Sticking to a low carb nutritional plan can be very effective, but it is definitely not easy! If you are following a keto or Atkins diet, for example, you know how hard it can be to stay away from carbs; they seem to be everywhere!
The tensions at work can make things even harder, as many of us will eat unhealthy foods to relieve stress. And as we mentioned in this blog, stress can make us gain weight in several ways.
To help you overcome that midday work fatigue without cheating on your low carb diet, we have curated a list of 5 healthy snacks to have at the office.
Forget that candy bar and that bag of chips! Next time you feel that 3pm slump, get your hands on one of these low carb snacks.
Recipe via Food Network
Kale chips are a trendy low carb snack. Why? They are easy to make and easy to grab, inexpensive, nourishing and delicious! Plus, you can customize them to your taste by adding seasonings such as garlic powder, lime and black pepper!
- 1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea salt, for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
- Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food.
Keto Chocolate Mousse
Recipe via KetoDiet
Are you more of a sweet person? You will love this guilt-free chocolate mousse, then! Prepare at home and bring to work ready to eat. This is the perfect pick-me-up to help you curb that midday sugar craving and boost your mood!
- 1/2 cup natural drippy peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut palm syrup (honey also works)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup protein powder of choice*
- 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)
- 1 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, coconut palm syrup and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Add in protein powder, coconut, flaxseed meal, oats, chocolate chips and chia seeds. Mix until well combined. I usually have to use my hands to mix and work with the dough. At this point you should be able to form balls that stick together. Because all peanut butter/nut butter consistencies are different and depending on what protein powder you use, you may need to add in more nut butter or sweetener to help the balls stick together.
- Form into 12 balls and place in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or the freezer for a month. Enjoy!
Parmesan Cheese Crisps
Recipe adapted from Tasty
Next time you are craving a bag of chips, try snacking these delicious low carb crisps. You can make them under 10 minutes and with a couple of simple ingredients. They are the perfect on-the-go snack to get you fuelled while meeting your daily macros' targets.
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (100 g)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the Parmesan cheese by the tablespoonful in small piles on the baking sheet. Flatten the piles out evenly and sprinkle dried basil over the cheese.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and the edges start to crisp up.
Sugar-Free Homemade Granola Bar
Recipe via Wholesome Yum
"Store-bought granola bars are just a candy bar in a different wrapper". They are usually full of sugar, additives and carbs and are among the top processed foods that you should never eat. But if you are a granola bar lover, we've got you! Try this homemade low-carb version of the treat and enjoy your bar with no guilt!
- 2 cups Almonds
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds *
- 1/3 cup Coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp Hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup Sukrin Fiber Syrup Clear
- 1/4 cup Almond butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sweetener
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Sea salt (omit if almonds and pumpkin seeds are salted)
- 2 medium Vanilla bean
Line a 8x8 in (20x20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, and hemp seeds. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, heat the fiber syrup, almond butter, powdered erythritol and sea salt for a couple of minutes, until easy to stir. Stir until smooth.
Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds.
Stir the syrup mixture into the nut mixture.
Transfer the mixture to a lined baking dish and press firmly to create a smooth top. Use a large, flat spatula to create an even flat surface and press down firmly.
Cool completely on the counter. When fully cooled, gently lift the parchment out of the pan and transfer on top of a cutting board. Use a sharp chef's knife to cut into bars using a firm downward motion (don't see-saw back and forth).
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Recipe via Keto Vale
Bacon + Brussels Sprouts = the perfect low carb treat! I couldn't get any easier than this. Besides being deliciously filling, this 2-ingredient snack is packed with vitamin C and vitamin K!
- 12 Brussel Sprouts trimmed
- 6 bacon slices
- 12 wooden toothpicks
Preheat your oven to 400°F.
Chop the bacon strips into two. Individually wrap the half bacon strips in the sprouts and use a toothpick to hold them together.
Arranged the sprouts on a baking sheet lined with some parchment paper. Leave in the oven for 15 minutes and remove once the bacons become crispy to your liking. Transfer to a serving plate and enjoy while hot.
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