Snacking is not going to be important, but it does take months. You will finally learn the difference between hunger, boredom and habit. Have snacks ready, and don’t go hungry because you are more likely to become so starving, that you end up eating something you shouldn’t. Part of changing our total way of eating and thinking about food, is learning not to overindulge on any one food, go for variety to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Variety and balance!
Try and get into the habit of eating something that takes a little preparation. You will enjoy the ritual of making it and the whole ‘snack experience’ will take longer rather than an instant fix, leaving you probably wanting more. Here are my top 10 LCHF snacks.
- Antipasto platter – make a small plate of a selection of cheeses, pate, raw vegetable sticks, ham, salami, peppers, olives, etc. Use cucumber slices instead of wheat/rice crackers.
- Avocado – slice an avocado in half and season with salt and pepper then eat straight from the avocado skin. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds to pack it with even more nutrients.
- Eggs – any which way. Keep a stash of boiled eggs in the fridge for easy snacks, take them to work, have them fried, poached, scrambled.
- Bacon – put 1 or 2 rashers of bacon in a microwavable bowl, cover with kitchen paper and microwave on high for 2 minutes (depending on your microwaves power). I often have this than add avocado on top.
- Tuna/shrimps – seafood is a great snack. Take a tin of tuna to work and eat it as it is, or mix with mayonnaise for a bigger snack/lunch. Shrimps can be taken to work, also plain or with added mayonnaise. Try the different flavours of tuna tins available, but read the nutrition label as many are high in added sugars.
- Low carb high fat yogurt – add a sprinkle of nut muesli and/or add a spoon of coconut cream.
- Drinks – are you hungry or thirsty? Go for sparkling water, creamy coffee, diet drinks (occasionally), iced tea, herbal teas etc.
- Nuts and seeds – a good source or protein and fibre but choose nuts wisely. Cashews are the highest in carbs, almonds are low while also being high in calcium and iron. Bring bags of nuts to work or in the car for a convenient snack food. Read the nutrition labels for bags of nuts as they often contain raisins, dried fruit or added flavourings and sugars.
- Berries – are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants which fight free radicals that cause ageing, disease and low immunity. Eat them fresh in season, or suck on the frozen ones. Buy a variety of berries to get all the different nutrients and properties they offer.
- Dark chocolate – buy 80% and above dark chocolate as the higher the cocoa content, the more health benefits and the less sugar it will contain. Read the nutrient labels of different brands in the supermarket as they vary widely. Also by being bitter chocolate, you are more likely to eat only 1 or 2 squares and really appreciate it, rather than a whole block disappearing before you know it.