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What are the best midday low carb snacks?

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Beef or turkey jerky, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds, hard-boiled eggs and oatmeal cookies are examples of low-carbohydrate and high-protein snacks. Also good for snacks are protein bars, tofu sticks and edamame poppers.

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Jack Link’s is a brand that offers several flavors of beef jerky, served in 1-ounce packages that usually contain a total of only 80 calories per pack. Depending on the flavor, the amount of protein ranges from 10 to 14 grams per pack. Nuts are also portable protein-loaded snacks, specifically almonds and pistachios. Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are low-carbohydrate yet very nutritious gourds as they contain antioxidants, minerals and antimicrobial elements. One-fourth cup, or 32 grams, of pumpkins seeds contain 3.45 grams of carbohydrates and 9.75 grams of protein.

One hard-boiled egg is a guilt-free and convenient snack for people on the go. If one egg is not enough, slice the egg and eat it along with one slice of whole-wheat bread. Baked tofu slices are also protein-rich snacks, which can be more delicious when served with hummus, tomato sauce or teriyaki sauce.

For a microwave recipe of oatmeal cookies, mix one-fourth cups of oats, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, one egg white, one-fourth teaspoon vanilla extract, one-fourth teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon raisins. Flatten the mixture into the bottom of a microwave-safe bowl, set the microwave on high for 45 seconds, and then leave the mixture to cool.

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