If you follow me on Instagram Stories or are in my private Facebook Group (request to join and I’ll accept you!), you know I’ve been pretty open about our F-Factor journey and what Austin and I have done to lose weight and make healthier choices. Our goal this year was to shed a few extra pounds and actually stick with this as a lifestyle. A lot of you have requested “grab and go” snacks that would support a low-carb/high fiber diet, so I wanted to share what we keep on hand.
Being someone who loves snacking and sweets, this wasn’t easy. But I have to say, the results have been worth it. We are believers in moderation. And if we have a cheat day, we try to make up for it by really eating clean the next week or going on a long walk that day. I talked about this in a newsletter a while back and if there’s interest, I could definitely put together a blog post.
I see a lot of questions come through my inbox regarding meal ideas and snack options. I snapped a few pictures of my latest grocery run and these are a few of the low-carb snacks we keep in the house to help us stick to our meal plan.
Our “diet goals” include: cutting carbs (we try to eat no more than 35 net carbs/day) and eating foods that are rich in fiber (around 30-40 grams of fiber/day). We eat a lot of high-fiber veggies at each meal and limit our fruits. I usually only stick to raspberries if I’m eating fruit since they have a lot of fiber. These are some “quick and easy” snack help us stay on track.
SALTY LOW-CARB SNACKS
Almonds are a great source of fiber and protein. For a mid-day snack, we like to pair them with a cheese stick (the Rosemary + Sea Salt flavor is our favorite with cheese) or with a Choc Zero Bar when I want something that is “salty-sweet”.
PRIMAL THIN CRACKERS
We love these crackers. I have tried so many and found that most “low-carb” options are not that great. These actually taste like a real cracker. The only bummer is the portions are small and they are pricey. So if you are counting carbs, you may want to portion these out because it’s easy to eat the whole box.
WHISPS CHEESE CRISPS
These are another great low-carb crunchy snack. We eat them out of the bag or sprinkle on our salads for a crunch. I like the Cheddar and Parmesan flavors best.
CARB BALANCE TORTILLAS OR LAVISH BREAD
We alternate between these two brands for our lunch wraps. They are great with turkey, avocado, spinach, mustard seed and this salt mix. The Carb Balance tortillas are higher in fiber but I prefer the taste of the Lavish Bread for a pita wrap.
SWEET LOW-CARB SNACKS
If you love gummy candy, these are a must. Pricey but worth it if you want a “healthier” candy alternative They are rich in fiber and low in sugar. It’s easy to eat the whole bag, but if you are counting carbs, you want to make sure you portion control. My favorite ones are the Peach Rings and Gummy Bears. I’m weird, but if you open the bag and let them sit out for a few hours, they kind of harden up and have a texture closer to real gummy candy. Austin says I’m crazy but I promise it works!
These Choc Zero bars are a great option for chocolate lovers. I will pair this will a small handful of almonds or fresh raspberries for a dessert. I like to keep mine in the fridge.
GRAB + GO BARS:
Quest Birthday Cake Protein Bar – My favorite of all the Quest bars. I pop them in the fridge for a couple minutes before eating and it tastes like a cake ball.
Quest Peanut Butter Crunch – This is great for an afternoon snack if you are on the go or want something sweet.
Dang Bar– My favorite flavor is the almond cookie.
Atkins Snack Bar – This tastes like a Baby Ruth Bar. They are addicting!
ENLIGHTENED ICE CREAM
This is hard to find, but sometimes I get lucky and find it on Fresh or Whole Foods Delivery. I hate to admit that I’ve tried almost every flavor. But Austin and I agree that Cookies and Cream tastes the closest to real ice cream.
HIGHKEY MINI COOKIES
These mini cookies are pretty good for a low-carb cookie. They have a “fake sugar” taste to them, which is something I notice a lot with these low-carb baked goods, but they aren’t bad. Again, nothing is as good as the real deal, but when I’m craving something sweet, these are what I turn to.