Friday, January 16, 2009

Low carb snack & lunch ideas

Updated May 30, 2011

Here's my list of low/lower carb snack and lunch ideas. I update it when I find a new recipe or idea I like and if you have something to add or suggest, please leave a comment!

Dlife has a list of their Top 10 low carb and low cost foods. Also, check out the food porn thread at There are some very good looking pictures and recipes there. As usual, your mileage may vary. Just because peanut butter doesn't cause one person a spike in blood sugar, doesn't mean it works that way for every person. Let your body/experience/meter be your guide.


crustless cheese and spinach quiche (go crazy and experiment with asparagus, broccoli, and other vegetables)
wraps made with lean meats and low carb tortillas or flat bread (in great moderation for me) or lettuce
chicken and/or beef salad in low carb tortillas, flat bread or lettuce
egg wraps stuffed with tuna or chicken salad
spicy chicken & avocado
weiner winks
beef jerky
spiced and grilled small unbreaded fish fillets
breakfast meatballs
meatballs with light tomato sauce or lightly thickened broth
eggs - scrambled, hard boiled, deviled, turned into salad with low carb ingredients
bento box egg thing
nuts and seeds
meat crust pizza
chicken wings as long as they aren't breaded or loaded with sweet or starchy sauces


zucchini and red pepper "fries" - One of my favorites
edamame - I steam these lovelies in the microwave then pop them out of the shell, salt them very lightly and enjoy every bite! One cup of edamame, minus the shell, has 8 net grams of carbs. Also try mukimame, the same bean sold without the shell.
fried cabbage and onions - not too portable by itself but oh, so good!
broccoli slaw
cucumber, avocado, and tomatoes topped with cheese
cucumber, tomato and onion marinated in a small amount of vinegar, olive oil, and splenda
pico de gallo
low carb pasta (another in moderation food for me) mixed with chopped raw vegetables and a little Italian dressing
raw or cooked low carb vegetables - plain, stuffed, with a little cheese sauce, etc.
stuffed mushrooms
celery with peanut butter, tuna, cream cheese, etc.
vegetable chips


cheese, cheese and more cheese
cottage cheese with a few berries
cottage cheese with splenda and cinnamon or a little dry sugar free pudding
softened cream cheese with splenda and a little vanilla extract
cheese crispies - sliced cheese microwaved until brown and crisp
Atkins shakes - my favorite is the Dark Chocolate Royale shake, ice cold. Once in awhile I add a little banana extract and some ice and it's absolutely decadent.


bread pudding
sugar free gelatin
cream cheese, splenda, and vanilla mixed and spread on a low carb tortilla which is then rolled and chilled and sliced
a few blueberries with crema mexicana and cinnamon


dips made with low carb ingredients
thick creamed spinach spread onto sliced turkey or turkey ham, rolled up and baked a bit (for extra good stuff, add a stalk of fresh asparagus)
broccoli cheese soup made with cream and broth
vegetable soup made with a small turnip rather than potato
zucchini and caulifower soup with rosemary and olive oil Triscuit crackers. The crackers have 2 grams of carbs per cracker so take that into account
hellzapoppin cheese "rice" - this is one of Dana Carpender's best recipes, in my opinion, and it's a great comfort food. Scroll down the page to find it.

Check back often as this list keeps growing!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great low carb ideas! I was looking for healthy lunch box recipes and came across your website. Will be dropping by often. Thanks for sharing! :)