I’ve been low carbing it for the last few weeks. I think it’s a rite of passage to purchase a bunch of “healthy” junk food when you start dieting. So I’ve gotten tons lately. My diet is pretty simple. 1200 calories +/- 100 calories, low carb at about 30 net grams, although I try to aim for less. I don’t eat any gluten products anymore, or anything super carby (no fruit atm, no breads, rice, or most processed foods). I’ve done keto before where my goal was 20 net carbs a day, and it mostly consisted of me eating a lot of meat and cheese. That seemed super unhealthy to me, and I had a lot of stomach issues with the diet. So when I started up this new diet I wanted to stick to mostly vegetables, therefore my carbs are higher than probably the average keto-er, but pretty exclusively under 30 net grams and usually less than that. Anyway! I thought it would be a good idea for myself personally to throw down some opinions on some of the low carb food I’ve been indulging in (generally gluten free too). So I will update this perodically I guess as I eat more low carb junk! Enjoy! (if there is anything you want me to buy and try, let me know!)
This is a review of all the most recent low carb snacks I’ve been enjoying.
First I wanna review the Adkins shakes I’ve been drinking. I will often have 1 of these a day, I LOVE them. I’ve tried three flavors, Mocha, Dark Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate. I will only be continuing to get the Mocha and Dark Chocolate. The Milk Chocolate is way too milky and not chocolately enough for my bitter tongue.
What makes these drinks so awesome? 2-3 net carbs in each bottle, 15g of protein and only 160 calories. It’s delicious, sweet, and rich. I don’t really have a sweet tooth to speak of, but these satiate what sweet tooth I do have. SHAKE WELL. Overall, probably one of my favorite low-carb guiltless snack. Half of my entire second shelf in my fridge is just Adkins shakes.
Continuing with a chocolate theme, one of the BEST things I have ever discovered. ChocZero’s Keto Bark. What a remarkable discovery. I love dark chocolate, and before my diet I would eat a bar of dark chocolate probably once a week or every other week. This is the closest and most satisfying chocolate bar I’ve ever tried, low carb or not, it’s unbelievably good.
2g of net carbs per ounce, 120 calories and chocolate chocolate chocolate. It’s not hard like most dark chocolate, it’s softer and so sweet, but not artificially sweet. I cannot describe accurately how fantastic these are. They are my favorite find of all time, and I dare someone to produce something more satisfying. The only real issue with them is that you will want to eat more. I’ve read in reviews that this HAS spiked blood sugar levels in some people, so if that’s why you’re low carbing it, might wanna pass. For me, it’s all about just meeting and not exceeding a quota so it totally works for me.
Which brings me to the disappointing chocolate source of happiness. The Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar. No thanks. While the numbers are all good (Gluten free and 20g protein with under 200 calories and 6g fat) it’s just not tasty.
The Brownie bar is just way too dense. The chocolate flavor is there, but not the sweetness associated with chocolate. Eating this feels like you’re cheating yourself and eating something healthy. Your palate knows you’re trying to lie to it. I couldn’t even eat the whole thing thats how unappetizing it was, however my husband did fully seem to enjoy it (although I think he would enjoy anything that resembled a brownie). For me it’s a hard no, and I will probably avoid Quest Bars in the future.
That’s all I’ve got right now, I will update another blog post later when I get the time to review some other treats I’ve had (some nacho replacements and other crunchy goodness). What’s your favorite low-carb junk food?