A serving of sweet chili halloumi on a maroon plate with toppings.

These low-carb and high protein snacks will fit your macro goals and satisfy your taste buds!

If you’re anything like me, snacking is one of your favorite pastimes. But on a low-carb or keto diet, finding the right snacks to fit your macro goals can be quite the challenge. You not only have to worry about the carb count but also ensure you’re getting enough protein to keep you satiated and energized throughout the day. 

A serving of sweet chili halloumi on a maroon plate with toppings.

Not all of us crave hard-boiled eggs, protein bars, or beef jerky when snack time rolls around. I mean, just because something is simple and convenient doesn’t mean it has to be boring! 

That’s why I created my own high-protein, low-carb snack recipes that offer a boost of protein without sacrificing flavor. And as a bonus, these healthy recipes double as delicious appetizers to share at your next party or potluck. 

In this article, we’ll discuss why protein is such an important nutrient, how a high-protein diet can benefit you, and of course, share my top 10 tasty low carb, high protein snack recipes to keep you satisfied between meals. Get ready to snack smarter and healthier!

The Importance of Protein in a Low Carb Diet

Any low-carb diet should also be a high-protein diet. This is because protein contains essential nutrients that are necessary for your overall health and well-being. 

According to Healthline, when eating low-carb recipes, your body needs protein to maintain and build muscle mass, boost metabolism, and burn calories. It also plays a crucial role in keeping you feeling full and satisfied, making it less likely for you to overeat or munch on high-carb foods.

On top of that, protein is essential for maintaining organs and tissues, supporting the immune system, and building and repairing muscles. When our protein intake is lacking, our bodies will start to break down lean tissue to meet its protein needs, which can result in muscle loss and a slowed metabolism. Nobody wants that!

That’s why it is so important to get enough protein in your low-carb diet. I already have shared my 10 High Protein Meal Prep Recipes, but you can also squeeze in those extra grams of protein by snacking smart, too!

A bowl of high protein chicken salad with crackers on a gray marble surface.

Top 10 High Protein and Low Carb Snacks & Appetizers

Finally, it’s snack time! Here are my favorite low-carb, high-protein snack recipes that have it all: nutrition, convenience, and flavor.

Whether you’re craving a quick snack or looking to nourish and impress your guests with delicious appetizers, these 10 recipes have got you covered.

1. Cucumber Sushi Boats

A serving of cucumber sushi boats recipe on a wooden cutting board.

Crunchy, creamy, spicy, and delicious, these Cucumber Sushi Boats are a satisfying snack that’ll tame any sushi craving. Sushi-grade wild salmon (or ahi tuna) is mixed with a delicious spicy mayo sauce and then placed in hollow cucumber halves with your choice of sushi toppings. 

Ready in just 10 minutes, these high-protein and keto-friendly boats are perfect for lunch, appetizers, or a midday snack.

2. Crispy Butterflied Chicken Legs

Crispy butterflied chicken legs dipped in sauce.

You haven’t had chicken like this before! Featuring juicy chicken with ultra-crispy skin, these Crispy Butterflied Chicken Legs are a protein-packed snack that’ll leave you and your guests wanting more. 

The secret is in the butterflying technique and cooking them to perfection in the air fryer. Serve with a dreamy, creamy cilantro sauce for a flavor combination that’s out of this world.

3. Low Carb Taquitos (Animal Style

A serving of low carb taquitos in a gray plate with sauce and toppings.

These Low Carb Taquitos have all the classic “Animal Style” flavors you love from In N’ Out but in delicious taquito form!

With a crunchy, low-carb taquito and meaty ground beef filling, you’ll love snacking on these crispy taquitos and enjoy the extra protein, too. Plus, you can satisfy your fast food cravings with this healthy recipe!

4. Mutubal Recipe (Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip)

This classic Middle Eastern dip is a must-try for all eggplant lovers. This Mutubal Recipe has an irresistibly silky smooth texture and smoky, nutty flavor without the hassle of grilling the eggplants. 

Simply roast them in the oven to perfection and blend in a food processor with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Serve with your favorite vegetables or low-carb crackers for a high-protein and low-carb dip that was made to impress.

5. Spicy Garlic Shrimp

Spicy garlic shrimp on a patterned plate with sauce and toppings.

We couldn’t have a snack list without incorporating some seafood! This Spicy Garlic Shrimp is not only incredibly flavorful but also an excellent source of protein. 

Seasoned with bold flavors, these juicy shrimp are cooked to perfection and then topped with a mouth-watering Thai curry-inspired sauce. Ready in just 10-15 minutes, this dish doubles as a protein-rich snack and a delicious appetizer to share.

6. Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Cheese stuffed peppers on a black plate with toppings.

These Cheese Stuffed Peppers are such an easy snack to make and pack a punch of flavor and nutrition. Bell peppers make the perfect vessel for simple ingredients like cottage cheese, feta cheese, and Trader Joe’s chili lime and everything bagel seasoning. 

They’re super rich, creamy, and filling, making them an excellent choice for busy weekdays or last-minute entertaining.

7. Mast o Khiar (Persian Yogurt Dip)

Mast o khiar in an orange bowl with a spoon and toppings.

A beloved staple in Persian cuisine, this Mast o Khiar recipe is creamy, refreshing, and packed with flavor. Strained Persian cucumbers are mixed with Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and a touch of mint for a healthy snack that goes well with any kabob or protein. 

While this dip is traditionally served with bread, it’s also delicious with cucumber slices and low-carb crackers or as a dip for grilled veggies and meats.

8. Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms with Ricotta

Stuffed Mushrooms with ricotta on an orange plate with toppings.

Satisfy all your cravings with these Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms with Ricotta. These delicious mushroom caps are filled with a heavenly mixture of ground beef, marinara sauce, and creamy ricotta cheese for a high-protein and low-carb snack that’s bursting with Italian flavors. 

Perfect for parties or as a great snack any time of the day, these stuffed mushrooms are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

9. Sweet Chilli Halloumi Recipe

A serving of sweet chili halloumi on a maroon plate with toppings.

This Sweet Chilli Halloumi Recipe is a game-changer when it comes to tasty and easy-to-make snacks. Grilled halloumi cheese is smothered in a sweet and spicy chili sauce and topped with crushed pistachios for the perfect combination of flavors. 

It’s a delicious way to get in some extra protein and a great option for vegetarians. Serve as an appetizer, on salads, or enjoy it on its own!

10. Whipped Cottage Cheese

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If you weren’t a fan of cottage cheese before, you will be now with this Whipped Cottage Cheese recipe! This ultra-creamy and flavorful treat has a rich texture that will satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking your macros. 

It’s so decadent that it’s hard to believe it’s actually cottage cheese. With endless flavor combinations, this is a healthy and delicious base for any dessert. 


Can I still have snacks on a low carb diet?

You bet! Snacking can actually be beneficial on a low-carb diet as long as you choose snacks that are high in protein and low in carbs. These low carb high protein snack recipes help keep you fuller for longer and prevent blood sugar spikes.

What are some sources of protein in a low carb diet?

To sustain a healthy high protein, low-carb diet, there are some key ingredients that you should be including in your meals. Here are just a few I like to use when I cook:

  • Lean meats like chicken, turkey, and fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products such as cheese and Greek yogurt
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Vegetarian options like tofu and tempeh
  • Legumes such as beans and lentils

How do I make sure I’m getting enough protein on a low carb diet?

While I’m not a registered dietitian or nutritionist, I personally have found that the best way to make sure you’re getting enough protein on a low-carb diet is to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. 

This helps ensure that each meal contains a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and low-carb vegetables. Also, make sure to read nutrition labels and choose high-protein options whenever possible!

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  1. I would LOVE the recipe for Chicken that Doesn’t Suck and the sauce. Where can I find it?

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