What are healthy low carb snacks?
What makes a snack healthy are the ingredients inside of it. Your typical snacks in 2021 are full of highly processed ingredients that often send your mood and energy levels on a roller coaster. You get a sugar high, then you crash and start craving more. Sugary cookies, chocolate bars, or candy are exactly the kind of snacks that make you overeat and gain weight (1). Low carb snacks have a big advantage. They are low or completely free from sugar, they keep your blood sugar levels stable and give you lasting energy thanks to their fat content.
But low carb snacks can be unhealthy too. You have to make sure you are choosing the right ones. Real, minimally processed ingredients that are naturally low in carbs are a great place to start. But there’s more to it. If you’re hungry all the time and snacking more than twice a day then you should check out our previous blog post about how to stop feeling hungry.
Should you keep your snacks under 10 grams of carbs?
The optimal number of carbs in your snacks depends on your individual needs and goals. If you are following the keto diet then you should keep your snacks as close to zero carbs as possible. With a moderate low carb, you should stay under 10 grams and with a liberal low carb you can occasionally go over and enjoy fruit more regularly. If you need help deciding which approach is right for you, check out our article on this topic.
#1 No prep low carb & keto snacks
Snacks that you can just take and eat right away are the best. And thankfully, there are several great low carb and keto options in this category. Here is a list of the best no prep snacks you should always have at home.
- Nuts and seeds – You can snack these raw or add them to a Greek yogurt. Just be careful about cashews; they have 22 g of carbs per 100 g.
- Olives – Try them with a piece of cheese or as they are. They only have around 4 g of carbs per 100 g.
- Vegetables sticks and dips – Try a variety of dips like nut butters, cream cheese, guacamole, tzatziki, or hummus with veggies you like and boost your vitamin C intake (2).
- Berries and whipped cream – Berries can have more than 10 g of carbs per 100 g and it’s really easy to eat a lot of them so be careful about quantity.
- Dark chocolate – Aim for high-cocoa chocolate (70%+). One small thin square of 70 % chocolate contains about 3,5 g of carbs. Don’t overdo it!
#2 High protein snack options
If you’re looking for a snack after completing a workout, yoga session, or a hike you might want to try something protein rich for recovery. Eggs, nuts, seeds, and certain cheeses like mozzarella or parmesan are all great low carb high protein snack options. We wrote a whole article on how to get more sources of plant protein into your diet. If you’re looking for high protein snacks that require a bit of prep but offer a lot more flavour, we recommend the following recipes.
Broccoli and mozzarella patty with curd cheese
#3 Sweet snacks for the low carb diet
How do you get sweet snacks without sugar? Thankfully, there are alternative low carb and keto friendly sweeteners. One of the most popular ones is erythritol. You can learn more about it in our previous article. More importantly, here are two delicious recipes that will sweeten your day without any diet cheating.
Low carb cinnamon rolls
Low carb lemon poppy seed clafoutis
#4 Low carb snacks for diabetics
The low carbohydrate diet can be an effective way to manage diabetes as we discussed in our previous article. Healthy low carb snacks are a great choice for people with diabetes because they are much kinder to blood sugar levels than the usual sugary chocolate bars and biscuits from wheat. Diabetes UK recommends nuts, tzatziki, cheese with apple slices, and raw vegetables like carrot sticks, chopped peppers, cucumber, or celery as ideal low carb snacks.
If you’re looking for something a bit more indulgent then try one of the following snack recipes. They use a low carb baking mix instead of wheat flour and erythritol in place of sugar. Snacks like this allow you to enjoy something sweet without risking a blood sugar spike.
Low carb chocolate cookies
Sweet vegan mince pies
#5 Snacks on the go
If you’re looking for something low carb to snack on when travelling, hiking, or simply in the middle of a really busy day then nuts and seeds are your best friends. For more variety, you can create your own trail mix by adding 70%+ dark chocolate to coconut chips and a mix of nuts and seeds. If you want to take that to another level you can make a low carb protein bar at home with this recipe.
Home-made low carb protein bars
#6 Quick & easy snack options
Sometimes you just want a tasty snack that’s really convenient and fits into the low carb diet. Eggs and avocados are great base ingredients for this.
- Avocado – Try it stuffed with cream cheese, scrambled eggs, or mashed into guacamole. Avocados are full of good fats and only carry 9 g of carbs per 100 g.
- Eggs – Hard boiled eggs are a classic keto snack. They have almost zero carbs and they contain a very important nutrient called choline (3). Try them with a bit of hot sauce.
Another really quick and easy option is bread made with naturally low carb ingredients instead of wheat flour. Flaxseed has many benefits for low carb dieters beyond just macros. Try flaxseed-based Lizza bread with only 5,2 g of carbs per 100 g. Here are two recipes to get you started but it will work with any of your favourite toppings.
Low carb bread with figs and goat cheese
Low carb toast squares with cheese and peach slices
#7 Low carb snacks for weight loss
You know that low carb is good for weight loss (4). That’s probably why you chose this way of eating. But the hardest part of weight loss is often that you feel like you can’t have any of your favourite foods. Try the following two recipes to prove to yourself that even on a low carb weight loss diet you can have satisfying snacks that bring you pleasure.
Home-made low carb muesli cookies
Low carb muffins
#8 Low carb snacks for kids
Healthy eating works best when the whole family is included. There is no reason kids shouldn’t try low carb snacks with you. If you can make it fun and exciting, they are sure to enjoy it. These two snack recipes will help you with that.
Low carb baked apple pasta
Low carb zucchini pasta boats
#9 Tips for snacking before bed
Evening snacks can be a disaster for sleep if you eat a lot of calories or foods that raise your blood sugar. But don’t despair certain low carb snacks fit this occasion perfectly. If you choose the right ingredients you can even improve your sleep quality.
For example, avocados and almonds are rich in magnesium which creates a calming effect by decreasing the activity of your central nervous system (5). Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which is a sleep modulator (6). And there are several foods that are naturally high in melatonin (7), a sleep hormone your body needs to fall into deep sleep. Examples would include sunflower seeds, almonds, tomatoes, or celery.
#10 Low carb party snack recipes
The fact that you’re following a low carb diet shouldn’t hold you back when hosting a party. Whether you want to impress your friends or just make something that looks exciting for a special occasion, the following two recipes will do the trick.