46 Healthy Keto Snacks That Won’t Kick You Out of Ketosis
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46 Healthy Keto Snacks That Won’t Kick You Out of Ketosis

This ultimate healthy keto snack list contains 46 irresistible low-carb snacks that can keep you in ketosis without going hungry.

Keto snacks

The ketogenic diet is known for balancing your blood sugar and busting cravings and midday energy slumps.

Still, it’s nice to have the option of a few healthy snacks that fall into the low-carb, keto category for busy days when you have to skip lunch or after a tough workout.

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The Ready-to-Eat Healthy Keto Snack List

Meal prepping is one of the best ways to set yourself up for success — but we all know life gets busy.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the best keto snacks you can purchase already made.

Remember — these aren’t meals, and over-snacking can lead to stalls in weight loss.

Tasty low-carb keto snacks

Homemade healthy keto snack list

 

#1 Beef Jerky

Make sure the brand you choose is no- or very low-carb with very few added ingredients. Be wary of anything with added sugars, as that will kick up the carb content. Bonus points for grass-fed and pastured meat, which has a higher nutrient density and is better for the environment. These Chomp sticks are delicious and nutritious.

#2 String Cheese

Make sure it’s the full-fat version without added carbs or other fillers.

#3 Nuts or Nut Butters and Seeds

Remember some nuts are fairly high in carbs (like peanuts, cashews, and pistachios). Stay away from any nut butters that have added polyunsaturated oils or “vegetable oils.”

Choose nuts higher in fat, such as almonds, pecans, or macadamia nuts, and seeds high in omega-3s like flaxseed and chia.

Perfect Keto Nut Butter is a great keto snack. Its high-fat, zero-sugar added blend is perfect for a spoonful on its own or added to a low-carb smoothie.

If you’re interested in how nuts can affect you on a ketogenic diet, check out our Full Guide to Nuts on the Ketogenic Diet.

#4 Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate

If your dark chocolate is not sweetened with stevia or monk fruit, make sure it’s at least 80% cocoa content or higher. Otherwise, the carbs can add up quickly. Here’s a low-carb friendly chocolate.

#5 Seaweed Snacks

Check for added ingredients that contribute extra carbs. Also make sure there aren’t added flavors or massive amounts of toxic oils. Seaweed snacks are perfect as a crunchy snack or added to soups and salads. Here is a recommended brand for seaweed snacks.

#6 Laughing Cow Cheese Wheels

Choose the full-fat versions. Try to get real cheese if you can, but these wheels will work in a pinch when you need convenience.

#7 Cacao Nibs

Not to be confused with chocolate chips, cacao nibs are more like eating the cacao bean right off the tree. In fact, they’re just that ⁠– crush cacao beans, which offer all of the flavor and fewer carbs than chocolate chips. With about 1 carb per 1 teaspoon, you might want to replace chocolate with these rich, satisfying snacks.Here are Terrasoul cacao nibs we like.

#8 Avocados

Avocados are a great choice because they’re a whole food and very easy to eat “as is.” Just add a little salt and pepper and you’re golden. Maybe even add a little olive oil and sea salt in that perfect hole in the middle.

#9 Sardines

Not only do sardines provide a healthy dose of fat and other nutrients, they’re also zero carb. Sardines are highly recommended by keto gurus Dom D’Agostino and Tim Ferriss. Wild Planet is the brand they recommend.

#10 Pork Rinds

Use as a crunchy no-carb alternative to crackers or chips. Keep in mind that many pork rinds are low-quality and fried with nasty oils, but not these Pork Clouds!

#11 Pepperoni Slices

Since pepperoni is highly processed, limit your intake and try to find organic and hormone-free versions when possible. That said, a few slices taste great paired with a high-fat cheese and dill pickle slices (make sure they’re sugar-free).

#12 Keto Coffee

You don’t have to give up coffee on keto, but you should drink your coffee black (with no added sugars) or only with full-fat cream or MCT oil powder. Try these unflavored, chocolate, and vanilla MCT oil powders. For true Keto Coffee, try this recipe.

#13 Kale Chips

When buying kale chips, make sure they have no added sugars. Or, you can make them yourself using coconut oil, lard, or ghee. Rhythm is a great brand.

#14 Perfect Keto Bars

You no longer have to worry about which protein bars will kick you out of ketosis. These keto bars are doctor-tested and approved to keep your blood sugar steady and keep you full for hours. Plus, they come in four delicious flavors so you’ll never get bored.

#15 Other Low-Carb Bars

If you’re out of Perfect Keto Bars, make sure to choose bars that are high in protein and healthy fats with 3 grams of net carbs or fewer, and free from added sugars, sugar alcohols, chemicals, gluten, dairy, soy, or corn.

#16 Sugar-Free Jello or Popsicles

Everyone wants to splurge every now and then. If you find yourself craving a sweet treat like Jello or Popsicles, look for brands with no added sugar and fewer additives like food coloring. This Jello isn’t too bad. Limit these for special occasions, as most of them contain sucralose and provide no added health benefit.

#17 Macadamia Nuts

One of the most keto-friendly nuts, macadamia nuts are packed with good fats and essential nutrients. But be careful as they can be super easy to overeat. Find raw macadamia nuts here in easy-to-travel mini packs.

#18 Cherry Tomatoes

Don’t overdo cherry tomatoes as the carbs can pile up. However, a handful makes a great grab-and-go snack. You can also mix them with shaved parmesan and basil for a tasty salad.

#19 Olives

Olives make a great snack right out of the olive bar (if you can find one). Just make sure they haven’t been mixed in any oils other than olive oil.

#20 MCT Oil Powder

Mix MCT oil powder in any drink — hot or cold — and you have a keto-friendly beverage (if there are no carbs to start). It works in coffee, tea, iced tea, and pre-workout drinks by adding some MCT fats to your day.

Homemade Healthy Keto Snack List

As we said, homemade keto snacks are the best choice. Opt for homemade over anything packaged as much as possible. The following keto snacks take a bit of effort, but they will take your keto game to the next level. These ideas are also great if you have a little extra time to prep or are looking for keto snacks to make for an event or party.

Don't miss out on healthy keto snacks

#1 Veggie Sticks

Slice your favorite keto-friendly veggies (zucchini and yellow squash are both excellent options) and store in the fridge so they’re easy to grab and go. You can dip these in homemade guacamole or eat with full-fat cheeses.

#2 Bacon

Cook some bacon ahead of time to have for snacks on the go. If you can, opt for organic or pasture-raised pork, and always shoot for nitrate-free, uncured bacon.

#3 Grass-Fed Beef

Meat is a satisfying and delicious snack that will help you nail your protein and fat macros. Make some patties or homemade meatballs for easy-to-grab snacks that will fill you up fast. Don’t worry about eating “too much” meat — it won’t kick you out ketosis.

#4 Fat Bombs

Fat bombs are like candy … only more satisfying and way better for you. Try Macadamia Nut Fat Bombs, Peaches & Cream Fat Bombs, Mocha Fat Bombs, or Anti-Inflammatory MCT Fat Bombs. Store in the freezer right after making, then keep them in a travel cooler until ready to eat.

#5 Cheese Dips or Fondues

It’s easy to go overboard with cheese, but there’s nothing better than a good keto cheese dip or fondue. Enjoy with keto-friendly veggies or crackers.

#6 Pizza or Taco Rolls

Use baked full-fat cheese as the “wrap” and fill with pizza or taco meat and spices, like these breakfast tacos.

#7 Keto Chips

There are plenty of ways to make keto chip substitutes, from radishes to kale to cheese. Make your own keto chips from cheddar cheese. Bake in a dish until crispy, then cut into chip-sized triangles. Or, try these.

#8 Low-Carb Finger Food Sandwiches

Sandwiches aren’t totally forbidden on a keto diet. Just use something grain-free as the “bread” — think cheese, lettuce, spinach, or hormone-free deli meat. Or, you can try one of these keto-friendly bread recipes.

#9 Cold-Cut Meats and Cheese

Simply roll healthy lunch meat around a full-fat cheese. This works well for a quick snack or party appetizer.

#10 Deviled or Hard-Boiled Eggs

Packed with protein and nutrients, eggs are nature’s ready-made snack. Cut them in half and sprinkle salt and everything bagel seasoning or whip up a batch of your favorite deviled eggs.

#11 Cauliflower Crust Pizza Bites or Calzones

If you haven’t tried a cauliflower crust yet, it’s time. Prep these ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for emergencies.

#12 Flaxseed Crackers

Make a batch of these super filling crackers to eat with cheese, cream cheese, or just grab a few for the road. Packed with nutrient-dense seeds and spices, you’ll fulfill all your cravings without the carbs of normal crackers.

#13 Keto Fries

You can make fries out of any low-carb veggies. Try whipping up these Celeriac Everything Keto Fries and reheat when you’re feeling like a quick, salty snack.

#14 Superfood Meatballs

Everyone loves a good meatball. Luckily, these are always quick to prepare and save for a healthy, meaty snack on the go.

#15 Bacon-Wrapped Anything

This is a popular idea for parties. You can wrap bacon around mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, veggies, or beef. Try bacon-wrapped asparagus with this Keto Power Breakfast recipe.

#16 Lettuce Wraps

Wrap your favorite meat and low-carb spices in some lettuce leaves like in these Curry Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

#17 Keto Paté

Make a quick spreadable paste with meat and cream cheese to put on veggies or keto-friendly crackers. For a fancy-looking party dish, try this Smoked Salmon Paté with Cucumber.

#18 Buffalo Bites

Easy to make and  keep in the fridge, these buffalo bites are the perfect option for a quick and delicious keto-friendly snack.

#19 Bone Broth

Sip on anti-inflammatory bone broth when you want something low-calorie and comforting. Add fresh herbs, salt, and pepper for extra nutrients and flavor.

#20 Berry “Ice Cream”

Berries are some of the only fruits on your keto “yes” list. They’re lower in sugar than most other fruits and are packed with beneficial antioxidants. For a simple “ice cream,” blend your favorite frozen berries with coconut cream or heavy cream to form a healthy keto-friendly ice cream in just minutes.

#21 Cauliflower Ice Cream

Who knew ice cream could be good for you? Grab a scoop of this Superfood Nice Cream for a quick dose of fats and nutrients to keep you going throughout the day. And with zero added sugar, you won’t have to worry about a crash.

#22 Homemade Popsicles

When you feel like something cool and refreshing, you can’t go wrong with these Mint Chip Popsicles with Micro Greens. Bonus: You’ll get micronutrients and fat to keep you going.

#23 Keto Frappuccino

A filling frappuccino with all the healthy fat and none of the sugar? Yes, please. Check out this recipe for a quick and easy drink you’ll love first thing in the morning or after a hard workout.

#24 Keto Smoothie

Yes, smoothies can be keto. You just have to replace all the high-carb fruit with healthy fats. Try these keto smoothie options for a filling snack that will truly fuel your day: Acai Almond Butter SmoothieMicronutrient Greens Matcha Smoothie, or Chocolate Sea Salt Smoothie.

#25 Chocolate Mousse

Mix heavy cream with some cocoa powder and a little vanilla for an easy keto mousse. Add some low-carb sweetener, like monk fruit or stevia, if needed. Here’s an easy nutrient-dense version: Perfect Keto Chocolate Mousse.

#26 Keto Cookies

Yes, you can have cookies when doing keto. For a sweet treat, try these chewy chocolate chip cookies or tasty lemon cashew cookies.

Not All Keto Snacks Are Created Healthy

“Low-carb” doesn’t always mean keto-approved.

Many low-carb snacks (like Atkins products, and even some paleo products) will quickly kick you out of ketosis if you aren’t careful. This is because many of these so-called “healthy low-carb” snacks are loaded with unnecessary ingredients that could spike your blood sugar.

Remember, the ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet. Here’s a reminder of the macronutrient distribution:

Keto Macros

Try to stick to whole food-based snacks as much as possible — preferably homemade. That said, this guide provides a lot of quick and easy ideas for those times when cooking at home is not possible.

And remember, food is supposed to go bad.

Preservatives and fake ingredients have not been in the human diet until the last hundred years or so and we are not well equipped to handle them. The body’s response is usually to create inflammation in response to food-like ingredients that it deems as “foreign.”

The best ways to choose healthy foods?

  • Stick to foods that have less than 5 ingredients.
  • Stick to the outside circle of the grocery store.

Make Sure Your Keto Snacks Are High in Good Fats

The best way to stay full and keep your energy high on a ketogenic diet is to make sure you’re getting enough of the right fats.

When you cut carbs, you have to replace them with something, which is why fat is your friend. And snacks like fat bombs, meat, cheese, and olives are great choices to help you feel full for hours and get fill your fat quota for the day.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Snacking on Keto

There are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when snacking on the keto diet.

Don’t:

  • Get caught off guard! Use this snack list so you don’t find yourself unprepared and accidentally order a bagel.
  • Think that eating pre-packaged pork rinds or protein bars with fake ingredients is high-quality keto — these types of foods are OK for emergency situations and splurges, but not for everyday eating.

Do:

  • Take the time to prep high-quality snacks for yourself and reap the rewards.
  • Stick to your macros.
  • #TestDontGuess. Not sure if a snack is keto-approved? Test your ketone levels and answer this for yourself.

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31 thoughts on “46 Healthy Keto Snacks That Won’t Kick You Out of Ketosis

  1. Many high fat is also protein. How do I know what those fats are that are low or zero protein.
    Seems impossible to get that balance of 70-80 % fat vs 20-25% protein?

    1. Hi Evelyn, it will take some time to get the hang of it. Egg yolks, fattier cuts of meat, mct powder, coconut oil, butter, fatty cheese, these are all examples of higher fat sources.

  2. I used the calculator to get my macro goals. Is my carb goal referring to net carbs or just carbs? It can make a difference when I am tracking.

    1. Debbie, some people track total and some track net. I personally track total because it takes out any guess work and I’ve seen superior results with my clients, especially when first starting off.

  3. I’m starting the Keto diet tomorrow, and I am making my list to go to Walmart. I don’t really know where to start such as snack foods. With me being a full time student and working full time, it seems hard to plan out my meals and snacks like what I need to snack on and eat. I definitely need advice and tips on how to help stay on track and get started, any help is greatly appreciated!

    PS- I love sweet tea. Like live off of it. I wake up and crave it, SO if I don’t drink nearly AS much as I do now, is that okay or do I need to cut it out altogether?

    1. You will need to cut out ALL sugar. Sugar substitutes are also a no-no. It will be a few tough days to adjust from all the sugar you have been consuming, you will not feel good at all! Look up keto flu, you will most likely suffer from this about a week into the diet. As for snacks, I have stuck to a few almonds, pepperoni sticks, cheese sticks ( cheese can kick you out of ketosis so be careful) pickles, and broth, cucumber slices. If you are in ketosis your appetite will diminish and your need for snacking will lessen. I also do intermittent fasting, no food after 8PM or before 12:00PM the next day, 16 hours without food, I will have bulletproof coffee in the morning, tea with milk and broth between these hours.

  4. Awesome site, how do u get all this information?I’ve read a few articles on your site and I love your style. Thanks a million, keep up the great work.

  5. Many thanks for helping people get the information they need. Good stuff as always. Keep up the great work!!!

  6. it’s my very first time visiting your blog and I am very interested. Many thanks for sharing and keep up 😉

  7. Your blog has been the most helpful to me. You answered so many questions I had and provided me with the list of snacks I need. Thank you

  8. Do deli meats have to be fresh from the counter deli or can they be packaged? There do seem to be some good options already packaged. I am preparing to start my journey and gathering my info. Thanks. Enjoying your site.

  9. Great info, thanks!

    To Sunworshiper:

    PerfectKeto.com states this about meats:

    “Watch out for processed meats because they can contain extra ingredients with added sugars and carbohydrates.

    Quality over quantity here. Since you want to keep your fat content high and protein moderate, make sure the proteins you do choose are mostly high-quality, healthy, and nutrient dense. Best choices would be grass-fed and pastured-raised versions of beef, organ meats, bison, and lamb, as well as fatty wild fish.

    Pork and chicken are less easy to find properly raised for a good price, so you might end up limiting these more.”

  10. I saw where you said cheese can kick you out of ketosis, so is that particular type or amount, so how much can I eat. I am not losing maybe that is the reason, the wrong kind or too much. How much should I limit it to? I eat some days about 2 cheese stick and 1/4 cup on eggs and meat, that is probably the most per day.

  11. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. Really its great article. Keep it up.

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