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Ryan’s Forever Snacks

Find your forever snacks from this list of savory & keto-friendly options. Ranked roughly in order of my preference.

  1. Sliced Pepperoni – Because they are high fat, high protein, zero carb, and quick and clean to eat with bare hands, sliced pepperoni tops my list of keto snacks. Eat pepperonis right out of the bag or bake them for 10 minutes at 400F for some crispiness. Expect to get about 100 calories and <1 net carb for every 10 slices.
  2. Pork Rinds – Great for satisfying cravings for something crunchy, you can eat pork rinds as a stand alone low carb snack or dip them into fun stuff like Taco Bell Hot Sauce, Franks Red Hot, or Herdez Guacamole Salsa (my current fave). Expect to get about 100 calories and 0 net carbs when you eat 20 plain pork rinds.
  3. Hot Dogs – In a pinch, you can heat a hot dog in the microwave, chop it up, and eat it with mustard as a quick snack. It’s about 110 calories and 1 net carb per hot dog.
  4. Roasted Seaweed – Looking for an offbeat low carb snack? Try roasted seaweed if you can find it in your Grocery Store. I like the Gimme Organic brand. I was surprised at how delicious and satisfying it is. You don’t need to bother trying the fancy flavors that are slightly higher carb (like teriyaki and wasabi). The basic sea salt flavor is the lowest carb and best tasting of the bunch. Each small package of Sea Salt Roasted Seaweed has 50 calories and 0 net carbs.
  5. Nuts – Peanuts, almonds, and pistachios are my preferred nut varieties. I like to bring nuts on road trips or scarf them at home while we’re watching Netflix. Expect to get about 150 calories and 5 net carbs per large handful.
  6. Beef Jerky – Great for road trips and hikes, beef jerky is a low calorie snack that’s appropriate when you’re snacking more to cure boredom versus to get full and satisfied. Check the nutrition labels to find low sugar beef jerky with less than 5 net carbs per bag.
  7. Olives – When you need something savory, indulgent, and pop-able, olives are a great keto snack. I eat them plain right out of the jar. Expect about 100 calories and less than 1 net carb for every 15 olives you eat.
  8. Spoonfuls of Nut Butter. Peanut, almond, cashew, coconut etc. Make sure you don’t eat more than 10g net carbs worth in a sitting.
  9. String Cheese – Favored by kids but delicious to adults like me as well, string cheese is convenient because it comes individually wrapped and doesn’t leave a residue on your fingers. Expect about 60 calories and 0 net carbs per stick. I’ll eat 3 or 4 typically as a snack.
  10. Cheese Cubes – Get about 150 calories and 1 net carb for every 10 cheese cubes you eat.
  11. Cheese Slices – When I’m too lazy to make a meat and cheese rollup (forthcoming), I’ll eat a few cheese slices as a snack. The good thing about cheese slices is almost every household has them in the fridge because mainstream eaters love them on sandwiches and burgers. One cheese slice has about 80 calories and 0 net carbs.
  12. Deli MeatBologna is my favorite deli meat because it’s high calorie, low carb and tastes indulgent. Turkey, ham, roast beef, and italian cuts like salami also work well. Deli meat typically has 1 net carb per slice and calories vary from 30 calories per slice for turkey up to 160 calories per slice for thick-sliced bologna.
  13. Deli Meat and Cheese Rollups – Now that I’ve introduced the low carb deli meat and cheese options, let’s combine them into something fun. Meat and cheese rollups are delicious served plain or you can add mustard and mayo for added flavor. These are high calorie low carb snacks offering up to 210 calories and about 2 net carbs per rollup.
  14. Canned Sardines topped with Old Bay Seasoning – Sardines might not look appetizing, but they have a savory flavor and a soft-yet-crunchy texture that’s unique for a low carb snack. I prefer sardines in oil because the fish hold their shape together better than sardines in water which crumble into a pile. Canned sardines are next to the cans of tuna in your grocery store. Top your sardines with Old Bay Seasoning for amazing flavor and enjoy the low carb friendly macros — 150 calories and 0 net carbs per can.
  15. Pickles – The sour snack leader for keto eaters is the pickle. Eat them with a fork right out of the jar or dip your pickles in ranch dressing to give them some caloric oomph. Pickles offer 0 calories and about 1 net carb per serving (1 spear or 8 slices).
  16. Summer Sausage – Summer sausage is great for plating at parties along with some thick-sliced cheese. I also eat it plain or with banana peppers for a little spice. Expect about 200 calories and 2 net carbs when you eat about ten 1/8″ slices.
  17. Sliced Avocado – Try some sliced avocados if you seek a snack that’s soft, mild-tasting, and refreshing. Add salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar if you need a bit more flavor. Expect to get about 4 net carbs per avocado and about 200 to 300 calories.
  18. Celery and Cream Cheese – Eating celery by itself is a fool’s errand, but add some cream cheese and you have a winner. It’s delicious and fits the macros of a low carb diet. Two full size celery sticks covered in cream cheese will be about 200 calories and 4 net carbs.
  19. Celery and Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is another dreamy, keto-friendly snack food that makes celery tolerable. It can be a little messy if you don’t refrigerate it first to let it thicken. Two celery sticks spread with peanut butter is about 7 net carbs and 200 calories.
  20. Cocktail Shrimp with Melted Butter – By dipping shrimp in melted butter instead of cocktail sauce, you give it a more low carb friendly nutritional profile. For 12 small shrimp dipped in butter you’ll get about 200-300 calories and less than 1 net carb.
  21. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roll Ups – This is kind of like low carb sushi as a snack — except it’s incredibly easy and not as expensive as real sushi. Just get a package of smoked salmon, spoon some cream cheese onto the pre-cut salmon slices, then roll it up. Expect to get about 70 calories and 1 net carb for each salmon and cream cheese roll up that you eat.
  22. Pickled Okra and Ranch Dressing – I like hot pickled okras dipped in ranch is a good option if you want a snack with a little heat to it. Expect to get about 170 calories and 6 net carbs when you eat 10 hot pickled okras dipped in ranch.
  23. Broccoli Florets with Spinach Dip – A good way to sneak veggies into your diet is to eat them covered in low carb dip. One of my favorite pairings is broccoli florets and spinach dip. Expect to get about 110 calories and 2 net carbs for every 10 broccoli florets that you dip in spinach dip.
  24. Celery and Hummus – Hummus is another good option for a low carb dip. It pairs well with celery sticks. Expect to get about 80 calories and 4 net carbs for two sticks of celery chopped and then dipped in hummus.
  25. Cocktail Smokies Dipped in Mustard
    This is the more socially acceptable cousin of the chopped hot dogs and mustard you saw earlier in this keto snacks list. Cocktail smokies have a little spice to them and pair well with mustard. Expect to get about 200 calories and 2 net carbs for every six cocktail smokies that you eat.
  26. Seeds. Sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax. Check the carb stats and make sure not to eat more than 10g net carbs in a sitting.
  27. Sliced Bell Peppers and Ranch Dressing – Pair the crisp and semi-sweet bell peppers with a spicy ranch dressing for a nice flavor combination. Eating one medium sliced bell pepper with several scoops of ranch yields about 6 net carbs and 250 calories.
  28. Biltong. Similar to beef jerky but harder to find in the US. It has higher fat content and chewier texture than beef jerky.

You can see pictures of my favorite snacks here: https://mrskinnypants.com/keto-snacks/

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Comments

  1. eltigre0716@hotmail.com says:

    Wow…had no idea on some of these! Celery and celery seed extra and most items are good for keeping my URIC ACID levels down….gotta really watch my jerky, shrimp, and sardines intake due to GOUT….but good to know they’re good KETO snacks. We’re cheese & nut holics! Thanks again for your hard work research.

  2. bnetherton15@gmail.com says:

    Isn’t Hummus made of chic peas and very high carb? Maybe I’m thinking of something else.

    1. Hi Brandy,

      Hummus can be too high carb if you’re eating by the spoonful. It’s fine to dab some on celery though for a snack in a pinch.