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I’ve been doing the Faster Way to Fat Loss program for a little over six months now and doing intermittent fasting off and on since January 2019. I follow the 16/8 eating schedule where I stop eating at 8pm and don’t eat again until noon the following day. Sometimes I end up eating later if the kids fall asleep later so it may be more like 1pm. It has been an adjustment for me, but the schedule has been easy to follow and one that works for me.
One big component of the Faster Way to Fat Loss is Carb Cycling. This is where you “trick” your body by alternating between low carb and high carb days to maximize fat burning. Mondays and Tuesdays are my low carb days. It’s great timing because I’m usually ready to be highly regimented with my diet after weekend.
Having simple low carb snacks on hand for low carb days has been really important for my success. The key on these days is to stay below 50 net carbs for the day. The formula for net carbs is as follows:
Total Carbs – Dietary Fiber = Net Carbs
My meals very basic on low carb days My go-to lunches are usually eggs with avocado and bacon and chicken sausage and zucchini. Both simple, healthy delicious meals. For dinner I love making Egg Roll In A Bowl.
Finding snacks on low carb day can be difficult. Here are some of my top snacks for low carb days.
Top 5 Snacks for Low Carb Days
Kind Bar – Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt – These bars come in at 9g net carbs. They are really tasty and feel more like a decadent treat to me. That’s why I reach for them when I’m craving a sweet mid afternoon snack. I can grab one of these and I’m good. I really love sea salt and this bar has good flavor.
Koia Plant-Based Protein Drinks – I discovered these Koia Keto drinks at Expo West last year and love them. These drinks have 5g of net carbs, no added sugar, and 12g of protein per bottle (for the Cake Batter flavor). I get these at Lazy Acres which is a local natural grocery store near my home. They are a staple for me on low carb days!
Trader Joe’s Norwegian Crispbread – I love to put avocado on this Gluten-Free Norwegian Crispbread from Trader Joe’s and sprinkle it with the “Everything But The….” seasoning. So good. It comes in at 3g net carb per cracker and I can eat two and feel like I had a really substantial snack. I buy these at my local Trader Joe’s. If there isn’t a Trader Joe’s near you, these crackers can be found on Amazon but they are a lot more expensive.
EPIC Pink Himalayan Salt Pork Rinds – If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would one day be eating Pork Rinds as a snack, I would have laughed. I didn’t start eating pork until 2013 and I don’t think I’ve ever had a pork rind before I tried these ones from EPIC. Coach Kelley turned me onto them and they are 0g net carbs. I will admit, they are an acquired taste. If you can get past the idea of eating pork rinds, they are a truly EPIC snack (you see what I did there?)
Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bar Vanilla Shortbread – This is another low carb bar option. They are high in fat and lower in sugar (2g for the Vanilla Shortbread) and they have 12g of protein. I like these bars too and rotate between them and the Kind bars. You can get these on Amazon. I also found them at my local Costco.
These snacks have been very helpful for me in making sure I stay below my daily low carb goal on my low carb days. Veggies are probably one of the best low carb go-to options so you can also cut up some cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes and enjoy those too.
What about you? What low carb snacks do you enjoy? Have you ever tried carb cycling before?