Starting a low carb diet does not necessarily mean that you have to eliminate snack times, only that you need to be smart about what you eat and choose foods that will keep you on the path to achieving your goals (weather that’s weight loss, control over your blood glucose levels, reducing your blood pressure etc). Low carb snacks can be quick, easy to make and tasty. Next time you are feeling mildly peckish, try one of these delicious alternatives to tantalise your palate and keep you full until your next meal
The power of eggs is in the protein which reduces hunger pangs and increases the feeling of fullness during the time between breakfast and lunch. What’s more, research revealed that high-protein breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day, so opt for eggs as breakfast and you might not feel the need to snack mid-morning.
Natural unsalted nuts are another filling food that may help you eat less. Nuts are essentially designed by nature to control appetite because they’re rich in healthy unsaturated fat, along with bonus protein and fiber. Together, the three nutrients slow digestion and regulate blood sugar.
In a Penn State study, people who slurped a bowl of broth-based soup before their lunch reduced their total calorie intake at the meal by 20%. Soups can take the edge of your appetite since they take up a lot of volume in your stomach, but with very few calories.
Eating half of an avocado with your lunch may help you feel full for the rest of the afternoon, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal. Women who did that felt 22% more satisfied and had a 24% lower desire to snack three hours later than on days they ate a calorically equivalent lunch without the avocado.
Being low on H2O can trick you into believing you’re hungry. Why? The symptoms of hunger are similar to those of being dehydrated: low energy, reduced cognitive function, and poor mood. So next time you’re craving an afternoon snack, drink a tall glass of water and wait 10 minutes. Chances are, your hunger pangs will pass, and you’ll have saved hundreds of calories.
Berries in Greek Yoghurt
Greek yogurt has more protein than its regular counterpart to keep you satisfied for longer. In addition, the sweetness of berries will balance the tangy zip of the yogurt and give you a satisfying snack.
Veggies and guacamole
For a crunchy snack, dip some sliced red sweet pepper, celery fingers and cucumber sticks in some guacamole. You’ll cover your daily needs for vitamins and feel satiated by the healthy fats in the avocado.
Get my free eBook!
Get a free copy of my Banting Basics eBook and join our community.