When you cut carb, you have to be careful with snacks. Many of the mass-marketed low-carb and keto snacks are packed with questionable ingredients and calories. For less money and safer ingredients, you can enjoy these dippable and shareable low carb, high-fat snacks.
Keto Dipping Snacks – At-A-Glance
- Serve store-bought guacamole with homemade Parmesan cheese crisps for a low-carb alternative to high-carb chips.
- Shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce avoids sneaky carbs like sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
- Serve assorted non-starchy vegetables with an easy-to-make homemade veggie dip that is high in fat, low in carbs, and big on flavor!
Keto Dipping Snacks [Video]
In this video, you’ll learn…
- Four delicious recipes for keto dipping snacks!
- The nutritional value of each keto snack.
- Ingredients to beware of in store-bought options.
Keto Dipping Snack Options
If your goal is to lose weight, you want to fill up at mealtime and avoid snacking as much as possible. But, we all have moments when we aren’t able to do that, or we must attend an event and need something low carb or keto to share.
Guacamole and Cheese Crisps
Guacamole is a great dip to choose because its base is avocados. Avocados are packed with healthy fat, fiber, and micronutrients. The challenge is that we tend to serve guacamole with high-carb chips.
The good news is that there are low-carb ways to enjoy guacamole. If you’re looking for a low carb alternative to chips, you can try Parmesan crisps. You can buy these cheese snacks at the store, but to save money and steer clear of unwanted ingredients, you can easily make them in the oven. It takes nothing more than a scoop of Parmesan cheese and some heat.
Guacamole is easy to make at home. But, it is one low-carb-friendly snack food that you can buy off the shelf. You still need to read the ingredient list to avoid things like added sugar, but if you go to the produce section of your grocery store, you should be able to find a brand with acceptable ingredients, such as Wholly Guacamole.
If you have leftover guacamole, you can use it as a salad dressing or try it with shrimp, which might not sound appetizing, but is surprisingly good tasting.
Shrimp & Low-Carb Cocktail Sauce
Shrimp is typically paired with cocktail sauce. It is a great food to include in your low carb or keto diet because of the nutrients it provides. For example, it is rich in iodine, one of the principal nutrients needed to make your metabolically important thyroid hormones.
However, the cocktail sauce that it comes with from the store is likely loaded with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Fortunately, it is simple to make at home (and it tastes better).
You can make cocktail sauce using just 5 ingredients. The base is three tablespoons of no-sugar-added ketchup, with prepared horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and tabasco. The recipe below has less than 5 grams of carbohydrates and less than 30 calories.
Veggies & Dip
Veggies with dip is an easy snack for one or many. If you are going to someone’s house for dinner, it is a simple thing to take along and share. You can add any non-starchy vegetables like celery, bell peppers, or broccoli and cauliflower florets.
You may be able to find an acceptable veggie dip at the store, but you’ll need to read the label. Many will be made to be low in fat and contain sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
If you’ve never tried making a homemade veggie dip, you’d be surprised how easy it is to do, and you likely have the ingredients in your house already. You can use full-fat mayonnaise (preferably made with avocado oil) as your base.
You can then stir in flavorful ingredients like sour cream and dill or go with something spicy, like the simple dip recipe below.
The thing I want you to take away from this post is that eating low carb is enjoyable. You still need to omit the same tempting junk food that you would omit from any diet, but you don’t have to give up on flavor when you follow a low-carb and high-fat way of eating.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!
About the Author
Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.