– 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 said, everyone wants a snack at least once in a while. So here are the very best options – and a few common mistakes to avoid.
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The numbers represent the percent of digestible carbohydrates (fibre is not counted). This means that 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of the food contain this many grams of 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
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:
Vegetable Sticks and Dip
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:
Berries and Cream
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.
Digestible carbs per 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
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.
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 (3.5 ounces). Preferably mostly avoid this, or make your own.
Common Mistakes on Low Carb
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
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!
Low-carb snack recipes
Below are great options for low-carb snacks. As always though, try not to overdo snacking and ideally only have a snack when hungry.
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.
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