Oh, munchies. How I love thee.
One of the biggest questions that people tend to ask on a keto/low-carb diet is, “what type of snacks can I eat?”. Many of us were used to snacking on those delicious (but fattening) chips, crackers, and cookies before transitioning into a low-carb diet. It can be a bit intimidating to go cold-turkey and drop these items out of your diet just like that.
But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Snacking on a keto diet is easy once you know what to look for. There are probably hundreds of keto-friendly snacks to choose from, but here are my 10 most recommended snacks to stock up on when you find yourself knee-deep in a low-carb diet:
Many (but not all) nuts are naturally low in carbohydrates, and often full of fiber as well. Look for almonds, brazil nuts, hazel nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and walnuts. Click here for a complete list of nuts and their respective carb counts.
Cheese is your friend. Luckily for us, nearly all full-fat cheeses are carb-free or very low in carbs. Mozzarella, Cheddar, Brie, Goat, Blue, Gouda, Swiss, Monterey Jack… the list goes on and on. Slice it up! Sprinkle it on! Melt it! The choice is yours, and the possibilities are endless.
What am I, your mom? Sitting here, telling you to eat your vegetables and everything. Jeez. But for real, EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! Stick with leafy and/or green veggies. Celery, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Cucumbers, Brussels Sprouts, Zucchini, Spaghetti Squash, Bell Peppers, and so forth. Ranch and Blue Cheese dressings both pack in a good amount of fat with a low amount of carbs, so make these your go-to dips.
Yep, these babies get their own dedicated mention. Learn to love avocados. First and foremost, they travel well – so they’re great to bring to work, school, or just to snack on at home. Second, they’re versatile. Eat them raw, paired with veggies or eggs, mashed up in guacamole, or however you want. Your standard avocado has about 20g fat and only 2-3 grams of carbohydrates. Avocados are also a great source of Potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber. They just might be the perfect keto snack.
Pork Rinds are perfect for anyone looking for that must-have salty, crunchy, snack. What are pork rinds, you ask? Fried pig skin, of course. But don’t you dare knock them until you try them. If you look hard enough, you’ll find a handful of varieties and flavors as well. And best of all, they’re naturally carb-free. Stock up!
All-Natural Peanut and Almond Butters
Most all-natural or organic nut butters contain three main ingredients: nuts, oil, and salt. The Almond Butter pictured above contains only 4g of net carbs per serving with a healthy amount of fat. Perfect for celery dipping, eating raw, or even for marking low-carb bread.
Salty. Dehydrated. Meat. What’s not to like? As long as you avoid the brands that add too much sugar, jerky can be a perfect keto snack for any carnivore.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Ahhh…eggs! Incredible and edible. Fun fact: One hard boiled egg contains about 75 calories, 5g of fat, and less than 1g of carbs. Eggs are keto miracles. I recommend hard boiling six eggs at a time and snacking on them throughout the week. Dip them in ranch dressing, mayonnaise, or mustard for added flavor.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for…bacon. Typically thought of as a breakfast food, I’m here to tell you that you can eat your bacon whenever and wherever you damn well please. Bacon travels perfectly well in tupperware, so feel free to cook it up in advance and bring it to work or school with you. If you have access to a microwave, zap the bacon for about 15-20 seconds and you’re good to go.
As you probably know by now, most common fruits are not ideal for keto or low-carb diets. As delicious as they are, fruits are often full of sugars which increase the carb counts. However, there are a few select berries that will work for us. Among the available options are raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and cranberries. Just be sure to eat them in small amounts, or you may find yourself going over your carb limits for the day.
Now that you’ve mastered keto-snacking, it’s time to take on real low-carb meals. Click here to check out my recipes.