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 needed on low carb, as the hunger should go away when doing it right. If you’re still hungry, you probably need to add more healthy fat to your meals instead.

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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Low carb snacks

All the numbers are the percent of digestible carbohydrates (fibre is not counted). This means that 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of the food contains that many grams of carbs.

Eggs are a great low-carb options. 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.

Vegetable Sticks and Dip

Digestible carbs per 100 grams (3.5 ounces)

Low-carb snacks: vegetables

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 three recipes:

Low-Carb Salsa DressingLow-Carb Salsa Dressing115 Moderate low carb Easy 5 mBlue-Cheese DressingBlue-Cheese Dressing102 Strict low carb Easy 5 mLow Carb and Super-Fresh Cream Cheese with HerbsLow Carb and Super-Fresh Cream Cheese with Herbs67 Strict low carb..

 

Berries and Cream

Low carb snacks: berries

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 it and have it with the berries. Note however that this is absolutely delicious, and it’s easy to eat a lot of it when not hungry, slowing weight loss. So try to not overdo it.

Chocolate

Digestible carbs per 100 grams (3.5 ounces)

Low-carb snacks: Chocolate

Chocolate is not low carb. However, you can occasionally get away with one or two thin squares of high-cacao 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.
  • Change 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: More options

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

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 regular coffee instead, and 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!

Low-carb snack recipes

Below are great options for low-carb snacks. As always though, try not to overdo snacking and ideally only do it when hungry.

Bacon-Wrapped Halloumi Cheese with Pesto DipBacon-Wrapped Halloumi Cheese with Pesto Dip41 Strict low carb Easy 10 + 15 mBreakfast TapasBreakfast Tapas40 Strict low carb Easy 10 mBaked Root Celery with GorgonzolaBaked Root Celery with Gorgonzola25 Strict low carb Easy 5 + 45 m

Low Carb and Super-Fresh Cream Cheese with HerbsLow Carb and Super-Fresh Cream Cheese with Herbs67 Strict low carb Easy 5 mLow-Carb Tortilla PizzaLow-Carb Tortilla Pizza59 Moderate low carb Easy 5 + 15 mLow-Carb Sesame CrispbreadLow-Carb Sesame Crispbread270 Moderate low carb Easy 3 m + 1 h 0 m

Cheese PuffsCheese Puffs104 Strict low carb Easy 1 + 10 mSpicy Almond and Seed MixSpicy Almond and Seed Mix18 Moderate low carb Easy 5 + 10 mKale ChipsKale Chips51 Liberal low carb Easy 10 + 15 m

 

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