Picture this: It's 2 p.m. and you're already fantasizing about dinner. The problem? You've devoured your entire lunch before noon. Trying to decide between half-heartedly filling up on junk food or waiting it out until dinner is a dilemma we all face, but there is a solution: munching on healthy, satisfying low-carb snacks that will hold you over in between meals. If you're on the lookout for alternative fuel (without the additives and refined sugars you'd expect from prepackaged goods), this roundup of 20 low-carb snacks will save the day.
Edamame Hummus Crudité Platter
What's better than a crudité platter for those times when you're having a major snack attack? This particular dip from Hello Glow proves our point. The edamame hummus spread and colorful, raw veggies are a great snack for movie nights or for packing in your lunch.
Prepared just like those mouthwatering eggs that come in your favorite bowl of ramen, this protein-rich recipe from I Am a Food Blog will be your new go-to snack. Trust us—it's a major upgrade to the traditional hard-boiled egg.
Roasted Parmesan Lemon Garlic Broccoli
Veggies have never looked or tasted better. This recipe from Carlsbad Cravings proves that when prepared well, broccoli can be seriously delicious. This roasted broccolini delivers tons of essential nutrients including fiber, manganese, choline, vitamin B1, and more. Oh, and did we mention it incorporates Parmesan cheese and lemon?
Tropical Papaya Boats
This is not your average açai bowl. Instead of a smoothie with granola, switch up your game with these tropical papaya boats from Minimalist Baker. Loaded with nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and fruit, this is a great recipe to make for breakfast or a midday snack.
If you prefer melon, you can also make this one into a cantaloupe bowl.
Crispy Eggplant Polenta Bites
Next time half of you is craving a big bucket of fries while the other half is craving veggies, try this recipe from The First Mess. The crispy polenta-coated eggplant slices are baked instead of fried, but they still boast the same snack-worthy texture of potato chips.
Grilled Watermelon Shishito Peppers Salad
Here's another watermelon recipe to enjoy if you're trying to cut back on carbs. Instead of filling up on cheese and crackers, try this grilled watermelon and shishito pepper recipe from Playful Cooking.
Peel and Eat Salt and Pepper Shrimp
This shrimp recipe is not only great for dinner, but it also makes for a perfect low-cal snack. Brought to us by Salt and Wind, these peel-and-eat salt shrimps are tasty enough to eat on their own.
Winter Glow Green Smoothie
This hemp and ginger green smoothie from The First Mess is the ideal snack for a winter afternoon pick-me-up. Pears and hemp hearts make up the base instead of your average banana and nut butter. Complete with leafy greens, ginger, MCT oil, lemon juice, cinnamon, and fresh mint leaves, it's super energizing and great for the immune system.
Oven-Roasted Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Though this Paleo recipe from Food Faith Fitness calls for only five ingredients, it's packed with deliciousness. These maple-baked brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes can be prepared as a dinner side dish or on their own as a snack.
Plain nuts can seem a little boring, especially if you snack on the same ones day after day. Luckily, Playful Cooking is here to shake things up with these exciting (and tasty) spiced nut mixes.
Crunchy Radicchio Cups
Not only are these diced avocado radicchio cups with honey-chive vinaigrette refreshing, but they're also simple, which makes them the perfect appetizer to whip up in a pinch. Save this eye-catching recipe from The First Mess for a healthy snack and entertaining.
Love avocado but want new ways to eat it? This recipe from The First Mess is sure to prevent avocado burnout. With roasted beets, basil, and dukkah, this avocado tartare is tasty, intriguing, and light enough to devour midday without risking a food coma.
No-Bake Energy Balls
Small but mighty, these no-bake energy balls from Food Faith Fitness are basically bite-size edible jetpacks that power you through feeling sluggish. They're packed with cashews and apricots, and are super quick and simple to make. This recipe is ideal for anyone who is extremely busy and craves something indulgent and healthy.
Hot Honey Pineapple Wedges
Though berries are revered as low-carb fruits while pineapples, bananas, and other delicious options are deemed less healthy, they're a much better snack than those with refined sugars and additives. If you don't have any blood sugar concerns, eating carb-heavy fruits in moderation can have some good health benefits. These yummy pineapple spears with paprika, jalapeño, honey, and feta cheese from How Sweet Eats are full of manganese and vitamin C.
Mushroom Ragout Agrodolce Bites
This mushroom-ragout agrodolce wedge recipe from Salt and Wind is like a vegetarian-friendly version of minced lettuce cups. Whether you make these light bites as an appetizer or lunch, they're sure to be a quick favorite.
Cilantro-Lime White Bean Dip
Though white beans contain carbs, they also contain essential nutrients that make them a diet staple—especially for anyone who needs more potassium, zinc, or iron. This cilantro-lime white bean dip from Spoon Fork Bacon is a delicious source of all of the above. This dip is sure to leave you feeling ready to power through the rest of your day.
Grown-Up Ants on a Log
These little red peppers with hummus and sun-dried tomatoes created by Food Faith Fitness are like ants on a log for grown-ups. In other words, they're a lot more fun to snack on than your average vegetable slices.
Inspired by sashimi, these vegan-friendly watermelon triangles from Minimalist Baker call for avocado, sesame, pickled ginger, red onion, and a zesty wasabi sesame oil glaze.
Roasted Acorn Squash and Cranberry Tabouli
For something hearty yet healthy, opt for this roasted acorn squash and cranberry tabouli recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon. It's so much better than that pre-packed salad you usually get at the supermarket (especially if you also choose to make it with that heavenly slice of grilled halloumi cheese on top).
Soft Pretzel Bites
We never met a soft pretzel we didn't like, and that's why we're obsessed with these low-carb soft pretzel bites from Kirbie's Cravings. Bonus: They're also keto-friendly.
Broccoli, Raw. USDA Agriculatural Research Service. Updated December 16, 2019.