What are the Best Keto Snacks?
A List of Ketogenic Diet Friendly Treats
It can be hard to find low carb snacks when you're on the keto diet. While before you might have reached for a bag of chips or a pastry to keep hunger at bay until meal time, you realize that you can't do that anymore because the diet requires a massive reduction in carbohydrate intake. This means sugary foods and high-carb treats are out of the question now.
But the restrictions of the ketogenic diet don’t mean that you can’t eat anything throughout the day. And to prove that, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best keto-friendly snacks that you can get into without feeling guilty, or even worse, without kicking you out of the ketosis state that you worked so hard for.
Also, we have added an even bigger list of keto-friendly snacks and treats that you can start getting into so stay tuned for that towards the bottom of the article. Let's get started!
Our 10 Favorite Keto-Friendly Snacks
The diet replaces carbohydrates with a high fat intake but it doesn’t mean that you can just munch on whatever fatty food you want if there are no carbs.
Not all keto snacks are good to eat while on a low-carb lifestyle, and many on the market are advertised as keto-friendly but actually have a high protein content. Taking in too much protein can mess up the metabolic state that you’ve worked so hard to achieve. When the body is deprived of carbohydrates, it switches to other sources for energy, sending your body into the metabolic state of ketosis. The body burns fat in that state to stay fueled. But when there’s too much protein in your diet, then it will use the protein as an energy source, which will not lead to weight loss.
To keep going strong on the keto diet, you need not only low carbs, but little or no sugar, a high fat intake, and a moderate amount of protein intake (around 20 percent of your daily diet). So, are you ready for new healthy snack options? This list of low carb snack ideas can help you keep up your diet while eating in a delicious and healthy way.
So now, here are our favorite and healthiest snacks for those on the keto diet. Trust us, you can easily get into these snacks without losing your progress while still satisfying those insane cravings.
1. Keto Bars
If you’re looking for keto protein bars, then this aptly named company might be the place you want to start. Keto Bars make delicious snack bars that are high in fat, low in carbs (only two net grams) and gluten-free. If you miss the days of munching happily away on brownies, then the Keto Bars dark chocolate coconut bars should satisfy your craving.
They also have the popular chocolate and nut butter bars. In addition to these protein bars, Keto Bars also makes several shakes, with scrumptious flavors like vanilla cinnamon, dark chocolate, and coffee.
2. Keto Kookies (Nui)
Just because you’re sticking to ketosis-friendly snacks doesn’t mean you have to give up cookies as part of your diet. Keto Kookies are proof of that. Created by two entrepreneurs who successfully used the keto diet to lose weight, the Keto Kookies are very low in carbs, are gluten-free, and do no have any sugar added.
Keto Kookies (Nui) were also recently recommended by keto-specialist Dr. Dominic D'Agostino on the Joe Rogan show.
Types of cookies include double-chocolate, cinnamon snickerdoodle, and the classic chocolate chip. The Keto Kookies are perfect for eating at work, or even better, for dunking in a glass of milk. If you do dip it in milk, just remember to drink only a small amount of full-fat milk.
3. Wild Planet Sardines
If you prefer savory over sweet, then you’ll love Wild Planet Sardines for a keto snack on-the-go. Sardines are not only a perfect fit for a low-carb diet, but they are also packed with essential nutrients like Omega-3s, calcium, potassium, and iron.
These are loaded with nutrients that are essential for a balanced and healthy diet. Wild Planet Sardines offers a sizable selection with seven different types, so you can still have some variety with this treat. They have sardines in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), lemon and EVOO, marinara, water with no salt added, and more.
4. Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Who would've thought that anything with the word 'pizza' will ever get included on a list of low-carb and keto-friendly snacks? Well, it just happened.
In our opinion, if you haven’t tried the cauliflower crust pizza yet, then you’re missing out on a lot. It’s very easy to make, making it a great dinner option or as an afternoon treat. You can also have it for breakfast if you're into that. Savor its hot, delicious goodness at home or take it with you to work. All you have to do is put some cauliflower in a food processor and mix it with parmesan cheese, garlic, and egg whites to make the crust. Then load the pizza with the cheese and toppings onto the oven and bake. Throw in some meat while you're at it, like bacon. Simple and tasty!
5. Low Carb Chocolate Mousse
You may be thinking we’re playing tricks on you with this one but don’t worry, we’re not.
In fact, chocolate mousse doesn’t always have to be that sugar-filled treat that you have for desserts at restaurants. There are some smart keto recipes that alter the sugar, turning it into something that tastes somewhat the same but is way healthier and keto-friendly.
It might sound fancy for an everyday treat, but low carb chocolate mousse is simple to make and the steps are easy to follow. All you have to do is mix some heavy cream with cocoa powder. Add a dash of vanilla and stevia if you want to sweeten it. Whip to a mousse-like consistency and refrigerate. Share your keto snack or dessert with your friends, or just have it all to yourself.
6. Quest Bars
The bars from Quest Nutrition are also good low-carb treats. With about four net grams of carbs, their content aren't as low as Ketobars, but they still work towards your goal. They have a good selection of flavors, including mocha chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough, in addition to cereal protein bars with flavors like waffle and chocolate. If you have a small stomach, having just one of these will get you close to being full.
These are well-formulated keto-friendly snacks that you can munch on at any time while still making sure they have a positive impact on your health. They are also very easy to buy online.
If you don't have a nut allergy, then this is for you. One of our favorite things to snack on while on the diet are nuts. There are a couple of reasons why: nuts are high in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates, are convenient, and are tasty. They're also quite filling even if you've just had a few.
Nuts are known for having a high calorie count (high calorie per gram), and some of them are super high in carbs as well, so you will have to pick and choose which ones to munch on as a treat. The most keto-friendly ones are walnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts.
8. Atkins Shakes
The protein shakes from Atkins are another tasty option for a healthy snack. The formulated recipe within this snack is also loaded with vitamins and minerals. Atkins has shakes in many flavors, from café caramel and cookies and crème to French vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and strawberry.
The brand also sells low-carb protein bars that can go along with their drink, but we really weren't a big fan of the ingredients of their bars (and their taste).
9. String Cheese
Next, we have string cheese. Well, string cheese was an interesting choice for us. The two biggest reasons why we included it in our list of keto-friendly snacks is because one, it is delicious and will likely satisfy your cravings, and two, it's a convenient treat that is high in both fat and protein.
It still depends on the brand that you pick so before buying string cheese, you should definitely check the ingredients label for the ones without any carbs in it.
However, if you're lactose intolerant, steer clear away from this option unless you want to let go of some bombs afterward.
10. Grain-Free Finger Sandwiches
You can also make low-carb snacks at home in addition to the store-bought ones you currently have (or plan on getting). Choose a grain-free bread to make finger sandwiches, and then load it up with whatever cold cut meats, cheese, and veggies you desire. As long as you don't load it up with something naughty then you should have nothing to worry about when it comes to your diet. This is a great option for people who love to make their own meals.
For newbies, grain-free is anything without wheat, rice, corn, barley, and oats. But for this one, you only have to worry about not having wheat in your bread.
Snacking on a diet doesn’t have to be bland or boring. And it doesn’t mean you have to go out of your way to prepare healthy foods to munch on. These store-bought low carb treats are great when you’re on the go, and the easy-prep low-carb snacks can add variety and flavor to your diet. To make the easy-prep keto snacks convenient, it can help to prepare a big batch at the beginning of the week and store it all in small-sized containers so that you can grab and go.
Additional Snack List:
In addition to this list of our top ten best low carb snacks, there are plenty of foods and treats that are safe to eat while on the keto diet. As a good rule of thumb, you’ll want to get the full-fat variety for those foods that have dressings or dips. The no-fat items are usually loaded with carbs, which is not what you want on the diet. Also try to keep protein intake moderate, and take it easy on the dairy.
Here’s a list of other zero to low carb snacks that support the keto diet:
- Cold Cut Meats
- Beef Jerky
- Pork Rinds
- Pepperoni Slices
- Chicken Wings
- Roast Chicken
- Steak Tips
- Devilled Eggs
- Hardboiled Eggs
- Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
- Tuna Salad Wrap
- Berry Ice Cream (made with coconut or heavy cream)
- Sugar-Free Popsicles
- Chicken Salad Wrap
- Low Carb Tortilla Quesadillas
- Flax-Seed Chips and Guacamole
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Brazil Nuts
- Apple Slices with Almond Butter
- Veggie Sticks w/ Full-Fat Dressing
- Celery and Cream Cheese
- Cucumber with Cream Cheese
- Veggies and Hummus
- Kale Chips
- Seaweed Snacks
- Baked Cheddar and Keto Chips
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Macadamia Nuts
- Sugar-Free Jello
- Avocado Toast w/ Gluten & Grain Free Bread
Finding the right low-carb snack that you can eat while on the keto diet doesn’t mean that you have to become a master chef to be able to prepare and eat the food you enjoy. It also doesn’t mean that you have to just eat salad for the rest of your life until you reach your ideal weight loss goal. It just means that you have be more conscientious of the carb content in the snacks you choose.
As you can see on our list, there are more than a few ways that you can go about finding the right kind of treats for your cravings: you can buy some online or you can make your own. Some don't even need any preparation at all.
HERE'S OUR #1 FAVORITE SNACK!
With all the keto-friendly options out there for desserts, savory snacks, quick bites and meals, you can see that there are a lot of choices available for treats. Thanks to our list of healthy low-carb snacks, you can add variety to your grocery list and eat in a healthy and happy way.