Low Calorie Low Carb Snack Ideas: Under 5 Net Carbs

4 Jan

Super satisfying snack ideas! On a low carb diet but still watching your calories? Here are some super-satisfying high protein, low carb but still low calorie snack ideas that will be sure to keep you on track. These snacks will also provide you a boost of fantastic energy mid-morning, or mid-afternoon and fill you up!

1.) Hard boiled egg slices, served with slices of fresh avocado. Or, slice the eggs and top with scoops of pre-made guacamole. I’m a huge fan of Wholly Guacamole’s individually packaged, perfectly portioned, 100 calore guacamole packs! A hard boiled egg is approximately 1 carb and the 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole packs have 5 carbs, with 3 grams of fiber.100 Calorie Guacamole

Sliced eggs and guacamole or a few avocado slices = 175 calories, 7 grams protein, 6 carbs (but 3 grams fiber) so 3 net carbs.

 

2.) Cucumber slices and 2 tablespoons of prepared hummus. Let’s not count the Cucumber calories! Sabra Hummus, a common prepared brand has just 70 calories for 2 tablespoons, and 4 carbs with 1 gram fiber, so 2 net carbs!

 

Cucumber slices and hummus – 70 calories, 2 grams protein, 3 net carbs

 

 

3.) Celery Sticks and 2 Tablespoon Almond Butter. Let’s not count the celery calories! Almond butter generally has 6 carbs per serving, with 2 gram fiber, so 4 net carbs. 

 

Celery sticks and almond butter – 200 calories, 5 grams protein, 4 net carbs.

 

How to Eat Low Calorie at: Chipotle Mexican Grill (And Low Carb too…)

2 Jan

Chipotle is insanely delicious, super fresh, and quick. A great fast food option, but you can easily get into some high calorie trouble, if you’re not careful. Here’s a Low Calorie Chipotle meal idea to try out the next time you visit. How does 330 calories and 10 net carbs sound?

Salad Bowl:

Ask for: Lettuce, refuse the salad dressing, don’t add rice, add half the beans (if you’re not watching your carbs), and add sauteed veggies. (If you are watching carbs, just get sauteed veggies instead of any beans.) Add the meat, or tofu, of your choice (chicken is a great option!) Go for the mild tomato salsa or hot green salsa, avoid the corn salsa which is high carb and high cal. And watch out for the cheese and sour cream. I normally forgo the dairy, and add guacamole on the side. Then, I eat half the guac on my salad, and eat the other half later for a snack! My rule is to only get guacamole, or sour cream, or cheese. Never all three at the same time. And avoid those corn chips… You’ll be surprised how satisfying the salad is, even without the dressing!

Your choices will change the caloric results, but here is what I always get:

My Favorite Chipotle Salad Combination: Lettuce, chicken, fajita veggies (no beans!), mild tomato salsa, half serving of guac: 330 calories, 37 g protein, 18 carbs, 8 grams fiber (10 carbs.) You can play with nutritional values with Chipotle’s Nutritional Calculator, here.

 

Low Calorie Chinese Food Ideas

31 Dec

Craving chinese? No need to get off track from your healthy diet, even if you want to Celebrate New Year’s Day with Chinese food! Keep losing those pounds with some of the following options, tips, and ideas for ordering low calorie Chinese take-out (or dining in.)

  • Moo Shu – Delicious sauteed veggies, tastes JUST like lo mein, without those high calorie and high carb, gluten laden noodles! (Just avoid the super sweet hoisin sauce and pancakes. You won’t miss ‘em!) Try Moo Shu, you’ll love it.
  • Steamed veggies and any meat that hasn’t been deep fried. Ask for sauce on the side! They normally add too much sauce, anyways.
  • Sauteed green beans with garlic sauce; delish!
  • For an appetizer – opt for vegetable broth soup; avoid the calorie-laden wonton soup!
  • Enjoy as much tea as you’d like, but avoid adding sugar!

The above options are also lower carb chinese food ideas. I oftentimes will order some boneless ribs, which are slightly higher in calories, but I’ll eat just a few pieces, along with a cup of moo-shu, an appetizer of vegetable soup, and a few cups of tea. Totally a highly satisfying, and enjoyable meal.