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Try These No Carb Snacks When on a Diet

Nuts

Nuts are a fantastic food, and very low in carbs. A medium sized handful (25 - 30 grams) of nuts will only contain 3g of carbohydrate. The only higher carb nut to watch out for is the cashew, which contains around double the amount of other nuts. Whilst each type of nut has its own nutritional forte, your best bet is to choose a mix of nuts, in order to fully reap the benefits they offer. All nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to protect against heart disease. The only downside to nuts is that because they contain a high amount of fat, they are fairly calorie dense, containing between 550 and 650 calories per 100g, so just watch the portion size.

Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is often considered a junk food, and not associated with healthy eating, due to the high amount of salt in it. However, whilst jerky may have a reasonably high salt content, provided you limit your salt intake for the rest of the day, there is no reason to fear it. Its high protein and low carbohydrate content will keep you feeling fuller for longer, and stop you from snacking on restricted foods. If possible, look for a jerky that has no additives or preservatives in it, or try and find ostrich, venison or duck jerky to spice things up a bit.

Tinned Fish

Ideally, you want a snack to be something that you can eat on the go. Perhaps walking between meetings at work, or on the bus on the way home, so tinned fish wouldn't be ideal for this. If however, you have a bit more time for eating snacks, then I would highly recommend it. The benefits of eating fish, particularly oily fish have long been known. Whilst many people stick to tinned tuna all the time, this can get very bland, and means you're missing out on the health benefits of other fish. How about trying mackerel, salmon, sardines or pilchards for a change? All are high in protein, good omega 3 fats, and very low in carbohydrate.

Nut Butter

Nut butter has all the nutritional benefits that nuts do, but can be eaten far more quickly, and doesn't leave you picking pieces of nut out of your teeth for hours afterwards. Good quality nut butters should not contain any additives, or hydrogenated oils. Ideally, you want one that is 100% nut, but it's fine if they do have a small amount of salt, or sustainably sourced palm oil in them. If you'd rather avoid shop bought nut butters, you could always make your own with your nut of choice, and a decent food processor.

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