Dr. Mike Roussell tells Shape magazine that peanut butter on celery offers both convenience and a low carb count. Cottage cheese and its variations also are an excellent choice, and are especially healthful with a chia seed topping for added fiber or cinnamon for added antioxidants. Greek yogurt also provides a rich source of protein as well as a low carb count.
Walnuts have fewer carbs than almonds, peanuts, pistachios and cashews as well as better antioxidant properties than other nuts. String cheese also has a low carb count. Kale chips and curried edamame, or soy beans, provide a nutrient-rich alternative to high-calorie party mixes. For those with a sweet-tooth, almond and apple spice muffins are a great light-meal alternative, as are light meal-replacement shakes. For traveling, try non-starchy vegetables and protein foods, such as raw vegetables and low-carb dip, meats and cheeses, containers of salad, hard-boiled or deviled eggs, fresh low-carb fruit and calorie-free beverages. Carry a low-carb emergency kit containing protein bars, jerky, snack sausages, tuna, soy nuts, sturdy vegetables, flax seed meal and nuts, seeds or low-carb trail mix. Large artichokes, nuts, soy lattes and carrot sticks and hummus are also great alternatives to traditional fatty, high-calorie snacks.