Snacks fuel the body, maintain blood sugar levels, and beat back the ravenous hunger that leads to overeating—as long as they’re the right kind of snacks. If you’re working hard to lose weight or feel healthier, these 21 top low-carb snacks are for you.
Too many processed snack foods are high in bad carbohydrates, like refined sugar or refined grains. This type of carb spikes glucose levels, giving the body a quick burst of energy. The problem is that glucose levels then plummet quickly, leading to hunger. Whenever you want to add healthy carbs to your diet, choose foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain pastas and breads. Learn more in Why Low-Carb Diets May Beat Low Fat.
The top low-carb snacks are those that contain lower levels of non- or minimally-processed ingredients. They not only offer lower levels of carbohydrates, many of them deliver fiber, which slows down the digestive system. What’s more, these higher fiber foods help the stomach feel fuller longer, making you less likely to reach for high-carb snacks, like chips or crackers.
So grab your FREE Clean-Eating Menu Planner, and put these low-carb snacks on your menu this week.
1. Avocado Dip and Veggies
Dip fresh veggies into this tasty recipe, which has 4 grams of carbs per serving.
2. Bell Pepper Candy
Crunch into low-carb happiness with this 3-carb-per-serving snack.
3. Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up
Roll one ounce of preservative-free deli turkey with a slice of low-fat cheese or a part-skim mozzarella stick. Two roll-ups have about 5 grams of carbs total.
4. Skinny Peanut Butter-Yogurt Dip and Fruit
With only 2 carbs per serving, this dip is perfect for dunking your favorite fruit.
5. Spicy Pumpkin Hummus and Veggies
Three grams of carbs make this the ideal recipe for enjoying with healthy low-carb veggies, like carrots.
6. Small Salad with Hard-Boiled Egg
Top a small green salad with one hard-boiled egg, and add a mix of one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1-2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar for low-carb snacks you’ll feel great about. Learn how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg.
7. Grilled Calamari
This might not make your everyday snack list, but with fewer than 5 grams of carbs per serving it’s a fantastic low-carb snack when you’re entertaining or celebrating a special event.
Place frozen edamame in the microwave until warm. A three-quarters-cup serving offers less than 10 grams of carbs.
9. Celery and Simple Homemade Peanut Butter
A serving of this delish peanut butter delivers less than 5 carbs.
10. Skinny Salsa Dip and Veggies
Dunk vegetables into our salsa recipe, which has fewer than 5 carbs in each serving.
11. Zucchini Hummus and Carrot Sticks
Dip carrot sticks into a healthy hummus, like this paleo-friendly recipe with fewer than 5 grams of carbohydrates.
12. Hard-Boiled Egg
Enjoy this super-nutritious snack—one egg offers about 6 grams of protein with no carbs.
13. Low-Fat Mozzarella Cheese Stick
Don’t let the kids gobble these all up! This is one of the top low-carb snacks because it offers zero carbs but up to 6 grams of lean muscle-building protein.
A serving of 12 whole, unsalted almonds will deliver about 3 carbs plus a dose of heart-healthy nutrients—and it has only 100 calories. Learn 6 Reasons to Add Almonds to Your Diet.
15. Southwestern Kale Chips
With fewer than 10 grams of carbohydrates per serving, this superfood snack should be on your “gotta try” list.
16. Classic Guacamole and Veggies
Our guacamole recipe contains an itty-bitty 2 grams of carbs per serving, so grab your favorite fresh vegetables and dip in!
17. Frozen Grapes
These low-carb snacks are ideal for snacking at work or as a sweet on-the-go treat.
18. Greek Yogurt with Berries
Choose non-fat, plain Greek yogurt, and top it with your favorite berries for a delish snack. Be sure to check nutrition labels—some Greek yogurt brands have higher carb counts than others.
19. Skinny Nutella Spread and Fruit
Our recipe for homemade spread is healthier than store-bought varieties and has just 6 grams of carbs per serving.
20. Sliced Tomato with Reduced-Fat Feta
This fruit/cheese combo is a winner when it comes to the top low-carb snacks for your menu plan.
21. Air-Popped Popcorn
Munch on popcorn, a whole grain, for a low-carb food that satisfies your body and your snack tooth. Try these Healthy Popcorn Recipes.
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