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Low-Carb Snacks & Sweets

By Carolyn Robbins

When you are on a low-carb diet, a trip to the grocery store may make you feel like the world is conspiring against you. Prepackaged snacks and desserts may look tasty but are laden with sugar. Fortunately, there are healthier options. You can easily whip up a snack or a sweet treat in your kitchen that won't overshoot your carbohydrate allowance for the day.

Low-Carb Munchies

Vegetables are mostly low-carb and a good source of vitamins and minerals. Pair a large carrot, cut into slices, with 1/4 cup of hummus for a snack with around 15 grams of carbohydrates. Sprinkle a cup of steamed edamame -- 15.4 grams of carbohydrates -- with pepper or other seasonings for a savory snack. Another good option is nuts. One-quarter cup of almonds has 7.2 grams of carbohydrates and over 7 grams of belly-filling protein.

Sweet Treats

Fruit is packed with essential nutrients, so it is the best way to satiate your sweet tooth and stay healthy. Opt for low-carb fruits such as cherries, with 4.2 grams of carbohydrates per 1/4 cup; plums, with 3.3 grams per small fruit; or an apple, with 8.7 grams per half an apple. If you are feeling extra decadent, melt 1/2 ounce of a dark chocolate baking bar and drizzle it over the fruit for an added 6.5 grams of carbohydrates.

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