By Isadora Baum
If you’re looking for snack ideas that offer heart-healthy fats and rich protein, you can’t go wrong with avocado. This green fruit is high in nutrition, and it’s even keto friendly, since it’s low in carbs on its own. Plus, you can enjoy it as a mash for a guacamole spread or on avocado toast when you need a quick bite to hold you over until your next meal.
A ripe avocado is a solid option for an appetizer sized portion when you’re craving something to eat but don’t want to spoil your appetite for later. And you can even use avocado halves with a drizzle of lemon juice or olive oil to make a low carb, quick snack that leaves room for variety, since you have fill that half with anything you like: jalapeno, feta cheese, veggies, chicken salad, and more.
Here are a couple of great avocado recipes you can enjoy during the middle of the day when you’re looking for a bite to eat that can be sweet or savory and always delicious.
Under 300 calories, this toast works for either a light breakfast or a hearty snack that will keep you full until your next real meal. Using gluten free or whole grain toast, you can lather on avocado mash to make a creamy avocado toast that is simple ready in under five minutes. Use heirloom tomatoes for a pop of color and antioxidants, like lycopene, to better your heart.
These avocado halves are stuffed with shrimp for protein and inflammation-fighting fats for a light snack or appetizer dish that has cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, and lemon for a good mix of spice and citrus. Don’t want shrimp? Swap for another fish, like salmon or tuna, or go with a dollop of chicken salad inside the avocado instead. It’s done in 30 minutes.
Avocado and hummus come together for a mini quesadilla made with whole wheat tortillas that you can just pop in your mouth for a quick snack idea. If you want, use a taco instead and fill it up with the spreads. You can also add cilantro for flavor and cheese, like mozzarella, queso fresco, or feta. It’s ready in 18 minutes total time, which isn’t bad for a snack dish.
Deviled eggs are a good keto and low carb snack, since you get the protein from the egg and can then add something fattening but low in carbs and sugar on top. And avocado makes for a great snack idea topping, along with crispy bacon bits, if desired. Add cayenne for some heat and make a big batch at once.
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