Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is actually Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading (submitted by Jana’s mom). While I would normally love that topic because I definitely have plenty of favorite reading snacks, I had to tweak it for this week. Why? Because about three weeks ago, my doctor put me on a low-carb diet and I basically had to eliminate all of my favorite foods to snack on from my diet. Since then, I’ve spent much of my time trying to find low-carb alternatives to the chips, cookies, and ice cream I would typically be indulging in while flipping the pages. As you can tell, I’m not much for healthy snacking and I also have no interest in anything that involves prep time, so this has been a challenge. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. And by all means, if you are on a similar diet and have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
10 Snacks for the Reader Who is Also on a Low Carb Diet
1. PEANUTS. Peanut butter would normally be a go-to reading snack for me, but it has way too many carbs. I’ve switched to these individual packs of peanuts, which only have 8 grams.
2. CHEESE. Cheese and crackers were another favorite reading snack of mine, so I just ditched the crackers and now snack on cheese only. I usually go for either string cheese or these little individually wrapped pieces of sharp white cheddar from Cabot.
3. YOGURT. Yogurt can be challenging because so many of them have a lot of added sugar, but I like this one. It’s Dannon Light and Fit Original Greek and it comes in a lot of different flavors. It’s only 80 calories and has 12 grams of protein and only 8 grams of carbs.
4. HARD BOILED EGG. Even though these obviously involve some prep time, I like that I can make several at once and then have a few days worth of snacks. I just chop the egg up and sprinkle it with a little salt and pepper.
5. CARROTS. I can’t eat many of these because they still have a fair amount of sugar in them, but I’ll buy the baby carrots since it’s easy to see the serving size to help me keep track of the carbs. I like to dip the carrots in a light Italian dressing I found that has minimal carbs per serving.
6. KIND MINI BARS. I actually just found these at the grocery store over the weekend. They’re very small, no more than a couple of bites worth, but they are delicious and a mini bar only has 8 grams of carbs. I usually nibble on it a little at a time to make it last me a few chapters, lol.
7. ATKINS CHOCOLATE CANDIES. Peanut M&Ms are my all-time favorite reading snack but since I can’t have those anymore, I purchased some of these Atkins candies to see how they compare. They’re clearly nowhere near as good as real M&Ms, but they will do the trick in a pinch.
8. ATKINS CHOCOLATE COVERED ALMONDS. A Snickers candy bar was also a favorite of mine, so I picked up these dark chocolate covered nuts. Like the Atkins candies above, these would do in a pinch if I really wanted something sweet to snack on.
9. COFFEE WITH SUGAR FREE CREAMER. I also have a couple of go to beverages when I’m reading and I’ve tweaked those so that I can still have them. I swapped my usual coffee creamer for this sugar-free French Vanilla from Coffee Mate. It has a lot less carbs and it tastes good so it’s a win.
10. HERBAL TEA. My doctor told me that I shouldn’t eat anymore for at least 3 hours before I go to bed. She recommended having a cup of herbal tea instead of a snack. I’ve taken her advice on this one and bought this caffeine free mint tea that I really like. I put a packet of stevia in it, which has 0 carbs, and it’s really nice.
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What are some of your favorite foods to snack on while you read?