Low Carb Snacks

Low carb snacks such as pumpkin seeds are kinder to blood sugar levels
Low carb snacks such as pumpkin seeds are kinder to blood sugar levels

Low carb snack ideas to get you through the day. These low carbohydrate snacks are much healthier than crisps and biscuits, and are, of course, kinder to blood sugar levels.

Raw vegetables

Raw vegetables are relatively low carb and are as healthy a snack you can get.

The other advantage is that they make for a very quick and easy snack to prepare.

Examples include:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Chopped pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
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Nuts

One of the most popular low carb snacks are nuts.

Nuts are rich in calories so are good for providing energy, though just a word of caution if you are watching your calorie intake.

If you want to be kind to your heart, you may want to avoid the salted varieties of nuts.

Tzatziki

This Greek favourite is a delicious snack needing little more than natural yoghurt, cucumber, olive oil and garlic.

Low carb hummus

Hummus is quite a good low carb choice in itself but if you wish for lower carbohydrate content then you can replace some of the chick peas with avocado.

Deli meats

A good cut of ham or slices of chicken make for a satisfying snack.

Enjoy either with mustard or a non-sugary sauce of your choice.

Cheese and apple slices

Apple may not be particularly low carb but half an apple’s worth of apple slices with cheese should have a relatively benign effect on blood sugar levels.

People with type 1 diabetes may find they need to inject a small amount though.

Transcript

Low carb snacks are often sought by people with diabetes who need some energy but without the carbohydrate hit. Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Probably the healthiest option, raw vegetables make for a simple and often quite filling snack. Crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery and pepper are good picks.
  • Nuts are a popular snack amongst people with diabetes, providing a good dose of energy. Unsalted nuts are best to ensure the recommended daily salt intake is not exceeded.
  • A few cuts of chicken, turkey, ham or a boiled egg can make a good snack. Protein is broken down into energy slower than carbohydrate and so provide a longer lasting energy fix than carb based foods.
  • Cheese being primarily based on fat has a minimal effect on blood sugar levels and makes for a good low carb snack.
  • Low carb dips are another good snack option. They can of course be eaten with crackers or, to keep the carbs lower, with vegetables like celery. Some favourite choices are tzatziki, avocado based hummus and cottage cheese with radish and dill.

Cottage cheese dip

Cottage cheese dip with radish and dill makes for a nice snack. Enjoy with raw vegetables or low carb crackers.

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