Low-Carb Treats: Staying on Plan and Being Realistic

Some people ask me if there are low-carb treats that are on plan for times where we just really need something sweet or salty/crunchy. Going low-carb is a huge adjustment for a lot of people, and times when life throws you punches (and lemons and Mercury is in Retrograde and it’s that time of the month and and and …) it’s helpful to know what products are out there so that we can indulge and stay within 20 carbs (or whatever your daily allowance is).

I generally do not do processed food … not very often anyhow. But guess what? I am HUMAN. And sometimes there are days where having chocolate is just easier than potential jail time. Pick your battle.

Parsnip Chips!  My favourite!
Parsnip Chips! My favourite!


Here are a few that are readily accessible here in the Vancouver area that taste good:

SWEET

Russell Stover Sugar Free Candy and Chocolates
– I tend to like their version of Turtles (Pecan Delights), the peanut butter cups, and their version of Skor bar (English toffee covered in chocolate). They have a HUGE selection of other candies as well, hard candy, gummies, etc., but for me they’re just not my thing. The sugar free line of Russell Stover is always in this signature green packaging, so they are easy to spot. Taking into account sugar alcohols (not SUGAR count), the net carbs comes down to just a few for a few pieces. You can have more than just ONE.
-In Canada I’ve found these in most drug stores with a decent candy aisle (London Drugs, Shoppers), as well as Save-On Foods and SOME Safeways. They generally run for a few dollars for about 6 pieces.

Russel Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delights
Russel Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delights

Weight Watchers Sugar Free Candy
-I like the Chocolate-covered English toffee squares and Pecan Crowns.
-These are not as widely available, but I’ve found them in Safeway occasionally. Similar pricing to the Russell Stover candies and sometimes shelved right next to them.

Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns
Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns

The thing to note about sugar free candies are that they use a sugar substitute, including sucralose, aspartame, stevia, etc. Many people find that eating too many pieces has explosive results …. LITERALLY. I found my gut tolerance was one or two pieces. I once had five or six pieces, and … on a scale of bubble guts to Star Wars door, I was at about rocket butt. On the upside (there is always an upside) it means you learn very quickly to moderate … or else lol. Also some people find having sugar free candy too often stalls their weight loss.

SAVORY

Hardbite Parsnip Chips
-If you’ve ever enjoyed yam fries or sweet potato fries, these Parsnip Chips taste is very similar with fewer carbs! Lovely taste, salt content, and crispy texture. This hits the spot when you have a chip craving and can’t be bothered with kale chips (also low carb but for some reason hugely expensive unless you do them homemade). I’ve never found these to stall weight loss.
-I’ve found these at Whole Foods, Save-On Foods, London Drugs and Buy Low Foods. A package runs about $5.
-You can also buy them on Amazon.com by clicking HERE.

Hardbite Parsnip Chips
Hardbite Parsnip Chips

PASTA

Explore Asian Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucine
-Wait. What? I thought you said no pasta, Silver! Well, there are options. And for those who have seen my instagram pics of spiralized zoodles (zucchini noodles) but just really want that al dente taste, these are the closest thing I’ve found. The taste is similar to those spinach pasta noodles, so a bit chewier than regular pasta. The carb count for most of the noodles from this company is about 9 to 11, so it takes up half or more of your carb allowance if you’re like me. However, if you’re having a day, have at ‘r. Just be sure to add your carb counts for whatever sauce you are using. My favourite add-ons include grilled prawns, meat, steamed broccoli, alfredo sauce, cheese. Very happy with this find. I’ve also never found these to stall weight loss. However, it is one of those more “processed” foods that I generally don’t eat.
-Save-On Foods. About $8 in store (four servings in a pack).
-You can also buy them on Amazon.com by clicking HERE.

Explore Asian Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine
Explore Asian Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine

Last thoughts: in a pinch and needing a quickie dessert, I’ve whipped up some heavy whipping cream and added some berries or mixed in raw unsweetened cacao powder for a bit of faux ice cream. Does the trick!

Do you have some low-carb treat favourites you wish to share? Leave a comment!
Cheers
Silver

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