Low-carb snacks – the best and the worst

What low-carb snacks are good? There’s a simple rule: The best low-carb snack is no snack.

That’s right. Snacks are not really needed on low carb, as the hunger should go away when doing it right. If you’re still hungry, you may want to add more healthy fat to your meals.

That said, we know that everyone wants a snack once in a while. So here are the greatest options, and a few common mistakes to avoid.

No preparation needed

Low-carb snacks: no preparation needed

The numbers are net carbs (total carbs minus fiber carbs) in 100 grams (3.5 ounces.) That means that 100 grams of cheese contains 2 grams of net carbs.

Eggs are a great low-carb option. Keep a few hard-boiled eggs ready for when you need a perfect snack. Feel free to add mayonnaise.

Nuts are a low-carb snacks favorite. But be careful as the carbs quickly add up, especially if you eat cashews. Choose lower-carb macadamia, Brazil or pecan nuts instead. Low-carb nuts guide

 

Snack recipes

Are you ready to do some preparations for an awesome low-carb snack? Check out our fantastic low-carb snack recipes, like these top choices:

Top 6

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. Low-carb vegetables guide

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

Top 6

 

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. Low-carb 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.

 

Recipes


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%+) even on a strict 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 3.5 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.

More options

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

 


 

Common mistakes on low carb

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.

Juice and functional waters: These are full of sugar. Preferably avoid.

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 strict low-carb diet. A more liberal diet allows the occasional fruit. Bananas and grapes contain the most sugar of all fruit. Low-carb fruits guide

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

 

 

Really terrible options

Low carb snacks: Terrible options

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

Also be very skeptical of “low-carb” 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 low-carb snack recipes below!
 
 

Top 21 low-carb snacks

 

  1. Egg muffins. One of the best time-saving breakfasts of all time, hands down, and also a great snack.
  2. Keto garlic bread. Deliciously crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and only 1 gram of carbs per piece.
  3. Keto quesadillas. Cook up this Mexican-inspired appetizer ASAP. Decadent. Cheesy. And officially keto! Easy to make, tasty, and pretty enough to make you look like a celebrity chef. Serve them up as is or decked-out with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Olé!
  4. Sesame crispbread. Do you love to sink your teeth into something crunchy now and then? Then this is for you.
  5. Cheese chips. Looking for a crunchy chip to snack on or to enjoy with guacamole or dip? This two-ingredient fix will keep you satisfied!
  6. Onion rings. Make your own low-carb and gluten-free onion rings in the oven – simple and delicious.
  7. Tortilla pizza. These mouthwatering mini-pizzas are as big on flavor as they are low in carbs. In just a few minutes you’ll be snacking on a gooey pizza loaded with all the lip-smacking stars of this Italian classic.
  8. Creamy keto shrimp tacos. Why should taco fillings have all the fun? In this recipe, the cheesy taco shells share the starring role with shrimp in a luscious cream sauce.
  9. Salami and cheese chips. A crunchy low-carb snack that only takes minutes to prepare. Salami and cheese in a delicious combination. Perfection!
  10. Zucchini chips. Do you miss potato chips on a low-carb diet? Now you don’t have to. You’ll need several zucchinis for a bowl of these chips, but they are truly delicious!
  11. Cinnamon and cardamon fat bombs. Small, but delicious. Here’s a treat if you need a satiating snack and LOVE butter!
  12. Low-carb granola bars. A healthier and lower-carb option to all the sugary bars out there. Make your own bars with nuts, seeds, healthy fats and truly dark chocolate.
  13. Cheese roll-ups. It’s perhaps the fastest, most simple low-carb snack you can make – and it tastes great. Cheese roll-ups are perfect as a low-carb snack that you’ll make in just a few seconds.
  14. Cheddar cheese and bacon rolls. Cheese and bacon! What’s not to love? This awesome keto snack is easy and quick to make.
  15. Kale chips. Do you want healthy and tasty green chips with very few carbohydrates? We usually have kale in the holiday season, so we made some and found that they were quite tasty.
  16. Eggs on the go. Here’s an inspiring way to take your eggs on the road! With so many ways to prepare eggs, this one ups the fun factor, with optional, creative filling choices. Egg-cellent!
  17. Bacon-wrapped halloumi cheese. These wonderful salty treats can be served as a snack or an appetizer. Serve them on top of your favorite vegetables and leafy greens and you’ll have a delicious and filling salad.

 

Sweet things – caution recommended

While the sweet recipes below are low carb, they are also very rewarding and tempting. They may encourage eating when not hungry, and that will always slow your weight loss. So be a bit careful.

However, these low-carb recipes are still way better for your weight and health than high-carb versions of similar recipes.

All low-carb dessert recipes

More low-carb guides

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Meal plans

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112 comments

  1. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi T. Holmes!

    Dried fruit almost always contains a lot of sugar, we don't recommend it if you want to follow a LCHF-diet.

    How about dried fruit? It lasts a whole longer, however, I know you need to be careful about how they were dried- what was used in the process. Are dried fruits ok for snacking, for the most part?

  2. DeNisha
    My struggle is that I am on pretty much no carb and no dairy. I know veggies are giving me a couple of carbs but I am at a stand still about what else I can eat besides meat, eggs, and those handful of veggies under 5 carbs?
  3. Gloria Lujan
    What meat can I eat.
  4. Ruth
    This website is amazing!!! Very well explained, easy to follow, graphic; everything is perfect. So glad I found it and I’ve started yesterday. What can I use as sweetener for my coffee? That is the only drink I cannot skip the sugar. I barely use one teaspoon or one packet of Splenda. I can’t wait to see results!! Thank you!!
  5. Angela
    I have followed the diet for a couple of weeks but I must have made some mistakes as I have not lost a pound.
    I avoided completely rice, pasta any kind of bread starch and fruit, but I had a cappuccino or two a day, creme fraiche when I was craving for sugar.
    What am doing wrong? I was hoping to lose something. Still on it, but I am a bit disappointed.
    In the last few days I also been feeling really tired with pains on my legs. This morning I almost gave up my regular Tue. sculpt class, as i found it too hard to follow. I am preoccupied.
    Can you help? Thank you!
    Replies: #114, #115
  6. Urooj Burney
    Thank you so much for this site. It is wonderfully informative and extremely helpful in understanding how to manage and maintain LCHF lifestyle.
    Thank you!
  7. Laurie
    No popcorn, no oats. But there are keto friendly recipes on the web for keto cereal and keto oatmeal using hemp hearts and chia seeds!
  8. Laura
    how about honey? I know it is sweet, but it is natural. Is that different? I don't use sugar, and if I do want a little I will use honey. But I know what you say about the sweet thing. So now I am wondering if the honey is good to use or not now. And thanks for all this information! I was recently told I have diabetes, and I am overweight. I need to drop a lot of weight as my numbers are extremely high and the medication they have been putting me on isn't helping. We are still working on the meds and the numbers are slowly coming down but are much to high yet. So my diet and my weight need to change drastically. I never understood what carbs were or anything before, but with all this information, it's helping so much! thank you!
    Reply: #109
  9. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Laura!

    Honey is sugar and should be avoided.

    how about honey? I know it is sweet, but it is natural. Is that different? I don't use sugar, and if I do want a little I will use honey. But I know what you say about the sweet thing. So now I am wondering if the honey is good to use or not now. And thanks for all this information! I was recently told I have diabetes, and I am overweight. I need to drop a lot of weight as my numbers are extremely high and the medication they have been putting me on isn't helping. We are still working on the meds and the numbers are slowly coming down but are much to high yet. So my diet and my weight need to change drastically. I never understood what carbs were or anything before, but with all this information, it's helping so much! thank you!

  10. Preetham jain
    I am following keto diet from last 5month...This site gives good information about keto diet & metabolic syndrome..I love this page
  11. Preetham jain
    Does flax seed/flax seed receippie is good for consumption when we following keto diet..?
  12. Shannon
    If you're diabetic or suffer from hypoglycemia, the statement that the best snack is no snack is not correct.
  13. Cynthia Crawford
    I'm thinking of starting a low carb lifestyle but I think I will need the occational cheat day to make it work for life. Is that something that can be successfully implemented in this diet?
  14. Ron Nicholls
    The one thing about a low or no carb diet is that if you make one mistake, it stops the process and almost is like having to start over again.... Just try to eat ZERO carbs for a full two weeks and perhaps take an over the counter potassium supplement and then introduce foods that have no more than 2 carbs total once a day like a cup of berries. Low-fat milk and dairy has a higher carb count but no fat..so be careful of your fat intake. Cheese and dairy should be avoided completely for the first two-three weeks/ Watch your sodium too..processed meats usually have 0 carbs but way too much salt. Have done this most of my life. If you want to check if you are burning ketone, buy ketone sticks and follow directions. It is the only diet that has ever worked for me. but you simply cannot cheat.
  15. Stephanie Hicks
    I started on 08/23 and have lost almost 10 pounds. I immediately went on IF (intermittent fasting) 16:8 and drank water and tea when I felt hungry until the 8 hours that I can eat. If you can, exercise helps more...but I have been a little lazy about going to the gym, no matter the time of day...and I am in the process of moving so I can't even cook any of the meals or snacks and rely on take out. A lot of the fast food restaurants have online menus that you check out their nutritional content, delete and add items and ingredients. Also, I DO have cream and sugar in my coffee!! But I regulate the amount, unlike say, going to Starbucks...but they have an online menu too with carb and sugar amounts...Hope this helps. FYI.....your body may need more time to adapt.
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