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 (Amazon.com)
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%* (Amazon.com)
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).
Low carb means no more milk. No milk means watery, less tasty protein shakes.
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.