Are you hungry on your keto diet, but your next meal is hours away? A keto snack may be the answer. Snacks can buy you some time, allowing you to delay meals to fit your busy schedule.

Snacking shouldn’t happen every day, though. In fact, ideally, you shouldn’t feel the need to snack at all. A major benefit of keto is that it often prevents hunger for hours after meals. If you regularly need to snack, try adding more fat and protein to your meals.

For the times you occasionally need a snack, check out the great keto options below, along with some common snacking mistakes to avoid.


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Easy keto whole foods

Take the edge off your hunger with these tasty options. Almost no preparation required! Keto basics like cheese, avocados, olives and macadamia nuts keep healthy fats front and center while minimizing carbs.
 
The numbers below the snacks are the digestible carbohydrates, or net carbs. For example, 100 grams of avocado (3.5 ounces) contains 2 grams of net carbs.
 
A slice of cheese, a few olives, some fatty cold cuts, or a few slices of bacon make excellent keto snacks.

Or choose a small portion of nuts that are very low in carbs, like macadamia nuts, pecans or Brazil nuts (be careful of cashews.)

A hard-boiled egg is another ideal keto snack. Try it with mayo, cream cheese, a keto dip, or butter.

Read more about the health benefits of eggs in our evidence-based guide.

Keto snack recipes

Cook up some keto snacks at home so you’ll have tasty choices easily on hand. Below are six popular options, with net carbs per serving shown in the green circle.

Again, the numbers are net carbs (fiber excluded) in 100 grams (3.5 ounces.)

Vegetable sticks: Snack freely on the lowest-carb vegetables. Carrots are a bit higher in carbs, so keep portion sizes modest in order to stay within your daily carb limit.

Dip: What goes great with veggies? Cream cheese, sour cream or a savory high-fat dipping sauce. Here are a few popular options:

 
Milk coffees: Cafe lattes and cappuccinos have lots of carbs from lactose (milk sugar.) A 16-oz (470-ml) latte has 18 grams of carbs; when made with skim milk, it has 19 grams. Drink coffee black or with a little milk or cream. Or for a higher-fat option, try one of our hot keto drinks.

Juice, regular sports drinks and vitamin waters: Full of sugar. Do not drink.

Fruit: Nature’s candy. While berries are fine from time to time, avoid other higher-carb fruits. For instance, one small banana has 20 grams of carbs — an entire day’s worth on a keto diet.

For the best options, see our keto fruits guide.

Cashews: The high-carb nut. Choose macadamias, pecans or other lower-carb nuts from our keto nuts guide.

Quick bites

Sometimes you just want a little something to delay lunch or dinner. Consider a quick combination:

  • Slice of cheese with celery, cucumber, radish, or wrapped in lettuce
  • Celery filled with cream cheese, natural peanut butter, brie or other soft cheese
  • Slice of cheese spread with butter and rolled up
  • Cucumber or lettuce spread with mayo
  • Parmesan crisps spread with butter
  • Slice of salami and cheese, rolled up together
  • Slice of bacon spread with peanut butter
  • Spoonful of butter, ghee, or coconut oil melted into coffee or tea

More keto recipes

Looking for something crunchy and tasty to serve friends who are coming over? Our many recipes for delicious keto snacks will give you lots of choices. Even friends who aren’t keto will want the recipe.

More

Want more? Living keto goes beyond recipes. Enjoy our selection of guides to help you understand keto and keep it deliciously simple.

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