When you choose to snack on the ketogenic diet, you should snack wisely by munching on low carb keto snacks. The greatest thing about keto diet is that cravings are significantly reduced. You’ll be hungry less and experience lower blood sugar spikes on keto than you would be if you were eating higher amounts of carbs.
Snacking on any diet is perfectly all right as long as you don’t sabotage all your hard work and progress. Munching on deliciously low carb keto snacks will refuel your body, and satisfy your taste buds, while you wait for your next main meal.
Plan your snacks in advance just as you routinely preplan breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you’re on the go most of the time and would like to save time on preparing snacks, you can buy yummy grab and go low carb keto snacks from Amazon.
The snacks on this list require almost zero preparation time. This will save you time which you can use to prepare your sumptuous mains.
15 DELICIOUSLY LOW CARB KETO SNACKS TO TRY
1. Pork Rinds
Pork rinds are a yummy keto snack loved by almost everyone following a low carb diet. The delicious taste aside, this snack is mostly popular because it has zero carbs and if you are on the keto diet, this snack is the beautiful definition of perfection!
Pork rinds, also known as pork crackling have a high fat and protein content, and believe it or not, they are way healthier than regular chips.
These are the best go-to- low carb keto snacks because you can buy already made pork rinds from Amazon, your local store, or if you have time, you can get your hands dirty and make them yourself.
If you prefer something already made, tried and tested by others on Keto diet and proven to be absolutely delicious, then you’ll love the Utz Pork Rinds, Original Flavor, also available on Amazon.
2. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a “nutrient-dense meat snack that has been cooked and dehydrated so that it becomes shelf-stable. By removing the moisture from the meat, beef jerky can survive long periods of time without spoiling. Because of this, jerky is an excellent on-the-go snack.”
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Beef jerky is one of the very few low to zero carbs keto snacks, depending on the brand that you buy. People’s Choice jerky, for instance, is a keto-friendly snack that has zero carbs, and no added sugar.
If you’re after a high fat, low carb keto snack, to fit your macros or to meet your magnesium requirements, almonds are perfect. Almonds are loaded with amazing antioxidants and nutrients and are also known to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
So should you have raw or roasted almonds?
Raw almonds pack more fibre than the roasted variety, but if you want a little bit of better taste and texture, then you can go for roasted almonds because the nutritional value between the two isn’t that much.
4. Dark Chocolate
Who says you can’t be on the keto diet and still indulge in rich, tasty foods? If you ever feel like spoiling yourself, you should grab some good dark chocolate.
There’s no harm in pampering yourself with dark chocolate, as long as you reach for the one containing over 70- 85% cocoa, like this Lindt Excellence Bar, 90% Cocoa Supreme dark chocolate. A higher cocoa content means the chocolate will be made up of more fat, and less sugar.
Consuming dark chocolate has health benefits that your body will thank you for. A study shows that dark chocolate contains properties which help relax blood vessels and improve circulation.
Cocoa flavanols have also shown to reduce the risk of diabetes in the long run.
5. Sugar-Free Gelatin Dessert (Aka Jello)
It’s sort of a catch 22 with ‘jello’. Jello has almost zero calories, which is super great but on the hand, jello has zero nutrients, which is not cool. This shouldn’t stop you from eating jello when craving something sweet or a super low carb keto snack.
You just have to be extra careful and check the type of sweetener used in your jello. Some contain maltodextrin which may spike insulin and affect your body’s fat burning process.
The brand name Jell-O contains maltodextrin. Other brands, however, low GI artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which will not raise the levels of your blood sugar.
A FEW MORE SUPER LOW CARB KETO SNACKS YOU’LL LOVE
6. Nut Butters
If you’ve often wondered if peanut butter is on the list of low carb keto snacks that you can have, then here’s your quick and short answer.
Peanut butter is okay to eat on keto as long as it doesn’t contain added sugar. That means that regular kinds of peanut butter are not ideal.
Almond, macadamia or pecan butters are a better alternative to peanut butter. Legendary Foods’ low carb, no sugar added, pecan pie flavoured almond nut butter is a huge hit among the keto community as a treat.
7. Kale Chips
You can buy already made or prepare your very own kale chips.
Either way, you will fall in love with kale chips because of all the types of chips on the shelf, kale chips don’t contain cholesterol nor Trans or saturated fats.
8. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are high in fat and protein, pretty low in carbs and super filling.
Avocadoes are one of the healthiest keto foods out there. They contain good fats, magnesium, potassium and very little carbs. As a snack, you can enjoy an avocado by sprinkling salt and pepper on it.
10. Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted pumpkin seeds are insanely one of the few perfectly low carb keto snacks. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are very filling and jam-packed with rich minerals and vitamins. Watch your portions though, because these seeds can be quite high in calories.
Lastly, with every low carb keto snack, or any other healthy food that is store or Amazon bought, always be vigilant and read the nutritional labels. Not every snack claiming to be keto friendly is actually keto friendly.
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