Snacking. One of life’s greatest pleasures and my longest running hobby. Also the easiest way for sugar to sneak it’s way into my mouth, undoing all my hard work at eating a balanced diet. The best way to avoid snack sabotage is to ensure healthy options are on hand. Seems obvious right? However, unless you’re super organised and always near a fridge, it’s more difficult than you’d think.
I made this list after an unsuccessful attempt to find portable low-carb snack ideas online. I think my idea of “portable” must be different to everyone else out there, because there’s no way I’m keeping a piece of cheese wrapped in ham in my handbag all day. Are people really out there carrying hardboiled eggs and cans of tuna to whip out whenever hunger strikes? If you are one of these people you are a monster and should be stopped. Also, please never make me smell the inside of your bag or pockets.
So here they are, my top five low-carb snack ideas that are ACTUALLY portable. You can keep these in your handbag/backpack/desk drawer and eat them anywhere without risk of judgement for being the stinky creep on the bus eating a hardboiled egg.
1. NUTS & SEEDS
Raw Mixed Nuts: 30g serving | Energy 196 Kcal | Fat 17.5g | Carbohydrate 2g | Protein 6.6g
A snacking classic, nuts and seeds are full of healthy fats and essential nutrients like magnesium, calcium and zinc. For the best value, buy in bulk and portion out individual servings into ziplock bags or small lidded containers.
Stript Snacks Cracked Black Pepper Steak Snack: 25g serving | Energy 61 Kcal | Fat 1g | Carbohydrate 0.4g | Protein 13.4g
Biltong and jerky make excellent protein rich snacks, but make sure to pick a brand that doesn’t use a marinade full of sugar. This beef biltong from Stript Snacks comes in two flavours, contains NO added sugar and comes in a handy single-portion pack.
3. PORK CRACKLING
Awfully Posh Pork Crackling: 40g serving | Energy 254 Kcal | Fat 20g | Carbohydrate <0.2g | Protein 18.6g
I really miss the savoury crunch of crackers and potato chips when I eat low-carb, so pork crackling fills the gap nicely. Again, check the ingredient list and choose a brand that doesn’t add sugar and flour. My favourite Awfully Posh Pork Crackling contains only pork rind and sea salt.
Sainsbury’s Pitted Green Olives: 70g serving | Energy 124 Kcal | Fat 12.6g | Carbohydrate <0.4g | Protein <0.4g
It’s not practical to carry a bottle of olives around with you, and luckily you don’t have to now that many places are selling smaller bagged servings that don’t require refrigeration. I’ll admit eating olives on a bus is borderline hardboiled egg territory, but it’s way less strange if you just imagine you’re drinking a deconstructed gin-free martini.
5. ALMOND BUTTER
Pip & Nut Almond Butter Squeeze Pack: 30g serving | Energy 188 Kcal | Fat 16g | Carbohydrate 2.2g | Protein 7.8g
I’m not the only one eating almond butter straight from the jar, right? Pip & Nut have kindly validated my snacking habits by creating portable single serve sachets of their nut butters. They do a couple of flavours, but the plain almond butter contains the least amount of sugar.
So these are my favourite portable low-carb snacks for busy days when I’m out and about. Let me know in the comments what yours are – just don’t try to tell me I should be carrying celery sticks spread with cream cheese in my bag! (Related, just had an AMAZING business idea: refrigerated handbags. Please send cash immediately if you want to invest.)