Are you hungry on your keto diet, but it’s not meal-time? Then keto snacks can be the answer. Snacks can buy you some time, allowing you to delay meals to fit your busy schedule.
Snacking, however, should not happen every day. In fact, ideally we wouldn’t snack at all. But reality sometimes intervenes and snacks can be helpful in some situation. One of the best parts of eating keto is that hunger may be kept at bay for hours after meals. If you regularly need to snack, try adding more fat and protein to your meals (here’s how).
Easy whole foods
The numbers below the snacks are the percent of digestible carbohydrates, i.e net carbs. So for example, a hundred grams of avocado (3½ ounces) contains 2 grams of net carbs.
A slice of cheese, a few olives, some fatty cold cuts, or a few slices of bacon fit the bill for keto snacking. If you snack on nuts, choose the lowest-carb choices like macadamia nuts, pecans or Brazil nuts (be careful of cashews.) A hard-boiled egg is a great keto snack — try it with mayo, cream cheese, a keto dip, or butter.
Keto snack recipes
Cook up some keto snacks at home to have tasty choices easily on hand. Below are some popular options. The green circle shows net carbs per serving.
Vegetable sticks: Snack freely on the lowest carb vegetables. Carrots are a bit higher in carbs though, and can add up quickly towards the daily limit.
Dip: What goes great with veggies? Cream cheese, sour cream or any yummy, high fat dipping sauce. Here are popular options:
Milk coffees: Cafe lattes and cappuccinos have lots of carbs in their milk sugars. A 16 oz (470 ml) latte has 18 grams of carbs. The same size skim milk latte has 19 grams. Drink coffee black or with a little milk or cream. Or, if you want more energy from fat, try these other hot keto drinks
Juice, regular sports drinks and vitamin waters: Full of sugar. Do not drink.
Fruit: Nature’s candy. While berries are fine from time-to-time, you might want to avoid other higher carb fruits. A small banana has 20 grams of carbs. See our keto fruit guide
Cashews: The high carb nut. Choose lower carb options, see our keto nuts guide
Sometimes you just want a little something to delay lunch or dinner. Consider a quick combination:
- Slice of cheese with celery, cucumber, radish or wrapped in lettuce
- Celery filled with cream cheese, natural peanut butter, brie or other soft cheese
- Slice of cheese smeared with butter
- Cucumber or lettuce spread with mayo
- Parmesan crisps smeared with butter
- Slice of salami and cheese, rolled together
- Slice of bacon smeared with peanut butter
- Spoonful of butter, ghee or coconut oil melted into coffee or tea
- Cup of Bulletproof coffee or Keto hot chocolate
Want some keto hors d’oeuvres? Trying to find something crunchy and tasty to serve friends coming over? Our many recipes for keto snacks will give you lots of yummy choices. Even friends who are not keto will want the recipe.
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