April 6, 2005

Food For Thought For Your Next Snack Attack

When the word "snack" comes up, it is natural for the junkiest of carbohydrates to pop into your head. But if you’ve hit the low-carb bandwagon and have X’d out the pretzels, potato chips and popcorn, what's a low-carbing person to do?

How about a snack attack with some delicious low-carb alternatives? No use crying over spilled carbohydrates. Not when you can dig into these terrific choices instead.

Egg ‘em On! Aaah, the classic deviled egg. Long eschewed as being "too full of fat" by dieters, these delightful gems are at your beck and call when you’re low-carbing. Skip the sweet relish and add some chopped green onion and remember to use the full-fat mayonnaise to keep it Atkins-low in carbs.

It’s Not Easy Being Green! Maybe not for Kermit, but it is if you’re noshing on classic guacamole. All you need is ripe avocados, some chopped red onion, cilantro, garlic, a touch of salt and a squeeze of lime juice all mushed together. It is even lower in carbs than you think because the great fiber count will help offset the total carb count. Use low-carb-friendly veggies to dip with.

Nuts to You! Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pecans are both protein-rich and carb-rich, but again, the fiber cancels out the carbs making a half-cup serving yield a mere 3 net grams of carbs. Try buying a low-salt variety instead of the overly salted kind.

Say Cheese! Those mozzarella and other cheese sticks all wrapped up waiting to be taken home will save your hide when the munchies strike. The high protein content and satisfying mouth feel of cheese helps to quell a hungry tummy.

Getting Creamed! The full-fat variety of cream cheese smeared generously on a piece of celery will do the trick. Try adding some feta crumbles or bleu cheese crumbles to the top for a little variety.

Roll Baby, Roll! A little turkey or other leftover meat rolled in a Romaine lettuce leaf will totally satisfy and takes just a minute to throw together. You can add a blob of cream cheese too if you like.

Pig Out! Oh yeah, bring on the pork rinds, baby! While the idea of eating these crunchy piggy snacks might not appeal to your inner snacker, you might want to give them a try. You may find that you enjoy hamming it up with the rinds.

Don’t Be a Jerk! Eat some jerky instead. You don’t have to wait to go backpacking or camping to enjoy the flavor and protein of beef jerky. You will want to check the label as many styles of jerky have extra sugar in them.

Packed Like Sardines! Well, you need those good omega-3 oils and this is a great, easy way to do it. Just pop the can open and away you go. You can find a variety of flavors to fill the bill.

Curds and Whey! Little Miss Muffet may have sat on her tuffet, but it was probably a couple of sizes smaller due to her snacking on cottage cheese. The full-fat stuff is loaded with protein and is a great starting place for dips. Simply whir the curds around in a blender and add some spices and seasonings (like garlic powder or curry) and dip your low-carb veggies into this great stuff.

Snackage is an important part of losing weight. This is how metabolisms are stoked and the munchie monster is calmed. So take your snacks seriously and get this list posted on your fridge... ASAP! You can snack until your heart’s content with this easy to use, low-carb snack list.

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Sugar Free Low Carb Coconut Macaroons
Serves: 16
Carbs Per Serving: 1.3 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

1 cup shredded coconut - unsweetened
6 tablespoons Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
2 egg whites
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Mix cream with Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and extracts.
Add coconut and mix well. Let stand for 1 hour. If mixture feels dry to the touch after 1 hour, add a little more cream.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Whip egg whites until peaks form. Fold into coconut.
Using a teaspoon, place a small amount of coconut mix onto a well greased cookie sheet, repeating to make approximately 16 cookies. Bake until slightly browned (usually 12-15 minutes).
If tops have not browned in 15 minutes, you can place them under the broiler for a few minutes (watch them carefully!)
Allow to cool before serving.

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