The best low carb snacks to eat when you are craving

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What's the best snack on a low-carb diet? Often, it's no snack at all. But if you get hungry and your next meal is too far off, you'll want to have low-carb options on hand. In this video, we share the best and worst snacks to eat on a low-carb diet.

00:00 Introduction
00:42 Easy no-prep snacks
02:14 Vegetables, berries, and chocolate
04:49 The worst low-carb snack choices
06:35 Summary

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  1. Menno on December 8, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Cold cuts might be my favorite, but I found out lately there’s sometimes some sugar added to them. At least here in the Netherlands. Very good video, thanks a lot for summarizing and making it accessible!

    • Billy97 on January 13, 2022 at 7:28 am

      @Rachel M You have to check every one, At least at first. After you read a lot of labels you know what is bad and good.

    • Ron on February 27, 2022 at 8:27 pm

      Cold cuts is poison due to their preservatives etc., low carb is not healthy because it’s low carb. Meat is fine, but fresh and organic only for example, sausages is another processed meat product and thus a nightmare, but low carb…….. Count the hormones, the antibiotics, the preservatives and the sodium ! Bon Apatite……

    • CaptainDuckman on March 9, 2022 at 12:17 pm

      depends on what. Always have to be careful with anything you don’t cook yourself from raw ingredients. A lot contains bulk materials which tend to be starches and other carbohydrates.

    • Billy97 on March 9, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      @CaptainDuckman Right! Always read the label. I will buy some meats if the sugar is just a few grams in the amount I would eat per day. Any grain fillers are out for me.

    • CaptainDuckman on March 9, 2022 at 3:45 pm

      @Billy97 worse for me, being allergic to soy and coconut. One or the other is in pretty much anything these days, especially low-carb stuff…

  2. SimiAcheronsDemon on December 8, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Bulletproof coffee, a handful pork rinds or beef cracklings, beef jerky, hard boiled eggs, cold cuts, olives, 100% cocoa (cocoa butter) Lindt excellence chocolate
    The Lindt 100% cocoa is only a 50g bar and 100g have only 1.2g carbs (sugar which is not added but solely from the cocoa bean mixture). I asked the Lindt hotline and was told this. So a 50g bar has only 0.6 carbs but it is made with one of the best saturated plant fats lol cocoa butter instead of palm fat.

  3. JadeZ on December 8, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Lately I’m obsessed with cream chz & pesto mixed and smeared on green bell pepper chunks.
    Carrots dipped in spicy brown mustard.
    And smoke salmon, cream chz & chopped caper deviled eggs.

    • Enigmatistic on December 8, 2021 at 3:26 pm


    • claudia fahey on March 9, 2022 at 1:05 pm

      Pork rind nachos the only thing you have to replace are the tortilla chips and it’s awesome

    • Eva Mastrianni on March 22, 2022 at 5:49 pm

      I just took a pic of ur post thank u

  4. UnAdept on December 8, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    I started about a year ago on Keto and I am 150 pounds down. Honestly I’ve never felt better in my entire life❤️❤️❤️🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

    • vaneeta Lucky on October 10, 2022 at 7:48 am

      Wow. I tried keto and gave up…i was hungry and tired all the time.

    • Jack Schitt on November 26, 2022 at 3:42 am

      Whatever became of that Jimmy Moore guy who was 400 some lbs I think at one point. Has he maintained the weight loss?

    • Jack Schitt on November 26, 2022 at 3:43 am

      @Mr Porsche Your patients? What credential do you have?

    • Jack Schitt on November 26, 2022 at 3:46 am

      @Debz Eric Berg the chiropractor and Scientologist? In case you weren’t aware..

    • honourlulu on December 7, 2022 at 4:09 am


  5. Not Today on December 9, 2021 at 1:27 am

    1. Eggs
    2. Slice of cheese
    3. Cold cuts
    4. Avocados
    5. Olives
    6. Small portion of nuts
    7. Fresh veggies
    8. Berries
    9. Dark chocolate (small amount)
    10. Pork rinds or beef jerky (no sugar)

    • Xstr3ngthz on June 8, 2022 at 7:59 am

      @Determined Di can’t avoid everything…if your doing keto or low carb you need more sodium anyways sometimes, you just need to balance everything out

    • MJ on June 11, 2022 at 10:24 pm

      @Determined Di This video discusses ‘snacks’, not an entire meal of cold cuts, jerky, etc. You’ll be ok.

    • LV Richardson on June 21, 2022 at 5:23 am

      Sour cream dip is good with pork rinds.

    • 4d1231 on July 4, 2022 at 11:50 am

      @Sandy vdh Nice!

    • Pauline WQI on October 7, 2022 at 7:07 pm

      Tqtq for your list..👍💝🌻

  6. Random on December 9, 2021 at 3:03 am

    I found a brand of chocolate chips at a local store that are 100% dark chocolate. I have about 10g worth (turns out to be about 10 chips) with a cup of black tea on most afternoons. Ends up being a 1-2g of net carbs and really fills that craving I get to have something with my tea. Instead of chewing, I just suck on one at a time, letting it melt in my mouth.

    Once I stopped eating sugars and sweeteners, I found pure dark chocolate to be very enjoyable.

    • joanne kerr on December 9, 2021 at 3:18 am

      Do you find the chocolate in the afternoon affects your sleep at all?

    • Random on December 9, 2021 at 3:31 am

      @joanne kerr Its usually some time between 2-3pm (right after I eat lunch) and I’ve never noticed a sleep difference between days where I don’t have it and days when I do.

    • Patricia Ribaric on January 13, 2022 at 1:41 pm

      Dark chocolate in the evening keeps me awake all night.

    • claudia fahey on March 9, 2022 at 1:07 pm

      Wow! The highest ive gone is 90% before it becomes too bitter for me😁

    • Sarah Strong on March 12, 2022 at 5:07 am

      @claudia fahey It takes time but I have managed to work my way up to 92% now.

  7. StormyRussian on December 18, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Another good thing about dark chocolate is that its bitter taste helps to control appetite. It should be really bitter (more than 85%) though. Also raw cocоa beans are easy to carry around, and they are the best in blocking cravings. Plus, dark chocolate is a fantastic source of bioavailable iron, copper, manganese and magnesium, and a brain tonic as well!

    • claudia fahey on March 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      YES! Even before I went on keto I always preferred dark chocolate to milk Belgian chocolate is the best 85% is great for me

    • Diane Young on March 22, 2022 at 1:56 am

      Yes but why would you want to eat it!? I’d rather eat an egg.

  8. Laurie Borgers on January 10, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Thanks, I liked the visual comparisons and carb counts showing that there are a range of choices. Also, I appreciate not having full screen pics of the carb laden foods to avoid. My brain seizes those images and they’ll pop back up at moments of weakness. Works much better to have thoughts of crisp fresh celery and cucumbers filling my head.

    • Knitwit on March 10, 2022 at 6:24 pm

      Yuck! Celery and lettuce fantasies don’t work for me.
      I just tell myself NO when I think of something I can’t have. I have been craving Popeyes chicken lately, but I know that’s out. Too much breading. So I eat my salad and tell myself I will look better and feel better if I don’t have it.
      Mind over fatter.

    • Sarah Strong on March 12, 2022 at 5:08 am

      @Knitwit All the best. Stay strong.

  9. Rachel M on January 10, 2022 at 5:48 am

    I’ve totally got this! So, I say: “Anything processed isn’t FOOD! It’s a PRODUCT!” How crazy, that we let manufacturers take food, turn it into a product……and sell it to us!! 😏

    • H H on June 22, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      That’s how everything is.

    • vaneeta Lucky on October 10, 2022 at 7:49 am

      Quite an analysis 👏👏👏

  10. michel Poulain on January 13, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Those snacks ideas are great. You cam also combine them together. For instance: cheddar and pecan nut, salami and hazelnut, salami and cheese

  11. Andria Jones on January 18, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Like Dr Eric Berg you are very easy to listen to. Relaxed in your speaking and clear with your message. I am on low carb right now and ready to fry up some Tofu with mushrooms , adding just a little Soya Sauce.

  12. ANGIE Stojanovski on January 24, 2022 at 10:43 am

    One of the best videos I have seen .Absolutely love your visual examples. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Therese Sorley on February 17, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    This is great for a beginner like myself. Thank you. As I’m getting older, I want to begin healthier eating habits before it’s too late. And if I might say, your voice is very nice to listen to. 🙂

  14. guitarsandbanjos on February 22, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    The best thing that has ever happened to me, is Diet Doctor! I am a DD member.
    Also, I really appreciate the information here on the fractions of carbs. For those of us counting net carbs, the percentages below one whole gram really matter, because they add up. I have not found this information anywhere, except for on DD. 🙂

  15. MacyLouWho on March 8, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve been doing what I call dirty keto (not following stricter rules) for about three weeks. I’m down a size in clothing already. I’m watching keto recipes online and making them, making keto snacks etc, but not counting anything as far as daily carb count goes. Just making healthier food choices and eating low carb options of everything. Beware of “keto” marketing ploys on store bought things. They only count some “net” carbs on the front packaging so you have to look on the back and read the actual “total” carb count because that’s what you’re really getting per serving. It’s basically a scam, most are as full of carbs as anything else! You basically have to read the back of everything at the store and find the lowest total carb option on each product that you purchase. I make my own jerky in a special dehydrator that gets it up to a safe temperature. It’s not hard to do and you get a bunch for the money. Also I sometimes make it out of pork instead, you can barely tell a difference once it’s in dried jerky form and it’s a fraction of the cost of beef right now. (Thanks Covid and the greedy corporations who love to kick us while we are down). I’m not getting much exercise right now due to winter and living in a small town that has no gym. So keto is working on its own power with little help from me. I’m never starving, eating meat and fats keep you full for far longer than carbs that burn off fast leaving you hungry and wanting more in no time. I’ve always been an over eater, but yesterday I made it on just one meal because I honestly wasn’t hungry until supper time. That would have been utterly unheard of for me previously before stating keto. I ate every meal and was always hungry. I’ve come to realize that sugar and carbs are like a self fulfilling prophecy that keeps perpetuating itself forever as long as you consume them. You always want more and more and more forever until one day you wake up fat, unhealthy, tired, and miserable from eating yourself into an early grave. Keto is the first diet that made me feel like I wasn’t being deprived after I got used to saying “no” to myself on sweets and switching to artificial sweetener. I finally found one that I could stand. We often eat a whipped cream (small) berry and cream layered parfait cup with our dinner to sooth those sweet cravings. It is completely sweetened with Splenda from the fruit to the whipped cream and everyone in the family loves eating these. It’s not a large dish at all, so we get away with it and still lose weight. Everyone has been loving these new recipes and everyone gets full on this diet and stays that way for quite awhile. YouTube is full of good keto channels that do recipes and they ARE working for me. I’ve never been this happy on a diet before or had such easy success that required so little effort to achieve. It’s now a full time lifestyle change for us, we’re doing this forever. Only shop the outside edge of the supermarket and stay out of the middle as much as you can. Buy meat, dairy, veggies etc. Mostly simple whole one ingredient foods -back to basics before everything was a prepackaged nightmare of unhealthy multiple ingredients that make you gain a ton of weight over time.

  16. claudia fahey on March 9, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    I was not surprised when you said dark chocolate I frequently will have 1 square of Lindt which is my favorite brand. The darker the better so I routinely will eat 85% cocoa it’s not palatable for everybody but it is for me and it’s a perfect snack that takes the edge off my craving for something sweet and because it is not sweet you won’t overeat it lol

  17. Kenton dragon on March 13, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Since I’m an Google expert by now, the best snack is lemon water…just drink loads of it and it will fill you up and take cravings away with almost 0 calorie/carbs. 😌💪

  18. MusicLuvr Laurie on April 13, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    That list pretty much summarizes my whole diet these days. I don’t eat cold cuts, but I adore bacon and other fatty meats. Lost 100 lbs. in just under 9.5 months.

  19. Leon Eugene on July 3, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Thank you Dr Eenfeldt for the vital information. You break it down in the simple format. Blessings!

  20. Candy Clews on July 14, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Love 95% Lindt dark chocolate. It’s one of my sources of iron too although I have it at the end of a meal. I eat 3 meals a day with no snacks (8am, 1pm and 6pm). If I get hungry (rarely) I’ll just tell myself to push on through – usually only an hour or two to go before the next meal.

    • DK on August 11, 2022 at 1:42 am

      Skip that 8am meal once in a while. It will make a big difference in your health.

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