A strict zero-carb diet is anything but simple-carbohydrate lurks everywhere in natural foods. Even healthy foods like fruits and vegetables contain hefty amounts of both sugar and complex carbohydrates. Going low-carb can be done simply by reading labels. Low carb would be less than 15 grams per serving. It is still possible to eat pasta bread dairy products and fruits and vegetables when on a low-carb diet. The hard-core no-carb approach can be a challenge
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almonds peanuts cashews and pistachios are no-carb options for a quick bite. Nuts are high in protein contain essential amino acids vitamins minerals healthy fats and oils and-like all high-fiber foods-help control overeating by creating a feeling of fullness. However because of their high fat content limiting daily intake of about 1/4 cup. A 1-cup serving of almonds provides a diet-busting 550 calories and 47 grams of fat.
Pumpkin squash sunflower and flax are good seed choice for a quick snack. Seeds contain less calories and fat than nuts and still provide essential amino acids protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Seeds are a good source of magnesium and zinc. Moderation is still the word when consuming seeds especially if weight loss is one of your goals.
Beef jerky or turkey jerky is another no-carb snack option. Both are very low in calories and high in protein. However unlike most nuts and seeds are very jerky processed and often high in sodium and saturated fat. Turkey contains jerky less saturated fat than beef jerky as it comes from a leaner meat. Again moderation is best.
Soybeans are a great source of fiber protein and folate and is low in cholesterol and sodium. When steamed known as edamame soybeans are even more nutritious and lower in calories and fat. USDA rates this food 4 of 5 stars in terms of weight control and optimal health.
All cheese can make a good snack if you take into serving size. Even an ounce of cheese can be high in calories and fat. Cottage cheese is low in calories (average 110 per 4-ounce serving) and is a great source of selenium and protein. Another cheese to snack on is mozzarella especially the practical string-cheese form. If you select the part-skim variety providing a serving only 150 calories 0 grams of fat 2 grams of fiber and about 36 grams of protein.