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The Ultimate List of Low-Carb Snacks

On a low-carb diet, you can’t grab a muffin when you’re on the go or rely on the standard protein bars to hold you over. Hidden sugars are everywhere, and a hunger-driven slip-up just isn’t worth it. 

Luckily, as the keto diet becomes more popular, recipe developers and food brands are expanding their range to include more and more healthy snacks.

From easy no-bake recipes to grab-and-go options, here is a list of the best low-carb snacks to keep your keto meal plan on track.

33 Low-Carb Snacks To Keep You Satisfied

#1 Cheese Crisps

Cheese crisps are a protein-rich snack that will give you the crunch of a cracker, with the savory goodness of…well…cheese. These spicy cheese crisps contain only three ingredients and are ready in just 15 minutes. 

Recipe link here.

#2 Whisps 

If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own cheese crisps, the brand Whisps makes cheese crisps for you! They come in a variety of flavors and contain only one to two grams of carbs per serving. 

You can find some Whisps here.

#3 Guacamole 

Keto or not, everyone loves guacamole. Even people that are on the fence about avocados find a fresh bowl of guac hard to turn down. Guacamole makes a great snack, full of healthy fats and low in carbs.

The monounsaturated fats found in avocados have been studied for their impact on heart health, insulin resistance, and inflammation[*][*].

Pair this recipe with some red bell peppers or keto crackers. 

Recipe link here

#4 Shakes 

Drinkable snacks can be a perfect way to get some on-the-go nourishment. Although you may think the word shake is synonymous with fruit, there are actually an astonishing amount of low-carb shake or smoothie recipes out there. 

If you’re looking to get an extra hit of greens in, check out this Mean Green Matcha Protein shake with only 3 grams of net carbs and 19 grams of protein. 

Recipe link here

If you’re in more of a chocolate mood, try this sugar-free chocolate shake. It’s loaded with ingredients like nut butter and cacao nibs, making this shake taste like more of a dessert than a snack. 

Recipe link here.

Store-Bought Varieties:

Maybe you’re out and about and don’t have time for a meal. Or perhaps you’re planning ahead for a busy morning. Either way, sometimes it’s nice to have a pre-prepared snack waiting for you in the refrigerator. 

These ready to drink beverages are keto-friendly and packed with high-quality ingredients. 

#5 Koia 

Koia is a plant-based ready to drink beverage that you can find at a variety of grocery and convenience stores like Wholefoods, 7-eleven, and Vons. They make a line of plant-based beverages, with a handful of products that are 100% keto.

#6 Space Shake

Space shake is a super filling keto meal replacement made with only a handful of ingredients. They’re sold at grocery stores like Wholefoods, Lassens, and Bristol Farms.

You can find Space Shake here.

#7 Crackers

Crackers are more than a snack; they’re the vehicle by which many other snacks can be eaten (cheese dip, guacamole, pate). For this reason, having some keto-friendly crackers on hand can open up your world of snacking. 

Most crackers fall under the “carbs” category. However, these recipes are not only low-carb, but they’re made with thoughtful ingredients to give you a nutritional boost. 

Try them with your favorite dip, or enjoy them just as they are.

#8 Rosemary Crackers

Rosemary crackers pair perfectly with some hard or soft cheese. Try topping these savory treats with cheddar cheese, or dipping them into some warm brie. 

Recipe link here

#9 Sour Cream Cheese Crackers

If you’re a cheese-it fan, then cream cheese crackers are for you. Soft and crunchy, these crackers don’t require any pairing, they’re flavorful enough on their own.

Recipe link here.

#10 Chia Seed Crackers

Chia seed crackers are crunchy and full of healthy fats. They pair perfectly with some tapenade or liver pate)

Recipe link here.

#11 Flaxseed Crackers

You can dress up these flaxseed crackers with any spices or seasonings that are calling to you, or you can keep them simple with some salt and pepper. 

Recipe link here.

Store-bought: 

If you don’t have the time or ingredients to whip up a batch of homemade crackers, there are a couple of store-bought keto-friendly varieties to choose from. 

#12 Flackers

Flackers have been around way before keto become popular. These simple crackers have one main ingredient — flaxseeds. However, each flavor has its own list of real-food ingredients that you can feel good about eating. 

You can find Flackers here.  

#13 Jilz Gluten-Free

Jilz crackers can be a keto snack life-saver. They’re low-carb, and the ingredient list is incredibly clean. You can find them at most major grocery stores. 

You can find Jilz crackers here.  

#14 Pre-Workout Mocha

A pre-workout mocha is the perfect low-carb snack to fit in either in the morning or before you workout in the afternoon. It not only has some coffee to give you that caffeine kick, but it also contains collagen and creatine to help you optimize your workout. 

Recipe link here.

Fat Bombs

Fat bombs are the quintessential keto snack. In addition to being incredibly satisfying, they’re rich in healthy fats and can double as a dessert to appease your sweet tooth. 

#15 Peaches and Cream Fat Bombs

These fat bombs have a secret ingredient that can kick your ketones up a notch — exogenous ketones. Peaches and cream never felt so good.

Recipe link here.

#16 Matcha Fat Bombs

Matcha fat bombs make an excellent afternoon pick-me-up with both MCTs and matcha to wake you up and supply your body with a hit of energy.

Recipe link here.

#17 Macadamia Nut Fat Bombs

With macadamia nuts, chocolate, and sugar-free sweeteners, these fat bombs definitely fall under the dessert category. But with only one net carb per fat bomb, you can enjoy them as a snack anytime. 

Recipe link here.

#18 Keto Pudding

Keto pudding is a cross between a dessert and a snack. You can top your pudding with nuts, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, or whatever low-carb toppings you fancy. This recipe is rich in fat and low in carbs so you can be sure it will keep you full and satisfied.

Recipe link here.

#19 Sardines and Crackers

Sardines are both an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids[*]. Pair your sardines with any of the crackers listed above, or just eat them out of the can. Make sure to get high-quality sardines; brands like Wild Planet are an excellent choice. In general, whenever buying canned food, look for BPA-free cans. 

If you want to jazz your sardines up a bit, you can add mayo and make a “sardine” salad in place of tuna. You can also find varieties of sardines that are already packed with different flavors like lemon or tomato sauce — just make sure the carb count is still low. 

Since sardines are canned, they’ll last for a very long time, and you can pretty much take them anywhere. These are a great fail-safe to have around.

#20 Tapenade with Low-Carb Crackers

Tapenade is typically made with chopped olives, capers, and olive oil. You can, however, add in fresh squeezed lemon, herbs, or seasonings as you see fit. If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, you can also find tapenade pre-made in a jar in the pickles and olives section of your grocery store. 

Pair your tapenade with low-carb crackers or sliced veggies like celery, cucumber, or jicama.

Matiz Espana makes an excellent pre-made tapenade; you can find them at your local grocery store or buy it online.

#21 Smoked Salmon Pate With Cucumber

Salmon is not only a rich source of protein, but it’s also a fantastic source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids[*]. Omega-3’s have been studied for their impact on brain health, including mood disorders like depression and anxiety[*][*]. They’re also anti-inflammatory and may support the health of your heart[*].

While their counterpart, omega-6 fatty acids are abundant in the food supply, you may have a harder time getting in enough omega-3’s. Keeping omega-3 rich snacks around like this smoked salmon pate is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting these essential fats into your diet. 

This recipe goes heavy on the cream cheese and heavy cream to make a rich and velvety pate.

Recipe link here.

#22 Kale Chips

Skip the store-bought kale chips and make this incredibly easy recipe on your own. Kale is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and makes an excellent low-carb, low-calorie, keto snack[*]. 

You can spice these kale chips up any way you like. If you’re feeling an Eastern vibe, go with some curry spice or turmeric. If you just want a little kick smoked paprika is great. Or if you’re going to keep it plain and simple, just sprinkle a little salt and enjoy.

Recipe link here.

#23 Deviled Eggs 

Deviled eggs are rich in protein and make a great snack. This deviled egg recipe kicks the creaminess up a notch with the addition of avocado, giving the eggs a smooth and rich mouthfeel. 

Recipe link here

#24 Celery and Almond Butter

Celery is a fantastic source of fiber and contains only 1 gram of net carbs per stalk[*]. You can buy a packet of almond butter and chop up some celery on-the-go, or plate up this delicious snack at home. The almond butter will satiate you with its fat and protein, while the celery provides a satisfying crunch. 

You can also use cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or Perfect Keto Nut Butter in place of almond.

#25 String Cheese

String cheese is a great grab-and-go snack. Just make sure to get the full-fat kind. One full-fat string cheese has around 90 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fat with zero net carbs[*].

#26 Cottage Cheese 

Cottage cheese is a great source of protein with 12 grams per ½ cup, and is naturally low-carb coming in at only 3.5 grams[*]. You can pair your cottage cheese with crackers or veggies, or you can simply sprinkle in some salt and pepper.

Make sure to buy the full-fat version, and stay away from the brands that add in extra ingredients like pineapples or jams — you don’t want those extra carbs.

#27 Crunchy Cinnamon Toast Keto Granola

This is not your traditional granola recipe. Made with macadamia nuts and pecans, you’ll be getting a rich assortment of healthy fats when you snack on this crunchy treat. The recipe also includes collagen protein, which has been shown to support joint health, skin health, and muscle health[*][*][*].

You can sprinkle this granola on some full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, or eat it as-is. It also makes a great on-the-go snack.

Recipe link here.

#28 Caprese Salad Bites

These simple Caprese bites contain only four ingredients: Mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, basil, and balsamic. Make sure to choose a low-sugar balsamic. You can also add a drizzle of olive oil for extra fat and flavor. 

Quick and Easy Snacks On-The-Go

Sometimes you don’t have time to prep a snack or even stop at home to grab something out of the refrigerator. That’s where these quick and easy snacks come in. Have these on hand, in your bag, in your car, wherever they’ll be easily accessible.

#29 Trail Mix 

You could easily grab a handful of cashews or pumpkin seeds and call it a snack, but if you’re looking for variety; trail mix is the answer. And unlike most trail mixes out there, you won’t find any sugar-heavy ingredients like dried fruit and candy in this fat-forward blend. 

You can find the Perfect Keto trail mix here.

#30 Bars

While most bars out there are loaded with sketchy ingredients and sugar; these Perfect Keto Bars make an excellent snack with thoughtfully sourced ingredients and a macronutrient profile tailor-made for keto. 

You can find them here.

#31 Pork Rinds

Pork rinds are a crispy, protein-rich snack that works great on-the-go.

Epic Provisions makes a wide range of pork rinds in different flavors. Most varieties are zero carbs, with some coming in at only one carb per serving. You can find simple flavors like salt and cracked pepper, or more exciting flavors like cinnamon churro chili lime. 

# 32 Jerky

Jerky (beef, turkey, salmon) is a great way to get extra protein in during the day. The only caveat — most brands add a ton of sugar. 

Vermont Beef Jerky offers sugar-free, zero-carb meat sticks in their original beef and pork version. They also have several other flavors that contain only one gram of carbs like Pepperoni Turkey, and Ancho Pepper Turkey

#33 Olives

Olives are a rich source of monounsaturated fats and are virtually carb-free, making them an excellent keto snack. Olive brands are catching on to the snackability that olives provide and have started making small snack packs filled with ready-to-go olives.

One brand that has a fantastic assortment of flavors is Oloves. You can check them out here.   

Bottom Line

There’s no need to jeopardize your blood sugar just because you’re feeling snacky. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to keto snacks, whether it be a plan ahead recipe or an on-the-fly nibble. 

Be just as intentional with your snacks as you are with your meals. Choose high-quality whenever possible, and plan your snacks ahead of time to save you some stress. 

If you’re out and about and can’t get your hands on one of the keto-approved snacks mentioned above, do your best to find foods that are not only low-carb but also as close to whole as possible. 

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