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Eating low-carb doesn’t have to suck. There’s plenty of ready-made stuff at the grocery store that you can grab and go.
Here are some of the best things you can stuff your face with when you’re eating low carb.
This guide covers savory snacks. For sweet ones, check out that guide.
Probably the highest form of snack food known to man. Meaty, filling, well-seasoned, and delicious.
There’s a new industry trend to put tons of sugar in jerky (like Krave and Chef’s Cut), so check the carbs section of the nutrition label before you buy any. Try to find ones that have <4 grams of net carbs per serving.
Strongly-flavored jerky is typically full of carbs too.
These ones have acceptable carb counts:
- People’s Cut Beef Jerky
- Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
- Jack Link’s Bacon Jerky
- Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky
- Country Archer Turkey Jerky
Pork rinds are the best snack that you’ve never tried. Sure, they kind of sound gross if you’ve never had them, but if you miss potato chips, pretzels, or anything else crunchy and salty, at least give them a shot. They even come in different flavors.
You don’t need anything fancy. Utz or anything you can find at your grocery store will do the job just fine.
Epic Meat Bars
Epic is a company that sells entirely meat-based products. They’re best known for their protein bars. The lowest carb ones are:
- Sriracha Chicken (0g net carbs)
- Smoked Maple Salmon (0g net carbs)
- Salt and Pepper Venison (0g net carbs)
- Beef, Bacon, Apple (2g net carbs)
- Sesame and BBQ Chicken (3g net carbs)
They sell pork rinds too, but they’re way overpriced for what they are.
Ham. Turkey. Roast beef. Salami. As long as you don’t go for the “honey” or “sweet” varieties, you’re okay. Pick your favorite. Here are a few suggestions:
Sausages, especially cheap ones, can contain lots of fillers (corn syrup, maltodextrin, starches, etc), so always look at the carb label before choosing a brand.
It’s low-carb, and you either love it or hate it.
For those who don’t know, SPAM is finely shredded, canned ham that’s molded into a single chunk. You can eat it as is, but it’s best it’s best if you slice it finely and pan-fry it until it’s golden brown and crispy. Here are a few flavors:
Your options are endless. Here are a few common ones, but don’t limit yourself to these:
Buy it in blocks at the supermarket for a better value. (And invest in a grater if you want the best shredded cheese you’ve ever had. It’s way better than the stuff they sell you in bags.)
Dried Cheese (aka Crack)
Dried cheese snacks are the greatest thing invented in the past few years. Let me explain. It’s like salty, crunchy euphoria in your mouth. The only danger with these is that it’s easy to eat a lot at a time because they’re that good.
Both of these are amazing, so you can’t make a wrong choice:
- Moon Cheese (slightly spherical balls of cheese, wonderful crunch)
- Whisps (flattened baked cheese, saltier, more of a crisp than a crunch)
Trader Joe’s sells their own variety of parmesan Whisps called “Oven-Baked Cheese Bites”. They’re a good value and are just as addictive.
If you see cheese snacks in the store, make sure that they’re 100% cheese. I’ve seen some snacks that appear to be all cheese, but they have a lot of carby fillers baked in.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Super easy and as natural as it gets.
Most stores sell them pre-boiled now, but you’ll save a ton of money, and you can make a lot more if you boil them yourself.
Vegetables and Nuts
Nuts and Flavored Nuts
Macadamia nuts are also super low-carb, but they’re a little expensive. However, they’re amazing and extremely high in fat, so they’re a great keto snack. Just watch how many you eat, since they’re addictive and incredibly energy dense.
Avoid are cashews and pistachios, since they have relatively high net carb counts. Chestnuts should also be avoided since they’re incredibly high in carbs.
If regular nuts are too plain for you, try flavored nuts. There are plenty of kinds out there, just watch the carbs in the seasonings.
Avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, and salt make for a low-carb snack. There are plenty of ready made ones in the store, but it’s more fun to make your own because the ingredient ratios are up to you.
Very Dark Chocolate/Cocoa Nibs
We’re talking 90%+ cocoa here. Be mindful of the carb counts on the nutrition label.
If you’re a masochist, try cocoa nibs. They’re the part of a roasted cocoa bean that is used to make chocolate. (Cocoa butter and cocoa powder are usually extracted from the nib and used at different stages in the chocolate making process.)
As is, they have a really great crunch and mouthfeel, but a very intense cocoa flavor. Worth trying once to see if you like them.
Sour pickles have so few carbs (and calories in general) that you could literally eat jars of them and not ruin your progress. Vlasics are pretty standard, but some people are unhappy with the yellow food dye. If you’re one of them, try these.
If you choose to buy sweet pickles, that’s okay, but keep your net carb count in mind.
I’m not a huge fan of these, but any kind should work.
Quest is best known for their protein bars (read more about them on the sweet snacks page), but they also produce their own line of protein chips. They’re not my favorite snack, but they’re the closest thing to potato chips or tortilla chips if you’re missing them.
These three-ingredient coconut chips by Dang are completely natural and have a good crisp to them. They’re keto and paleo safe too.