Daily Snacks on a Low Carb Diet

Have you ever read a book/magazine/article or listened to a podcast that completely changed the way you thought about something, especially when that something affects your daily life? Gary Taubes book, called Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It was that book for me.

In his book, Taubes argues that the modern diet with its inclusion of too many carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates,is a primary contributor to the obesity epidemic in America. He also argues that no matter how much you exercise, nutrition is the most important factor in determining health. Moreover, the model of calories in, calories out or “I can eat this dessert — I ran 3 miles today!” is just plain wrong.

Good Calories, Bad Calories, another well known nutrition book>

So, if you’re like me, you eat regularly and often. I tend to eat small meals throughout the day, but get hungry every few hours. I need filling, nutritious snacks to get through the day, but also need them to be convenient as I work in an office for the majority of the day’s hours.

Oftentimes, when we think about snacks, we think about grabbing a granola bar, trail mix, or an apple to hold us over until the next meal. These snacks are full of sugar. Yes, even the apple is not safe. In fact, I’ve almost stopped eating fruit altogether. I’ll tell you more about that in another blog post.

My daily snacks look more like this:

  1. Almonds — Great source of protein.
  2. Baked Pigskins — This is a true hack. For years, I’ve resorted to eating chips for a nice crunch with any kind of dip or by themselves. But chips are terrible for you (yes, even the blue corn chips). Corn is high in sugar and high on the glycemic index. Pigskins, alternatively, are high in protein. You just have to be careful with the fat content, so I eat the baked porskins instead of fried.
  3. Cheese — Also another good source of protein.

I also drink electrolyte water every day. I use Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder (Grape flavor is my fav!) and put one scoop of powder into ice water about 2 hours before I workout in the evening. This stuff is delicious and so good for you. It’s got a ton of vitamins and minerals and I truly feel more awake after I’ve consumed my daily dose.

I’d love to hear more about your daily low carb snacks — email me at livingincrementally@gmail.com.

In future posts, I’ll talk more about Gary Taubes book and how it truly changed the way I’ve approached my diet. I do have cheat days though, especially for desserts– see my post called Dessert on Purpose for more details. 

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Dessert on Purpose

One of my key weight maintaining strategies is to only eat dessert on purpose. What I mean by that is to plan for dessert. Don’t let the spontaneous temptations to snack on treats — some may call them opportunities rather than temptations — allow you to consume calories that you didn’t plan for and thereby ruin your otherwise good intentions and disciplines. When I say “dessert”, I mean anything that’s remotely sweet and has a lot of sugar — that includes candies, cocktails, muffins, donuts, granola bars, a ton of fruit, even some yogurts . . .

We see these temptations all around us — at the office there’s usually a bowl of candy, donuts, birthday cake or cupcakes, cookies, etc. Sometimes our friends invite us out to drinks on a Tuesday night because they’ve had a hard day and need some emotional comfort. We often grab the easiest thing to eat in the morning, like a granola bar or sugary yogurt. And let’s be honest, consuming these treats is satisfying, sure, but only for about 5-10 minutes…until regret sets in!

The Cheat Day

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not saying to never consume dessert. In fact, I encourage dessert once or twice a week, and specifically on the weekend. It’s impractical to think you won’t ever consume dessert again. In fact, I think it’s better for your diet if you establish a “cheat day” where you allow yourself to eat the things you said no to or have severely limited every other day. This way, you’re not constantly saying no to your cravings and setting yourself up to relapse and give into every sweet you see. A little bit every once in awhile is better for your overall health than gorging later because you have a fear of missing out on the good stuff! And I think we can all agree that it’s good!

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So I recommend allowing yourself a day or two to consume delicious treats or sweets..one’s that will encourage you to “be good” during the week. One’s that are worth it. For example, here’s a pic of my favorite dessert in Raleigh. I just had it again this past weekend!:

Dessert - Bittersweet

It’s called a “Salty Chipwich Ice Cream Sandwich” from Bittersweet.  It’s the perfect dessert for any time of year!  As Bittersweet describes it — it’s chocolate-chip sea salt cookies, vanilla ice cream, rolled in bourbon caramel corn. YUM!!

I also recommend planning these desserts out in advance. Encourage your diet during the week by reminding yourself that you’ll have something delicious (like the Salty Chipwich Ice Cream Sandwich) waiting for you on Saturday.

If you would like other tips and tricks to steer clear of sugary sweets or just to have an idea of what those are, feel free to email me: livingincrementally@gmail.com