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16 Delicious Low-Carb Snacks to Munch on, According to Experts

Yes, you can eat low-carb and feel satisfied.

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There's something just so unbelievably inviting about eating a bag of chips. Though there's definitely a time and place for them (we should all enjoy things in moderation), your favorite easy snacks are often chock full of carbohydrates—something those following a low-carb diet try to limit. Luckily, there are tons of convenient, low-carb snacks popping up everywhere you turn. And though there’s been some pushback on uber popular diets promoting dropping carbohydrate intake way too low, there are healthy, tasty low-carb alternatives to most of your favorite snacks.

Before you hit the snack aisle at your local supermarket, it’s important to remember that plenty whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, and nuts, are incredibly healthy low-carb options. Though many do contain carbs, they should have a place in your diet alongside packaged items that you can rely on for portability and convenience, says Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., founder of Nutrition Starring YOU and author of The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook.

Why would you consider low-carb snacking?

Low-carb diets have long been associated with both weight loss (read: the Atkins diet) and diabetes management. Every time we eat carbohydrates, our blood sugar increases and the hormone insulin is released. Insulin production can increase how much fat we store in our bodies, and some find that less carbohydrates in their diet mean less insulin is released, resulting in less fat storage and weight loss, says Jessica Zinn, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., a clinical dietitian in New York City.

Those who are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes may be prescribed a low-carb diet by a doctor or dietitian to help monitor their blood glucose, Zinn says. “I typically recommend low-carb diets to individuals with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or insulin-resistance,” agrees Dr. Deena Adimoolam, M.D., an endocrinologist and obesity specialist. “These underlying conditions may lead to higher levels of blood glucose, and eating high carb foods increases these glucose values.” She notes that those who have underlying nutrition deficiencies or chronic liver or kidney disorders should avoid low-carb diets.

And if diabetes or weight loss aren’t concerns for you, keeping your carbs in check can be beneficial in preventing blood-sugar spikes in between meals (aka that dreaded sugar-high and crash) and a great way to increase your vegetable, fruit, and protein intake, she adds.

What qualifies as a low-carb snack?

The average daily recommendation for carbohydrates is about 45% to 65% of your daily calorie intake, or about 225 to 325 grams of a 2000 calorie diet, explains Zinn. For a diet to be considered low-carbohydrate, you’re looking at no lower than 26% (and up to 40%) of daily calories coming from carbs, or about 130 grams of a 2000 calorie diet, Harris-Pincus says.

Because carbohydrates are necessary for bodily functions, both Zinn and Harris-Pincus emphasize the importance of not cutting carbohydrates altogether. Instead, experts recommend choosing a snack that’s between 10 to 15 grams of carbohydrates.

Because carbs tend to fill you up quickly, you'll need to compensate for the lower carb intake with some additional nutrients. The trick is to include more fiber, protein, and healthy fats in your diet, Harris-Pincus says.

Now, stock your kitchen cabinet and fridge with these healthy, portable low-carb eats for easy (and tasty) snacking.

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1 Blue Diamond Almond Crackers With Cheese
Blue Diamond Almonds

A nut-based cracker keeps carbs in check, while adding a ton of extra flavor, protein, and healthy fats to the mix. Pair them with your favorite cheese, like The Laughing Cow spreadable cheese, which are portioned out, low-carb, and oh-so-good. 

2 Chobani Zero Sugar Strawberry

We named the new Chobani zero-sugar yogurt one of the best yogurt brands to stock up on for good reason. With only one net carb due to the inclusion of allulose (a rare sugar found in nature that doesn’t affect blood sugar or insulin levels), it’s one of the lowest carb yogurts you can find with all the flavor, Harris-Pincus says.

3 SkinnyPop Original Popcorn

These individually-portioned 100 calorie bags of skinny pop are the perfect pick for low-carb movie snacking or to toss into your lunch box. Feel free to spice them up with your favorite toppings, like a spice mix or a touch of parmesan and black pepper for extra flavor. Or dare we suggest mixing in some dark chocolate chips?

4 The Only Bean Edamame
The Only Bean

Steamed edamame are a perfect snack option, but these crunchy, roasted edamame beans also bring a great texture factor. “Edamame is protein, carbs, fiber, and healthy fats in its own little package, so you don’t have to think about it,” Harris-Pincus says.  

5 Whole Foods Hummus Singles and Veggies
365 Whole Foods Market

Cut up your favorite veggies, like peppers, cucumbers, carrots, or broccoli, for easy dipping into these hummus singles. “Hummus will give you that healthy fat and fiber combined with veggies for a filling and low-carb snack,” says Harris-Pincus.

6 Emerald Nuts

A naturally low-carb food, nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats and protein. To combat overdoing the serving size, these convenient grab-and-go packs are a great option for easy, low-carb snacking.

7 Justin’s Peanut Butter and Celery
Justin's Nut Butter

There’s nothing quite as classic as celery and peanut butter, and this low-carb duo is perfect for on-the-go snacking. We love Justin’s peanut butter squeeze packs because they’re perfectly portioned and don’t have any added sugar.

8 Good Culture Cottage Cheese With Fruit
Good Culture

Cottage cheese is making a comeback, and we’re not mad about it. Good Culture is known for ultra-lucious spoonfuls with creamy curds that leave you wanting more. Top it off with some blackberries or raspberries. They’re the lowest net carb fruit because they have a high amount of fiber, Harris-Pincus says. Bonus: Sprinkle on some flax seeds for heart-healthy fats, Zinn suggests.

9 WHOLLY GUACAMOLE Classic Guacamole
Wholly Guacamole

Grab your guac singles and some veggies, and head right into snack mode. These mini packs have a ton of flavor, but are low-carb and convenient. If you’re looking for a fresher option, try half an avocado with everything bagel seasoning sprinkled on. “That’s delicious and is going to give you fiber and monounsaturated fat,” Harris-Pincus says. 

10 Whisps Cheese Crisps

Traditionally a keto snack, these cheese crisps are a great source of protein for easy, low-carb snacking. Mix them with some nuts or with a side of fruit for a little extra low-carb treat, Harris-Pincus says.

11 Vital Farms Hard Boiled Eggs
Vital Farms

Not everyone has time to boil and peel eggs every week for quick snacking, but these pre-boiled bags make for an easy grab-and-go, low-carb snack. Sprinkle on some of your favorite spices, like paprike, for extra antioxidants, suggests Harris-Pincus.

12 Halo Top Keto Ice Cream

Halo Top' Keto boasts their low carb count on the front of each package, so you know up front what you’re getting. Each bite is a great source of protein and one of the lowest carbohydrate ice cream options on the market, Harris-Pincus says.

13 Roasted seaweed snacks

These crunchy, paper-thin pieces of seaweed aren’t fishy at all, but they are delicious, low-carb, and low-calorie, says Harris-Pincus. They’re ultra-satisfying, and easy to pop in your tote for on-the-go snacking.

14 Applegate snack packs with turkey, pepperoni, etc.

Even with the crackers, these little snack packs are much lower carb than you’d expect and have a ton of powerful protein. Plus, they’re all natural so they don’t have any artificial preservatives or nitrates, Harris-Pincus says.

15 Yasso Ice Cream Bar

We know that Greek yogurt is a great low-carb snack, but freeze them into delicious desserts and you have a low-carb, low-calorie sweet treat. Each bar has some extra protein to keep you satisfied. They’re available in so many flavors, too!

16 Smart Sweets
Mission Nutrition

Though the carb count might seem deceiving, these low-glycemic treats are packed with fiber, making them a delicious lower net carb option. (Net carbs are the total amount of digestible carbohydrates in a meal. For high-fiber foods, like these, simply find the amount of fiber in the serving and subtract it from the total carbs listed on the nutrition label.) They satisfy that candy craving without causing that sugar headache.

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