Low carb eating is popular because of the many possible health benefits associated with it. For example, low carb diets may promote weight loss, as well as improve blood sugar control and HDL (good) cholesterol (1Trusted Source, 2Trusted Source). However, finding low carb snacks can be difficult, as many common snack foods are high in this nutrient. Fortunately, you can prepare numerous tasty and creative snacks that fit your low carb lifestyle. Choosing snacks with healthy fats, protein, and better-for-you carbs, such as fruit and vegetables, can help you meet your carb goals while still delivering a lot of nutrients. Here are 27 easy low carb snacks that are both delicious and nutritious.
1. Olive tapenade with low carb crackers Carbs per serving: approximately 1 gram per 2 tablespoons (32 grams) olive tapenade and 17 (30 grams) almond flour crackers, for a total of 18 grams of carbohydrates (3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source). Olive tapenade consists of chopped olives, capers, and olive oil. Olives are an excellent low carb source of vitamin E, which functions as a powerful antioxidant in your body, protecting cells against damage caused by reactive molecules called free radicals (5Trusted Source). You can easily make olive tapenade at home by combining chopped olives, capers, garlic, and olive oil. Pair it with a low carb cracker — like those made from almond flour or seeds — for a crunchy snack. Keep in mind that the approximate number of carbs in your snack varies based on the type of crackers you use.
2. Homemade trail mix Carbs per serving: approximately 5 grams per 1/4 cup (25 grams) (6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source) Trail mix often contains high carb ingredients like raisins, candy, and dried fruit. However, you can make a low carb version by combining a variety of nuts and seeds, along with other low carb ingredients, such as unsweetened coconut. For an easy trail mix recipe that yields about 12, 1/4-cup (25-gram) servings, combine the following:
1 cup (112 grams) of pecan halves
1 cup (112 grams) of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup (30 grams) of roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup (43 grams) of unsweetened coconut flakes
3. Cheddar cheese crisps Carbs per serving: 0.6 gram per one ounce (28 grams) sharp cheddar cheese (10Trusted Source) Cheddar cheese is a versatile low carb snack containing less than 1 gram of carbs per 1-ounce (28-gram) serving. For a delicious crispy alternative, try homemade cheddar cheese crisps. Cut thin slices of cheddar cheese into small, individual squares. Place the squares on a baking sheet, and bake at 300°F (150°C) for about 30 minutes, or until crisp. You can also look for packaged cheese crisps at the store.
4. Deviled eggs Carbs per serving: 0.6 gram per two deviled eggs (60 grams) (11Trusted Source) One large egg has less than one gram of carbs (12Trusted Source). Eggs are also rich in vitamin B12 and choline, which are essential nutrients for brain health (13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source). To make deviled eggs, slice hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out the egg yolks, and combine them with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Then, place a spoonful of the egg yolk mixture back into the egg white and top with a dash of paprika.
5. Tuna salad lettuce wraps Carbs per serving: approximately 1 gram (15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source, 17Trusted Source, 18Trusted Source) Three ounces (85 grams) of canned tuna contains no carbs and nearly 25 grams of protein (15Trusted Source). To make tuna salad, combine a 3-ounce (85-gram) can of tuna with 1/4 cup (55 grams) of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup (25 grams) of diced celery. Season the mix with salt and pepper to taste. For a low carb wrap option, spoon tuna salad into a butter lettuce leaf.
6. Berries and whipped cream Carbs per serving: approximately 12 grams (19Trusted Source, 20Trusted Source) Berries are not only highly nutritious, but they’re also a lower-carb fruit choice. For example, blueberries provide just 11 grams of carbs in 1/2 cup (74 grams) (19Trusted Source). For a delicious, low carb snack, combine 1/2 cup (74 grams) of blueberries with 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of homemade whipped cream. You can make this by whipping heavy whipping cream without sugar.
7. Stuffed avocado Carbs per serving: approximately 6 grams per 1/2 medium avocado stuffed with 3 ounces (85 grams) canned salmon (21Trusted Source, 22Trusted Source) One medium avocado has 12 grams of carbs. However, 9 grams of these carbs are derived from fiber, an indigestible nutrient that your body doesn’t absorb, making avocados an excellent option for low carb diets (21Trusted Source). To make a stuffed avocado, slice it in half and remove the pit. Then, spoon your desired low carb stuffing into the center of the avocado. Try filling avocado with canned salmon or tuna, chopped shrimp, or scrambled eggs and cheese.
8. Dark chocolate with cashew butter Carbs per serving: approximately 17 grams (23Trusted Source, 24Trusted Source) Dark chocolate is a great low carb snack when you crave something sweet. One ounce (28 grams) of at least 70% dark chocolate provides about 13 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber, although some brands have less (23Trusted Source). Try pairing 1 ounce (28 grams) of dark chocolate with 1 tablespoon (16 grams) of cashew butter for an additional source of protein and fat. Be sure to select at least 70% dark chocolate, as lower percentages may have more carbs per serving. Avoid dark chocolate with lots of added sugar or sweetened dried fruit, which can bump up the carb count.
9. Carrot sticks with homemade aioli Carbs per serving: approximately 10 grams (16Trusted Source, 25Trusted Source, 26Trusted Source, 27Trusted Source) Carrots contain fewer carbs than you may think for a sweet vegetable, with 10 baby carrots providing just 8 grams, plus 3 grams of fiber (25Trusted Source). For a tasty snack, pair baby carrots with a low carb dip like homemade aioli. To make aioli, mix 1/4 cup (55 grams) of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice, and 1 minced clove of garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
10. Strawberry smoothie
Carbs per serving: approximately 23 grams (28Trusted Source, 29Trusted Source, 30Trusted Source, 31Trusted Source, 32Trusted Source) While smoothies made with lots of fruit, juice, and sorbet can be very high in carbs, you can make a lower-carb smoothie with the right ingredients. For example, strawberries are a delicious lower-carb fruit, with 1/2 cup (83 grams) providing just 6 grams of carbs (28Trusted Source). To make a low carb strawberry smoothie, blend the following together:
1 cup (240 ml) of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (83 grams) of fresh strawberries
1/4 cup (24 grams) of whey protein or another low carb protein powder
1 tablespoon (15 grams) of chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
a few ice cubes
11. BLT lettuce wrap Carbs per serving: approximately 3 grams (18Trusted Source, 33Trusted Source, 34Trusted Source) BLT sandwiches are a popular lunch meal that are typically high in carbs. However, you can easily make a low carb BLT wrap without bread for a delicious snack. Place three slices of tomato and two slices of bacon into a large romaine lettuce leaf. For more flavor, add a few slices of avocado and a small handful of shredded cheese.
12. Sweet bell peppers and smashed avocado Carbs per serving: approximately 12 grams (21Trusted Source, 35Trusted Source, 36Trusted Source) Though their name may imply a high sugar and high carb content, sweet bell peppers are a low carb vegetable. They provide just 5 grams of carbs in about 1 cup (85 grams) (35Trusted Source). They’re also rich in vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for your heart, immune system, and skin. In fact, one green bell pepper has more vitamin C than an orange (37Trusted Source). Make a quick low carb guacamole dip for 1 cup bell pepper slices by mashing 1/2 avocado, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice, and salt together in a bowl.
13. Kale chips Carbs per serving: approximately 3 grams per 3 cups torn kale and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil (38Trusted Source, 39Trusted Source) Kale is a popular low carb veggie that’s packed with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate. One cup (21 grams) of kale contains less than 1 gram of carbs (38Trusted Source). If you aren’t a fan of raw or sautéed kale, try snacking on kale chips. To make kale chips, rip kale leaves into bite-sized pieces and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the kale with olive oil, garlic powder, and salt. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for about 10 minutes, or until the leaf edges start to brown and crisp.
14. Fresh veggies with tzatziki dip Share on Pinterest Carbs per serving: approximately 5 grams per 2 tablespoons (30 grams) tzatziki and 1 cup (76 grams) raw broccoli (40Trusted Source, 41Trusted Source) Tzatziki is a Greek sauce made from plain yogurt, garlic, and cucumbers. Fresh herbs, including dill and parsley, are often added as well. Two tablespoons (30 grams) of tzatziki dip provide only 1 gram of carbs, making it an excellent low carb choice (40Trusted Source). Pair the dip with fresh, low carb veggies like broccoli, celery sticks, or baby carrots.
15. Carrot sticks and peanut butter Carbs per serving: approximately 15 grams per 10 baby carrots and 2 tablespoons (32 grams) peanut butter (25Trusted Source, 42Trusted Source) Dipping carrot sticks into creamy peanut butter is a surprisingly delicious low carb snack. Plus, peanuts are a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and also provide some plant protein (43Trusted Source). Many peanut butter brands contain added sugar, so it’s best to choose a natural variety made only of peanuts and a little salt.
16. Low carb bento box Carbs per serving: varies A bento box is a compartmentalized container that can hold many food items. Pre-made bento boxes can contain 20–40 grams of carbs depending on which foods they contain (44Trusted Source, 45). To make your own low carb bento box, fill it with a variety of low carb snack items, such as:
Protein: cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, cheese squares
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts
Fresh veggies: celery sticks, sliced cucumber, bell pepper slices, broccoli
Low carb fruits: berries, cantaloupe, avocado slices, olives
17. Cinnamon toasted pumpkin seeds Carbs per serving: approximately 5 grams (39Trusted Source, 46Trusted Source, 47Trusted Source) One ounce (28 grams) of pumpkin seeds without their shells contains 4 grams of carbs and almost 2 grams of fiber (46Trusted Source). What’s more, pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, an essential mineral needed for optimal immune health and metabolism (48Trusted Source). To make toasted pumpkin seeds, combine 1 ounce (28 grams) of pumpkin seeds with 1/2 teaspoon (1.3 grams) of cinnamon and 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of olive oil. Spread the seeds onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
18. Savory cottage cheese Carbs per serving: approximately 13 grams in 1/2 cup (110 grams) cottage cheese with 1 cup (152 grams) grape tomatoes (49Trusted Source, 50Trusted Source) One-half cup (110 grams) of cottage cheese has 5 grams of carbs and 12 grams of protein. It’s also rich in bone-building minerals like calcium and phosphorus (49Trusted Source). Though fruit is a common addition to cottage cheese, you can also make it savory and lower in carbs by adding avocado slices, grape tomatoes, chopped green onions, or hot sauce.
19. Steamed edamame Carbs per serving: approximately 14 grams (51Trusted Source) Edamame are green, unripe soybeans that are packed with nutrition. For instance, they contain compounds called isoflavones that may help prevent bone loss, among other benefits (52Trusted Source). A 1-cup (155-gram) serving of edamame contains just 14 grams of carbs and more than 18 grams of plant-based protein (51Trusted Source). For a simple low carb snack, toss raw shelled edamame into a bowl with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of water. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on high for 1 minute or until tender. Season lightly with sea salt, and enjoy.
20. Plain yogurt with nuts Carbs per serving: approximately 14 grams per 6 ounces (170 grams) yogurt and 1 ounce (28 grams) almonds (53Trusted Source, 54Trusted Source) Traditional flavored yogurt is often high in added sugar. Selecting unsweetened plain yogurt eliminates all of the added sugar, which minimizes the carb content, although milk and yogurt do contain some natural sugars. For example, a 6-ounce (170-gram) serving of plain, unsweetened, whole-milk yogurt contains just 8 grams of carbs (53Trusted Source). To keep it a low carb snack, pair plain yogurt with a handful of nuts. Boost the flavor by adding a dash of cinnamon or vanilla extract.