Have you noticed there are different groups of people, such as dog people or cat people, morning people or -not- morning people, etc.? There are also sweet people and salty people, and if you’re a salty person, it can be really hard to go without your salt fix. Fortunately, there are many low carb chips and crackers to help you get your fix without compromising your blood sugar control. The suggestions in this article are based on the recommended 15-20 grams of carbs for a “low carb snack.” Remember, the key to blood sugar control is testing and monitoring, so check your blood sugar after eating these snacks to make sure they work for your unique dietary needs.
Low Carb Chips
When it comes to my own grocery shopping, I don’t want to have to buy “specialty food” to get low carb chips and crackers. I want everyday choices that I can get for low cost at my local grocery store or inexpensively through online shops like Amazon. For that reason, and because we already like them, my top choice for low carb chips is Mission tortilla chips. Because they aren’t marketed as low carb, they don’t cost an arm and a leg. They’re made with just a handful of ingredients, and all of them are easy to pronounce: ground corn treated with lime, water, vegetable oil, salt and “one or more of the following: cottonseed oil, corn oil, palm oil.” A serving size of 10 chips has 17 grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. While not the lowest of low carb, they go great by themselves or with salsa, which is naturally low carb.
Krispeas baked falafel chips are low on ingredients and high on flavor. One of the best reviewed low carb chips I’ve come across, with 278 reviews averaging 4.5 stars. One serving of 5 pieces (one ounce) has 14g of carbs and a cool 6g of fiber. Made of peas, they’re high in protein too at 5g per serving. While the number of pieces may seem low, these are thick, large pieces of chips and reviewers have commented that they are surprisingly filling. If you buy by the bag, they are a bit pricy ($6.99), but buying four bags at a time gets the price down to $5.25 a bag.
Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips
Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips are a great choice when you want a little more flavor, for a low carb chip that can stand alone, without dips or addons. They come in four flavors: original, Mediterranean, zesty tomato and a la Mexicana. Because they’re part of Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program, you can get them for as little as $.51 per ounce, or $3.75 for a 7.5 ounce bag. That’s not bad for a bag of chips. You can get the larger bags and split them up yourself into serving sizes, a great way to save money and control portions.
A serving of 14 chips has 18 grams of carbs and three grams of fiber – not bad at all! They have an average rating of four stars, with over 1,600 reviews, making them a better than average option for low carb chips.
When you just can’t stand not having regular potato chips, try Popchips, one of the most popular low carb chips on the market. With just one of their chips getting 527 reviews averaging 4.5 stars, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more likable low carb potato chip. They have a really nice variety of flavors, too, including Barbeque, Jalapeno, Original, Cheddar, Chili Lime, Parmesan Garlic, Salt & Pepper, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion, and Sweet Potato.
One serving size, which is 18 chips, has 16 grams of carbs and one gram of protein. These are also eligible for Subscribe & Save, bringing the price down to $.60 per ounce, or $1.80 for a 3-ounce bag. The ingredients for these low carb chips is impressive, too: “Natural Potato (Potato Flour, Potato Starch), Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil, Rice Flour, Sea Salt, Soy Lecithin.” Not a whole lot to be concerned with there, except for the soy, but hey, you win some, you lose some.
Snyder’s of Hanover Eatsmart Naturals Garden Veggie Crisps
Snyder’s has been a leader in snacks for years. These Garden Veggie Crisps are becoming more common in vending machines, too, giving you an option for low carb snacks on the go as well. Made with just ten totally easy to pronounce ingredients, which includes spinach, potato and tomato, these chips are as healthy as they are tasty. One six-ounce bag has just 18 grams of carbs, giving you a generous serving of healthy low carb chips that you can throw in your lunch or bag to have wherever. With over 1,600 ratings, the average review of Veggie Crisps is 4.5 stars; an overall great buy.
Mr. Cheese O’s Real Cheese Chips
Mr. Cheese O’s low carb chips are made of cheese, herbs and, in some varieties, grains like quinoa. One package is a serving at one ounce each, and carbs range from 6-8g on the three varieties I looked at. All varieties are gluten, corn and wheat free as well. They all pack a 10g protein punch, too, making these a great high protein, low carb snack that is portable and delicious. With over 200 reviews, the average rating is 4.5 stars and comments include, “Fantastic!”, “One of the best snack foods I’ve found,” and “favorite snack.”
Low Carb Crackers
Finn Crisp Low Carb Crackers
When it comes to low carb chips and crackers, Finn Crisp crackers seem to be the winner in terms of quality and user ratings. These crackers are awesome, because they have such simple, healthy ingredients: Whole Grain Rye Flour, Yeast, Salt. I mean, how simple could you get? For a serving size of three pieces, the total carb count is 11 grams, with three grams of fiber. Spread some low carb hummus on them, and you have a healthy, fiber and protein filled snack on the go. These Finn Crisp low carb crackers have an average rating of 4.5 stars, out of 31 reviews, and at just $.30 per ounce, they are much less expensive than the low carb chips mentioned above.
Wasa Crisp ‘n Light Low Carb Crackers
Another top choice for low carb crackers, Wasa Crisp ‘n Light crackers have a 4.5 star rating with 300 reviews. At just 13 grams of carbs for three slices, these crackers are a great option for getting whole grains in your diet. Their ingredient list is impressive, too: Seven grain flour blend (whole grain wheat, wheat, rye, yellow corn, barley, spelt, whole grain amarath and whole grain quinoa). If you don’t like the taste of rye like the Finn Crisp crackers, these may be your best bet. With Subscribe & Save, the cost per ounce is $.36 – nice!
GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread
Perhaps the most popular low carb crackers out there, Scandinavian crispbreads have stayed on the bestseller list for as long as I have been watching low carb foods, and that’s a while. With healthy ingredients (Unprocessed wheat bran, rye flour, salt (salt content 0.4%)) and a mere 2 grams of net carbs per slice, it is no wonder these crispbread low carb crackers have a 4 star rating from 90+ reviews. They have a mild flavor and go great with many dips and spreads. How about a peanut butter and sugar-free jelly crispbread sandwich? They might be a fun option for low carb nachos, too.
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs
Made of all organic ingredients, these puffs are surprisingly good and come in a wide variety of flavors. The ones I’ve tried are Far Out Fajita and Sriracha Sunshine. I really like Far Out Fajita. At just 18 grams of carbs for 20 generously sized puffs, these are big enough to satisfy. The organic market is definitely underserved, so this was a pleasant surprise to stumble upon at the local grocery store.
As you can see, going low carb does not mean giving up salty snacks. These low carb chips and crackers are highly rated, highly enjoyable, and virtually guilt free snack options.
Do you have a favorite low carb chip or cracker you enjoy regularly? Care to tell us about it?