guacamole, olives, pre-cooked or leftover meats.
Toasted low-carb nuts such as pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds.
Grilled mushrooms after topping them with mornay sauce or cheese.
Various types of roll ups: for example, you could use slices of cheese, cabbage leaves that are lightly steamed, grilled slices of eggplant, lettuce leaves and fill them up with any low-carb filling you like and roll them up.
Grate your favorite cheese and use it for stuffing vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocados, and refrigerate and slice. You could also grill them up.
Create an antipasto platter made up of low carb delicacies and store in the refrigerator for a quick snack when you feel the urge to.