As I’ve started the Carb Nite Solution diet again to prepare for a trip to Miami, I am reliving the struggles of finding no or extremely low carb snacks and meals to get me through the day. To make things easier for everyone else, I’ve compiled some suggestions.When eating low carb, you’ll typically indulge in plenty of meat, eggs, cheese, and green veggies. Those are the no-brainer go-to items, but eventually, that all gets rather dull. Here are various snacks I’ve indulged in to keep life interesting. This list is more for inspiration than to take as gospel truth on carb counts. Always check labels or look it up online, such as via MyFitnessPal. The carb counts are estimates obviously varying depending on portion sizes, brands etc. They are also the net carb count, so after fiber has been subtracted.
0g of Carbs
Tuna + Mayonnaise (0g)
Thick cut bacon (0g) – I prefer Wright’s Applewood or Hickory Smoked bacon
Kirkland Fully Cooked Angus Beef Patties (0g) – I usually pack one patty with a slice of cheese and a lettuce leaf and microwave it at work.
String Cheese (0g)
Pork Rinds (0g)
Syntrax Nectar Sweets Whey Protein Isolate (0g) – This brand offers a variety of delicious fruit flavors. They use acesulfame potassium as a sweetener.
Buffalo Chicken Wings (0g) – Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Butter, optional: garlic powder (may have carbs depending on brand), parmesan cheese
White Queso Dip (0g) – Certain brands have no carbs. Be sure to read the label.
Coffee (0g) – Coffee with splenda or stevia and low-carb creamers or heavy cream
Sugar-free jello (0g) – They use acesulfame potassium as a sweetener.
Xanthum gum (0g) – This can be used as a thickening agent instead of flour or corn starch. A little goes a long way though, and it thickens almost instantly, so try mixing it with another powder first before adding it to a liquid (spices, powdered sweetener, etc).
Whiskey and Diet Coke (0g) – Alcohol on carb nite is still discouraged, but if you must, this is my go-to beverage of choice. Essentially, any zero carb liquor with a zero carb diet soda will work.
< 5g of Carbs
Salmon lettuce wrap (<1g) – Smoked salmon, romaine lettuce, wasabi mayo, capers)
Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate (0 – 1g) – Carb count varies depending on flavors. They use Xylitol as a sweetener.
Lemon Butter Sauce (0 – 1g) – Lemon, butter, heavy cream, white wine, onions [2 tbsp of each]. There is about 1g in the onions depending on how much you add.
Chocolate milk (1g) – Almond milk, cocoa powder [1 tbsp], splenda
Omelets (1g) – Eggs (1g per egg), almond milk, cheese, bacon, etc
Diet Snapple (1g)
Blue Cheese Dressing (1g per tbsp) – I use Kraft Roka Blue Cheese dressing. Not sure what the carb count is on other brands.
Deviled eggs (1 – 2g) – Eggs (1g per egg), mayonnaise, mustard, paprika (1g)
Deli meat wraps (1 – 2g) – Wrap deli meats with mustard, mayonnaise, unsweetened ketchup or whatever else you decide. Processed meat often contains a couple grams of carbs.
Premier Protein Shake (2g) – These can be purchased at Costco, approx $25 for 18 11oz cartons.
Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter (2g per 2 tbsp) – A low carb and low fat alternative to peanut butter. I usually mix this into a smoothie or protein shake to make peanut butter or chocolate peanut butter shakes. You can also add it to baking recipes, sprinkle it on fruit, mix it in yogurt, or even just add some water to form a paste that resemble peanut butter.
Shirataki Tofu Noodles (2g) – Noodles made out of tofu. If you’re craving noodles or just want something a little more starchy feeling, these are a nice substitute. They’re a little bland in flavor, so make sure you add it to a nice sauce or broth.
Costco Pastrami (2g)
Costco Amylu Sweet Caramelized Onion Chicken Burgers (2g) – Delicious pre-made chicken burger patties at Costco. I usually pack one patty with a slice of cheese and a lettuce leaf and heat it up at work.
Green Beans, Bacon, Onions, Cocktail Sausages (~3g)
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings (4g) – Minced garlic, olive oil, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
Broccoli + Blue Cheese Dressing (5g)
< 10g of Carbs
Patissa Cheesecake Bites (5 – 6g per bite)
Meatloaf (~7g) – Ground beef/turkey, mayonnaise, onions (1-2 g), dry ranch (1g per 1/2 tsp), A1 (3g per 1 tbsp), cheese
Wendy’s Cobb Salad (10g) – Full size with grilled chicken and two packets of avocado ranch
< 20g of Carbs
McDonald’s Premium Bacon Ranch Salad (6 – 16g) – Grilled Chicken, 1 packet of ranch has 10g, but I rarely use a whole packet.
Meat and Veggie Stew (5 – 20g) – This meal really varies depending on what you put into it. I made a stew in my slow cooker with beef back ribs, cabbage (~3g), onions (2g), smokies cocktail sausages (3g), and beef broth. It’s really up to your imagination.
Snapea Crisps (12g per 22 pieces)
Of course this is only a limited list of suggestions. I come up with random meals all the time based on what I’m craving or just randomly decide to throw together. What low-carb snacks do you enjoy?