9 Healthy Low-Carb Snacks With Under 5 Grams of Carbs

Are you hungry between meals and counting carbs? Making sure to have a healthy low-carb snack available will keep you from tempted by the vending machine. Each of these nine snacks has fewer than 5 grams of net carbs per serving, but contains a hit of protein, fiber, and fat to keep you satisfied between meals.


Ricotta with Raspberries

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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 carbohydrate 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. Here are the nutritional facts:

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

Tuna Salad with Celery

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You can serve a half a serving of ​tuna walnut salad with celery or stuff half a serving of any low-carb tuna salad into two medium celery stalks. Alternatively, you could wrap the tuna salad in lettuce leaves, or serve with any raw low-carb vegetables you prefer. The nutritional facts include:

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

Spinach Turkey Rollups

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Take a slice of luncheon meat with no sugar added (for example, Applegate Smoked Turkey), and put 1/4 cup easy spinach dip in a line down the middle. Roll up and eat. The nutritional facts include:

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

Hard Boiled Eggs with Radishes

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You can just eat a hard-boiled egg or two, but if you add some raw vegetables you can boost the fiber and nutrition and give it more staying power. For example, 10 medium radishes (which go nicely with hard-boiled eggs) have only 1 gram of net carb. The nutritional information for two hard-boiled eggs plus 10 radishes give you:

  • 1 gram net carb plus 1 gram fiber
  • 13 grams protein
  • 212 calories

Hard-boiled eggs may seem like a challenge for beginners, so you may want to bone up on how to cook eggs.



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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, the nutritional facts include:

  • 3 grams net carb plus 4 grams fiber 
  • 8 grams protein
  • 206 calories

Beef Jerky or Salami

Beef Jerky

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Have a craving for an easy but meaty snack? The classic Slim Jim should fit the bill—and it's portable too, easy to put in a lunch box or tote bag. Here are the key nutrition facts: 

  • 3 grams net carb
  • 9 grams protein
  • 116 calories

Salami is another way to go. One ounce of hard salami has: 

  • 1 gram net carb
  • 6 grams protein
  • 110 calories


Cheese always hits the spot and is high in protein (but keep in mind that it's high in fat if that's a concern). 

One ounce of cheddar cheese contains: 

  • 1 gram net carb
  • 7 grams protein
  • 116 calories

One mozzarella string cheese stick contains: 

  • 0 gram net carb
  • 7 grams protein
  • 80 calories

To make cheese more of a mini-meal, wrap it in a piece of lettuce along with a slice of tomato and/ or avocado. 


Plain Yogurt With Cinnamon

Yogurt is full of protein—but stay away from the varieties that contain fruit or sugar, as these have a significant number of carbs. If you don't like it plain, but want to keep it at 5 grams carbs, add cinnamon to sweeten it. Here's what's in 1/2 cup of plain whole milk yogurt: 

  • 5 grams net carb
  • 4 grams protein
  • 61 calories



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Walnuts, like almonds, are high in nutrition. Seven whole (14 halves) of  include: 

  • 4 grams net carb plus 2 grams fiber
  • 4 grams protein
  • 183 calories

Since walnuts are rich and high in fat, you may want to use fewer than seven whole nuts or 14 halves, and instead allot the carb grams you save to fruit or cottage cheese.

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