Keto snacks – the best and the worst

Are you hungry on your keto diet, but it’s not meal-time? Then keto snacks can be the answer. Snacks can buy you some time, allowing you to delay meals to fit your busy schedule.

But snacking should not happen every day, like before keto. One of the best parts about eating keto is keeping hunger at bay for hours (and hours) after meals. If you regularly need a snack, you should probably add more fat to your meals (here’s how).

Check out the greatest keto snack options below, and a few common mistakes to avoid.

Easy whole foods

Low-carb snacks: no preparation needed

Take the edge off of your hunger with these tasty options. Almost no preparation required! Keto basics like cheese, avocados, olives and macadamia nuts keep healthy fats, front and center, and minimize carbs.

The numbers below the snacks are the percent of digestible carbohydrates, i.e net carbs. So for example, a hundred grams of avocado (3½ ounces) contains 2 grams of net carbs.1

So, obviously, a slice of cheese, a handful of low-carb nuts (avoid cashews), a few olives, or some fatty cold cuts (or bacon!) fit the bill for keto snacking. With the hard boiled eggs, why not dip them in mayo to make them truly keto (and more delicious).

Snack recipes

Are you ready to do some preparations for an awesome keto snack? Check out our fantastic keto snack recipes, like a few of the top choices below. The green circle shows net carbs per serving.

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Vegetable sticks and dip

 
Low-carb snacks: vegetable sticks

 

Numbers are digestible carbs per 100 grams (3½ ounces).

Vegetable sticks are relatively low carb, except for carrots that have slightly more carbs.
Keto vegetables guide

Dip: Add cream cheese or any really low-carb and high-fat dip sauce. Here are our top recipes:

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Berries and cream

Low-carb snacks: berries and cream

Berries are decently low-carb sweets. But if you’re on a strict low-carb diet you may need to make it an occasional treat. Blueberries have the most carbs. Keto fruits and berries guide

Heavy whipping cream –
forget low-fat fake cream. Get real heavy whipping cream, ideally at 40 percent fat and definitely unsweetened (the natural sweetness is quite enough once you get used to it). Whip and have it with your berries. Note however that this is absolutely delicious, and it’s easy to eat a lot of it when not hungry, slowing down weight loss. So try to not overdo it.

 


Chocolate

Digestible carbs per 100 grams (3½ ounces)

Low-carb snacks: Chocolate

Chocolate is not low carb. However, you can occasionally get away with one or two thin squares of high-cocoa chocolate (70%+, preferably 85%+) even on a keto low-carb diet. On a more liberal low-carb diet you could do it regularly.

  • One small thin square (10 grams or less than half an ounce) of 86 percent chocolate contains about 2 grams of carbs.
  • Switch to 70% chocolate and you get about 3½ grams per square.
  • Regular chocolate can be 6 grams of carbs or more per square – not an option if you want to stay low carb.

Below you’ll find a few of our top chocolate keto snack recipes. Note that the circle in the bottom right corner is net grams of carbs per serving. Recipes with yellow circles have slightly high carb content for ketosis, keep them as occasional exceptions to stay in ketosis.

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Low-carb snacks: pork rinds and beef jerky

Beef Jerky: Note that almost all available commercial options have tons of added sugar, which is why a normal carb count is 9 grams per 100 grams (3½ ounces). Preferably mostly avoid this, or make your own. 

 

Chips

Note that recipes with yellow circles would have to be occasional exceptions if you want to stay in ketosis.

 

Cheese

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Common mistakes on keto

Low-carb snacks: common mistakes

 
Caffe Latte: Note that there is a ton of milk in this, and milk is around 5 percent carbs (milk sugar). To keep the carbs low drink black coffee instead, or add (if you need to) a few teaspoons of milk or cream. Try one of these hot keto drinks instead

Juice and functional waters: These are full of sugar. Try to avoid completely.

Fruit: Fruit is candy from nature and contains plenty of sugar. It’s not nearly as bad as drinking juice, but fruit will still mostly have to be avoided on a keto diet. A more liberal low-carb diet allows the occasional fruit. Bananas and grapes contain the most sugar of all fruit. Keto fruits guide

Cashew nuts: These contain a lot of carbs (other nuts are a lot lower). Keto nuts guide

 

 

Really terrible options

Low carb snacks: Terrible options

Of course these options are all terrible on a keto diet, as they are high in refined carbs and sugars. Avoid whenever possible.

Also be very skeptical of “low-carb” or keto versions of chocolate, cookies etc. They are usually full of sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners that raise blood sugar, make it harder to lose weight and maintain sugar cravings. Learn more

Instead, choose from the great simple options closer to the top of this page, or check out our awesome keto snack recipes below!
 

Even more keto snack options

Quick bites

Sometimes you just want a little something to delay lunch or dinner. Consider a quick combination:

  • Slice of cheese smeared with butter
  • Celery filled with cream cheese
  • Slice of cold butter smeared with peanut butter
  • Cucumber or lettuce spread with mayo
  • Radishes smeared with butter
  • Parmesan crisps smeared with butter
  • Slice of salami and cheese, rolled together
  • Slice of bacon smeared with peanut butter (or butter)
  • Piece of dark chocolate smeared with butter
  • Shot glass of heavy cream
  • Spoonful of crème fraîche
  • Spoonful of butter, ghee or coconut oil melted into coffee or tea
  • Cup of Bulletproof coffee or Keto hot chocolate

Recipes

Whether you are stalling on dinner or looking for a crunchy something-something to serve to a crowd during a football game, we’ve got you covered. Our keto snacks offer up tasty in a way that makes friends who aren’t even keto ask for the recipe. Our Keto Quesadillas, Egg Muffins, and Keto Garlic Bread are all out of this world!

Top 15 keto snacks

 
 

Packaged snacks on the go

Maybe you are traveling. (If so, check out this awesome guide.) Maybe you need something in your desk for those nights where you are stuck at the office. Maybe you are carpooling to soccer practice when you should be eating dinner. Regardless, you need shelf-stable, keto-friendly calories. Here is a list of packaged snack options that are keto-ish. Check the macros to see if they suit your personal regimen:

We’ve included links to some of these snacks solely for your convenience. Diet Doctor will not benefit from your purchases.

So whether you snack on our Oven Baked Brie Cheese at home or a bag of pork rinds in the car, keep it keto and reinforce your healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle.

Finally, sometimes the best snack is a bite or two of yesterday’s dinner. With that in mind, for even more inspiration, please see all of our keto recipes.

 

 

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Want more? Living keto goes beyond recipes. Enjoy our selection of guides to help you understand keto and keep it deliciously simple.

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Meal plans

Get lots of weekly low-carb meal plans, complete with shopping lists and everything, with our premium meal planner tool (free trial).
 

  • Mozzarella-stuffed meatballsMon
  • Creamy keto fish casseroleTue
  • Oven-baked sausage with veggiesWed
  • Stuffed chicken breast with zoodles and tomato sauceThu
  • Keto blue cheese cabbage stir-fryFri
  • Low-carb garlic chickenSat
  • Keto pork chops with cabbage casseroleSun
 

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Keto diet food list – what to eat
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  1. Net carbs means that fiber is not counted.