42 Low-Carb Snacks

Every time someone signs up for my mailing list, I ask about their biggest dietary challenge. By far, the leading vote-getter is finding healthy, low-carb snacks. Hopefully, the ideas below will help.

Low-carb snacks

Why Snack?

So, why are snacks important? They boost your energy when you need it, help you focus on important tasks, supply your body with essential nutrients (if you snack wisely), and help keep your blood sugar balanced.

Snacking Strategies

A good rule of thumb for most people with diabetes is to keep your snacks within the 15 to 20g carb range. (Note: if your health care professional has given you different guidance, please listen to them and not to me!) One easy way to pick a healthy snack is to have both protein and carb, e.g. one ounce of cheese plus a small apple.

The first group of easy snacks listed below are things you can grab and go, no cooking required. The other low-carb snacks can be made when you have more time.

Please note carb counts listed below should be considered estimates only. Links to products are affiliate links, which means if you click one and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no charge to you.

Easy Low-Carb Snacks

  • Small apple and 1 ounce cheddar cheese – 20g carb
  • Small apple and 1 tablespoon almond butter – 23g carb
  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup raspberries, 1 tablespoon walnuts, and 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds – 15g carb
  • 2/3 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup blueberries – 18g carb
  • 1/2 cup grapes and 1 ounce string cheese – 8g carb
  • 2 tablespoons hummus and 1 small red bell pepper (sliced) – 11g carb
  • 1 ounce deli turkey rolled up with 1 slice avocado and 1 slice tomato – 3g carb
  • 1/2 large pear plus 1 wedge of spreadable cheese (such as Laughing Cow) – 18g carb
  • 1 cup raw carrot strips with 2 tablespoons guacamole – 14g carb
  • 4 whole-grain or almond crackers (such as Nut-Thins) with 2 teaspoons peanut butter – 14g carb
  • 12 almonds and 1 ounce string cheese – 3g carb
  • 3 cups popcorn (such as SkinnyPop) plus 12 peanuts or cashews – 15g carb
  • “Gorp”: 2 tablespoons walnuts, 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds – 18g carb

Low-carb snacks - beans and legumes

Beans and Legumes

Low-carb snacks - nuts

Nuts & Healthy Fats

Low-carb snacks - fruit


Low-carb snacks - high-protein


Low-carb snacks - veggies


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