Living a low-carb lifestyle doesn’t have to be about deprivation. In many ways giving up the sugar, flour, and wheat has simply meant that I can focus on whole foods like meat, fish, and vegetables, and not feel deprived at all. But once in a while I confess that I need something to crunch on that reminds me of a cracker or something to twirl on a fork to remind me of pasta. These are some items that I’ve found fit the bill perfectly and don’t threaten my new food plan at all.

(Updates to come.)

Flax Crackers

Amy Lyn’s Flax Thins

These are crackers made exclusively from whole flax seeds, whole sesame seeds, onion and garlic powder, caraway seeds, and egg whites. They are high in protein and 100% of their (very low) carbs come from fiber. I top them with cheese, dips, pates, egg salad, or cream cheese and lox. They are versatile, savory, and wonderful. I can find them in only one local store and when I go I buy out their whole stock! But, this link should take you to a place where you can order them online. Hazzah for the internet!

Foods Alive Flax Crackers

These are just plain delicious. They come in a bunch of flavors and are versatile and super helpful in living the low carb life. My favorite is the Italian Zest flavor and I put some Laughing Cow Light cheese on them for a filling and satisfying snack. My husband likes the Mexican Harvest flavor and spreads light cream cheese on them. There is also a plain, or Original, flavor that is pretty good too.

Doctor In The Kitchen Flaxseed Crackers

These are also pretty good. The other two flax crackers listed here are quite crumbly and come in their packages in irregular shapes and sizes. These crackers are different in that they are really solid and don’t fall apart until you bite them. They have a really good crunch. I like the dill flavor best, but that’s just my preference. I fold up a couple of slices of deli turkey and some reduced fat cheddar on them or top them with spoonfuls of chicken salad and they are fantastic. Really satisfying.


Oat Bran

Hodgson Mill Oat Bran

This is my favorite brand of oat bran for cooking up as a ho cereal. It has a nice thick cut the the grain so once cooked it has a texture almost like steel cut oatmeal. It’s also got a creaminess to it that is really rich and comes through even when prepared with skim milk. There’s a faint nuttiness to the cooked oat bran and many times just a dash of Splenda and nothing else is enough to make it delicious. My husband, who doesn’t have a sweet tooth actually eats it with just a pinch of salt. My grocery store sells it for $2.69 a box and when it’s on sale it’s 2 for $5. But you can buy it online in cases of 12 for $1.89 a box. Given that we go through a box a week, I think this is a better deal.

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Bran

I also buy this bran for two reasons: 1. My son is allergic to gluten and he likes to eat oat bran too. 2. I prefer it for baking. This oat bran has been ground up very fine and when cooked up like a breakfast cereal in a bowl has a texture more like cream of wheat. But what I like it for is baking because it has such a fine texture. It bakes up more smoothly and while the final product isn’t quite as smooth as if you had used AP flour it doesn’t feel chunky the way the other brand of oat bran can when baked. All of my oat bran muffins are made with this brand. Again, I can find it locally for about $3-$4 a bag but Amazon sells it for $10 for a box of 4. My local heath food store ordered it for me when I requested, so I still try to remember to pick up a bag from them every time I’m in just as a way of saying thank you.



Just Great Stuff Powdered Peanut Butter

If you’ve read much of my blog you know how much I love peanut butter. I struggled with it for a while because I love it and craved it but it has a high fat content. Then I discovered this product and I can satisfy that peanut butter craving any time. It’s real peanuts that have been dehydrated and had almost all of the oil removed. This means that 2 tbsps of the powder have only 1.5 grams of fat total. I confess that I haven’t actually reconstituted it with water yet, but I add a couple of spoonfuls to my oat bran in the morning and it makes it taste as though I’ve stirred in a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. Needless to say, it’s wonderful. They also have a chocolate peanut butter version that is also great. It has only 1 gram of fat in 2 tbsps. They both have a few carbs in them, but not enough to cause a carb leak that will derail weight loss or prevent maintenance.