Keto-Friendly Snack Ideas

Bowl of mixed olives.Keto tends to discourage snacking. Not as in, “If you’re keto, you’re not allowed to snack!” More like, “If you’re keto, you probably won’t feel the need to snack as much,” which is generally a good thing.

Still, hunger strikes. Even the most metabolically flexible individuals will want keto-friendly snacks now and then. A snack can get you through that endless wait at the DMV, the long flight made even longer by delays, or the kids’ football game that went into overtime. Some keto folks eat a midday “snack” because they find they don’t need three substantial meals every day. 

Either way, you need to be prepared. Typical “snack foods”—chips, pretzels, popcorn, granola bars—will derail your keto efforts. The best keto snacks contain protein and fat for satiety while keeping carbs to a minimum. And ideally, they are quick and easy.

Here are some of my favorite low-carb keto snack ideas.

Easy Keto Snacks (No Cooking Required)

When you’re in a hurry, convenience is key. These 15 snack ideas require little to no preparation, perfect for the keto dieter on the go.

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Plain, full-fat Greek yogurt with (optional) berries
  • Beef jerky or pemmican
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Olives
  • Guacamole served with pork rinds or cheese crisps
  • Sliced raw vegetables with Primal Kitchen Ranch Dip
  • Canned smoked oysters
  • Dark chocolate (the darker the better!) with coconut butter
  • Celery sticks with unsweetened nut butter
  • Cheese stick
  • Salami or summer sausage
  • Shrimp with low-carb cocktail sauce
  • Mini bell peppers with cream cheese
  • Leftover meat dipped in mayo

Mini bell peppers filled with cream cheese and chives on wooden cutting board.

12 Keto Snack Recipes

In a perfect world, you have time to plan ahead and prepare some keto snack options. That way, you’re never caught off guard by between-meal hunger. Keep a couple of these snacks on hand, or ready to whip up at a moment’s notice, to stay on track with your low-carb way of eating.

1. Sweet and Savory Keto Trail Mix

This recipe has both sweet and savory options, so you’ll be satisfied no matter what your mood. Or get wild and combine them for the best of both worlds!


Sweet and savory keto trail mix in small white bowls, Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil.

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2. Bacon Guacamole with Cheddar Chips

This recipe combines keto dieters’ favorite things: avocado, bacon, and cheese. These cheddar crisps are also great for snacking on their own or with other low-carb dips.

Colorful orange bowl with bacon guacamole and three cheddar crisps, fresh cilantro.

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3. Marinated Olives and Nuts

Savory and salty, these beauties will make you feel like you’re on a Mediterranean vacation.

Bowl of olives and walnuts marinating in olive oil, fresh rosemary, dried red pepper.

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4. Tamari and Kombu Soft-Boiled Eggs

Turn plain soft-boiled eggs into something much more interesting with this simple marinade. Hard-boiled eggs work, too.

Four marinated eggs on a white plate with a strip of kombu.

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5. Tuna Salad

Keep a batch of tuna salad in the fridge, and you can always make a speedy snack of tuna avocado boats (half an avocado stuffed with tuna salad) or Collard Green Tuna Wraps.

Avocado cut in half and filled with tuna salad, Primal Kitchen Mayo.

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6. Smoked Salmon Spread

Tuna salad’s fancier (but equally easy to make) cousin, this take on French rillettes is loaded with protein and healthy fats to make you say oh la la!

Smoked salmon spread served on a blue plate with nori chips.

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7. Air Fryer Pickles

A low-carb take on your favorite pub grub. This recipe takes just minutes to prepare, then pop them in your air fryer for a crispy, salty, altogether scrumptious snack.

Air fried pickles with Primal Kitchen Ketchup and Ranch Dip

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8. Egg Muffins

These egg cups are part omelet, part frittata. Fill them with your favorite meat and vegetables, then store them in the fridge to grab for an easy snack or meal.

Omelet muffins with green and red veggies cooling on a metal rack.

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9. Mini Crab Cakes

Pretty and posh, these crab cakes can be made with all the veggie and herb fixings or simplified to a few ingredients.

Close-up of crab cake with cocktail toothpick.

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10. Chicken Liver Paté

Even people who aren’t liver lovers can enjoy the mild, herby flavor of chicken liver paté. It’s definitely a “don’t knock it till you try it” snack.

Chicken liver pate in a silver ramekin served on a plate with sliced carrots and celery, Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinegar.

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11. Bone Broth Latte

When a hot beverage is what you crave, but it’s too late for caffeine, sip on a bone broth latte. They’re full of flavor and deliver hefty helping of collagen for hair, skin, nails, joints, and more.

Two glass mugs of bone broth lattes on top of a dish towel surrounded by various spices and lemon slices.

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12. Chocolate Bacon

Rounding out the list with this doozy that is admittedly as much treat as snack. This salty-sweet combo might sound strange, but you’ll understand the appeal once you take the first bite.

Close-up piece of chocolate-dipped bacon with several more slices in the background.

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Those are some of our favorite keto-friendly snacks. What are yours?

Check out the Mark’s Daily Apple recipes for more keto snack and meal ideas.

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