An Overview of Low-Carb Snacks By Laura Dolson | Reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD Updated October 12, 2016 Print When on a low-carb diet, it's good to leave a few grams of carbs out of your regular meal planning in case you get hungry in between meals. This is especially true in the first few weeks of the diet. After that, your appetite should normalize—so you are less likely to be hungry in between meals.Still, with the busy lives that many of us lead, you never know when you may get caught in a long stretch without food. The worst thing to happen, in that case, is to grab something you were once used to eating, such as a muffin from a cafe. This can spike your blood sugar and throw your body out of your carefully cultivated stable state.Also, as experts point out, it's very important not to go hungry. This can cause the body to generate stress hormones which also mess with blood sugar and insulin levels. However, this does not mean that we should never experience a hunger pang—especially in the first part of a low-carb diet—but that we shouldn't ignore them for long. List How to Make Crunchy Celariac Chips List Try These Healthy Snacks Under 5 Grams of Carbs Each If you are still feeling the need to snack frequently, consider whether you are eating enough—particularly enough fat—at meal times.How to Overcome Fat PhobiaConstructing the Perfect Low-Carb SnackThe ideal low-carb snack contains protein, fat, and fiber. The fiber is usually attributed from nuts, seeds, or vegetables.5 Healthy Low-Carb Snacks Each Under 5 Grams of Net CarbsNutsIn some ways, nuts (and certain seeds) can be a perfect low-carb snack. Nuts contain protein, healthy fat, and fiber all in one package and most of them are stocked with nutrients. There are only two caveats:Some nuts, such as cashews, actually have a fair amount of carbs. Some people have trouble stopping when they are eating nuts.It pays to know exactly how many carbs you are eating when you eat nuts. Watch your portion sizes carefully.Carbs, Fats, and Calories in Nuts and SeedsTip: Store nuts and seeds in the freezer. Remove just the amount you are planning to eat at one time. If you take them with you, use small snack-sized zip bags.SeedsFlax seeds and chia seeds are wonderfully nutritious additions to low-carb snacks. Almost all the carbohydrates in them are in the form of fiber which doesn't raise blood sugar.10 Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your DietFlax Seed Meal: Where to Get It and How to Use ItEasy Ways to Get Flax Into Your DietVegetables: Dips, Spreads, or CrackersLots of dips and spreads are low in carbs. Pair them with non-starchy vegetables and you've got a great healthy snack!While you're at it, think beyond celery and carrot sticks. You can stuff mushrooms with an easy homemade cheese spread, pimento spread, or a 5-minute spinach dip. Use jicama or cucumber rounds as you would a cracker for the dip or even guacamole. Recipe Easy and Delicious Healthier Deviled Eggs Recipe How to Make Oven-Baked Cheese Crisps Many vegetables can be eaten raw—or quickly blanched—and make good substitutes for higher-carb crackers and chips.Speaking of crackers, there are now a number of low-carb options on the market. For example, try almond meal crackers made by Simple Mills (available on Amazon) or you can make own crackers:Garlic Parmesan Flax CrackersLow-Carb Sesame Cheese CrackersAnother low-carb choice is pork rinds (Chicharrón) which can satisfy a desire for something crispy and can also be used for dipping.Roll-UpsYou can even enjoy spreads by rolling them up. There are two main types of low-carb roll-ups:Roll up a dip or spread in luncheon meat. For example, spread spinach dip on a piece of smoked turkey and roll it up.In a lettuce leaf, roll up a salad made from a protein, such as egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, salmon salad, or ham salad. This makes for an excellent lunch!BerriesLooking for fruit that doesn't have a lot of sugar? Berries are the way to go! Raspberries and blackberries are the lowest in carbs. Strawberries and blueberries are pretty low too. Combine berries with plain full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, or you can even just drizzle some cream over them. Yum!More Low-Carb Snack IdeasCelery With Peanut Butter Or Stuffed With Tuna Salad (other veggies work too)Hard Boiled Or Deviled Eggs ( eggs for beginners)Dill Pickles And Cheddar Cheese Sunflower Seeds (on the shell so it will take longer to eat them)Low-Carb Trail MixJerky (sugar-free or low-sugar)Low-Carb ShakesCheese: Sticks, String, Or With Apple SlicesSugar-Free Jello, With Or Without Cottage Cheese And A Sprinkle Of Nuts (Make sugar-free lime Jello with part coconut milk. For a large package, dissolve the powder in a cup of boiling water. Add a can of coconut milk and then add the rest of the water. Stir well.)Sugar-Free Or Low-Sugar Chocolate, Such As ChocoPerfection BarsSmoked Salmon And Cream Cheese On Cucumber SlicesRicotta Cheese With Low-Sugar Fruit, Nuts, Or Flaxseed Meal Snack Bars, Such As Quest Protein Bars (watch out for sugar alcohols, especially maltitol) Recipe What's an Easy Guacamole Recipe You Can Make? Recipe After Carving Your Pumpkin, Roast the Seeds With This Recipe Pepperoni Chips (Microwave pepperoni slices until crisp. These are great with cheeses and dips.)More Low-Carb Snack Recipes Oven-baked parmesan crisps: Just bake some cheese in the oven and you have a delicious, low-carb crunchy snack! Low-carb nachos: Enjoy the great flavors of nachos without all the carbs. Low-carb pizza: From simple recipes—put pizza ingredients on low-carb tortillas or a portabello mushroom—to a bunch of more involved low-carb pizza crust recipes. Peanut butter protein balls: Mix together four ingredients, roll them into balls, and you're done! Baked jalapeno poppers: Put cheese and bacon on spicy peppers and bake. 5-minute spicy sweet pecans: Great for holiday time (or any other) or if you are expecting guests. They're quick and easy and your home will smell amazing! Pizza bites: Bake them in a muffin tin with a pepperoni crust. Celeriac chips: Make your own chips from a lower-carb vegetable (this works with many root vegetables) Sugar-free cranberry sauce: Eat with cottage cheese or yogurt. (You can even make sugar-free dried cranberries in the oven.)More Low-Carb Snack ResourcesTop 10 Ready-Made Low-Carb Foods at the Grocery StoreTop 10 Low-Carb Snacks From the Convenience StoreThe Best Portable Low-Carb SnacksA Word From VerywellSometimes when we think of snacks, we automatically think of foods that aren't very good for us. But snacks can just as easily be part of a healthy way of eating.