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Low-carb dieting is a rite of passage these days.
If you want to get into better shape, you’re going to give it a try at least once (and you’re probably going to be disappointed, but that’s another discussion).
And that means you’re going to have to learn make low-carb meal plans that you actually enjoy.
Collecting up a bunch of delicious low-carb meals to cook at home helps, but let’s not forget about snacks.
That’s why you need low-carb snack recipes like these.
You’ll find something here to satisfy just about any hankering, ranging from little treats like PB cookies and chocolate brownie bites to healthy pick-me-ups like artichoke dip and pepperoni chips.
Use coconut milk as the base for popsicles, and they’ll come out creamy and full of flavor. And this recipe uses cocoa butter – essentially unsweetened white chocolate – for an even richer dessert.
These low-carb popsicles use raspberries, which works well with the white chocolate flavor, but you could use other fruit too like mangos or blueberries.
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 can (15 oz.) coconut milk
4 oz. cocoa butter, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. granulated stevia (or erythritol)
1 large egg
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
2 tsp. vanilla extractGet the Recipe
How can cookies be low-carb? These are made with coconut flour, so there’s no wheat or oats. The rest is just peanut butter, eggs, and your favorite sweetener.
To make low-sugar cookies, choose a granulated sweetener for baking like Splenda made from sucralose, Truvia made from stevia, or erythritol which is a sugar alcohol.
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup granulated Splenda (or low-calorie sweetener of choice)
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
3 large eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extractGet the Recipe
This dip is like a low-carb hummus because, instead of chickpeas, it’s made with cauliflower.
That makes it a great way to snack on veggies, especially if you serve it with celery and carrot sticks. If you have more time, make some low-carb crackers from almonds, seeds, or crisped cheese.
1/2 lb. cauliflower, steamed and squeezed
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke, drained and squeezed
1/4 cup mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
1/3 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. granulated erythritol (or sweetener of choice)
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepperGet the Recipe
Meatballs can be turned into a sandwich, served with spaghetti, or added to a soup. But they’re also awesome enough to be eaten alone as a high-protein snack.
Make them with a lean ground meat like turkey or chicken, and meatballs are almost pure protein. The carbs in this are all in the sauce; reduce them by using sugar-free maple syrup in place of honey.
2 lbs. 90% lean ground beef
1 large egg
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. minced shallot (or sweet onion)
1 tsp. coconut aminos (or Worcestershire)
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced shallot (or onion)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. hot paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 cups tomato sauce
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3 Tbsp. pure honey
2–3 Tbsp. Sriracha
1 tsp. coconut aminos (or Worcestershire)
1 tsp. apple cider vinegarGet the Recipe
This bite-sized snack is fulfilling and delivers energy from a powerhouse combo of almonds, coconut, and whey protein powder.
Yet for something that satisfies cravings for chocolate cake and brownie bites, this is a surprisingly low-carb chocolate snack. And you don’t even have to worry about baking them, only melting dark chocolate for the coating.
1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup powdered erythritol
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup almond flour
1 cup shredded coconut
2 scoops (about 1/2 cup) WHEY+ unflavored protein isolate
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
2 Tbsp. coconut flour
4 oz. sugar-free dark chocolate, chopped
1 Tbsp. butterGet the Recipe
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Upgrade a fresh tomato into a delicious snack with simple ingredients, plus a few minutes in the oven. This low-carb diet snack couldn’t be easier to make – like bruschetta without the bread.
Slice a tomato, top with grated cheese and seasonings, and then bake or broil until the top is browned. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired.
2 large tomatoes, cut into thirds
1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) grated Parmesan
1 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, for garnishGet the Recipe
These chocolate bars are decadent, but they have just a trace of sugar. The outside is real dark chocolate, and you can get chips sweetened with stevia if you prefer to avoid added sugar altogether. Either way, the result is a high-protein, low-carb snack to replace regular candy bars.
Maple Pecan Bars:
1 cup coconut and pecan butter
1/4 cup powdered erythritol (or sugar-free maple syrup)
4 scoops (about 1 cup) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate
1 tsp. sugar-free maple extract
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 bar (3.5 oz.) 85% dark chocolate
1 oz. cocoa butter (or coconut oil)Get the Recipe
This low-carb crunchy snack only requires one ingredient. When you microwave pepperoni slices between a couple paper towels, they’ll get crispy in just a minute.
And for a low-fat alternative, use turkey pepperoni. Either way, you’ll get to eat about 15 pepperoni chips per serving.
1 package (4 oz.) pepperoniGet the Recipe
This low-carb, high-fat snack can’t be beat. That’s because there’s not just bacon, but guacamole too. And that’s about it, so the only thing to decide is whether you want to make guacamole from scratch or get it at the store.
4 strips thick-cut bacon
1/4 cup guacamoleGet the Recipe
Stuffed peppers make a great post-workout snack, especially when you fill it up with lean ground beef. You can also mix in rice and beans, depending on the macros you’re after.
1 lb. mini bell peppers
1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
1/2 cup cooked rice
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
3 medium green chilies, deseeded and minced
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
Chicken stock (for cooking rice)
1/4 cup (about 1 oz.) shredded cheddarGet the Recipe
Once you mix up the ingredients for these low-carb snack bars, they don’t have to go in the oven. Instead let them chill in the fridge, and they’ll be ready in under an hour.
Or you can make them in advance so you have a healthy snack stashed away for when a craving hits.
When your hunger can only be satisfied by a salty snack, it can be hard to find a low-carb alternative to potato chips and French fries. Now it’s common to see kale chips in stores, but they’re hardly a cheap bite from the vending machine.
1 bunch curly kale (about 4 cups)
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt (or to taste)Get the Recipe
This two-ingredient snack is awesome, and the only hard part is waiting for them to come out of the oven and cool to a crisp.
Once you try pizza crackers, you’ll want to make these all the time. Try it with other cheeses too like provolone or part-skim mozzarella.
2 1/2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered
12 slices pepperoniGet the Recipe
When you want a low-carb sweet snack, nothing beats fudge. One or two small pieces is satisfying and gives you a hit of chocolate.
And the flavor you love comes from the rich ingredients like chocolate and butter, so you’re not losing any of the best parts by using a low-calorie sweetener like stevia.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 package (about 4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. granulated stevia (or sweetener of choice to taste)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 Tbsp. chopped walnutsGet the Recipe
These protein bars have peanut butter brownie flavor, but there’s no sugar required to make this recipe. The chocolate protein bar base is made from whey isolate, which is already sweetened. Look for one like LEGION with all-natural stevia, not artificial sweeteners that may have negative health effects.
If you need a low-carb snack to take on the go, try these homemade Doritos. They taste amazing, but the nutrition is nothing like the packaged variety.
Instead of a corn base, these are made with almonds, flax, and coconut flour to cut the carbs in half. Yet with this seasoning, you’ll find them just as crave-worthy.
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. saltGet the Recipe
If you need a low-carb snack for work, it’s cheaper and healthier to make one at home. Homemade chia puddings are great to prepare in advance, so bring a jar at the beginning of the week to keep your dollars out of the vending machine. With coffee mixed in, this version is an easy breakfast or a delicious afternoon pick-me-up.
1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee, chilled
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 tsp. coffee extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 Tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup (or 1/4 tsp. vanilla liquid stevia)Get the Recipe
You could have this whole stack of pancakes for breakfast, or make them in advance to snack on over a few days. Just one is satisfying, especially rolled up with cream cheese and fruit in the middle.
Or top a couple pancakes with blueberries or banana slices, drizzle with sugar-free maple syrup, and savor each bite.
1/4 package (about 2 oz.) cream cheese
2 large eggs
1 tsp. granulated erythritol (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamonGet the Recipe
Order a large milkshake at a fast food joint, and it can have an astonishing 100 grams of carbs. So while chocolate milk might be great after the gym, a chocolate milkshake is another story.
If you prefer to drink your post-workout nutrition, make sure it actually delivers the macros you need. This low-carb milkshake uses cottage cheese and whey for tons of protein, but only a trace of fat.
In Indian restaurants, the fritters commonly on the menu – called pakora – are made with paneer cheese, chicken, or onion. But you can use the same cooking method upgrade hard-boiled eggs.
They’re breaded in a small amount of chickpea and rice flour, then pan-fried until golden brown. Top with diced onion that’s mixed with a little lemon juice.
4 large eggs, boiled
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
2 Tbsp. rice flour
1/8 tsp. caraway seeds
1/4 tsp. red chili powder (or to taste)
Salt as needed
Pinch of ground turmeric
Water as needed
Oil for frying
1 medium onion
1 green chile pepper (optional)
1 tsp. ginger garlic paste (optional)Get the Recipe
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