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Diet & Weight Management, Low-Carb Snacks | Kenya Laparoscopic Surgery Services

More Options Than You Think

Sometimes, the whole world of snacking seems to be based on the one thing you’re supposed to limit: refined carbs. Even the “healthier” packaged items, like granola bars, smoothies, and crackers, are full of them. If you look past the vending machine, though, you’ll find plenty of other tasty options, like these smart snacks. The best part? They’re as easy to toss together as they are delicious. 

Apples and Cheese

Sweet and salty flavors add up to a great snack. Pair a cup of apple slices with an ounce of mozzarella cheese for about  16 grams of carbs. The combination of protein, fat, and fiber makes it a filling and satisfying nosh.

Avocado on a Crisp

Avocados have a place in your diet outside the guacamole bowl. Mash 1/4 of a ripe avocado and spread it on 2 light rye crisps for a crunchy, creamy snack with about 29 grams of carbs, plus plenty of fiber and heart-healthy fat. It’s like a mini open-faced sandwich.

Yogurt and Cucumbers

Take your yogurt in a savory direction. Use a cup of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt as a creamy dip for 1 cup of refreshing cucumber spears. It adds up to12 grams of carbs and a mega dose (25 grams) of appetite-satisfying protein. It’s like a version of the famous Greek dish, tzatziki.

Turkey Roll-Ups

Deli turkey has uses beyond a sandwich filling. Lose the bread and roll up 1 ounce of sliced turkey in lettuce leaves with mustard. This light, crisp snack has 2.9 grams of carbs and will get you through the afternoon.

Cottage Cheese With Berries

Cheesecake doesn’t make for a healthy snack option, but you can mimic a little of the flavor in a healthier way. Pair a cup of low-fat cottage cheese with half a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries and a little of your favorite no-calorie sweetener. The result? A dessert-like snack with 17 grams of carbs.

Celery and Peanut Butter

Remember eating this snack with your homework after school? It’s still a good idea! Fill two medium celery stalks with 2 tablespoons of natural-style peanut butter for a nibble  that will take you back to your childhood, with only 10 grams of carbs.

Hummus and Red Bell Pepper Wedges

Though they’re often spotted together, hummus isn’t married to high-carb pita bread. Spread  1/4 cup of hummus onto wedges cut from one red bell pepper for a filling, tasty snack that has 16.4 grams of carbs.

Tuna-Stuffed Tomato

Get the health benefits from tuna without all the carbs that come with your typical tuna sandwich. Pack 3 ounces of canned tuna into a ripe tomato half for a hearty snack with only 3.5 grams of carbs.

Edamame

Also called steamed soybeans, edamame taste great, are full of fiber and protein, and have just 6.9 grams of carbs in a half cup of shelled edamame. They’re easy to make in your microwave, so keep a bag in your freezer.

Hardboiled Egg With a Kick

Hard-boiled eggs are the original grab-‘n’-go power snack. Cut one in half and spread on a little hot sauce (such as sriracha) to make it as full of flavor as it is of protein. That’s a zesty bite for less than 1 gram of carbs.

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