It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and you had a great lunch packed with vegetables, lean proteins and you even topped it off with a dessert of berry salad. But that was almost 2 hours ago and now your stomach won’t stop yelling at you to “feed me”…what to do? Well when hunger strikes and you feel powerless to ignore it…DON’T. Rather than starving yourself, pack a late afternoon snack using no carb foods.
Keep reading to find the perfect no carb foods for snack time!
While a no carb diet isn’t something we here at TFLA recommend, snacks are a great time to indulge in no carb foods. Since snacks are, by definition, something that occurs between meals, we can assume you received an appropriate amount of carbs during those meals. When you need a snack to get you through the rest of the day, don’t pile up on carbs again.
Water, water, water. It’s all any health guru or wannabe guru can talk about, and for good reason. While these professional dieters may not know everything, they do have it right when it comes to the clear stuff. Water is a necessary part of ANY healthy diet. Water keeps you hydrated, which helps keeps your muscles in proper working condition. Water helps with digestion also, so remember that after a day of indulging in junk.
Most important of all, water is the number one no carb food. Ok, water is a no carb drink officially, but when hunger pangs arise it may as well be food. When you feel hungry shortly after eating, try drinking a glass of water to satisfy that hunger instead of making a beeline straight for the calorie-laden way to satisfy your tummy.
Although non-processed meats are considered no carb foods, I don’t think spareribs or top sirloin is an appropriate snack. However if you are looking for some quite delicious and awfully healthy no carb recipes, click HERE! If you do choose to eat just meat for a snack, it should be grilled or baked to reduce the fat content.
Although you may be tempted to break out a can of beans to snack on, you should resist that urge. While beans and legumes have plenty of nutritional value, they also have plenty of carbs. This doesn’t mean that lentils or chickpeas shouldn’t make their way into your diet, it just means beans are not considered no carb foods.
Nuts are the forgotten cousin in the meat family. Everyone remembers lamb and beans and beef, but poor nuts always go unmentioned even though there are a few that could satisfy your hunger with practically no carbs! Every 2 tablespoons of almonds, coconuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, or pecans contains less than 2 grams of carbohydrates. Considering nuts are packed with proteins, 2 tablespoons should be plenty to trick your belly out of over-indulging.
When it comes to no carb foods to snack on, it doesn’t get better or more plentiful than the produce section. Sure, some vegetables are incredibly starchy with high carb counts, but there are enough non-starchy veggies to get you through the day without a carb overload.
Next time you start daydreaming about salty potato chips (a 1/2 cup of non-fried potatoes has 14g of carbs!), reach for something you can eat like chips such as squash, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers or celery. If you stopped caring about potato chips a long time ago (good job, by the way), you can choose to munch on leafy greens like bok choy, cabbage or spinach, which have less than 1g of carbohydrates per 1/2 cup serving.
If you’re sick of traditional salads like many people, it’s time to get creative. Mix your veggies to create a trail mix of vegetables. Mix and match your favorite no carb foods to create healthy snacks that help you stick to your weight loss plan.
There are a few no carb foods in the cheese section, but what they lack in carbohydrates they make up for in calories. For example you can eat up to a cup of shredded Gruyere cheese and consume no carbs whatsoever, but you will have consumed 446 calories on a snack! Does that sound like the path to a slimmer you?
Other cheeses that are considered no carb foods include cheddar, muenster (no carbs, 103 calories per slice), fontina (no carbs, 109 calories per slice), and monterey (no carbs, 104 calories per slice). Unless a simple slice of cheese is going to satisfy your hunger until the next meal, cheese is the perfect example of no carb foods to avoid during snack time.
When it comes to healthy snacks, fruit usually tops the list. They’re sweet, tasty, and provide lots of nutrients your body needs. Unfortunately when we talk of no carb foods, there’s very little to say about fruit. Fruits with less than 2 grams of carbohydrates per 1/4 cup include coconuts, and cranberries, and one stalk of rhubarb has just 2 grams of carbs.
Finding no carb foods to snack on between meals can be difficult, but not impossible. Simply find a few no carb foods you actually like from the sections above, and pack them with your lunch for those late afternoon cravings. By being prepared to fight hunger when it arises, you’re more likely to use the right tools to fight them.