10 Best Low-Carb Snack Ideas

Drop that chocolate! I know, transitioning to a low-carb lifestyle can seem hard, nay, impossible at times. How can anyone be expected to live without chocolate? Or popcorn? Or ice-cream?! Unfortunately, all those comfort foods/favourite snacks/deliciousness are super full of sugar. Which is a carb. Which means that you can’t eat them…not if you want to stick to low-carb, at least. Thankfully, LifeWithLowCarb.com is to the rescue, with 10 of the best low-carb snacks around.

So drop the chocolate bar, back away slowly, and prepare to be amazed at just how much fun your tastebuds can have even without carbs…

1. Salami and cheese rollup

A savoury twist on a sugary classic. Take a block of your favourite cheese (I used gouda most recently, but anything with a bit of flavour will do), cut a cube or a stick of it. Take a slice of your favourite salami (I tend to go for mild hungarian, but again, personal preference), and wrap it around the cheese.

Voilà, incredibly simple and delicious snack. Depending on the thickness of the salami and the type of cheese you use, macros will vary, but it should be practically zero carb, with a good mix of protein and fat.

2. Devilled eggs

CC Image courtesy of Jay Cross on Flickr

CC Image courtesy of Jay Cross on Flickr

These take a little more preparation than the salami and cheese rollups, but they’re totally worth it. They make a fantastic midday snack to take to work, too.

Hardboil some eggs. Cut them in half, and scoop out the yolks. Using a fork, lightly mash them in a bowl. Add some whole egg mayonnaise (I use around a teaspoon per egg), and some dijon mustard and parsley (or chives), for extra flavour. Stir to combine them, then spoon the mixture back into the eggs. Refrigerate overnight, enjoy the next day. Beautiful!

Depending on the size of the eggs you use, average macros tend to be around 120 calories per egg, with 9-10g Fat, 6-7g Protein, and negligible carbs.

3. Whipped Cream with protein powder

My partner and I love this as a dessert, because it’s chocolate flavoured (depending on the protein powder) whipped cream. What’s not to love?

It’s pretty simple. You get some whipping cream, or thickened cream (normal pouring or cooking cream doesn’t whip well – DO NOT USE). How much is up to you, but when we’re sharing, we often go for 2-300mL. Add a scoop or two of your favourite flavoured protein powder (like this) – make sure it’s a low-carb one. Take egg-beaters or mixmaster, and beat until it’s whipped. If you put it in the freezer for half an hour, you end up with something almost like ice-cream. Trust me, TRY THIS. It’s fantastic.

Again, macros will vary, but assuming standard thickened cream and a 40g scoop of protein powder, the average will probably be around 350 calories, 35g Fat, 4-5g Carbs, and 13-14g Protein per 120g serve. Great for hitting your fat target for the day.

CC Image courtesy of Larry Kauffman, flickr

CC Image courtesy of Larry Kauffman on Flickr

4. Pepperoni sticks/Twiggy sticks

These you can just buy from almost any deli or butcher. Zero preparation required. They are, of course, highly processed, and thus full of preservatives and sodium, but if you’re on a low-carb diet you probably need sodium anyway, so don’t shy away from them (don’t go overboard with them either though).

The macros for these will vary wildly depending on the brand and size, but they should all be very low carb, high fat, reasonably high protein.

5. Celery and peanut butter/cottage cheese

Yep, that old favourite. Take some celery stalks, slice in half lengthwise, spread with peanut butter or cottage cheese (or some other nut spread, if that takes your fancy). Just be careful – although peanut butter is high in fat and protein, it’s also 13%  net carbs – so 100g of peanut butter will immediately put you pretty close to the 20g limit imposed by some low-carb diets.

Macros for this will depend on the spread you use. Check the label, but 100g of peanut butter will often be around 50F/20C/25P per 100g. Celery is fairly negligible – around 2g net carbs and 1g protein per 110g, with no fat.

6. Avocado stuffed with shrimp

My dad used to make these when I was a kid, and I absolutely loved them (and do, to this day).

In principle, it’s extremely simple – you get half an avocado, scoop out the seed and maybe a little flesh, and then fill it with a mixture of shrimp and sauce (seafood sauce or mayonnaise, whichever you prefer). In practice, you can get much fancier, as in this recipe. It’s really up to you as to how much time you want to spend on it.

Again, macros will differ, depending on the recipe you choose, how big the avocado is, etc. But avocados are a fantastic source of fiber and fat, and the addition of the shrimp bumps up the protein. A great afternoon snack/mini meal.

CC Image courtesy of StarryGwee, flickr

CC Image courtesy of StarryGwee on Flickr

7. Green leafy chips

You can choose to do this with any green leafy vegetable, though some will taste better than others. Personally I love to use brussels sprouts, because they’re already chip-sized, but kale works well too.

Take your green leaves of choice, cut into chip sized bits. Toss with oil. Spread over baking tray, salt to taste. Bake at 180°C (360°F) for 7-10 minutes, or until crisp. Eat.

Macros will depend on the leave you use, but should be pretty good.

8. Spiced chicken bites

These take a bit more prep, but I love having a bowl of them in my fridge to snack on.

Take some chicken breasts, or chicken tenders. Cut into bite-sized chunks, then toss them in a plastic bag with taco seasoning until they’re coated. I’m lazy, and buy my seasoning, but any combination of spices that will coat the chicken is fine (seriously though, taco seasoning works so well!). Cook with oil in a frying pan until cooked through. Try to resist eating it all in one go (they’re so more-ish).

Be careful with the spice seasoning – they can sometimes be surprisingly carby. Macros should work out to be around 4F/4C/25P, 160 Calories per 100g or so, but will vary slightly. Great for hitting protein macro targets!

9. Nuts

It’s a bit obvious, but a handful of nuts makes an amazing snack, provided you’re not allergic to them. Almonds, particularly, are quite low in carbs, but have been accused of being a bit inflammatory.

A word of caution here – make sure you weigh your portions of nuts – they’re very calorie dense and easy to snack on – don’t sit there with an open container of them next to you, as you’ll almost certainly blow through your daily calorie target in no time. If you don’t have a good kitchen scale at home, pick one up from a local homewares store, or order one online from Amazon.

10. Pre-made snack bars

If you really can’t be bothered making something, and you want something a bit more interesting than nuts, you can always resort to pre-made diet bars. My personal go-to bars are Atkins bars ( straight up LOVE the chocolate coconut ones) or Quest bars. If you haven’t heard of Quest bars before, go out and buy some, now. Or order a sample box. But they are fantastic sources of fiber and protein, super low carb, and have an amazing range of flavours.

 

There you go! If you have any fantastic low-carb snacks that you love that you think I should have included, let me know in the comments below!

 

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