The Ultimate Sweet-Tooth’s Guide for Low Carb Diets

by Patrick McGinley

Low carb diets and I have a love-hate relationship. I love that it lowers my body fat if I am going for the swim suit abs. I hate when my low carb diet gets pissed and throws my stuff out the window when I look at a Snickers bar.

Luckily enough, there are solutions to maintaining a low carb lifestyle without eating like a bird.

*Take note that most of these do use artificial sweeteners. The article is regarding low carb solutions and not whether Coca-Cola is giving the world cancer one Diet Coke at a time. Also, all Amazon links are referral-free and for reference purposes.

The Shopping List:


Sugar Free Jello + Whipped Cream

Trust Bill Cosby on this one – he is wise beyond his years. The Jello has 0g of carbs while the whipped cream has only 2g of carbs per serving. This is, personally, my favorite treat. I probably eat it everyday. It’s cheap, crazy delicious, and easy to prepare.

The best part? Make a batch at the beginning of the week and you’re set. Otherwise you can buy the single Jello packages (or steal them from your neighborhood kids’ lunches).
And remember, there’s always room for… ehh, nevermind.

Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds (

High protein. Only 3 carbs after removing fiber. 100% pure awesomeness.

These almonds are great if you are having trouble maintaining proper caloric and fat intake. Perfect for on the go travel as well.

The downside? They can be expensive at around $9-$12 for an 11oz container. Get around this by finding the massive 38oz package on sale at Cosco for around $15.

Lindt Excellence Extra Dark Chocolate 85%* (

Fun fact – dark chocolate is quite literally the food of the gods. It contains theobromine, which in Greek, is translated theo (“God”) and brosi (“food”).

Being a chocolate connoisseur (read: junkie), I searched high and low for a low carb solution. I stumbled across this gem. Definitely get the 85% as it is the lowest carb and tasty (although 70% is mouthwatering as well, but comes at the cost of more carbs). I advise away from the 90% as it tastes like a mixture of chalk and rusty pennies.

Only 5g of carbs per serving. Note that a serving is 4 “squares.” The squares are massive.

*Note for European-chocoholics, Lindt’s lowest carb dark chocolate is the 90% mix rather than the 85% mixture here in the U.S. Must be from slight recipe differences.

Organic Almond Butter or Peanut Butter

Do not dip dark chocolate in peanut butter – that is, unless you don’t like having your mind blown.

Peanut or almond butter is perfect for a quick fix that provides good fats and decent caloric intake. I tend to have a scoop or two with my breakfast. Find one with low carb (sometimes a lot of sugar is added depending on brand).

Diamond’s Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk + Protein Shake (Amazon Links: Milk, Protein)

Low carb means no more milk. No milk means watery, less tasty protein shakes.

…Until now.
Diamond’s Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk contains a single gram of carbs. Mix in your favorite protein shake. Enjoy a thick, delicious, high protein treat or replacement meal.

I recommend most flavors of ON Gold Standard protein (whey for day, casein before bed) and BSN Syntha-6 for post workout nutrition.

Breyers CarbSmart Ice Cream (Breyers)

I don’t know how they did it, but they did it. Breyers created an amazing tasting line of low carb ice cream products. I assume it was the result of a shady transaction with the devil. They range between 3g-5g of net carbs depending on the product. My personal preference is with the Vanilla Almond bar.

Get it now because let’s face it – sometimes you just need ice cream.



If you know any other sweet foods that still are within the confines of low carb, let me know.

Enjoy eating like a pig and still maintaining your loving relationship with your LCD.


William Murderface March 3, 2011 at 4:37 am

Just a note (which you already know, assuming you read The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss [and I know you did, Mr. Author]) aside from the questionable carcinogenic properties of artificial sweeteners, if you’re trying to achieve a ketogenic diet, artificial sweeteners will spike insulin and can screw up your keto. However, I’ve found that its not especially bad – I’m chewing aspartame-sweetened gum and mixing up aspartame-sweetened instant iced-tea and still losing fat.

If you’re not going for slowcarb, tl;dr this reply at will.

I’m looking forward to trying out some of these things when I get home and have more options than camel-based products to purchase.

And almond butter is totally awesome. I had two jars of it shipped here and they were gone within two weeks. I made sad faces.

Patrick McGinley March 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Yeah, artificial sweeteners can definitely mess with your body’s chemistry a bit. It’s not recommended to gorge on any of this stuff. However though, with the CKD, since it seems really dependent on carb timing; there seems to be less of an impact on results when artificial sweeteners are used.

Can’t wait to chill when you get back :)

toni May 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Why not just eat what your body wants and needs?
Our bodies signal what is needed the majority of the time…
proteins, sugar, and carbs..but, use non processed, quickly cooked…
and add rye bread. :) and, chocolate and coffee. :) and, perhaps a cig. :)
All “diet” stuff will kill you, especially the pop stuff..
Try to use real… butter, no margarine, fresh veg’s and fruits.. Grow some
tomato’s.. They are so awesomely good for you and to eat..and, make your yard
look awesome. nothing beats a pecan ball..with all good vanilla ice cream and some
good hot fudge… :)
Avoid all artificial sweeteners. they are deadly.
nice article.

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