The theory behind the Low Carb High Fat Diet (LCHF) is to reduce carbohydrate intake in order to exchange the primary energy source to fat instead. By implementing this, your body has no choice but to burn your fat stores rather than relying on carb-heavy food sources – therefore burning body fat!
The main foods that are suited to this type of diet include dairy, meat, fish, oils, eggs and vegetables.
Whether you’re trying out this diet or simply want to reduce your carbohydrate intake, you’ll love some of our simple, delicious snacks!
#1 Mini Cheesy Frittatas
240g Grated cheddar cheese
8 Whole medium eggs
4 Egg whites
80ml Full-fat milk
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees. Grease all holes in a 12-space muffin tin with cooking spray.
Whisk together all the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 24 minutes.
Insert a tooth pick into the centre to ensure they are cooked through. If cooked fully remove from the oven and allow them to cool.
When they are cool, remove from the tin and store in a lunch box in the fridge until you are ready to eat them. Makes 12 frittatas.
Macros per frittata
#2 Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs
200g Mozzarella cheese
20 g Italian herbs
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Mix the herbs into the mince.
Cut the mozzarella into 12 chunks, then form 12 balls of mince around the cheese.
Bake the balls in the oven for 25 minutes, check the mince is cooked through before serving.
Macros per meatball
#3 Low-Carb Trail Mix
Simply mix the nuts and seeds together with a pinch of salt and split into five portions.
Each portion will be an easy to eat on the go snack.
Macros per portion
Fat : 15g
#4 Egg & Bacon Roll-Ups
2 Bacon rashers (60g)
2 Whole Eggs
Spray a muffin tin with non stick spray. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Wrap a rasher around the inside of two of the holes and crack an egg on top of each one then sprinkle the herbs on top. If using a metal tray fill the remaining holes with water so that the tin will not warp.
Bake for 25 minutes until the egg and bacon is cooked through, serve immediately.
#5 Cauliflower Crust Beef Pizza
200g Grated cheese
100g Chopped tomatoes
150g Mince (cooked)
3 Tsp herbs
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Line 2 pizza trays with grease proof paper. Using a grater, grate the cauliflower into rice. You can also use a food processor to do this if you have one handy and this will save you a lot of time.
Heat a large pan and cook the cauliflower to reduce its water levels. Keep it moving in the pan for about fifteen minutes but be careful to not allow it to go brown. Allow it to cool.
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs herbs and parmesan cheese until it turns paste like. Mix this with the cauliflower to form a dough, then mould each one onto a pizza tray to form a circle. Don’t make the edges too thin or it might burn.
Bake the bases for around 18 minutes so that the pizza crust turns a golden colour. Remove from the oven and spread with some tomato then add the mozzarella cheese and cooked mince.
Bake for a further five minutes so that the cheese bubbles. Remove from oven and serve.
Macros for full pizza
Take Home Message
These snacks are all great options if you are following a high-fat, low-carb diet.
The above are all great sources of protein and useful ideas to have on hand even if you are not following this type of eating since they are nutritious and tasty!