The Master List of Low Carb Snacks for Low Carb Diets, Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes

Chilled Yogurt with BerriesLooking for a list of low carb snacks to give you some ideas? This list will be frequently updated as I come across more snack ideas that work for low carb diets, gestational diabetes and diabetic diets. Since most of us don’t have time or the inclination to cook elaborate snacks, most of these can be thrown together in a matter of a few minutes. If the snack item on the list requires a recipe, the name of the snack will link to its corresponding recipe.

Carb counts next to each item will need to be verified with your own brands, but this gives you a good estimate for each snack.

Low Carb Snacks on the Go

With reusable containers, nearly all of your home snacks can become portable. Whenever we’re out and about, I pack a small cooler filled with all the things I’m sure we can’t live without. 😛

  • 1/2C honey roasted peanuts 16g
  • Clif Crunch granola bars (most hover in the mid 20g range, which is borderline but oh so tasty)
  • Health Warrior Chia Bars 13-14g
  • Raw Superfoods Trail Mix 2 oz. 22g
  • Just the Cheese Bars <1g
  • 1/2C cheese cubes + 1/2C cubed ham 2g (add a toothpick for clean hands)

Low Carb Snacks under 100 Calories

When you just don’t want to think about your snack, the 100 calorie packs are a great option.  These are also excellent low carb snacks on the go since you can just pop them in your lunch box and head to work or school.


  • Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookie Crisps 16g
  • Yogurt Covered Pretzels 16g
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels 16g
  • Ritz Snack Mix 100 Calorie Pack 16g
  • Oreo Cookie Crisps 100 Calorie Pack 16g
  • Wheat Thins 100 Calorie Pack 16g
  • Cheese Nips 100 Calorie Pack 14g
  • Planters Peanut Butter Cookie Crisps 100 Calorie Pack 17g
  • Chips Ahoy! 100 Calorie Pack 18g

Low Sugar Low Carb Snacks

There are a ton of low carb low sugar options at any grocery store, but I’m personally very leery of using many of the sugar substitutes. Do your research and use what you’re comfortable with. Here are a few of the more common snacks available.

  • Sugar free pudding cups – Jell-o makes great chocolate, chocolate/vanilla and some mixes such as banana cream and bavarian cream, all under 15g carbs
  • 1 piece Werther’s Sugar Free candy (tastes almost exactly like the original) 3g

Low Carb Snacks for Kids

  • Fruit and cheese kabobs
  • Cheese and meat rolls
  • Ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
  • Bananas with peanut butter
  • Pizza stackers (crackers topped with cheese, pepperoni and sliced olives)
  • Yogurt with granola
  • Mixed nuts with raisins
  • Low carb quesadillas (regular quesadillas on low carb tortillas)
  • Popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pouch Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks 18g

Crunchy Low Carb Snacks

  • 1 Lundberg rice cake 14-16g
  • Pork Rinds 0g
  • Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs 18g
  • Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips 18g
  • Popchips Chips 16g
  • Snyder’s Natural Garden Veggie Crisps 18g
  • Finn Crisp Crackers 11g
  • Wasa Crisp ‘n Light Crackers 13g
  • GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread 2g

Salty Low Carb Snacks

  • 8 Ritz crackers 17g topped with cream cheese 4g and bacon bits 0g
  • 1/2C peanuts with 1/8C raisins 26g (reduce raisins for lower carbs, just a few add enough sweet)

Low Carb Vegetables

  • 3 medium celery stalks with unsweetened peanut butter 10
  • 1C cucumber slices 2g with seasoning salt 0g, ranch dressing 2g or dip of your choice
  • 1C steamed broccoli and cauliflower with butter, salt and melted Cheddar cheese 6g
  • Carrot sticks 12g in ranch 2g, hummus 4g, sour cream dip 2g or Greek yogurt 3g
  • 2 dill pickles with unsweetened peanut butter 12g
  • 1C shredded leaf lettuce 1g
  • 1C spinach 1g
  • 1C Swiss chard 1g
  • 1 ear white sweet corn 14g
  • 1/4C serving of hummus 11g (add your choice of vegetables, chips or crackers)
  • 1C white mushrooms dipped in 2 tbsp 4g
  • 1C cooked beets with salt 13g
  • 1/2C diced potatoes with skin 13g (fry with 1C cabbage 5g, 1/4C onion 4g and 2 eggs 2g, full meal!)
  • 1C spaghetti squash, great for pasta replacement 7g
  • See full list of carbs in vegetables.

Low Carb Fruits

  • 1C sliced apples with cheese slices 15g
  • 1C sliced apples dipped in unsweetened peanut butter 21g
  • 1C sliced apples dipped in cream cheese 17g
  • 1C avocado 13g
  • 15 green pickled olives 1.5g
  • 1C diced rhubarb sweetened with 2 tsp honey 17g
  • 1C watermelon balls 12g
  • 1C strawberries 12g (add 1/2C cream and 1tsp sugar for 6g more carbs)
  • 1 Asian pear 13g
  • 1C chopped cranberries 13g
  • 1C blackberries 14g
  • 1C cantaloupe balls 14g
  • 1C peach slices 15g
  • 1C raspberries 15g
  • 1C sliced apples with skin on 15g
  • 1C grapes 16g
  • 1C apricot halves 17g
  • See the complete list of carbs in fruit.

Bedtime Snacks

  • Small bowl of cereal with milk (Fiber One has 25g carb, 14g fiber in 1/2C, + 6g for 1/C milk)
  • 1C milk with 3 graham crackers 22g (dip the crackers in the milk, YUM!)
  • 1C milk with 2 teaspoons of honey, sprinkled with cinnamon (my kids ask for this, warmed is good too) 23g
  • 1C herbal tea with 2 teaspoons of honey, 1 slice of whole wheat toast with butter 23g

High Protein Low Carb Snacks

  • Cottage cheese with lemon pepper 3g
  • String cheese dipped in spaghetti or pizza sauce 4g
  • Cheese slices with summer sausage, optionally dipped in Grey Poupon 0g
  • Boiled eggs dipped in salt 0.6g
  • Boiled eggs slathered in salsa 0.79 (my new favorite, could be a pregnant craving!)
  • High fiber toast with peanut butter (one of my favorite breakfast foods) 15g
  • 10 Kashi TLC Honey Sesame crackers with unsweetened peanut butter 21g (it’s so good it’s like dessert)
  • Sugar free peanut butter on an organic rice cake (my favorite flavor is Lundberg Buttery Caramel) 22g carbs
  • Hummus with 2 large carrots 25g
  • Hummus with 1 cup snow peas 16g
  • Hummus with unbreaded chicken strips 11g
  • Quest protein bars, all under 10g
  • Atkins Protein-Rich Meal Bar 23g (3g net)

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2 thoughts on “The Master List of Low Carb Snacks for Low Carb Diets, Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes

  1. Lindsey says:

    I find the items listed under Low Carb Snacks under 100 Calories to be quite worthless. Personally, I would not waste 100 calories on any of these empty calorie items. I would recommend we find things of nutritional value to consume.

    • Deanna says:

      Agree completely with Lindsey. I am shocked at these lists! These are not low carb options at all and even those that are somewhat lower carb choices are just plain garbage foods with hardly any nutritional value or fibre.

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