IT’S NOT A DIET. IT’S A LIFESTYLE.
I visited my cardiologist when I shifted from eating whatever I wanted to eat to low-carb, high-fat lifestyle. He reviewed my test results and said, “Whatever you do, keep doing what you are doing. Remember this should be a lifestyle – not a diet.” Well darn it, we failed the last six months!
Anyway, even though we integrated more sugar and carbs back into our daily meals six months after we started this shift, we did maintain three changes: 1) serving size – we always use the small plates for our meals; 2) low-glycemic fruits and vegetables are the foods that we do tend to eat if we don’t stay under 20 to 50 carbs a day; and 3) eat snacks throughout the day [i.e. six small meals vs. three large meals]
Here are the KETO snacks that I love to keep in our carb-free cupboards (we have a carb closet to hide the kids snacks!) Just click on the snack name to either find a recipe OR to learn more about this snack.
- Avocado Crisps – Delish shares a video and the recipe for these seriously delicious snacks. They do take about 40 minutes to bake, so be prepared to wait!
- Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks – A delicious mixture of chicken and buffalo flavoring combined with a crunchy veggie. Quick and easy to make!
- Mini Pepper Nachos – I have to admit, I haven’t tried these yet – but I plan on it. These have all my favorite flavors wrapped into one snack. If you try it, let me know what you think!
- No Bake Almond Butter Bars – This is similar to the nachos. I’d like to try these as soon as possible. I think it will help with curving the sweet tooth I have 😉
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos – My family LOVES these as a snack. We sometimes make them for an appetizer or just simply to have as a snack mid-day! These are easy and quick to bake. Beware: be sure to wash your hands (or wear plastic gloves) before touching your eyes. The oils from the jalepenos will burn your eyes.
- Pickles – Ready to go snack – and perfect for sugar cravings…..atleast for me, it curbs my sweet tooth and cuts it right out. Sometimes, I combine the pickles with pickles cauliflower and peanut butter for a dessert.
- String Cheese – Another ready to go snack. I usually pack these for my commute to work. Perfect for breakfast and/or lunch!
- Nuts – Almonds, peanuts, and walnuts are some of my go to snacks, especially when I’m on the road.
- Macadamia Nuts – High fat, low protein snack. This is my favorite snack, but it’s also very easy to overeat — so beware!
- Pepperoni or Salami slices – These are processed meats, so keep that in mind when eating them. But, they are a delicious and handy snack to have available – especially during the first two to three weeks of your transition to Keto.
- Olives – Good source of fat and protein and low in carbs, too! Sometimes, I put these on a plate with nuts, salami, some pickled vegetables, and a tablespoon of almond butter. This is a great snack to have at your fingertips when writing papers for work.
- Hard Boiled Eggs – Everyone in our household loves hard boiled eggs. I only eat the yolks, but the rest of my family eats the whole egg and finds them to be very satisfying – as do I.
- Cherry tomatoes & fresh Mozzarella Cheese slices – I eat this as a snack and/or a lunch. It is very filling and satisfying. The tomatoes are also great for your heart health and reduces your chances of cancer due to the antioxidant lycopene.
- Keto Lava Cake – My all time FAVORITE dessert. It is absolutely delicious. It’s a must try for those of you who crave chocolate.
- Keto Chocolate Pudding – This pudding helps curb your desire for ice cream, in my opinion. It is also a filling end of the day treat.
- Green bean fries – I love green beans. I don’t eat them very often, but the next time I do, I plan on trying them like this. They are baked and crispy according to this recipe. Sounds delicious. I think I will also try to roll them in crushed pork rinds to give them an extra crunchy coating.
- Bulletproof Coffee – Although a drink, it’s full of protein and fat due to the heavy cream, egg yolk, and coconut oil. If you want to add flavor, you can also include vanilla extract and/or cinnamon.
- Veggie Sticks – Perfect for a grab and go treat.
- Beef sticks – I can’t keep these around the house because everyone eats them before the end of the week. I do find them to be higher in sodium and highly processed, but they are an easy snack.
- Cottage Cheese – Perfect with tomatoes and salt. Filling. (If you are having trouble losing after cutting out the carbs, try cutting out dairy, next. I’m thinking of trying this in the near future as I get more bloated when I eat dairy products….even though they are very satisfying.)
- Quark – Brownie batter. Coconut. Best flavors IMO! Quark is difficult to find, but I have bought it at Target and Meijer.
- Chicken wings – We usually purchase Buffalo wings on Tuesday nights because it’s 50% off wing night. We end up having leftovers, which make a terrific snack the next day!
- Low-Carb, High Fat and Protein Smoothies – Smoothies are a lifesaver for me, especially when I have a sweet craving. I keep protein powder on hand (usually chocolate flavor) and avocados, berries, and nut milks. I also usually add coffee and heavy cream to mine OR I whip the heavy cream into a “whipped cream” and add it to the top.