Snack Ideas for a Low Carb Diet

If you’re on a low carb diet and feeling hungry in between meal times, then you might find yourself rummaging around your kitchen for a satisfying snack. To avoid the temptation of grabbing a packet of chips or crackers (both of which are very high in carbohydrates), it’s a good idea to have some extra low carb foods to hand. By stocking up your fridge and pantry with some of these low carb snack ideas, you won’t feel guilty if you get the urge for a little snack during the day.

Celery, carrots and bell peppers make great dippers
Celery, carrots and bell peppers make great dippers
Devilled Eggs
Devilled Eggs
Cucumber Slices with Olive Oil and Rice Vinegar
Cucumber Slices with Olive Oil and Rice Vinegar
Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Deli Meat and Cheddar Cheese
Deli Meat and Cheddar Cheese
Lettuce is great for making wraps
Lettuce is great for making wraps

What is a low carb snack?

A low carb snack should contain plenty of fiber, healthy fats and protein. The important thing to remember when looking for a satisfying low carb snack in between meals is to avoid anything that contains bread, pasta, rice, potatoes or other starchy components. Any low carb food can be bulked up and made more nutritious and satisfying by adding an array of colourful vegetables.

Here’s a list of snacks that you can freely indulge in and enjoy as part of a low carb diet:-

  • Devilled Eggs
  • Hard boiled eggs with lettuce and tomato
  • Celery with peanut butter or hummus
  • Cheese sticks, such as string cheese
  • Cucumbers with olive-oil and rice vinegar
  • Dill pickles and cheddar cheese
  • Berries and cottage cheese or plain yoghurt
  • Raw vegetables such as carrot or cauliflower with spinach dip or other low carb dip
  • Brocolli with melted cheese
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sugar-Free chocolate Jello pudding
  • Beef Jerky
  • Caprese salad: tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil
  • Deli Meat and cheddar cheese
  • Cheese and apple slices
  • Large mushrooms filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese
  • Ricotta or cottage cheese with flax seeds
  • Lettuce wraps: roll up tuna, egg salad or turkey with veggies in a lettuce leaf
  • Lettuce wraps with chicken and tzatziki sauce
  • Brocolli and melted cheese
  • Nuts, such as plain almonds
  • Sauteed spinach and ricotta cheese spread on cucumber slices
  • Ready-bought low carb snack bars or low carb shakes

A word of warning though: if you choose to buy ready made low carb snack bars or shakes, then you should first read the nutritional information on the package to ensure sure that they provide the right nutrition for your low carb diet. Sometimes, these snack bars are high in salts and sugars which might make them less healthy than low carb foods that you could prepare yourself at home.

Food preparation at home and low carb cooking can be quite easy if you first have a good idea of which foods are actually low in carbohydrates. It’s always good to be creative, too; try putting together your own little low carb snacks based on the suggestions I have given. After all, we should endeavour to make dieting fun without depriving ourselves of delicious and satisfying food that we can all enjoy.

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b. Malin 5 years ago

And I thought I wasn't going to like any of the Low Carb Snacks...But I do! What a great Variety to choose from...I must print this page out! Thanks Cloverleaf for some Wonderful mouth watering suggestions.


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sisterofdummy 5 years ago

My favorite snack is produce. (My embarrassing weight did that.)


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dlgjmg30 5 years ago from Lytle Creek, CA

Cloverleaf, you have given some very tasty low carb ideas for those of us who are trying to eat healthier. Thanks for the great information.


writer20 5 years ago

Great hub and thanks for telling us all about the snacks.

YumYum


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

b.Malin I'm pleased I managed to make your mouth water, I was drooling writing the hub, too!!! :-)

Cloverleaf.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

sisterofdummy, thanks for stopping by to read and comment, produce is so very good for you.

Cloverleaf.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Any time, writer20! Hope you have a great weekend.

Cloverleaf


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Cloverleaf ... your hub looks scrumptious! Colorful, detailed and delicious! I love my veggies! Up/Awesome/Yummy!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Sunshine, I just had a caprese salad for supper: tomatoes on the vine, fresh basil and delicious mozzarella with a little drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar....it was so colorful and I can still smell the basil.....mmmmm!

Thanks for pressing all the buttons!!! Hope you have a gRRRREAT weekend :-)

Cloverleaf.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Yum, these sound great. I use Romaine leaves for roll ups a lot. One can make many low calorie and low carb fillings. The cucumbers look amazing too.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi there Hyphenbird, I hope you are having a great Friday evening.

Lettuce makes a nice versatile alternative to bread sometimes, doesn't it? Super crunchy, too. I really like butter lettuce because it lasts in the fridge a long time and I can just pick off a leaf or two when I want it.

Have a wonderful weekend :-)

Cloverleaf.


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

All great especially for diabetics who need to watch carbs. [voted up and useful]


september girl 5 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful hub. Great ideas and cool pics. Made me hungry for a healthy snack. Usually I'm bad, reaching for the chocolate. ;)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I need to shed a couple pounds, so great Hub!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub, my friend. I believe all snacks above very useful for our health. No one better than vegetables and I am so happy you add cheese on the list above. Well done and you got my vote. Cheers...

Love and peace,


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

tarrka1089 you make a great point there about diabetics, thanks for such a valuable comment.

Cloverleaf.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi september girl, your comment made me laugh and I can relate because I'm a big chocolate fan myself LOL.

Cloverleaf.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi WillStarr, cutting down a little bit on the carbs always helps me to watch my weight, but it's not always easy to do! Have a great day,

Cloverleaf.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

prasetio30, I'm so pleased you liked the snack ideas. I'm always reaching to the fridge for cheese, so adding a few veggies makes it much healthier. thanks as always for your vote!

Cloverleaf.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Yup, yup, and yup!!! Yummy, healthy veggies. Nice hub, Clover. Love it!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Susie, thanks for reading and commenting, I always value your opinion! Hope you are having a great weekend.

Cloverleaf.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A wide choice you gave us there Cloverleaf. The mushrooms filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese sounds scrumptious, a must try.

Voted up


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is a wonderful "rebuttle" to my latest hub on "mindless eating" (written in jest, as I am totally in to health food). Having said that, I have been trying to come up with a no-carb, or at least low carb snack. I am thrilled to find your "tuna wrap" as I like tuna so much.

Excellent hub, cloverleaf. So thrilled to have found you here on HP. And your mom, is no slouch,either . I'm a huge fan of hers!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Rosemay, the nice thing about this list is that you can mix and match, too! For example you could try filling mushrooms with brocolli and melted cheese.

Have fun experimenting and thanks as always for the vote up :-)

Cloverleaf.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Audrey, yes I did have to chuckle at your blueberry hub - you have quite a way with words! You never know, some of these low-carb snacks might help to settle your stomach, too.

I'm thrilled to have found you here on HubPages, too! MM and I are keenly following you.... especially in your new challenge!

Cloverleaf.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Cloverleaf! Yep, its about time for me to go back on my low carb diet. These snack ideas will get my waistline back down in no time! Voted up, up and away!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Dexter, always great to hear from you! I think you'll enjoy these low carb snacks, and you won't have to feel guilty on your diet. Thanks as always for your vote up!

Cloverleaf


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Mmm... great- and delicious- food suggestions! These are some of my favorite snacks, and I'm not watching carbs at all!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Simone, yes and not an onion ring or donut in sight! I can appreciate that as a vegetarian there would be a few snack ideas that would not appeal to you but I'm happy that there are some on the list that you can enjoy!

All the best,

Cloverleaf.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Would peanut butter and celery work? Ricotta cheese is a good base to mix a tablespoon of concentrated juice into for a refreshing pick me up too. It's even good with a little lemon jest. Lots of good choices you have offered for healthy eating.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi homesteadbound,

Yep, peanut butter and celery is a great low-carb snack. I love your idea about mixing juice or lemon with ricotta because it is rather bland and boring on it's own. You always have the greatest ideas!

Cloverleaf.


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

If trying to lose weight, definitely avoid the ranch dressing with your carrots and celery. The eggs are a great idea without too much mayo. If you can eat the hardboiled eggs plain with some light salt, it's almost pure protein. Voted up and USEFUL. :) Nice hub Louise.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Oh Felicity, that's so true. I'm a big sucker for ranch dressing and mayo LOL. Tzatziki sauce is actually quite a nice alternative too, especially if you are watching the fat content. Thanks for all your great remarks, and for voting up.

Cloverleaf.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I am glad I came across this hub of yours. Very soon (maybe even tomorrow) I am going to start a lower carb diet and all these snack ideas are great. I think I will do a lot of the preparing/chopping ahead of time so I always have a ready-to-go low carb snack. I appreciate the ideas.

~voted up and useful~

(By the way, how have you been?)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Louise (cloverleaf),

Thanks for presenting so many great suggestions in your article. The low carb foods look great and taste great. I'm always glad when I remember to make the substitutions for other snack items.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

Thanks, I really needed to see this article. I enjoy my crackers dipped in garlic humus and should switch over to veggies for my snack. The pictures are beautiful and invite us to rethink healthy! My husband starts his BBS radio talk show tonight at 7pm pacific time. He will be talking about his Cancer healing journey.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Just what I needed as I've decided to cut carbs. My downfall is, believe it or not, soda crackers. When I checked the label and saw the carbs I about fainted.

This is my second visit and there may be a 3rd. :-)

Love all of your suggestions. Today is shopping day, so I'm printing this out and taking it along with me.

Another winner, Louise!


kelleyward 4 years ago

As a type 1 diabetic this hub is a great find! I'm linking this to my 50 healthy snacks for diabetics hub. Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a wonderful hub suggestion for everyone. I have taken to lettuce wraps lately as a good snack alternative. This will keep you healthy and losing those pounds. Voted way up!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Having just come back from a week long food-a-thon ( on a cruise) I was desperate for a good diet with some low carb snacks. This hub is a timely addition to my diet armory. Well put together, effective suggestions with great pics too. Thank you, Cloverleaf. This list may well be my saviour for the next 6 weeks.

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