When you’re considering going on a low-carb diet or simply reducing carbohydrates, full meals are a little easier to plan — eating all the meat and veggies is always a good option! But it’s nice to chow down on something a little lighter than a steak or full keto chicken meal when it’s snack time. Unfortunately, the traditional snacks you’d reach for don’t normally fall into the category of low-carb snacks.
Luckily, these healthy snacks from around the web are available. Low-carb snacks require saying goodbye to pretzels and breadsticks, but in return you get to say hello to delicious munchies like cauliflower hummus, low-carb granola, low-carb nuts and stuffed avocado. The snack recipes below taste great, are easy to prepare and are good for you, too. So whether you’re kicking carbs to the curb for good or just helping your body reset, give these low-carb snacks a try.
26 Low-Carb Snacks
Did you need another reason to eat avocados? Probably not but, just in case, these avocado chips are a must-try and take no time to prepare. Simply mix avocado with almond flour, parmesan cheese and seasonings, then flatten the healthy fruit into discs. Bake ’em and you’ll have seriously delicious, better-than-potato-chips crisps — perfect for the low-carb, Paleo eater!
If you’re looking to increase healthy fats, these low-carb fat bombs can help. Made with coconut butter, coconut oil, berries and lemon juice, they’re a terrific option if you’re following a ketogenic diet. One serving has 18.7 grams of fat! Coconut cream, butter, oil and other byproducts are an excellent source of healthy fats, and you don’t have to fear coconut’s saturated fat content.
If you’ve only had gas station beef jerky, you’re in for a pleasant surprise when you try this beef pepper version. Spiced with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and your favorite ale, this beef jerky is a delicious on-the-go low-carb snack.
Sure, buffalo chicken wings are tasty. But what if you could have the buffalo chicken flavor combined with a crunchy celery stick in every bite? Say hello to these easy sticks. Use cooked, leftover chicken to make this speedy snack or side dish. You can cut back on the mayonnaise, too or even use a rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time. A sports game-worthy low-carb snack in just minutes? Yes, please.
Like your food hot and spicy? Then say hello to your favorite new low-carb snack. Ready in 15 minutes, this simple recipe packs immunity-boosting, nutrition-packed mushrooms with cheese and jalapeños. You could even add bite-sized pieces of chicken or turkey and make it a full meal.
6. Cloud Bread
A bread alternative with only three required ingredients, you won’t believe how tasty this grain-free bread is. Dip it into a favorite hummus recipe or top with your preferred nut butter for a filling snack that won’t leave you feeling bloated.
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Looking for a new way to make healthy chips? Then you have to try these tomato chips. You’ll slice big, juicy tomatoes into thick slices and drizzle them with benefit-rich olive oil. After sprinkling them with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings, they’ll slow bake for several hours. The result is a tray full of low-carb snacks that are actually good for you!
These grain-free pizza bites are made with a mixture of almond and coconut flours. They’re easy to customize with your favorite seasonings, though I love the suggested garlic, thyme, oregano and basil suggestion. I’d swap the pepperoni for turkey pepperoni or even add some of the optional ingredients, like mushrooms, bell peppers or olives. This is one adults and kids alike will love.
This quick bread will satisfy your sweet tooth the all-natural way — you can use the granulated sweetener suggested or substitute maple syrup instead. It’s loaded with pumpkin taste and the ingredients that pair well with it; think cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and walnuts. Serve this pumpkin bread with a pat of grass-fed butter.
10. Easy Hummus
Add a little excitement to the veggies in your life with my super simple hummus recipe. With only a handful of ingredients and just one step to prepare, this low-carb snack is easy to make and can be transported in a small container with no problems at all. Stick this hummus and some celery sticks in your snack pack for when you get hungry halfway through the day!
Tater tots are the perfect snack: portable, easy to eat and super tasty. They’re especially loved in the toddler and school-aged crowd. But have you seen what’s in those ingredient lists? Luckily, you can make your own low-carb snack version, thanks to this cauliflower recipe. With only five ingredients that are baked instead of fried, you won’t believe how much better this version tastes.
If I knew making doughnuts was so simple, I’d have made them ages ago! These are prepared with just four ingredients, almond meal, honey, eggs and baking soda and are delicious as a healthy snack or even dessert. If you want to take them to the next level, try them with my Chocolate Frosting recipe.
13. Fruit Kebabs
Trouble getting the kids to eat their fruit? I love this fruity low-carb snack. A combo of your favorite low-carb fruits along with cubed raw cheddar will have the littlest family members begging for more.
When you need a low-carb snack to nibble on-the-go, pack these bliss balls. Sweetened with medjool dates and coconut and full of almonds, hazelnuts and cacao, they’re a delightfully yummy option.
These are one of the fudgiest, chocolately brownies you’ll eat (they may even be the lowest carb brownies you’ll eat, too). Perfectly suited as a snack, these brownies are pretty much a health food. Fiber-rich black beans add protein, while instant coffee lends a rich taste that’s impossible not to love.
16. Kale Chips
Kale has more health benefits than almost any veggie, but it’s not just for salads anymore. The vitamin-packed leafy green turns into crunchy, salty chips with this zesty Paleo recipe. If you’re watching your sodium levels, you can simply skip the sea salt. They’ll still be tasty.
OK, so these lemon cheesecake bars might be a little more dessert than snack, but if you’ve ever suffered from a mid-afternoon slump, you know sometimes that’s just what’s in order. This cheesecake is one you can eat guilt-free. With an almond flour and coconut oil crust and a cheesecake made with fresh lemon juice, you can’t go wrong.
Photo: A Sweet Life
You won’t miss the tortilla chips once you try these nachos. All your favorite toppings are served in mini peppers instead and finished off in the oven, making for a crisp base with melty cheese and fixings like fresh tomatoes, avocados and more. This low-carb snack even works as a quick, satiating weeknight dinner — just make a bigger batch!
Is there anything better than baked treats that don’t require actual baking? These almond butter bars are up there as one of the tastiest, oven-free low-carb snacks around. With only six ingredients, you likely have everything on hand to make them right now. They’re easy to stash in your purse to eat while you’re out about town — no more hunting down healthy options at the convenience store!
Eat these cookies as a snack or enjoy them as breakfast. They’re stuffed with protein (hello, quinoa!) and naturally sweetened, but it’s the cocoa powder and sea salt combo that will really win you over.
Enjoy sweet coconut flakes, crunchy pecans and metabolism-boosting hemp seeds with these no-bake balls. Have the little ones help with this kid-friendly low-carb recipe.
Photo: Sweet C’s
22. Pizza Zucchinis
Add a side of veggies to that ‘za craving with this pizza zucchini. By forgoing a doughy crust for zucchini slices instead, you can pile on sauce and cheese to your heart’s content in a perfectly portioned way. This is one of my favorite low-carb keto snack ideas, great for after-school snacking!
Forget buying salt and vinegar chips at the store and make these instead. They require only four ingredients to — how simple is that? — and are only 40 calories a serving. Use a mandolin if you can to get the zucchini slices super skinny; that’ll help them crisp up just like your favorite potato chips.
When you need to spice up your snacks but keep ’em low-carb, try these lime-roasted nuts. Maple syrup adds a dash of sweetness and you won’t be able to resist the fresh lime juice. Make a big batch and keep on hand at work and in the kitchen.
While this might be a bit of an appetizer than a portable snack, it’s great to have on hand when you need to feed a crowd, even if it’s the after-school kind! Shrooms are stuffed with turkey bacon, garlic, cauliflower and grated cheese for a super creamy texture and taste that’ll knock your socks off.
Chia pudding makes a tasty snack, breakfast or lunch! This recipe has 9 total grams of carbs, 8 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein, making it an excellent lower carb vegan option.
These turkey bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers are a low-carb keto snack that can also dual as a crowd-pleasing appetizer. Switch it up a little by make some with bacon and others without.
Looking to pack in some extra protein in your diet? These high-protein egg muffins will help you do just that. Other forms of eggs also work. You can also make deviled eggs or any form of fried eggs to increase your protein intake and keep the carbs low.