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Keto Snacks for Beginners

Learn the 20 best keto snacks you should eat when starting a keto diet. See pictures of how these low carb snacks actually look in real-life.

In a hurry? Get my Keto Snacks Grocery List so you know exactly which 20 keto snacks to buy (and how much to buy) and eliminate guesswork at the grocery store.

My fully vetted list of keto snack ideas features snacks that require very little prep and can be purchased in any grocery store. The photos below are my own.

1. Sliced Pepperoni

Because they are 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 (my personal preference). Expect to get about 100 calories and 0 net carbs when you eat 20 plain pork rinds.

3. 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.

4. 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).

5. 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.

Keto String Cheese

6. Cheese Cubes

You call them cheese cubes, I prefer to think of them as limb-less keto gummy bears. Get about 150 calories and 1 net carb for every 10 cheese cubes you eat.

7. 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.

Keto Cheese Slices

8. Deli Meat

Bologna 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.

9. Deli Meat and Cheese Rollups

Now that I’ve introduced the keto 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 keto snacks offering up to 210 calories and about 2 net carbs per rollup.

Keto Deli Meat and Cheese Rollups

10. 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. The jerkies shown in my photos offer about 200 calories and <3 net carbs per bag.

 11. Nuts

For the disciplined keto dieter who’s not prone to binging, nuts are a fun low carb snack that can almost replace that pop-able sensation you used to get from popcorn or candy. Peanuts, almonds, and pistachios are my preferred nut varieties. I like to bring nuts on road trips or sneak them into movie theatres in Ziploc bags. Expect to get about 150 calories and 5 net carbs per handful.

12. 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.

Keto Summer Sausage

13. 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.

14. Hard Boiled Eggs

Need something high protein before or after a workout? Try hardboiled eggs as your keto snack. Use salt, pepper, hot sauce, or Sriracha sauce to add flavor and fun. There’s about 6 grams of protein, 80 calories, and less than 1 net carb per hard boiled egg.

15. Leftover Bacon

Leftover bacon is an oxymoron for most keto dieters, but if you make a mountain of bacon so big that you can’t eat it, then definitely save the leftovers for a snack. Bacon has about 80 calories and 0 net carbs for every 2 pan fried slices.

16. 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 keto diet. Two full size celery sticks covered in cream cheese will be about 200 calories and 4 net carbs.

Keto Celery and Cream Cheese

17. Celery and Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is another dreamy, keto-friendly snack food that makes celery tolerable. It can be a little messy (as seen below) 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.

18. 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.

19. Roasted Seaweed

Looking for an offbeat low carb snack? Try roasted seaweed. 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.

Keto Roasted Seaweed IngredientsKeto Roasted Seaweed Served

20. 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 keto 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 keto friendly macros — 150 calories and 0 net carbs per can.

Keto Sardines

21. Four Squares of Dark Chocolate

Get that hint of sweetness you might be craving by indulging in some dark chocolate. Four squares of 85% cacao or higher dark chocolate will get you 240 calories and 5 net carbs.

22. Cocktail Shrimp with Melted Butter

By dipping shrimp in melted butter instead of cocktail sauce, you give this high protein low carb snack a more keto friendly nutritional profile. For 12 small shrimp dipped in butter you’ll get about 200-300 calories and less than 1 net carb.

Keto Cocktail Shrimp

23. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roll Ups

This is kind of like keto 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.

Keto Salmon and Cream Cheese Rollup IngredientsKeto Salmon and Cream Cheese Rollups

24. Hot Pickled Okra and Ranch Dressing

Hot pickled okra 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.

25. Chopped Hot Dogs and Mustard

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.

Keto Chopped Hot Dogs and Mustard

26. Broccoli Florets with Spinach Dip

A good way to sneak veggies into your keto 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.

27. 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.

Keto Celery and Hummus

28. 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.

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I hope you enjoyed my keto snacks list and found it useful. It took $300 worth of groceries and a week of steady taste testing to pull it all together for you.

Get my Keto Snacks Grocery List so that you know exactly what and how much to buy so that you have enough keto snacks for the week.

Special thanks to Rami and Vicki at Tasteholics for their keto snacks list which gave me the idea to try the sardines and the roasted seaweed as keto snack options.

If you’re looking for fancier keto party snacks and keto appetizer options, then check out the Ruled Me keto snack recipe roundup or this keto snack guide from Dr. Axe.

If dark chocolate isn’t enough to satisfy your cravings for sweet keto snacks, then checkout this healthy keto snack list from Perfect Keto which has a few more sweet options.

Have any questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you.

Cheers,
Ryan
aka “Mr. SkinnyPants”

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  1. This is awesome!!! Thank you! As a fellow H-E-B shopper, I know I can find all of this. Thanks especially for the jerky! I’ve been wanting some but haven’t looked hard enough to find one that’s okay.

  2. Great list, thank you!

    My favorite HEB chicharrones flavor is the Salt & Vinegar – I love the tangy/salty combo. Also, I think the Lowrey’s Microwave Hot and Spicy pork rinds are possibly better than anything in a bag.

    The Duke’s Hatch Chile smoked shorties are at HEB and excellent, though a bit pricey.

    Trader Joe’s has an unsweetened sunflower seed butter with only 3 net carbs – my favorite nut butter for snacking.

  3. All the research I have read says no to legemes due to inflammation. How is hummus considered a keto snack? Everything else looks fantastic

    • Hi Cristina,

      Hummus would be considered keto only by virtue of its low carbs. If inflammation is a concern, you can omit that from your shopping list. I rarely eat hummus myself, but did want to test it for this list.

      Thanks!
      -ryan