Healthy Snack Ideas with 5 Net Carbs or Less

If the keto diet has left you feeling hungry, look to these low-carb keto snacks to hold you over until your next meal.

Snacking on a keto diet can feel stressful, especially if you feel like you have to cook everything from scratch.

The good news is that there are plenty of grab-and-go snacks that are 100% keto-approved. This simple guide calculates the macros of quick and tasty nibbles, like cucumber smeared with guacamole and coconut cream mixed with frozen raspberries. So go ahead and grab a handful before dinner!

1/3 Cup Almonds

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24g fat | 5 net carbs | 9g protein

Raw almonds are best, but if you prefer them roasted, make sure they were cooked in a Paleo-friendly oil without any other added ingredients. Tip: Keep almonds in the fridge to preserve freshness!

2 Tablespoons Almond Butter + 2 Stalks of Celery

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17g fat | 5 net carbs | 8g protein

This light yet filling snack is just like the classic “ants on a log,” but without the high-carb raisins.

1 Tablespoon Cashew Butter + 1 Teaspoon Cacao Bibs

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9g fat | 5 net carbs | 4g protein

Craving cookie dough? A spoonful of cashew butter and a sprinkle of cacao (measured precisely, of course) will give you the flavor of your desired treat without the effort of whipping up a batch of fat bombs.

1 Cucumber + 2/3 Cup Guacamole

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21g fat | 5 net carbs | 4g protein

If you’re craving crunchy chips with a satisfying dip, try this: slice up a cucumber and crack into some guacamole – you can even use the store-bought kind if you choose a Paleo-friendly one.

1 Tomato + 3 Bacon Slices + Lettuce

11g fat | 5 net carbs | 9g protein

It’s a quick BLT, keto-style. Tip: Sub in a cup of grape tomatoes if you don’t feel like slicing.

½ Cup Walnuts

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38g fat | 5 net carbs | 9g protein

All nuts are not created equal, which is an essential fact to remember on a keto diet. Luckily, walnuts offer a larger serving size than almonds!

½ Cup of Pistachios

14g fat | 5 net carbs | 6g protein

½ Cup of Hazelnuts

41g fat | 5 net carbs | 10g protein

1 Cup of Pecans

78g fat | 5 net carbs | 10g protein

2/3 Cup Macadamia Nuts

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67g fat | 5 net carbs | 7g protein

Speaking of larger serving sizes, macadamias are lower in carbs and have lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids than other tree nuts, making them an excellent fatty choice for a keto diet.

You can also have 5 tablespoons of raw macadamia butter for the same net carbs.

½ Cup Blackberries + ½ Avocado

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14g fat | 5 net carbs | 3g protein

Mix together a pitted avocado with half a cup of blackberries, and spoon your way to a simple snack. You can also use raspberries for the same net carbs.

¼ Cup Coconut Cream + ¼ Cup Raspberries

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17g fat | 4 net carbs | 2g protein

If you’re missing ice cream, try this luxurious swirl of berries and cream. Stir the two ingredients together, add a drop of stevia, and pop it in the freezer for quick, chilled treat. If you’d rather have a mini smoothie, add ½ cup water and purée.


Zero-Carb Snacks

If you’re still hungry and can’t afford any more carbs for the day, then count on one of the following zero-carb snacks for a pick-me-up:

  • Bacon
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Canned sardines
  • Tuna
  • Salmon

Note: Just because these snacks have no carbs doesn’t mean they can be eaten endlessly. Sticking to a palm-sized serving is ideal because excess protein can get converted to glucose, which could result in kicking you out of ketosis.

Healthy Snack Ideas with 5 Net Carbs or Less

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