I Lost 15 Pounds, and These Are the Low-Carb Snacks I Reach For When I'm Hungry
I'm like a soccer mom: I always have snacks on me. And as much as I like sticking to three solid meals a day, I still sometimes get hunger pangs during those awkward times during a long day. Rather than be tempted by the vending machine or candy jar, I'm always prepared with these go-tos. I've lost 15 pounds since January, and keeping my body fueled without depriving myself has been a major secret to my success.
Since I have PCOS and should stick to a pretty low-carb diet to keep my blood sugar stable, all these selections have 13 grams of net carbs or fewer. If you're following a low-carb diet or just looking for a tasty snack that won't mess with your blood sugar levels, order one of these six picks. The best part? They are all on Amazon.
Blue Diamond Bold Habanero BBQ Almonds
BBQ potato chips are one of my biggest weaknesses. And since those tend to be packed with carbs and empty calories, I've found a healthier alternative with Blue Diamond Bold Habanero BBQ Almonds ($24 for a pack of three). With just two grams of net carbs per serving (five grams carbs total), these satisfy my salty snack cravings with the healthy fats of almonds.
Country Archer Jalapeño Beef Jerky Sticks
I love spicy food, and these Country Archer Jalapeño Beef Jerky Sticks ($14 for an eight-count) have a kick while also packing a punch of protein. Each stick has only one gram of carbs, which means it's the perfect snack for people who are keto or super low-carb.
One Protein Bar in Birthday Cake
On mornings I don't have time to make my 400-calorie weight-loss smoothie, I grab a One Protein Bar in Birthday Cake ($24 for 12) for breakfast. But it's not just a meal replacement; if I have had a particularly tough workout and need a protein-packed pick-me-up, I reach for one in the afternoon. Each bar has 13 grams of net carbs (22 grams of total carbs) and 20 grams of protein to keep you satisfied.
Blue Diamond Bold Salt 'n' Vinegar Almonds
The only thing that tempts me more than BBQ potato chips is salt 'n' vinegar potato chips — the cafe downstairs from my office stocks them, and I'm always tempted to buy a bag. No more with these Blue Diamond Bold Salt 'n' Vinegar Almonds ($8 for one 16-ounce bag). They pack a flavorful punch that rivals my favorite chips, and the healthy fats from the almonds keep me satisfied. Plus, they are only two grams of net carbs (five grams of carbs total) per serving.
Epic BBQ Pork Rinds
OK, so pork rinds aren't exactly healthy, but hear me out: with zero grams of carbs per serving, Epic BBQ Pork Rinds ($10 for a two-pack) are an on-plan option if you're following keto. I like these in moderation when I'm craving something salty and crunchy (like chips) and almonds won't do. Texas BBQ adds a nice touch of flavor to these no-carb crunchies.
Justin's Cinnamon Almond Butter Packs
When I'm craving something on the sweeter side, I reach for Justin's Cinnamon Almond Butter Packs ($12 for a 10-pack). I eat it straight out of the pack or spread it on apple slices, which of course ups the carb intake, but complex carbs and fiber mixed with healthy fats and protein, like in this nut butter, will keep you feeling satiated and your blood sugar stable. Each pack has six grams of net carbs and eight grams total carbs.