20 Keto Snacks (All Under 5 Minutes)

As you get keto-adapted, most people find the inclination to graze (at least snack frequently) decreases. But that can take a bit of time. It’s not necessarily something to expect your first week (although some folks do begin to experience the change within a few days, provided they’re eating enough overall). Still, even the most metabolically flexible of us will want keto snacks now and then—or will replace a meal with a snack because you find that you don’t always need three regular “meals” most days.

My theory is that meals, and particularly snacks, should be simple and easy. Few of us have time to make elaborate meals every day, and when we’re living into a new eating strategy, convenience matters. In that spirit, here are 20 keto snack ideas that take 5 minutes or less to make. Enjoy! And let me know your favorite—from this list or from your own keto or Primal practice.

1. Egg Coffee

An original Primal favorite is a great keto pick-me-up for morning or afternoon. Find the recipe here.

2. Soft- or Hard-boiled Egg

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Cook up a batch on Sunday, and you’ll be set for the week.

3. Guacamole

Make it as simple as you like. Mashed avocado, sea salt and lime juice do it for me, but sometimes I’ll throw in some canned green chilis, half a tomato, and some chopped red onion, garlic or cilantro.

4. Primal Kitchen® Protein Bar

I wanted a packaged keto snack to travel with, and these have become my favorite. (This variety has nine grams of total carbs.)

5. Tuna in Avocado Half

The fat of the avocado and Primal Kitchen Mayo with the protein of tuna make this one of the more filling snacks I turn to.

6. Olives

It’s the simple things, right? Splurge on a container of your favorite olive mix.

7. Spoonful of Artisana Coconut Butter

Just when I said it didn’t get any simpler… As I’ve shared before, this is one of my favorite go-to snacks.

8. Raw Veggies and Healthy Dip/Dressing

Anyone can put this together in containers for the week. And, yup, Primal Kitchen Dressings make it easier and more flavorful.

9. Leftover Chicken Wings

Savvy keto strategy: make enough wings for the play-off games on Sunday. Enjoy the leftovers during the week. Deep fry them in avocado oil (trust me on this…) and slather on your favorite BBQ sauce.

10. 5-Minute Salad

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of Big-Ass Salads for lunch, but a lighter (and quicker) snack salad is always a possibility. An easy one to put together is spinach, pecans, red onions, feta and Primal Kitchen Balsamic Dressing.

11. Leftover Steak Strips with Bell Pepper Strips and Steak Sauce

It’s a leftover lovers dream. And I’m happy to recommend a favorite steak sauce….

12. Lox Wraps

Skip the bagel carb binge and enjoy this classic on some butter lettuce or romaine leaves with a schmear of cream cheese and your favorite toppings.

13. Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Save some asparagus from dinner and take ten seconds to wrap them with this deli counter favorite.

14. Macadamia Nuts

Keep a bag of them at work. They’re great with your morning coffee, too.

15. Unsweetened Nut Butter on Celery Sticks

Make enough for the kids because otherwise they’ll eat yours.

16. Cheese Crisps

Yup—five minutes or less. Buy pure cheese crisps at the store (sometimes they’ll contain nut flour), or make them at home.

17. Summer Sausage

Your childhood camping favorite is still a good option. (Look for a nitrate-free brand.)

18. California Sub Roll-Up

I like this easy roll-up idea. Works for Italian sub ingredients, too.

19. Shrimp Cocktail

Keto can be as indulgent as you want to make it. I like making my own cocktail sauce with Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup.

20. Square of 85% Dark Chocolate With Unsweetened Nut Butter

You didn’t think I’d leave out the dark chocolate, did you? Perfect with an afternoon coffee or as an after-dinner keto treat…

So, tell me what I missed! What are your favorite keto-friendly go-tos? Thanks for stopping in, everybody.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Yum! There are some great ideas here! I raise chickens, so the boiled eggs are a staple for me. Deviled eggs are a great treat, too. And pickled eggs!
    To expand on the lettuce wraps, someone in a hurry can just put a slice of any meat on any green leaf, and roll it up… I use other hard nuts also – particularly walnuts and brazils. You wouldn’t want to eat too many of them at a shot, because of the carbs, but a few makes a good snack.

  2. And by the way, about #19, I have made cocktail sauce with your unsweetened ketchup (which is excellent!) and my own home-grown and prepared horseradish… Great stuff!

    1. Marge, do you use anything other than the ketchup and horseradish?

  3. Man oh man do those look good! I’ll like a meal with one of each LOL. Don’t do dairy or nuts much, but from time-to-time not a problem. I never eat tuna even though I like it very much, it’s one of the fish ranked highest in mercury content.

  4. The photo on #18 Sub roll-up looks like some kind of phyllo or egg roll or similar bread-like ingredient is on the outside. But in the link to the recipe, only lettuce is mentioned. Maybe there is a type of lettuce that looks and tastes just like phyllo?? 🙂 I guess Not. 🙁

    1. If you watch the video it shows that it is parchment paper on the outside. 🙂

  5. I used to bring celery and carrots for lunch items and just dip them in fresh nut butters, mmmmmm. I am thinking of going back to that practice soon since we will move our office to a place where we can actually take breaks/lunches on a regular schedule again, maybe in March they say……….

  6. I have tried all three of the Primal Kitchen protein bars. I think they are terrible. Three other people I work with sampled them and we all feel the same way. I think you need to revisit the recipe. They are extremely dry and crumbly.

    1. My 7-year-old loves them!! Particularly the peanut butter. But he doesn’t get a lot of sweets. My husband does not like them, but he only likes regular (coconut) sugar in his sweets. I bet if you go off sweets for a month and eat one, they’ll taste better 😉

  7. Mark, if you’re reading, will the Primal Kitchen products be available in UK supermarkets as a result of your new business deal?

    1. Guy, thanks for your note. We don’t have a time table yet, but we’re definitely working on distribution to the UK market. Stay tuned – we’ll make announcements around new availability. Best — M

      1. Excellent news. Thanks Mark and, by the way, thanks for all of the information you give away for free, it has changed my life.

  8. Hello
    I need help in finding recipes I can make that don’t have any eggs in them or nuts and seeds. My body can’t handle these foods.

    1. Olga search on “paleo aip recipes” to get the information you want.

  9. Great options! One of my faves is the dark chocolate with nut butter. I go up to 90 or 92%…love with cashew butter.

    When I am craving something sweeter, I’ll mix a scoop of Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel with about two tablespoons of nut butter in a small bowl and just eat it off the spoon. Sooooo good…tastes naughty but it’s not!

  10. Mhmmm I am addicted to guac, I often put them in a lettuce roll with a small slice of bacon and drizzle some sriracha on top. So good!

  11. Man oh man do those look good! I’ll like a meal with one of each LOL. Don’t do dairy or nuts much, but from time-to-time not a problem. I never eat tuna even though I like it very much, it’s one of the fish ranked highest in mercury content.