5 Lower Carb Snacks

by Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Last Updated: April 19, 2021

Here’s a roundup of 5 lower carbohydrate snacks to help fuel your day! Enjoy these around 3 pm when your sweet tooth calls, or quickly add one to lunch for a bonus treat. Although carbohydrates are our brain’s preferred energy source, heart-healthy fats and protein also play vital roles in fueling our energy levels. You can easily whip up these recipes during meal prep to add some new variety to your snacks.
  1. Mini charcuterie board.
    This creative idea is going to put the ‘cute’ in charcuterie! We love offering this to kiddos as a snack, but this is equally adult-friendly. Try using a muffin tin for easy assortment and a swift clean-up. To boost up on fiber and vibrant colors, fill one row with vegetable options and add some fruit in there too! Choose a few from each of these categories to create a well-balanced tray:

    Vegetables: Cucumbers, bell peppers, baby carrots, edamame, jicama, celery, tomatoes, cauliflower, or broccoli.

    Fruit: Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries.

    Protein: Low-fat string cheese, semisoft cheese, hard-boiled egg, deli turkey meat, or low sodium nuts.

    Crunchy: Parmesan crisps, kale chips, freeze-dried fruit, cassava chips, pork rinds, or carrot chips.
  2. Cottage cheese and berries.
    Cottage cheese is a savory and nutrient-packed snack coming in with ~19 grams of protein per 5.3 oz and only 5 grams of carbohydrates. When planning snacks, we recommend adding protein to help you stay satisfied and full for hours. Adding your favorite fresh or frozen berries can add a dessert-like twist to this savory snack. Consider this a modified cheesecake with ample health benefits. To increase the sweetness of this dish, add your favorite zero-calorie sweetener or even a few chopped dates!
  3. Popcorn and mixed nuts.
    We want to spotlight a high-quality carbohydrate that is dietitian-approved! Popcorn is often overlooked as a healthy part of a balanced diet, but what it’s typically topped with is what may detract from its reputation. Try this popcorn for a lower-calorie, fiber boosting option to fuel your craving. Pair this savory snack with ¼ cup of unsalted mixed nuts for a dose of heart-healthy fats.
  4. Celery and nut butter.
    Don’t discount this snack because it brings you back to your childhood. It was offered because it provided power to your day! Take a trip down memory lane and grab a couple of celery stalks, spread 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter, and get ready to relive your childhood. Add chopping up celery to your meal prep time, so you’re ready to grab this snack in between meetings or before heading out the door to help save some valuable time!
  5. Grain-free granola.
    This snack also works as a great topping to a classic yogurt parfait, as you can combine it with your favorite milk or milk alternative. Enjoy this snack mindfully and savor the experience when eating it—assess all the flavors and textures you’re tasting to make this snack last longer. This is an important component of intuitive eating and a helpful tip for staying fueled appropriately.

The lower-carb snacks listed above offer beneficial nutrients like protein, fiber, healthy fats and various vitamins and minerals. As delicious as they are, they’re also filling to help with satisfaction in between meals. Visit Kroger.com for more recipe ideas that fuel your day.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria is a dedicated dietitian with a love for helping others develop a positive relationship with food, while setting realistic goals. Victoria has professional experience with various conditions such as strokes, diabetes and weight management. She strives to make a nutritious lifestyle attainable for all. You can catch Victoria scratch-cooking at home, trying new workouts at her local gym or spending time with her dog, Jack.