Healthy Low-Carb Snacks Under 5 Grams of Carbs

 Are you hungry between meals? It's good to plan to have a healthy low-carb snack available so you won't be tempted by the vending machine. 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.

Ricotta with Raspberries

raspberries with ricotta cream
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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

hard-boiled eggs and 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) are 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.


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, the nutritional facts include:

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

With any of these snacks under your belt, you should be able to make it through the workday or school day to lunch or home to a nutritious and satisfying low-carb meal at the end of the day.