Having Keto Snacks to Help You Avoid Carbs is an important factor once you get started on the keto diet. Usually, during the first couple of weeks, you will want to avoid snacks altogether but once you are past the start-up phase, carefully adding a snack here and there can make life a lot easier.
As you know avoiding carbs is one of the key foundations of the keto diet. If you want to lose weight and reap the health benefits from being in ketosis, then watching your carb intake is a necessary part of the lifestyle.
You need to stay under 20 net carbs in order to find the highest level of success. When it comes to meals and planning foods for specific meal times, most people do okay with limiting carbs.
One area that tends to trip people up on the diet is when it comes time to grab a snack. It’s easy to forget the amount of carbs in the snack or not be as proactive as you need to be to look out for the sneaky diet busters.
Planning so that you know ahead of time which snacks to grab and keep on hand will help a lot. This way, when it’s time for a pick-me-up, you already know that what you’re eating isn’t going to blow your diet.
When you choose a diet snack, make sure that the number of carbs it contains, if any, fit into your daily allotment of total net carbs. If you over-snack, it is eay have too many carbs. Make sure your snack items are ready to go foods that you can grab and go if need be.
You can have keto friendly foods like nuts (in a limited amount), boiled eggs, or olives. Some Cheeses are a good idea, too. Choose ones like cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese or cream cheese. I tend to have cheddar so I must watch that I don’t over-carb by eating without weighing the amount. You can also have meats as snack foods but avoiding processed meats is part of the whole food keto meal plan so this item is limited
I like garlic butter on bread made from almond flour to create a snack that equals one carb. I make a mug bread that yields 4 slices and toast a slice, then add the garlic butter. I save a couple of slices to make an egg/bacon/cheese sandwich for breakfast the next day. Making a sandwich using lettuce leaves in place of bread and very low or carb free ingredients is also a good snack idea.
Some low carb/no carb ideas are to use broccoli, zucchini, spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower or bell peppers and some people like to dip them in a low carb Ranch dressing. Watch out for hidden sugars in premade dressings even if they are low carb or better yet, make your own so that you know exactly what is in it.
A rib of Celery has one carb, fill it with a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter for an extra treat that has only 3 carbs total. Cucumbers only contain three carbs. You’ll want to avoid carrots as a snack since these are higher in carbs and sugar. If you choose to have fruits such as berries, always choose the lowest carb one.
A ¼ cup of organic strawberries gives you less than two carbs, but the same size serving of blueberries gives you five carbs. Bananas are high in carbs, so you’ll want to keep those off your low carb snack list.
When you feel like you need to snack on something that gives you a crunch, you can opt for pork rinds if you eat pork, which are a zero carb snack. If you’re craving chocolate as a snack, look for chocolate that’s specifically made for the keto diet – usually dark chocolate. Having a few homemade chocolate fat bombs might be the answer. It works for me. I make a batch of about two dozen and put them in the freezer to have whenever I feel the need.
All natural peanut butter has less than two carbs per tablespoon, making it a quick and low carb snack. You can also look for keto snack bars. These are snack bars that are high in fat, but low in carbs. To find the bars I use and keep with me what I travel just click on this picture;
I also have a Facebook group.You are invited to join us where we can exchange ideas and answer questions about the keto and paleo foods and recipes. Just click HERE to join our family of Whole Food Low-Carb keto/paleo Enthusiasts on Facebook..
Today’s Parting Thought: The Keto diet is part of a ketogenic lifestyle and not just a quick fix to lose some weight, for it to work you need to set your macros and stick with them every day. Planning is the secret to success.
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