The 19 Best Keto Snacks: Delicious Ideas To Curb Your Cravings

Low and no-carb snack ideas for your next bite.

Finding the best keto-friendly snacks or no-carb snacks when you are trying to follow the keto diet can be challenging.

Many common snack foods are high in carbs or just don’t work well with the keto diet for weight loss because they are unhealthy in some other way.

So, what are the best keto snacks? What are good keto snack ideas for low-carb snacks and satiating keto-friendly snacks that are healthy yet tasty? Are there any no-carb snacks for keto?

In this guide, we will provide a keto snack list to help you choose no-carb snacks, low-carb snacks, and the best keto snacks to keep you in ketosis while curbing your appetite and satisfying your cravings for keto-friendly snack foods.1Brehm, B. J., Spang, S. E., Lattin, B. L., Seeley, R. J., Daniels, S. R., & D’Alessio, D. A. (2005). The Role of Energy Expenditure in the Differential Weight Loss in Obese Women on Low-Fat and Low-Carbohydrate Diets. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism90(3), 1475–1482. https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2004-1540

‌Let’s get snacking!

Parmesan crisps.

What Snack Foods Can I Eat on Keto? The 19 Best Keto Snacks

There isn’t a single list of the best keto snacks that will meet everyone’s caloric needs and preferences.

However, we have put together some of the best keto snack ideas so that you can pick and choose keto-friendly snacks that seem appealing to you based on your own dietary needs and taste preferences.

Of course, plenty of packaged keto cookies, keto crackers, protein bars, and sweet snacks are out there.

However, these foods tend to be quite processed, so being able to put together your own keto snack will ensure they are made from whole, unprocessed, healthy ingredients.

Here are some of the best snacks for keto dieters:

#1: Parmesan Cheese Crisps

If you love potato chips, tortilla chips, or any other salty carby snack, it can be disappointing to discover that these popular go-to snacks are not keto-friendly.

Not only are commercial potato chips unhealthy in terms of the type of fat and high sodium content, but a one-ounce serving contains a whopping 15 grams of net carbs, which makes this not a viable option on a keto snack list.2FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. Retrieved January 8, 2024, from https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/408211/nutrients

However, keto cheese crisps are a great keto-friendly potato chip alternative.

For those of you wondering, can I eat cheese on a keto diet, and if so, which types are best? You sure can.

The best cheese for keto dieters is high in fat and as minimally processed as possible. Some possibilities are cheddar cheese, gouda, goat cheese, cream cheese, and blue cheese.

You can either buy keto cheese crisp snacks like Whisps, which are essentially shreds of the best keto cheeses baked into a little crisp or chip (with nothing added), or you can make your own with your favorite keto cheese using parchment paper on a baking sheet.3Amazon.com: Whisps Cheese Crisps Variety Pack | Protein Chips | Healthy Snacks | Protein Snacks, Gluten Free, High Protein, Low Carb Keto Food, 7-Flavor Variety (2.12 Oz, 7 Pack). (n.d.). Www.amazon.com. Retrieved January 8, 2024, from https://www.amazon.com/Whisps-Variety-Protein-Assortment-Parmesan/dp/B0856TLXF6

‌Just make little mounds of shredded cheese about 2 inches apart and bake them for 3 to 5 minutes. Cheddar and parmesan cheese work well; you’ll only get 0.2 grams of net carbs per serving.

If you’re looking for a veggie chip, try making zucchini chips in the air fryer or oven. With a bit of olive oil or coconut oil and a sprinkle of salt, you have another tasty, healthy keto snack for your list.

Avocado boats.

#2: Avocado Boats

If you are following the keto diet, you need high-fat snacks.

One whole avocado contains only 4 grams of net carbs (and a whopping 13 grams of fiber).4FoodData Central. (2019). Usda.gov. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171705/nutrients

‌Bake avocado boats with one extra large egg in each half and top with salsa.5FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171287/nutrients

#3: Pickles

Pickles are not only a very low-calorie food, with only about 12 calories per 100 g, which can make them a good keto snack for weight loss, but this salty, crunchy keto diet snack is also very low in carbs, with less than 2 g of carbs in a 100 g serving.6FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/324653/nutrients

‌Plus, eating salty foods can help attenuate some of the symptoms of the keto flu if you are new to the keto diet.

Almonds.

#4: Almonds

Nuts, such as almonds, are great for keto snack foods because they are nutrient-dense, energy-dense, and very low-carb.

One ounce of almonds has only 2.5 grams of net carbs.7FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170567/nutrients

‌You get healthy fats to keep you in ketosis, some protein, a little fiber, and important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.

#5: Pistachios

Another healthy, low-carb snack is pistachios.8FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. Retrieved January 8, 2024, from https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170185/nutrients

‌Plus, if you buy the nuts in the shell, it will take time to eat the pistachios, which can help your brain register that you have eaten a filling keto snack for weight loss.

You could even make your own keto-friendly granola or trail mix with a bit of almond flour, a mix of your favorite keto seeds and nuts, and a few dark chocolate chips.

Avocado ice cream.

#6: Avocado Ice Cream

If you follow the keto diet and want a low-carb or no-carb dessert snack or healthy ice cream alternative for that sweet tooth, you can make a delicious, creamy keto ice cream using avocados.

To make this simplest no-carb, no added sugar, keto ice cream recipe with avocados:

  1. Blend one whole, very ripe avocado with 1/3 of a cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk, and your favorite keto sweetener such as Stevia into a smooth, creamy purée. 
  2. Then, set the mixture in the freezer until it has firmed up to the texture you like.

This is a great keto dessert because it is high in fat, sugar-free, and has few carbs.

Plus, avocados are a great source of potassium, vitamin E, vitamin K, and fiber. The natural fat in the avocado and coconut milk makes for a smooth ice cream consistency.

You can tweak this low-carb ice cream alternative to cut calories by skipping the coconut milk and adding a few tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk until you get a smooth texture.

A bowl of yogurt.

#7: Keto Yogurt

Not all yogurt is keto-friendly, but Ratio Food KETO Friendly Cultured Dairy Snack has 3 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 17 g protein, and 17 g fat.9Ratio Food KETO* Friendly Cultured Dairy Snack, Vanilla, 24 oz Tub. (n.d.). Ratiofood. Retrieved January 8, 2024, from https://ratiofood.com/products/vanilla-dairy-snack-tub

‌Enjoy it with nuts or coconut shreds for a protein-packed keto snack.

#8: Seaweed Snacks

If you are following a vegan ketogenic diet, seaweed snacks are a good vegan keto snack idea.

These have a salty, crispy taste, and you’ll get lots of micronutrients and antioxidants from sea veggies.

We absolutely love the Gimme Seaweed Snack Packs for convenient snacks for keto. They come in a bunch of different flavors and have less than 1 g of carbs per serving.

Bacon.

#9: Turkey Bacon

Ah, one of the most popular favorite foods in America and often a reason why people want to try the keto diet in the first place.

Bacon can be a good choice to add to your list of keto snacks, as one 28-gram serving of baked turkey bacon has just one gram of carbs.10FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. Retrieved January 8, 2024, from https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/2033863/nutrients

‌Turkey bacon is leaner and lower in saturated fat (so we recommend it as the best keto snack option for bacon), though if you are not concerned about this, regular pork bacon can also be a keto-friendly snack.

#10: Cheese 

Not all cheese is keto-friendly, particularly low-fat cheeses, but there are some good keto-diet cheeses like cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Gouda.

Cut your favorite keto cheese into mini cubes for an easy keto appetizer or on-the-go snack.

A bowl of tuna salad.

#11: Lettuce Wraps With Cold Cuts

A high-protein keto snack for weight loss is lettuce wraps with cold cuts.

Simply use a butter lettuce leaf with your favorite deli meat, whether it be turkey, roast beef, salami, etc., add some avocado for creaminess and a little bit of mayonnaise if you prefer, and roll up and enjoy this no-carb snack.

#12: Low-Sodium Jerky

One of the best keto snack recipes for on the go is low-sodium meat jerky such as beef jerky or premium jerky.

We love the Brave Good Kind Tender Chicken Bites and Country Archer meat snacks.11Country Archer Provisions | Beef Jerky | Beef Sticks | Mushroom Jerky. (n.d.). Country Archer Provisions. https://www.countryarcher.com/

#13: Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are often overlooked in the nut aisle, but they are a great snack for keto. A one-ounce serving of this keto snack has only 1.2 grams of net carbs.12FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. Retrieved January 8, 2024, from https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/1100514/nutrients

‌Plus, you’ll get tons of phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D, copper, selenium, healthy fats, and some protein to boot.

hard boiled eggs.

#14: Cauliflower Rice Sushi

If you are looking for more of a sit-down snack for your low-carb diet, you can make cauliflower rice sushi using riced cauliflower, nori, cucumber, shredded carrot, and a protein such as tofu, fish, eel, or even egg.

#15: Tuna Salad

A no-carb snack for keto is tuna salad made with mustard, mayonnaise, and celery.

#16: Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a great keto diet food and snack idea.

You can make a large batch of hard-boiled eggs in advance and have as many as you need for your no-carb keto snack.

A large hard-boiled egg has over 6 g of protein and essentially no carbs, and if you find regular eggs boring, whip up some deviled eggs by adding paprika and dipping them in whole grain mustard for a no-carb snack for keto that is easy and nutritious.13FoodData Central. (n.d.). Fdc.nal.usda.gov. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171287/nutrients

Pickles.

#17: Cottage Cheese With Nuts 

The benefit of having cottage cheese as a snack on keto is that you’ll get the satiating effects of 13 grams of protein in a half cup of full-fat cottage cheese with just 5 grams of carbs and satiating fats.

Add some nuts, such as pecans or macadamia nuts, and seeds, or swirl in nut butter, such as peanut butter, and you’ll have yourself a nutrient-dense low-carb snack.

#18: Celery and Guacamole 

Another good vegan keto snack for weight loss is celery or other low-carb veggies dipped into guacamole or salsa. You can also add sour cream and cheese and make a multi-layer dip.

#19: Fat Bombs

If you really want a sweet keto dessert, you can put together your very own fat bombs or keto peanut butter cups with some natural peanut butter (no sugar added), dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil, and liquid Stevia.

Curious about what you can have for a low-carb breakfast on the keto diet? Check out our guide to low-carb breakfasts here.

An omlete.

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Amber Sayer is a Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Writer and Editor, as well as a NASM-Certified Nutrition Coach and UESCA-certified running, endurance nutrition, and triathlon coach. She holds two Masters Degrees—one in Exercise Science and one in Prosthetics and Orthotics. As a Certified Personal Trainer and running coach for 12 years, Amber enjoys staying active and helping others do so as well. In her free time, she likes running, cycling, cooking, and tackling any type of puzzle.

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