Easy High-Protein, Low-Carb Diet Snacks

by Morgan O'Connor

Finding suitable snacks can be difficult when you’re on a high-protein, low-carb diet. You can’t just whip together a sandwich, buy a bag of potato chips or grab a blueberry muffin with your coffee, as these items are high in carbohydrates and low in protein. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for tasty, low-carb and high-protein snacks to fit your diet.

Boiled Eggs

For quick and easy snacks over the next few days, boil a few eggs and keep them in your refrigerator. When you are in the mood for a high-protein, low-carb snack, take one out of the fridge, peel it, sprinkle it with salt or dip it in mustard (if desired) and enjoy! Boil the eggs for up to three minutes for soft-boiled eggs or at least eight minutes for hard-boiled eggs. If you have the time and motivation, you can easily turn your hard-boiled eggs into deviled eggs by cutting them in half lengthways and removing the yolks. Put the yolks in a bowl and mash them together with mayonnaise or mustard and any other ingredients and spices you want, such as smoked paprika or diced onions. Spoon the yolk mixture back into each empty egg half and store in the refrigerator for about a week.

Avocados

Avocados are naturally high in protein and low in carbohydrates, so you can eat one guilt-free. The easiest preparation is to simply slice the avocado in half lengthwise, cutting around the pit. Twist the avocado to separate the two halves, then sprinkle half with salt or drizzle it with lime juice. Then dig in with a spoon and enjoy your simple treat. If you want something more interesting, make a simple guacamole by mashing the avocado flesh with lime juice, salt, pepper and chopped onions. Eat this either by itself or as a dip or topping for other low-carb foods like chicken or cheese.

Cheese Board

For a simple snack with an air of elegance, make your own cheese board at home. Cut up a few pieces of your favorite cheeses and put them on a board or plate with various kinds of nuts. This can be a simple and easy snack for you to munch on, but it is also sophisticated enough to offer to guests. For more variety, add several types of low-carb vegetables such as asparagus spears, green beans, peppers and carrots.

Fish

One of the easiest low-carb, high-protein snacks you can enjoy is a simple can of fish from the grocery store. Stock up on cans of various fish like tuna, mackerel and sardines, and simply open one and enjoy its contents whenever you want a snack. If you get bored of plain fish, you can mix it with a condiment or other items; consider mixing sardines with a dash of mustard or tuna with grated cheese and a spoonful of mayonnaise.

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About the Author

Morgan O'Connor has been writing professionally since 2005. Her experience includes articles on various aspects of the health-insurance industry for health-care newsletters distributed to hospitals as well as articles on both international and domestic travel.