Kalyn’s Top Ten Low-Carb (South Beach Diet Phase One) Snacks
Here are my Top Ten Low-Carb or South Beach Diet Phase One Snacks, because snacks are such an important part of a healthy eating plan! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more low-carb or South Beach Diet Phase One recipes like.
Back in the early days of the blog I shared why I love the South Beach Diet, along with a story about a guy who lost 240 pounds on South Beach. Now flash forward quite a few years and I’m not following South Beach as strictly as I was, but I’m still committed to the idea of a carb-conscious (mostly low-carb) eating plan. And if you’re trying to stick with South Beach Phase One or another low-carb eating plan snacks can really help you stay on track, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites for anyone who needs snack ideas.
All these snacks are things I eat regularly when I need something quick to eat, and most of these are things you’ll always find in my fridge or pantry. (Brand name products shown were purchased by me and merely represent the brand I happened to have on hand. I haven’t been compensated to show any products here.)
Sugar Snap Peas are great to eat plain, or enjoy them with some kind of veggie dip. When you haven’t had sugar for a while, these taste like candy! And despite the word sugar in the name, they’re really low in carbs. I buy these at Costco, and they’re something I always have in the fridge. (They’re good cooked as well!)
Nuts are definitely one of my favorite low-carb snacks. If you’re following South Beach, the books say to count them out, but I say who has time to count nuts? I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and measure them out into little baggies. (Please don’t report me to the diet police, but this is the snack I’m most likely to eat too much of.)
I love sweet mini-peppers like this, which come in red, yellow, or orange. I eat these plain, or you can cut them in half lengthwise and use as a scoop for veggie dip. If you want to get a little fancier, make Southwestern Ranch Dip with Sweet Mini-Pepper Scoops!
Edamame is another one of my favorites, and I buy the frozen pre-cooked edamame at Costco (are you sensing the Costco theme here?) Edamame Hummus is another tasty idea that you might like if you can find it where you live. I love that stuffed into celery.
After I discovered a single-serving guacamole that I loved, I started making these Easy Cucumber Guacamole Appetizer Bites. Or just cut a cucumber in strips and dip up the guacamole if you want an easier version!
I love Ranch dip, and From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Style Dip with Greek Yogurt or Grandma Denny’s From-Scratch Ranch-Style Vegetable Dip is something you’ll always find in my fridge!
Celery stuffed with peanut butter is a great low-carb snack when you use my favorite low-sugar peanut butter. (And I love celery so much, I have a whole post with Tasty and Low-Carb Snack Ideas with Celery.)
Finally, grape or cherry tomatoes are a snack that’s seasonal for many people, but thanks to Costco I splurge all winter on tomatoes (but only if they smell like tomatoes, otherwise don’t waste your money.) If it’s summer, fresh tomatoes with my favorite rosemary salt is about as good as it gets for a snack. Or make Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers if you have a little more time!
If you have a favorite low-carb snack that’s not mentioned here, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!