Healthy Low-Carb Snacks Under 5 Grams of Carbs

Ricotta with Raspberries

raspberries with ricotta cream
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Are you hungry between meals? It's good to plan a healthy low-carb snack so you won't be tempted by the vending machine. I have a long list of low-carb snacks here, but those are more general ideas. If you are counting carbs, you'll want to know about these "Five Under Five" low-carb snacks.  Each snack has a hit of protein, fiber, and fat, but is less than 5 grams of net carb per serving.

Snack #1: Ricotta Cheese with Raspberries

Combine 1/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese with 1/4 cup raspberries. If you'd like an addition, sprinkle flax seed meal or other seeds or chopped nuts on the top (but count the carbs). Add zero-carb sweetener if desired. Check labels on the brand of ricotta you get. Frozen raspberries may have a little more carb because more of them fit in a given volume (freezing makes them shrink). To make a deluxe version, mix a little cream in with the ricotta, as pictured.

  • 4 grams net carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber
  • 10 grams protein
  • 158 calories

Tuna Salad with Celery

tuna salad plate

Stuff half a serving of tuna salad such as this recipe for Tuna Walnut Salad into 2 medium celery stalks. Alternatives: wrap in lettuce leaves, or serve with any raw vegetables you like.  Check out this list of low-carb vegetables.  Or just serve on a plate, as pictured.

  • 2 grams net carb plus 2 grams fiber = 4 grams total carb
  • 12 grams protein
  • 183 calories

Spinach Turkey Rollups

spinach dip
Use vegetables to dip, or wrap some dip in a piece of lunch meat. nicolebranan/E+/Getty Images

Take a slice of luncheon meat with no sugar added (for example, Applegate Smoked Turkey), and put 1/4 cup spinach dip in a line down the middle. Roll up and eat. (I used my Easy Spinach Dip recipe and 1oz of Applegate Smoked Turkey for this calculation.)

  • 2 grams net carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber
  • 10 grams protein
  • 153 calories

Hard Boiled Eggs with Radishes (or...)

hard-boiled eggs and radishes
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Sure, you can just eat a hard-boiled egg or two, but if you add some raw vegetables you can add fiber and nutrition to your snack and give it more staying power. For example, 10 medium radishes (which I think go nicely with hard-boiled eggs) are only 1 gram of net carb! Yes, for all 10! 2 hard boiled eggs plus 10 radishes give you:

  • 1 gram net carb plus 1 gram fiber
  • 13 grams protein
  • 212 calories
Don't know how to cook eggs? There are lots of tips for hard-boiled eggs and more on the Eggs for Beginners page.


Almonds in and out of the Shell. Creativ Studio Heinemann/Getty Images

Almonds are super-nutritious and make a really easy low-carb snack. If they are raw, you can even put them in your pocket without fear of oil-stains. Of course, avoid flavored ones if they have sugars added. For 1/4 cup almonds:

  • 3 grams net carb plus 4 grams fiber for 7 total carbohydrate grams
  • 8 grams protein
  • 206 calories

Interested in other nuts and seeds? Check out this chart of carbs, calories, and types of fats in each.

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