High protein, low carb diets are really popular among bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts and all those that want to lose weight or maintain muscle mass and athletic looking figure. Whether you are trying to reduce body-fat, maintain your current weight or manage insulin resistance, these 9 high protein, low carb snacks can really do you a great favor.
Whether they are considered to be low carb, or not, nuts have been a favorite daily snack of mine for quite a while. Not only are they a great source of protein, but they also provide a lot of healthy fats and fiber as well. When talking about additional nutrients, almonds are one of the best kinds of nuts to eat as they contain considerable levels of both iron and calcium compared to other types of nuts.
Almond Butter on Apples
If you happen to be in the process or attempted process of balancing out your intake of carbohydrates, there are many great fruits available to aid you, apples being one of the better choices. Even though they already have a lower amount of sugar than other fruits such as cherries, bananas, or grapes, apples become even better when you add almond butter to the equation. An apple has a relatively high amount of fiber, and almond butter has several important nutrients in it as well including calcium, iron, and vitamin E. For a nice healthy snack packed full of nutrients, try half of an apple combined with one tablespoon of raw almond butter.
Beef or Turkey Jerky
Jerky has been one of my favorite snacks for a long time. Beef, turkey, or even fish, I love them all. If it is in any way possible for you to make your own, do so. But if it’s not possible or you just don’t want to; be sure to find a jerky that is 100% natural and organic, lacking preservatives, and has little MSG, sugar, or sodium content. Generally speaking, jerky is a great low-fat and low-cal snack that is also low in carbs as well. All of this in addition to being an excellent protein and iron-source make jerky a good healthy choice for a snack.
Cottage Cheese and Berries
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When one is trying to limit their carbohydrate intake, combining cottage cheese with berries is always a good idea. Most berries have a pretty low number of calories and are high in antioxidants as well as vitamins and lutein. Add some protein to that (cottage cheese) and you have yourself a pretty well balanced snack to enjoy.