Here is my list of favorite very low carb treats. Low carbohydrate foods are key to an anti-inflammatory diet and preventing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and general lack of energy. Still there will be days when you crave the carbs. These are my favorite fake outs for my body. I do always try to avoid gluten like poison when possible, but sometimes, it is really hard to avoid gluten: like when I was in Bolivia on a medical mission trip. They did not have any almond milk nor many gluten free products.
These ingredients are optional and highly recommended: 1 TBS Brown Sugar (or honey, or your favorite natural sweetener) I like to use Coconut Palm Sugar because it is low glycemic and adds a subtle sweetness to my baking and is perfect for coffee or tea) Also optional are salt, garlic powder, rosemary and other fave spices/herbs
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius)
Separate the eggs, there must be no yolk in the white.
In one bowl, mix together the egg yolks, cream cheese and honey until smooth.
In the second bowl add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder (or cream of tartar if you prefer, I just didn’t like the taste of cream of tartar) to the whites and beat the whites on high speed until they are fluffy, form a nice peaks and hold their peaks. It should look something like this:
(Update 1) Please read carefully, because I received a handful of comments that the “breads” didn’t come out right from the first try. As you read through directions, you need to remember that the KEY to success to this recipe is you need to fluff up your egg whites to stiff peaks. It takes about 5 minutes using electric hand mixer. The one that I use is Hamilton Beach . If you look at different options try to get the one that looks like an iron. It has a storage compartment that serves as a storage for mixer’s tools and a stand.
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Slowly fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites and mix carefully, you don’t want to break the fluffiness of the egg whites too much.
Do this as quickly as possible or the mixture may start melting – Spoon the mixture into 10-12 even rounds onto lightly greased baking sheet, sprinkle with rosemary or your favorite spices and put it in the oven.
Bake for 17-20 minutes on the middle rack. Then broil (cook the top) for 1 minute and watch it until they become nice and golden brown. At this point make sure you watch them so they don’t burn
Remove from the oven and let cool and enjoy!
They can be stored in the container on your counter-top for 3 days. They can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days and they are freezeable. If you decide to toast them, set the timer for 1 minute or the sides may burn.
Let me know how you are enjoying it. Do you know someone who’s a low-carber or has blood sugar issues and that would love to make these, please feel free to share this recipe with them! I also would love to see how yours came out! Please post your photos to my Facebook Page or if you post your deliciousness on Instagram pls. tag #TheBigAppleMama so it’s easy for me to find it.
Update 2: I could not help but made a video “How to make Cloud Bread” in action! Especially many of you said that it didn’t come out right the first time or there were few problems with beating the egg whites. Watch it here or on Youtube and let me know what you think. Also be sure to read my update 1 (above) the key to make this recipe successful.
Update #3. Many of you asked about the nutrition information. So I went ahead and calculated using the recipe calculator from SparkRecipes. The below is based on 4 main ingredients 3tbs creem cheese, 3 eggs, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1 TBSP of Brown sugar. I usually get 10-12 even rounds (servings) As you can see one bread has less than 50 calories – 38,5 to be exact! As you can see it is lacking on the fiber. This is no problem and easy fix. You can add 1 Tsp of Avocado Seed powder for a boost of antioxidants, fiber and gut healing nutrients!
Total Fat 2.9 g Saturated Fat 1.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 60.6 mg
Sodium 83.1 mg
Potassium 28.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 1.0 g Dietary Fiber 0.0 g Sugars 0.8 g Protein 2.2 g
Vitamin A 3.0 % Vitamin B-12 2.7 % Vitamin B-6 1.3 % Vitamin C 0.0 % Vitamin D 3.0 % Vitamin E 0.2 % Calcium 3.7 % Copper 0.1 % Folate 1.9 % Iron 1.8 % Magnesium 0.1 % Manganese 0.1 % Niacin 0.0 % Pantothenic Acid 0.1 %
Did you need another reason to eat avocados? Probably not but, just in case, these avocado crisps are a must-try and take no time to prepare. Simply mix avocado with salt, cheese and seasonings, then flatten the healthy fruit into discs. Bake ’em and you’ll have seriously delicious, better-than-chips crisps.
If you’re looking to increase healthy fats, these low-carb fat bombs can help. Made with coconut butter, coconut oil, berries and lemon juice, they’re a terrific option if you’re following a ketogenic diet.
If you’ve only had gas station beef jerky, you’re in for a pleasant surprise when you try this beef pepper version. Spiced with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and your favorite ale, this beef jerky is a delicious on-the-go low-carb snack.
Sure, buffalo chicken wings are tasty. But what if you could have the buffalo chicken flavor combined with a crunchy celery stick in every bite? Say hello to these easy sticks. Use cooked, leftover chicken to make this speedy snack or side dish. You can cut back on the mayonnaise, too or even use a rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time. A sports game-worthy low-carb snack in just minutes? Yes, please.
Like your food hot and spicy? Then say hello to your favorite new low-carb snack. Ready in 15 minutes, this simple recipe packs immunity-boosting, nutrition-packed mushroomswith cheese and jalapenos. You could even add bite-sized pieces of chicken or turkey and make it a full meal.
A bread alternative with only three required ingredients, you won’t believe how tasty this grain-free bread is. Dip it into a favorite hummus or top with your preferred nut butter for a filling snack that won’t leave you feeling bloated.
Looking for a new way to make healthy chips? Then you have to try these tomato chips. You’ll slice big, juicy tomatoes into thick slices and drizzle them with benefit-rich olive oil. After sprinkling them with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings, they’ll slow bake for several hours. The result is a tray full of low-carb snacks that are actually good for you!
Add a little excitement to the veggies in your life with my super simple basic hummus recipe. With only a handful of ingredients and just one step to prepare, use this low-carb snack when you’re munching to add a fiber boost.
These grain-free pizza bites are made with a mixture of almond and coconut flours. They’re easy to customize with your favorite seasonings, though I love the suggested garlic, thyme, oregano and basil suggestion. I’d swap the pepperoni for turkey pepperoni or even add some of the optional ingredients, like mushrooms, bell peppers or olives. This is one adults and kids alike will love.
This quick bread will satisfy your sweet tooth the all-natural way — you can use the granulated sweetener suggested or substitute maple syrup instead. It’s loaded with pumpkin taste and the ingredients that pair well with it; think cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and walnuts. Serve this pumpkin bread with a pat of grass-fed butter.
Tater tots are the perfect snack: portable, easy to eat and super tasty. They’re especially loved in the toddler and school-aged crowd. But have you seen what’s in those ingredient lists? Luckily, you can make your own low-carb snack version, thanks to this cauliflower recipe. With only five ingredients that are baked instead of fried, you won’t believe how much better this version tastes.
If I knew making doughnuts was so simple, I’d have made them ages ago! These are prepared with just four ingredients, almond meal, honey, eggs and baking soda and are delicious as a healthy snack or even dessert. If you want to take them to the next level, try them with my Chocolate Frosting recipe.
These are one of the fudgiest, chocolately brownies you’ll eat — and one of the best for you, too. Perfectly suited as a snack, these brownies are pretty much a health food. Fiber-rich black beans add protein, while instant coffee lends a rich taste that’s impossible not to love.
Kale has more health benefitsthan almost any veggie, but it’s not just for salads anymore. The vitamin-packed leafy green turns into crunchy, salty chips with this recipe. With just olive oil and seasonings, this low-carb snack is full of good-for-you benefits. Try the lime and chili option: yum!
OK, so these lemon cheesecake bars might be a little more dessert than snack, but if you’ve ever suffered from a mid-afternoon slump, you know sometimes that’s just what’s in order. This cheesecake is one you can eat guilt-free. With an almond flour and coconut oil crust and a cheesecake made with fresh lemon juice, you can’t go wrong.
You won’t miss the tortilla chips once you try these nachos. All your favorite toppings are served in mini peppers instead and finished off in the oven, making for a crisp base with melty cheese and fixings like fresh tomatoes, avocados and more. This low-carb snack even works as a quick weeknight dinner — just make a bigger batch!
Is there anything better than baked treats that don’t require actual baking? These almond butter bars are up there as one of the tastiest, oven-free low-carb snacks around. With only six ingredients, you likely have everything on hand to make them right now. They’re easy to stash in your purse to eat while you’re out about town — no more hunting down healthy options at the convenience store!
Eat these cookies as a snack or enjoy them as breakfast. They’re stuffed with protein (hello, quinoa!) and naturally sweetened, but it’s the cocoa powder and sea salt combo that will really win you over.
Add a side of veggies to that ‘za craving with this pizza zucchini. By forgoing a doughy crust for zucchini slices instead, you can pile on sauce and cheese to your heart’s content in a perfectly portioned way. Great for after-school snacking!
Forget buying salt and vinegar chips at the store and make these instead. They require only four ingredients to — how simple is that? — and are only 40 calories a serving. Use a mandolin if you can to get the zucchini slices super skinny; that’ll help them crisp up just like your favorite potato chips.
When you need to spice up your snacks but keep ’em low-carb, try these lime-roasted nuts. Maple syrup adds a dash of sweetness and you won’t be able to resist the fresh lime juice. Make a big batch and keep on hand at work and in the kitchen.
While this might be a bit of an appetizer than a portable snack, it’s great to have on hand when you need to feed a crowd, even if it’s the after-school kind! Shrooms are stuffed with turkey bacon, garlic, cauliflower and grated cheese for a super creamy texture and taste that’ll knock your socks off.
Forget those sugary, processed granola bars you can buy and make your own snack bar! With just four ingredients — naturally sweet medjool dates, dried cherries, cinnamon and your nut of choice — this is a low-carb snack that’s great on the go.
Often I try to go with veggies, fish before meat. Below are some other options, though.
Horizon Organic Mozzarella Sticks Per 1 stick (28 g): 80 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 8 g protein
Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cubes Per 4 cubes (30 g): 120 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 7 g protein
They’re portable, fun to eat and packed with muscle-building duo of protein and calcium—just a few of the reasons we’re such big fans of cheese snacks. Plus, with less than one gram of carbs per serving, picking up a stick or a couple cubes is sure to help you stay on track towards your better body goals.
EMERALD 100 CALORIE PACK ALMONDS & WALNUTS
Per 1 pack (16 g): 100 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar [0 g added sugars]), 3 g protein
Looking for a small pre-workout nosh? This is it! The almonds in this snack pack are a good source of the amino acid L-arginine, which can help the body burn more fat and carbs during sweat sessions. The omega-3s in the walnuts also play a part in your weight loss success by boosting your brainpower, which can help you stay focused on your fitness.
Per package (2.25 oz): 25 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 1 g protein
Just because you’re on a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. Thanks to their high water content, carrots are one of the most satiating veggies out there, making this grab-and-go snack pack a solid pick. Bonus: The carrots are accompanied by a package of seasoning that punches up the flavor, similar to dips and dressings, but without the excess calories or fat. If you’re worried about the sodium (one of the 50 Little Things Making You Fatter and Fatter), simply use half of the seasonings packet.
JUSTIN’S CLASSIC PEANUT BUTTER
Per squeeze pack (2 tbsp): 190 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (4 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 8 g protein
You know how the saying goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And that sure holds for one of our favorite nut butters, peanut butter. Ounce for ounce, peanuts are one of the most protein-packed nuts you can get, which means more hunger-busting nutrients for you. On the run? Rip open the top of the squeeze pack and eat the butter right from the pouch. For more of a sit-down snack, smear some of the heart-healthy, disease-fighting spread onto some low-carb celery sticks.
SIGGI’S WHOLE MILK ICELANDIC YOGURT WITH MIXED BERRIES
Per 4.4 oz container: 140 calories, 4.5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (0 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 12 g protein
Skyr, a type of yogurt similar to strained Greek yogurt, is one of the lowest sugar yogurts on the market. Pick up Siggi’s Whole Fat Yogurt with Mixed Berries for a touch of sweetness without breaking the carb bank and you’ll also reap 12 grams of protein and belly-filling healthy fats. Like your yogurt plain or like to choose your own fruits? Go with Chobani’s Whole Milk Greek Yogurt—130 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 13 g protein per 5.3 oz container. And if you’re looking to pair plain yogurt with some fruit, check out this list of your low-sugar, low-carb options: 25 Popular Fruits—Ranked by Sugar Content!.
GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC 85% CACAO BAR
Per 1 oz (about ¼ bar): 178 calories, 14 g fat (8.5 g saturated fat), 10.5 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 5.5 g sugar, 3 g protein
Dark chocolate isn’t just good for curbing your sugar cravings. It’s also rich in nutrients like healthy fats, muscle-relaxing magnesium, and a particular group of free-radical-fighting antioxidants known as flavanols. These compounds work with the caffeine found in cocoa solids to boost blood flow to the brain and enhance cognitive function. Oh, and it just happens to be low carb.
Per bar: 210 calories, 17 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (5 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 5 g protein
KIND Bars are one of the most popular granola bar brands out there—and for good reason. They pack impressive amounts of protein, fiber, and healthy fats (the infamous satiety trio), so they’re sure to take the edge off even the meanest midday hunger. KIND’s Maple Glazed Pecan bar is the lowest carb bar the brand offers.
Per 1 bar (43 g): 100 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 1 g carb (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 15 g protein
This low-carb, high-protein snack bar is made from hormone-free chicken, organic spices and chia seeds —and is much lower in sodium than a typical meat stick, too. You won’t find any actual sriracha in this bar, despite the name. Instead, it gets its heat from the addition of red pepper flakes, which Laval University researchers say can diminish hunger and amp up the calorie burn.
Per 1 oz: 150 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein
These might not be the lowest-carb snack on our list, but having carbs also means you can reap the digestion-supporting, belly-filling benefits of four grams of fiber. These crunchy snacks also deliver 55 percent of the day’s immunity-boosting vitamin A and a whopping 300 percent of the day’s vitamin K, a nutrient that helps blood clot.
Per 1 pack (1.1 oz): 156 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein
Forget your typical salty cravings like empty-calorie, high-carb pretzels and chips. Instead, opt for these black olives with a spicy peppery kick. They’re full of a class of monounsaturated fats that have been found to fend off health-harming inflammation that’s making you fat.
Per 1 egg: 60 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 5 g protein
How many times have you bought eggs, fully intending to boil them for the week ahead–and then just totally forgot? We know we’re guilty of this. These natural eggs are cooked, peeled and ready to eat whenever hunger strikes. Oh, and while you’re munching away, don’t discard the yolk. Thanks to a nutrient called choline, eating a bit of yellow can help fry health-harming belly flab and make your abs pop.
SEAPOINT FARMS WASABI DRY ROASTED EDAMAME
Per ¼ cup: 130 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (7 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 14 g protein
When you’re on a low-carb diet, noshing on nuts is all too common—and can get old pretty quickly. To spice things up a bit—literally—get your hands on Seapoint Farms’ wasabi-infused dry-roasted edamame snack packs. Besides having a satisfyingly crunchy texture and kick of heat, they pack 11 grams of soy protein and five grams of belly-filling fiber in each 100-calorie serving!
Per 1 package (10 g): 50 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 2 g protein
These 50 calories aren’t full of many macronutrients, but that doesn’t mean they’re empty. Seaweed is rich in micronutrients like focus-strengthening iron, cholesterol-lowering vitamin C, metabolism-regulating iodine, and mood-boosting magnesium. They also offer a low-carb alternative to salty snacks like pretzels.
Per ¼ cup: 130 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (5 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 6 g protein
If you don’t mind a few extra carbs in your daily budget, these crunchy chickpeas are a great go-to. The dried pulses are full of healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein. That’s all good news since a recent 2016 study found that plant protein is more filling than animal protein. See-ya hunger pangs!
TWO MOMS SOUL SPROUT CAYENNE CACAO ALMOND BUTTER TRUFFLES
Per 2 pieces (28 g, ½ pack): 140 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 4 g protein
Ready for a fat-banishing one-two punch? Pick up a pack of these almond butter truffles. Made with enzyme-rich sprouted nuts, metabolism-boosting cayenne pepper, and hunger-quelling healthy fats, you’ll be sure to win the fight against midday hunger.
Per mini cup (57 g): 100 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein
Thanks to a base of everyone’s favorite fruit—the avocado—guacamole packs in a whopping 9 grams of a healthy fat known as oleic acid, which can actually quiet feelings of hunger. The filling fats from the avocado make it a perfect energizing 3 pm snack. Just pair it with your favorite low-carb crudites!
HEALTH WARRIOR CHIA BAR COCONUT
Per bar (25 g): 110 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 3 g protein
They’re mini, but chia seeds are also pretty mighty. Rich in heart-healthy, brain-protecting omega-3s and belly-filling fiber, this bar is going to accelerate your weight loss goals, especially when paired with the cashew butter and almonds in this bar. So good, in fact, it made our list of 16 Best Nutrition Bars for Every Goal.
Per 2 tablespoons: 60 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein
With its base of satiating, fiber-rich chickpeas, hummus is one of the best things you can dip a carrot into. Just make sure you pick up a low-sodium brand like Cedar’s so you can avoid the post-snack belly bloat.
Per stick (1 oz): 70 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 10 g protein
Leave that blender bottle full of protein powder at home. These snack-size turkey sticks are made from antibiotic- and hormone-free turkey. They’re free of appetite-revving MSG and nearly free of carbs, but full of muscle-building protein. Speaking of protein, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with these 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss.