Find out how REAL people survive on a keto diet with our HUGE list of 101 easy low-carb snacks. We’ve got no prep keto snacks and easy, new ideas that I guarantee you’ve never tried before.
From the weird to the wonderful, we found out what people actually eat when they’re craving a low carb snack.
You’re not supposed to be hungry on a low carb diet, right?
The theory behind the ketogenic diet is that you don’t feel hungry between meals so you don’t need a huge list of keto snack ideas, right?
Well, the reality can be a little different.
Over the long term, hunger will drop off dramatically, but before the magical ketosis kicks in, you need REAL low-carb snack solutions.
Find out how real people survive on keto and make your own go-to list of keto snacks!
To snack or not to snack?
Everyone is so used to snack, snack, snacking all day long that suddenly not snacking causes a lot of angst.
Apart from snacking due to hunger, it is a habit developed over many years. We look forward to our morning snack, our afternoon snack, our pre-dinner snack and then our after-dinner snack.
Sounds like snacking gone wild! As your body becomes conditioned to a low-carb, high-fat diet, suddenly you won’t feel starving hungry between meals.
This is the point where snacking can drop away. The trick is to notice when this happens!
A simple trick to stop snacking
I remember after eating low-carb for a few weeks, I kept on snacking as per normal and then one day I had this realization that I was eating out of habit – I actually wasn’t hungry at all!
After a week or so into a low-carb diet, start being aware of whether you are actually hungry or not. It’s more subtle than you’d think.
It’s quite possible that you need to drink some water too.
So be aware of this so when the time comes, you can enjoy many hours free from thinking about your next snack or meal.
Low carb snacks for newbies and seasoned keto dieters
When you are starting out on a ketogenic diet or after getting back onto a strict keto diet after a break, you need a solid list of healthy, snack options.
Download the FREE printable below and don’t get caught with your hand in the cookie jar again.
101 Easy Low Carb Snacks
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39 Keto Snacks Eaten by REAL people (not created by nutritionists or food bloggers)
- Dark chocolate spread with peanut butter (sugar-free or 85% cocoa)
- Devilled eggs – take hard boiled eggs and slice in half lengthways. Remove the egg yolks and combine them with mayo, avocado, salt and pepper. Mash them together and place the mixture back into the egg halves. Dust with a little paprika for a spicy kick.
- Soft boiled eggs with a cheese stick to dip into the soft yolk (instead of toast)
- Take a cheese stick & a cucumber stick and wrap ham or prosciutto around them both
- Ham roll up – spread cream cheese onto the ham and wrap it around a pickle
- Trail mix – mix up some almonds, macadamias, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sunflower seeds, cocao nibs, pecans, and sprinkle of sugar-free choc chips
- Low-carb tortilla spread with ham & cheese
- Chocolate milk – 1 .5 cups almond milk + 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream + 1 scoop chocolate protein powder or unsweetened cocoa + low-carb sweetener to taste
- Hot chocolate – mix 1.5 cups almond milk + 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream + 1 scoop chocolate protein powder or unsweetened cocoa + low-carb sweetener to taste, warm in microwave or over low heat.
- Instant chocolate mousse – blend 1 avocado + 1 tbsp cocao powder (unsweetened) + sweetener to taste
- Low-Carb pizza – take a low-carb wrap, sprinkle with cheese and add some salami. Heat under the broiler or griller for a few minutes to melt cheese and crisp up the base OR bake for 10-12 minutes at 425 F (220c). Eat immediately or slice up and freeze for an easy quick snack
- Smoked salmon bites – slice a cucumber into rounds, layer on smoked salmon and a dollop of sour cream
- Cucumber slices with brie or camembert cheese
- Bacon with peanut butter (yep – you heard it here first!)
- Taco dip – mix cream cheese with taco seasoning and use as a dip for veggies
- Cheese crackers – microwave small amounts of cheese on parchment paper. Or place the cheese mounds on parchment paper into the oven at 320F (160c) and bake for 5 minutes. The cheese turns into a crispy cracker!
- Mini cheese pizzas – place a mound of cheese on parchment paper and add a little pepperoni, microwave briefly or bake to make a mini pizza, as above
- Smoked salmon wrap – get a big piece of iceberg lettuce and pop in some smoked salmon, avocado, a few capers and cream cheese. Wrap it up and eat!
- Avocado Mash #1 – one avocado + 1/4 cup (2 oz) goat’s cheese + salt + pepper – mash up and eat or use as a dip, or spread on meat and roll up
- Avocado Mash #2 – one avocado + 1 oz (30g) cream cheese + paprika or other spice – mash up and eat or use as a dip, or spread on meat and roll up
- Avocado Mash #3 – one avocado + Tajin seasoning or hot sauce – mash up and eat or use as a dip, or spread on meat and roll up
- Avocado/Egg Mash #4 – mash up 2 boiled eggs (hard or soft) + one avocado + one tbsp mayo + tbsp grated cheese + salt + pepper
- Blueberry ice cream – freeze 1/2 cup blueberries. Pour 3 tbsp heavy cream over the blueberries and blend, well. Just like ice-cream!! You can add low-carb sweetener if needed and try with raspberries or strawberries too.
- Quick guacamole – mash one avocado with a tsp of lime juice, a pinch of salt & 3 cherry tomatoes, chopped or half a small tomato chopped
- Iceberg lettuce “chips” – cut up iceberg or other firm lettuce and use as a “chip” with guacamole or low-carb dips, pesto, tapenade, salsa etc
- Salami Cream Cheese Roll Up – Spread some cream cheese on salami, roll it up and eat it
- DUKE’S Hatch Chile Smoked Sausages
- Dom D’agostino’s Famous Ice-cream – Mix together 2 cups coconut cream (shake the tin first) or sour cream + 1 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder + 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1-2 pinches of salt + a small dash of stevia (or other low-carb sweetener) + 1/2 cup blueberries (optional). Stir well and place in the freezer until it becomes like ice-cream (from 1 to 1.5 hours, not more as it will freeze solid!) Makes 2 servings. [source Tim Ferriss podcast]
- Chocolate cream – melt sugar-free chocolate (such as Lily’s) and mix it with heavy whipping cream
- Bacon and cream cheese – bacon strips, spread with cream cheese
- Cheese Whisps
- Tuna Melt – mix together a can of tuna, mayonnaise, and cheese. Microwave for 30 seconds.
- Lazy Low-Carb Tortilla Chips – tear up low-carb tortillas and brush over a neutral tasting oil. Sprinkle over some salt and bake them in the oven at 350F (180c) for 7-8 minutes. Voila! Perfect for dipping with Avocado Mash above.
- Peanut butter and pickles – pickles of choice (check no sugar added), slice and spread on natural peanut butter or almond butter
- Peanut butter ice-cream – Cream cheese + peanut butter+ a sprinkle of dark choc chips + low-carb sweetener to taste (optional). Place dollops of mixture onto a baking sheet and freeze.
- Kale chips – tear up kale into bite-sized pieces and drizzle with extra virgin oil. Add salt and pepper and massage the oil into the leaves to coat both sides. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake at 350F (180c) for 8-12 minutes until they are crunchy.
- One minute muffins – mix one beaten egg, 3.5oz (100g) almond flour, 1 oz (28g) melted butter and a pinch of salt and divide into 2 ramekins or bowls. Microwave for 1.5 – 2 minutes until cooked. Serve with butter, cinnamon, cheese etc!
- Ketone Supplement drink – Perfect Keto + 1 cup almond milk or water
- Boiled eggs – boil up a batch and keep in the fridge, ready to go with some sea salt and a touch of mayonnaise
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56 Keto snacks requiring no prep whatsoever (and with only 5g or less net carbs)
Quantities provide around 5g of net carbs per serve unless otherwise stated.
- Macadamia Nuts – Macadamia nuts are the perfect ketogenic snack due to their high-fat and low-carb content. 1.8 oz (50g) contains 2.5g net carbs
- Brazil nuts – 1.8 oz (50g) contains 2g net carbs
- Pecans 1.8 oz (50g) contains 2g net carbs
- Almonds 1.8 oz (50g) contains 5 g net carbs
- Hazelnuts 1.8 oz (50g) contains 3.5 g net carbs
- Walnuts 1.8 oz (50g) contains 3.5g net carbs
- Pine nuts 1.8 oz (50g) contains 4g net carbs
- Peanuts 1.8 oz (50g) contains 5g net carbs
- Peanut Butter, unsweetened 2 tbsp contains 4g net carbs
- Almond butter, unsweetened 3 tbsp contains 4.5g net carbs
- Sunflower seed butter (SunButter), no sugar added, 4 tbsp contains 4g net carbs
- Olives – green olives have the highest fat content, but all are good. 3.5oz (100g) black olives contain 3g net carbs.
- Stuffed olives – with feta, chili. 10 feta stuffed green olives contains 5g net carbs
- Cheddar cheese, Edam, swiss and hard cheeses – cheese sticks and Mini Babybells, Laughing Cow cheese. 3.5oz (100g) of cheddar contains 5g net carbs
- Brie & Camembert cheese 2oz (58g) of brie contains 2g of net carbs (2oz suggested serve due to high-calorie level)
- Feta cheese 3.5oz (100g) contains 4g net carbs
- Goat’s cheese 3.5oz (100g) contains 2g net carbs
- Cream cheese – use as a dip for vegetables. 2oz (58g) contains 4g net carbs
- Ricotta & cottage cheese (whole milk) – use as a dip for vegetables. 1/2 cup ricotta contains 4g net carbs
- Mozzarella, bocconcini cheese 1/2 cup contains 4g net carbs
- Moon cheese cheddar a 2oz (57g) packet contains 4.5g net carbs
- Whole milk plain yogurt 3oz (90g) contains 5g net carbs. You need to be very careful with brands here as most yogurts are full of sugar. This post explains how to chose a keto-friendly yogurt.
- Beef jerky or Biltong – 1oz contains 5g net carbs (Trader Joes). Check labels for sugar.
- Pork rinds 1/2oz or 14g contains 0 net carbs (check labels to ensure there is no MSG)
- Proscuitto – 1oz (28g or 4 slices) has 1g net carbs
- Salami, pastrami, pepperoni and deli meats – 1oz (28g) contains 0-1g net carbs
- Ham 1oz (28g) contain 0-1g net carbs
- Turkey breast 1oz (28g) contains 0-1g net carbs
- Canned tuna in oil 1oz (28g) contains 0g net carbs
- Smoked salmon 1oz (28g) contains 1/2g net carbs
- Canned sardines in oil 1oz (28g) contain 0g net carbs
- Cucumber sticks – 100g contains 3.6g
- Peppers (capsicum) – medium size (100g) bell pepper (2.75 inch long). Green pepper- 2.9g net carbs, red pepper – 3.9g net carbs, yellow pepper – 5.4g net carbs
- Celery 1 cup contains 3g net carbs. Spread with cream cheese, cottage cheese or nut butter.
- Avocado – 1 medium (200g) contains 4.5g. Slice, sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
- Cherry tomatoes 6oz (170g) contains 4.3g net carbs
- Pickles. Whole dill pickles – 5 pickles or 280g contains 5g net carbs. Pickles vary greatly so check nutrition labels, especially for added sugars.
- Low-Carb bars – Perfect Keto Bars are great occasionally, with only 2-3g of net carbs per bar. Flavors include Almond Butter Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and more.
- Dark chocolate 85% cocoa 20g contains 4.5g net carbs
- Lily’s extra dark chocolate 70% 40g contains 4g net carbs
- Raspberries 1/2 cup contains 3.5g net carbs – serve with heavy whipping cream or heavy cream (40% fat, unsweetened)
- Blackberries 1/2 cup contains 3g net carbs
- Strawberries 1/2 cup contains 4g net carbs
- Blueberries 1/4 cup contains 4.5g net carbs (higher in carb so keep portions low). Try them frozen – you’ll eat less!
- Coconut butter 1 tbsp contains 1g net carbs
- Coconut flakes 1/4 cup contains 2g net carbs (sprinkle over salads or make a trail mix)
- Flaxseed crackers – 12 flackers (52g) contains 4g net carbs
- Low-Carb tortillas Mama Lupe 3g net carbs per tortilla
- Roasted seaweed snacks 0.35oz (10g) packet contains 1g net carbs
- Salsa (tomato) 1/4 cup contains 3g net carbs
- Olive tapenade 5 tbsp contains 5g net carbs
- Pesto 1/2 cup contains 2g net carbs – use as a dip for vegetables
- Cooked leftover pork sausages 2 links contains 0g net carbs
- Beef bone broth 1 cup contains 2g net carbs
- Blue Diamond Wasabi Almonds 1oz (28 nuts) contains 3g net carbs
- Last nights low-carb leftovers
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6 more delicious low carb snacks requiring 5-20 minutes prep
- Green keto smoothie
- Raspberry Keto Protein Shake
- Bulletproof coffee – also known as butter coffee. Ramp up fat burning with bulletproof coffee
- Keto White Chocolate Coconut Fat Bombs
- Quick Keto Chocolate Pudding (10 minutes)
- 15 Minute Low-Carb Blueberry Chia Pudding
If you want even MORE keto snack recipes, Louise Hendon has created an entire book filled with delectable snack recipes such as Keto Cinnamon Donut Balls and Crunchy Garlic Chia Crackers.
★ What low-carb snacks do you eat? Do you eat bacon and peanut butter together? Let us know in the comments so we can add to this list and vote for your favorites below!
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