Starting a low-carb diet can seem daunting, especially when you start to realize how many everyday foods and snacks have a carb count much higher than most low-carb diets allow. You may be surprised, however, to discover how many great tasting low-carb substitutions are out there for your favorite, sugary snacks.
- Mission brand Carb Balance Flour Tortillas. These tortillas are a real life saver. They can be found in most major grocery stores and come in at just 6g net carbs after factoring in the fiber content. They can be cut up and fried or broiled for home-made chips (which are always a hit even with people not on the diet). Or you can stick to basics and use them to make lunch meat roll-ups or tacos while easily staying under your daily carb limit.
- Halo Top Ice Cream. Low carb ice cream can often be hit or miss depending on the person, but you will probably have a hard time finding many people who don’t swear by Halo Top. They have seven different flavors such as mint chip, birthday cake, and lemon cake. After factoring in the fiber and sugar alcohols, a serving of Halo Top comes in at no more than 5g carbs, 20g per pint. They advertise themselves as low-sugar, low-carb, low-fat, and with no synthetic growth hormones. Typically, Halo Top will be found in the health food/vegan section of your grocery store rather than the normal ice cream section.
- Cauliflower Rice. Eliminating carbs from your diet can really limit the meals that you can throw together easily, since it takes away fillers such as pasta and rice. However, cauliflower rice is usually well received when prepared correctly, and can be less than 5g carbs per serving depending on your serving size. Cauliflower rice can be bought premade from some stores, but can also easily be prepared at home. All you need to do is chop up a head of cauliflower and throw it in the food processor until it is rice-like in shape. Then it can be fried up with any vegetables or your favorite low-carb sauce.
- Almond Flour. You will probably find several different brands of almond flour in the health foods section of your grocery store. If you enjoy baking, this is definitely a must have in your kitchen. Most almond flours will be less than 5g carbs per serving. It can be used to substitute regular flour for just about anything: cookies, bread, cake, etc. and the difference in taste is very minor. It can be a tad on the expensive side, so some will save it for special occasions.
- Quest Bars. Chances are that you have heard about these bars already if you have done any research into a low-carb diet. Quest Bars come in lots of different flavors, and most of them have only 4 or 5g carbs per bar. They can also be on the pricier side, so it is often recommended to buy them in bulk to maximize your savings. Just a few of the flavors offered are S’Mores, Cookies and Cream, Apple Pie, and PB & J. They are guaranteed to have a flavor that will appeal to everyone.