We all know that a low-carb diet has health benefits: It can help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes—all good things. But we also know that we love an afternoon snack (or two). So if you’ve decided to give the low-carb lifestyle a go, but still want to enjoy something salty, sweet or in between, you’re in the right place. Here are 23 low-carb snack ideas to make your healthy meal plan easy and delicious.
23 Low-Carb Snack Ideas You Can Make at Home
1. Roasted Mixed Nuts (9g Carbs)
Nuts are an excellent snacking choice when you’re watching your carbohydrate intake. Not only are they naturally low in carbs, they’re also heavy on good fats and protein to fill you up. Oh, and when roasted with herbs and spices, they’re obsession-worthy.
2. Vegan Keto Everything Bagels (1g Carbs)
You don’t have to be following a strict ketogenic diet to enjoy these homemade bagel bites. Thanks to a mixture of almond butter, flaxseed and psyllium husk powder (made from the outer husks of psyllium seeds), they have a single gram of carbs per serving. Pass the cream cheese, please and thank you.
3. Ketogenic Strawberry Fat Bombs (5g Carbs)
Another keto snack that’s making the low-carb crossover? Fat bombs. These are made from fresh fruit, cream cheese and butter, and will hit the spot when you’re looking for something sweet.
4. Easy Zucchini Chips (4g Carbs)
See you later, potato chips. There’s a new crispy-crunchy snack in town and it happens to require just three ingredients to whip up. Plus, they have 4 grams of carbs per serving. Go ahead, have a second handful.
5. Avocado Deviled Eggs (1g Carbs)
Who said deviled eggs were only appropriate for brunch? These guys are packed with protein and healthy fat (thank you, avocado) to keep you satisfied when a craving strikes.
6. Crispy Green Bean “fries” (9g Carbs)
We could get used to the whole “green veggies as snacks” thing, especially when they’re dredged in Parmesan cheese and bake up quickly in the oven, no messy deep-frying required.
7. Avocado Tahini Dip (7g Carbs)
This dip is elegant enough to serve at cocktail hour, but since it takes five minutes from start to finish, it’s also low-effort enough to make on a whim. You might even have the necessary ingredients in your fridge right now.
8. Spicy Ricotta-stuffed Phyllo Rolls (11g Carbs)
A creamy-spicy filling wrapped inside crisp phyllo wrappers is our idea of a dream snack. To really seal the deal, add hot pepper jelly or sweet chili sauce for dipping. Can we get an amen?
9. Cheesy Pesto Chips (11g Carbs)
These chips have a secret. They’re made from thinly sliced zucchini, so they’re low on carbs and diet-friendly. The macadamia pesto coating is garlicky, salty and packed with antioxidants, so you can feel good about chowing down.
10. Ketogenic Cherry Tomato Tulips (6g Carbs)
If you’re looking for a low-carb snack that’s fresh, bright and won’t weigh you down, look no further than these tomato “tulips.” They take 15 minutes to assemble and even less time to disappear from your plate.
11. Brussels Sprout Sliders (8g Carbs)
Some might try to argue that Brussels sprouts are a dinner food. But when you craft them into adorable slider-like bites, how could you keep them confined to the dinner table? We’d eat these any time, any day.
12. Pimento Cheese Stuffed Shishito Peppers (3g Carbs)
Just think of these cheesy, spicy peppers as a classed-up version of jalapeño poppers. Not familiar with pimento cheese? It’s a Southern thing, and it’s made with cheese, mayo and pimentos. It makes everything taste amazing—trust us.
13. Bacon Guacamole (13g Carbs)
Just when you though guacamole couldn’t get any tastier, we went ahead and added bacon to the mix. It’s smoky, savory and just the thing to add a boost of protein to your dip. (We’ve been known to devour an entire bowl all on our own.)
14. Skillet Nacho Dip (8g Carbs)
We’re so glad cheese is low in carbohydrates. This is like a deconstructed version of classic nachos, which means you can choose your favorite healthy dipping vehicle. Carrot sticks and celery are our two favorites, but the world is your oyster.
15. Jammy Soft-boiled Eggs (1g Carbs)
Oh, you’ve never had a jammy egg before? Allow us to introduce you. They’re somewhere between a soft- and medium-boiled egg—the yolk has a delightfully soft texture—and ideal for pretty much any time of day. Sprinkle on some flaky salt and have at ’em.
16. 5-ingredient Golden Milk Snack Bites (7g Carbs)
What’s golden milk, you ask? It’s a turmeric spiked wellness drink, and the inspiration behind these snackable bites. They’re naturally sweet and made with nut butter and seeds for a welcome boost of energy. Keep some in your fridge for snack emergency.
17. 3-ingredient Buffalo Chicken Dip (1g Carbs)
You had us at buffalo chicken dip, and again at three ingredients. You might want to make a double batch, because the second you set out a bowl, it’s going to disappear, it’s that good. Serve it with your choice of low-carb crudités—radishes, carrots, cucumbers, you name it.
18. Keto, Paleo, Low-carb Granola (7g Carbs)
This one also happens to be sugar-free, thanks to a low-carb sweetener. But if you’re not a fan of those ingredients, we see no harm in swapping for a drizzle of honey or maple syrup instead.
19. Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups (8g Carbs)
Monique Volz has cracked the code and made one of our favorite candies low-carb. These are also vegan and gluten-free, NBD.
20. Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip (9g Carbs)
Whoever decided that gooey, melty dips were only appropriate for a fancy occasions and game watches never had a low-carb skillet spinach artichoke dip. Swap the crackers for a crunchy veggie and you’ll be in snack heaven.
21. Low-carb Pesto And Turkey Cucumber Roll-ups (3g Carbs)
These would be excellent at a party or packed into a lunch, but considering they take 15 minutes to make, we’ll be happily eating them as a filling afternoon snack any day of the week.
22. Prosciutto-topped Cucumber Crostini (9g Carbs)
Not today, carby bread. We’re swapping the usual crostini toasts with thick slices of cucumber. They have the same satisfying crunchy texture, but are cool, light, refreshing and won’t weigh you down or fill you up *too* much before dinnertime.
23. No-bake Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls (5g Carbs)
They’re crunchy, lightly sweet and remind us of a fancy candy bar without all the bad stuff. Make a big batch and keep them in your fridge for a midday pick-me-up or post-dinner treat.