The Best Keto Diet Snacks and 9 Popcorn Substitutes

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45 Keto Diet Snacks

Looking for ideas for keto diet snacks?

Then, we have you covered with our best keto snack lists with snacks to buy or to make with little effort… Enjoy!

If you have questions about snacks for your keto diet or whether you should even be snacking whilst on a ketogenic diet, then go straight here… This is also where you will find our keto popcorn substitutes.

I keep different types of keto snacks for different reasons and situations. When I am out and about packaging and convenience is more important.

When I am at home, quick is still important, but I have way more options.​

Since I’ve started on a keto diet, these are the snacks I have always had on hand…

Best Keto Diet Snacks

What type of snack are you looking for?

Are you looking for easy snacks on hand, quick snack recipes, the best keto snacks when you travel, affordable snacks or the highest quality grass fed keto snacks, then check out these lists...

Best Keto Snacks to Buy

1 - Nut Butter

My best nut butter is Macadamia Butter as it has the highest fat count and the lowest net carb count.

I always have a container of this macadamia or almond butter in the fridge and whenever I feel like I really need a bite to eat, I have a teaspoon of this nutritionally dense goodness.

If you find the macadamia butter too fatty, then try almond butter.​

2 - String Cheese

3 - Olives

A salty fatty snack, which is low in carbs and low in protein.

4 - Low Carb Crackers

My favorite is these Paleo Thin Crackers. Their net carbs per portion (6 crackers) is 5 grams, so not impressively low, but still less than 1 gram per cracker.

They are made with almond and cassava flour and various seeds and flavoring.

The flours give them more of a biscuit texture, which is more appetizing than crackers that are made only with seeds.

5 - Natural Plain Full Fat Greek Yogurt

6 - Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese is one of those must have items for your ketogenic kitchen.

For a quick bite, scoop out a teaspoon full and enjoy...

Or use as a dip with celery, cucumber or other low carb vegetables.

Best Keto Snacks to Buy

7 - Moon Cheese

If you are looking for a carb free crunchy snack, then give these a go.

8 - Avocado Slices

What can be easier than slicing up an avocado and enjoying the slices with salt, pepper and a little lemon?

9 - Epic Natural Meat Bars

These are somewhat pricey, but they are made with top quality ingredients like grass fed beef, wild caught salmon and 100% natural pork.

10 - All our On the Go Snacks

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21 Amazing Snacks to Make for the Keto Diet

There are so many low carb ketosis snack recipes and even zero carb snack recipes available on the internet, that it can be a little overwhelming. Find a handful of good and easy to make recipes and use them as your staple recipes.

Snacks to make for Keto Diet

These are some of my favorite savory snacks:

1 - Bone Broth

When you start out on a keto diet, this is probably the most important snack you can add to your diet. Make your own or buy a good organic broth.

2 - Keto Friendly Cheese Crackers

Use Parmesan cheese and sesame seeds as a base and add any spices or herbs you may like.

Dried onion works well, so does paprika and oregano.

As you can see on the picture, I like rosemary on mine.

Grate the cheese and sprinkle them on parchment paper. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and flavouring.

Bake in the oven for a few minutes until crispy.

Keto Friendly Cheese Crackers

3 - Egg Muffins

Make a batch and keep them in the fridge for when you need them. I use whatever ingredients I have available and use this basic recipe as a base for all my ketogenic egg muffins.

4 - Roll Ups

Your options for roll ups are unlimited. Roll ham, turkey or pepperoni slices around cream cheese, feta or any other cheese you like.

For a less meaty snack, make your roll ups with cucumber or zucchini ribbons.

5 - Bacon Slices

It is the perfect snack for any time. Make extra and keep them in your fridge or just bake a few slices in the oven when you feel like a bite to eat.

6 - Bacon and Egg Balls

I make these by grilling a few slices of bacon in the oven until crispy. Once they are cold I crumble them into small pieces. At the same time I hard boil eggs, which I mix with butter, low carb mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

The egg mixture gets spooned into little balls and are then rolled in the bacon pieces. Yum...

7 - Pepperoni Chips

Bake thinly sliced pepperoni slices in the oven until crisp. They are great with dips or cheese or just on their own.

8 - Zucchini Chips

Slice zucchinis very thin and bake in the oven until crispy. You can bake them, just as they are or add salt with pepper or paprika. Add a thin coating of Parmesan cheese and you have a divine snack.

Keto Friendly Snack Swaps

9 - Zucchini Pizzas (or any zucchini snack food)

For these goodies, use zucchini as a pizza base. Top zucchini slices with a low carb marinara sauce, cheese, a pepperoni slice and a sliced olive. Bake in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and crispy.

For more zucchini snack food ideas check out our zucchini finger food recipes.

10 - Sardine Butter

I know this may sound a little weird, but it is a high fat zero carb snack that will get you through any salt craving you may have.

Mix a tin of sardines with three ounces of butter. Store it in the fridge and enjoy a teaspoon full when you need a salty fat boost.

11 - MCT Oil and Butter Coffee

I usually have coffee with MCT oil and grass fed butter for breakfast, but it also makes for an excellent snack whenever you are a little hungry.

12 - Cucumber Boats

Cut a cucumber in half, remove the seeds and fill them with cream cheese or tuna mayo or cheese and ham.

13 - Meat Balls

Whenever I make meat balls, I make extra ones for snacks. I form these into smaller bite size balls that is perfect for a quick mouthful.

I keep them in the refrigerator for up to four days and if there are any left I will freeze them.

14 - Chicken Drumsticks

I like leftover food as ketosis snacks, because the food I cook is generally higher in fat and low in carbs so is automatically keto friendly. It is also cheaper than most ketogenic snacks that you will buy.

When I make almost any chicken dish, I will add extra drumsticks or wings, so that I can store them for when I need a snack.

For a portable snack, they are great when fried crisply in the oven, without any sticky or messy sauce.

15 - Tuna Bites

Cut thin cucumber slices and top with tuna and keto friendly mayonnaise.

... and some Sweet Ones...

16 - Caramel Coated Nuts

These are simple to make and beyond good.

Every time I make them, I want to get up and do a happy dance.

But this is a super indulgence and the carbs add up really quickly, so enjoy them as the exception rather than the rule.

It is best to make them with pecans because of the lower net carbs, but as you can see here I made them with walnuts as that was what I had available.

What you need
  • 1/2 a cup of pecan nuts
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of sweetener like xylitol
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
Tips
  • ​Keep an eye on your nuts in the oven and don't overcook them. I have burnt a few batches. 🙁
  • You want your sauce dark, but not burnt.

    Keep the temperature low and continue to stir.

    I often take mine off the heat too early, because I am scared of burning it.

    It still tastes great, but does not stick well to the nuts and may be a little runny.
Easy Sweet Keto Snacks to Make
What you do
  • Lightly roast the nuts in the oven
  • Add the butter, cream and sweetener to a small pan
  • Stir over medium heat until the sweetener is dissolved and the color starts to darken
  • Add the vanilla and keep stirring
  • Reduce the heat and keep stirring until the caramel is dark brown
  • Remove from the heat and add the salt and nuts
  • Coat the nuts thoroughly with the sauce
  • Pack the nuts on parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for about half an hour

17 - Fat Bombs

Fat bombs are morsels packed with fat, little protein and usually with almost no or very little net carbs. This is a really good way to get more fat into your diet without upping your protein too much.

18 - Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Snack
What you do
  • Mix the cream together until stiff if not already stiff
  • Add the avocado and mix all together
  • Add the sweetener, cacao and vanilla and mix until mixed through

Some would call these fat bombs, but this mousse is so divine that it deserves to stand on its own.

What you need
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of keto friendly sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon of good quality cacao
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
Tips
  • ​I generally use perfectly ripe avos for this mousse, but it is also a good way to use up over ripe avocados.
  • It doesn't need much mixing, but you definitely don't want green bits in your mousse, so be sure to mix it until everything is mixed through.
  • Experiment with all these ingredients according to your own taste.

    You may prefer less or more sweetener and the same with the cacao.

19 - Keto Cookies

20 - Berries and Cream

Enjoy fresh berries with heavy whipping cream.

​Or

Blend frozen berries with cream for a healthy ice cream snack.

21 - Low Carb Hot Chocolate

This is my friend Martie's go to keto treat. She mixes 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of sweetener, hot water and a little cream for a keto friendly evening treat.

Top 10 Low Carb Snacks - On the Go

The best keto on the go snacks are the ones that are easily packaged in small portions, easily fit into your hand and is not messy to eat.

My number one on the go choice is…

1 - Nuts

I always carry nuts with me, so I never have to worry that I need something to eat and have nothing with me.

As you know, all nuts are not made equal and have different net carbs. The three best nuts based on net carbs are pecan nuts, macadamia and Brazil nuts.

For the most and the least keto friendly nuts, check out this picture from Diet Doctor.​

My other favorites are...

2 - Jerky

You can almost say jerky was made for keto. 🙂

3 - Dark Chocolate

I like these small 0.36 ounce chocolate bars that are sweetened with erythritol.

4 - Nut Butter Sachets

5 - Roasted Seaweed

A salty treat low in net carbs and protein.

6 - Quest Bars

Perfect for on the go or after a workout.


Low Carb Snacks on the Go

7 - Salami Sticks

Salami sticks are great low carb high fat snacks as long as they have no cereal or wheat based fillers and no added sugar or corn. Double check labels.

8 - Pork Clouds

These flavored pork rinds are packaged in individual 0.7 ounce packs and is a great zero carb snack to carry with you.

I like the rosemary and Sea salt flavor, but they are also available in Malabar black pepper and Habanero.

9 - Ketone Sachets

Exogenous ketones give you fast energy and is the perfect keto snack for hikers.

These ​sachets are expensive though so I only use them when I am out hiking. If you travel a lot for work, they can also be helpful.

10 - Home Made Snacks

Many of the snacks listed above in the in the Keto Snacks to Make at Home section is ideal as on the go snacks.

My favorites to carry with me are the egg muffins, meat balls and drumsticks as savory snacks and fat bombs or cookies for when I need something sweet.

Most Affordable Ketogenic Snacks

From my experience, the best affordable ketogenic snacks are the ones you make yourself or leftovers from lunch or dinner.

Check out the list of ketogenic snacks to make yourself here.

More affordable options include...

1 - Pork Rinds

Pork rinds is the perfect low carb high fat snack. You'll find that prices and quality may vary a lot between brands.

They are however one of those essential items that is a must have in your keto kitchen.

You'll want them not only for snacking, but also for breading and toppings. They are great for that crunchy taste in many dishes where we normally would use bread crumbs.

So stock up on this well priced best seller...


2 - Seeds

Seeds are generally a well-priced affordable snack option. Mix a few different types together and enjoy as a quick ready-made snack.

3 - Hard Boiled Eggs

Maybe not an original idea, but easy to make and the perfect snack to have on standby.

4 - Tuna and Vegetable Snacks

Like I discussed earlier, thinly sliced cucumber with tuna and mayo makes for an affordable keto snack and so does tuna, mayo wrapped in lettuce leaves.

5 - Leftovers

If you are eating keto on a tight budget, then one of your best option for keto diet snacks are leftovers from your meal the night before.

Best Keto Snack Ideas on Pinterest

Pinterest is an amazing source for low carb high fat snack ideas.

To get them all together in one place I share some of the best Keto snack pins here...

50 Low Carb Snack Ideas from WifeMomGeek.com

These are easy to prepare and can help you to succeed with a ketogenic lifestyle by bringing variety into your diet.

Enjoy, but keep Donella's advice in mind...

Portion these out before snacking to avoid eating too much.

50 Low Carb Snacks

38 Delicious Keto Snacks from NutritionAdvance.com

These ketosis snacks are all as easy as opening the fridge or takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.

As Michael Joseph states on his site, these are all suitable for a ketogenic diet and to keep blood sugar stable.

38 Delicious Keto Snacks

54 Best Low Carb Snacks from LowCarbSpark.com

This list was prepared by Iona from Low Carb Spike. Enjoy...

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Most Commonly Asked Keto Snack Questions

Here are some quick answers to the questions I get most often...

Should I be Snacking on a Ketogenic Diet?

Not really, but if you want to, it is okay. As long as you are sure that you are hungry and not thirsty.

Sometimes I find that I feel like something to eat, but then realize what my body really need is water. So when you feel like a bite why not first check whether you are not thirsty?

When you follow a ketogenic diet, you most likely are not hungry and don’t need to snack. So if you are not hungry, don’t eat.

Put the idea of having three meals and two snacks per day out of your head. We only need to eat all the time when glucose is our main source of fuel. Fats keep us satisfied much longer.

If you feel like a snack though - have one. Just make sure you have healthy low carb snacks on hand. I always have some keto friendly snacks at home and in my handbag.

I used to snack a lot and I still do occasionally, but now every time I have a snack I feel satisfied. Every low carb ketogenic diet snack I eat contribute to my health as opposed to sky rocketing my insulin levels.

Also Read... Ketogenic Diet - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Good Low Carb Snack?

A good low carb snack is made from ingredients that are generally included in a ketogenic diet. Ideally it should be:

  • High in fat, which is why fat bombs and leftovers make for great snacks.
  • Not too high in protein. If most of your snacks are high protein, then you may end up eating too much protein in comparison to the amount of fat you consume.
  • Obviously the lower the net carbs the better and if they are zero carbs even better.
  • They are packed with fiber, so the net carb content even though much higher than nut butters are still reasonable.

Generally you shouldn't need to snack, but when you do they should fit into your overall macros for the day.

Not sure what your macros are? Then use this calculator to calculate your macros or read more here to learn more about macros.  ​

A good high fat low carb ketosis supporting snack will also help you to eat enough fat, when your meals may be a little light on fat.

It can also give you that energy boost you may need, especially before an exercise session. By the way, if you are not sure whether you should be exercising on a keto diet, then check out our post here.

For ideas check out all the snacks on this page. They are generally all good except for the few super indulgent snacks like the caramel coated nuts.

The last thing that make for a good LCHF snack is size. It is called snack for a reason, make it small.

Is Popcorn Keto?

No it is not. 🙁

Sorry, corn is a grain and shouldn't be eaten on a keto diet. It is also high in carbs.

For many of us movies and popcorn go together. So what do you snack on at the movies that is keto friendly and not popcorn?

Personally, I steer away from the movies as much as possible, because the smell of popcorn is over powering and I have an emotional attachment with popcorn at the movies.

But when I do go or when I have a movie night at home, these are my favorite popcorn alternatives...

Popcorn Alternatives

1 - Roasted Nuts

I roast pecans or walnuts in the oven with salt until lightly brown.

2 - Jerky

3 - Moon Cheese

4 - Cheese Crackers

5 - Salami Chips

6 - Zucchini Chips

7 - Pork Rinds

8 - Olives

9 - Leanne Vogel's Keto Popcorn

Leanne makes these by frying pork belly pieces in coconut oil. She seasons them with sea salt and five spices.

Keto Popcorn Alternative

Go here to see exactly how she makes it and for the recipe of her dipping sauce.

I know these are not exactly popcorn, but these popcorn substitutes are as close as you are going to get to keto popcorn. Enjoy your next movie with a handful of any of these snacks...

9 of the Best Keto Popcorn Substitutes...

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Can I eat peanut butter on a ketogenic diet?

The short answer is NO. Peanuts are legumes and not nuts and legumes are not part of a keto diet.

There are a number of reasons why people do snack on peanuts and peanut butter on a ketogenic diet.

  • Peanuts and peanut butter are cheap compared to nuts and nut butter, so it is a more affordable snack compared to many other snacks for ketogenic diet.
  • They are packed with fiber so the net carb content, even though much higher than nut butters, are still reasonable.

If your focus is to eat only food items that are strongly ketogenic, then you don't want to eat peanuts or peanut butter. The same is true when you just start out on your ketogenic diet.

If however your focus is on your daily net carb intake, rather than the precise foods you eat, then go ahead and have raw peanut butter.

If you are in a maintenance phase, then you are probably more focused on your total net carbs for the day. So have them if you want them.

Lastly be sure that you do not have a peanut allergy as it could affect your weight loss and general health.

If you asked for my personal view on whether peanut butter is good for keto. Then my answer is no. But it may be different for you.

When you start out, give it a miss for a while and later if you want to introduce it back into your diet, experiment!

What is a Fat Bomb?

A fat bomb is a low carb high fat treat that can be savory or sweet.

They are generally made with three main ingredient groups:​

  • Fat - like coconut oil, nut butter, low carb mayonnaise, butter, cream or avocado.
  • Flavoring - like sweeteners (stevia, xylitol, etc.), cacao, cinnamon, ginger, berry, lemon or vanilla.
  • Add ons - like egg, salmon, bacon, chia seeds, nuts, coconut and so on.

The fats help to stabilize blood sugar and gives you an energy boost.

The bacon and egg balls I listed above is the perfect example of a savory fat bomb.

There are so many sweet fat bombs. One of my personal favorites is berry with cream cheese, full fat cream or butter, sweetener and vanilla.

Do we really need fat bombs?

If you are very young, you may not have an extreme fat aversion. But if you are in your thirties or older, you may be from the generations that were constantly bombarded with how bad fat is. For many of us, eating fat is completely unnatural and when we start an LCHF diet it is often hard to eat enough fat.

The idea of fat bombs may still be hard to stomach, but because of their size may be easier to do than adding lots of butter to food or eat fatty meat.

Watch bodybuilder Jason Wittrock explain why he adds fat bombs into his daily diet and then follow along as he demonstrates how he makes his favorite fat bomb...

Having watched Jason, you may be surprised that bodybuilders can train and perform on a ketogenic diet. To discover more, you may find our keto bodybuilding diet interesting.

Lastly

Fat bombs can give you a quick boost of energy before gym and is a great healthy way to indulge in a little healthy sweetness.

Keto Snacks Questions

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We'd like to hear which snacks you buy regularly and which are your On the Go favorites? If you are on a budget, which is your most affordable keto snack and what keto diet snacks do you splurge on?

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