35 Great Low-Carb Snack Ideas

collage of 35 low carb snack ideas

Today, I am sharing with you a list of low-carb snacks that I hope are as much of a help to you as they are to us.

One of the hardest things to manage on a special diet is healthy snacks.

When I was growing up, I would grab for But now that my family has gone gluten-free and is moving more and more grain-free, I've needed more ideas to keep around for me, my husband, and our seemingly-always-hungry boys.

It's hard to find things that taste good and aren't loaded with processed flours, sugars, and preservatives.  And when you have a craving or are sincerely hungry between meals, it's important to have healthy options around so you aren't tempted to eat what you aren't supposed to.

Just to be clear, I do not think that carbs are a problem.  In fact, I am careful to get healthy carbs in my family's diet daily.  Healthy carbs are important for many bodily processes and I have read that they are necessary for your thyroid and adrenals to work properly.

In fact, going too low carb can be detrimental in several ways, including affecting those with thyroid disease and adrenal fatigue.  Later I hope to share some of our favorite carbs that we are using now.

Since my oldest has a life-threatening food allergy to dairy and eggs, and I am not tolerating eggs well at present, the following are not just low carb snacks, but egg and dairy-free as well.  Not all of them are vegan snacks, since a few have animal products (meat or gelatin) in them, but many are.

But for now, here is a great list of low-carb snacks to help you stick to your special diet, and stay away from excess carbs.

35 Low-Carb Snacks

Vegetable Dip

This great allergy-free recipe would be good with any raw veggies, and doubles as an egg and soy-free mayonnaise.

Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

Sunflower Seed Cheese

sunflower seed cheese with crackers on wood cutting board

Babaganoush from And Here We Are

AIP (autoimmune paleo) / Nightshade-free Guacamole

Loaded with garlic--lots of it! Possibly the BEST guac you will ever have!

aip guacamole in white bowl with paleo tortilla chips
Voila! AIP Guacamole that's also vegan and dairy-free, paired with Paleo Tortilla Chips

Lasagna Rolls (paleo and V) from Healy Eats Real

lasagna rolls on a plate

Avocados with Salt

Hard-Boiled Eggs with Salt (if you can have eggs)

Homemade Sauerkraut - Why not get some healthy probiotics in while snacking?

Easiest Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes

pouring oil on homemade sun-dried tomatoes in a glass jar

Crispy Nuts (see my post on How to Make Nuts Crispy)

nuts and seeds with text overlay

“Temaki” – Easy Grain-Free Sushi

paleo temaki sushi

Homemade “Cheez-Its” (DF & grain free with V option)

Grain free Healthy Cheez Its

Cherry Tomatoes

Canned Salmon

Beef Sticks - We LOVE this brand.

Carrot Sticks, or Baby Carrots

Olives - Another big favorite in our home.

Canned Tuna - Great with a little olive oil, pepper, and salt, but even straight, it tastes great.

Seaweed - We could eat this all day - it's our new favorite snack. I get whole sheets, but these snack packs are yummy.

Allergy-Free Ranch Dressing (DF, EF, & NF) from me

This would be good with any raw veggies.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe - dairy-free

Zesty Nacho Kale Chips from Delicious Obsessions

bowl of kale chips

Kale Chips

 Haven't tried kale chips?  You should.  A great way to use up the "brown thumb gardener's" choice crop!

Homemade Kale Chips

Seasoned Nuts & Seeds

A "seasoned just right" blend that will satisfy all the nibblers in your home

Can’t Stop Eating ‘Em Crispy Green Bean Chips

glass of green bean crisps

Pimientos de Padron from And Here We Are

pimientos de padron on a plate

Baked Parsnip Chips from Beauty and the Foodie

parsnip chips on a chopping board with parsnip and knife

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings (GF) from Health Starts in the Kitchen

(8 carbs, 1 fiber per 1/2 cup of buffalo cauliflower.  If that's too many carbs for you, try some almond flour as a sub instead of the cassava flour)

Jerky from Maria Mind Body Health

bunch of homemade jerky

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips from Sugar-Free Mom

bowl of zucchini chips

Ultimate Keto Breadsticks from The Keto Diet Blog

(use water instead of egg yolks for brushing if needed)

cup of keto breadsticks

Real Food Hot Nacho Cheese Sauce (GF & DF) from Tessa the Domestic Diva

whisk with dairy-free nacho cheese sauce

Cabbage Chips from Maria Mind Body Health

Zucchini Nacho Chips from Maria Mind Body Health

Zucchini Nacho Chips

Chicken Strips from Maria Mind Body Health

plate of chicken strips with dipping sauce and sliced cucumber

I am always on the hunt for good recipes - and the following book is a great resource for healthy snacks.  Not all of them are low carb, but for most of them that aren't, you can easily make substitutions since all of the recipes are grain-free.  Everything we've made from this book has been a big hit!

The Grain-Free Snacker

The Grain Free Snacker

Which ones will you make first?
Please share your favorite snack in the comments!

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10 Comments

  1. This list gives me lots of ideas for my picky 3 year old boy, who loves the processed food snacks, to my dismay. I can't wait to try the Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and the Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chips. I'd also bet the Nacho Cheese Sauce would go great with those Bread Sticks (like a healthier version of those little processed cheese and sticks packages). Thanks for the list!

  2. I like this list, this all sounds and looks very good. Something my family would eat. They all look very doable.

    I so often with a 4 and 5 year old am at a loss for snacks that are prepared with everyday foods and offer this kind of variety. The gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free snacks are expensive to buy. My boys eat fruits and vegetables, but also want a different kind of treat with a mix of proteins and carbs and are healthy. You have a lot of choices here.

    I agree, the right carbs are not the culprit at all, they are very good for us.

    Thank you for compiling this list!

    Joanne

    1. Hi Joanne,

      Yes, those snacks are unbelievably expensive. Occasionally - fine, but not as a steady diet.

      You are so welcome! Take care!

    2. Oh yes, forgot to mention favorite snacks. My boys like crackers of any kind, but the older ones of us like veggie chips, or popcorn that is seasoned. I'm liking right now popcorn with nutritional yeast with spicy flavorings. I have my own bowl. 🙂