Whether you are on a low-carb diet for weight loss or looking to manage your diabetes by restricting your carb intake, peanut butter can be an ideal snack food. Choose an all-natural peanut butter that does not contain added sugar. When you are on a low-carb diet, choose good sources for the carbs you do consume to get the necessary vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Peanut Butter with Fruits or Veggies
Combine peanut butter with fresh fruits or veggies for a healthy, low-carb snack. Spread peanut butter on a large stalk of celery, a small apple or a small banana. Fruits typically have more carbs than vegetables. For example, a large stalk of celery has only 2 g of carbs; a small apple has 21 g and a small banana has 23 g.
Peanut Butter with Bread or Crackers
Spread peanut butter on a slice of whole grain bread to get a high-fiber, low-carb snack. One slice of whole grain bread contains 11 g of carbohydrates. You can also choose half of a whole-grain bagel or a serving of whole grain crackers.
Peanut Butter Balls
Mix peanut butter with protein powder and form the mixture into small, bite-sized balls for an easy low-carb peanut butter snack. Chocolate or banana-flavored powder complements the taste of the peanut butter. If you like, mix in a small amount of dried, unsweetened coconut or some sesame seeds. Store the balls in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them.
Peanut Butter Smoothies
In a blender, combine peanut butter with either whole milk or plain yogurt for a delicious peanut butter smoothie. For additional protein, add protein powder. Include fruit to increase your consumption of vitamins and minerals, but don’t forget to tally the additional carbs. Bananas taste delicious in smoothies and make the beverage thicker.
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