Nothing is more appealing to me than the prospect of devouring delicious keto snacks without the fear of gaining weight or sabotaging my weight loss goals.
In fact, being on the ketogenic diet comes with the advantage of eating fat to burn fat. How insane is that?
Gone are the days when you need to stock up on all those dry and bland rice cakes when you can indulge yourself in healthy and tasty keto snacks without breaking the bank or your back.
But, I just want to cover a few essential points about snacking, the ketogenic diet and weight loss so that you can make informed and smart decisions about food with ease.
What Is The Ketogenic Diet?
If you’re unfamiliar with the ketogenic diet, I highly suggest you read this article because I’ve laid out the essential components of going keto in an easy to understand manner.
In short, however, the ketogenic diet aims at using ketones for energy (which is converted in the liver from fat) rather than glucose. This diet compromises of high amounts of fat, moderate amounts of protein and low amounts of carbohydrates.
Why is this also a low carb diet? Well, carbohydrates usually break down into sugar very quickly providing the body with an easily available source of energy, glucose.
Carbohydrates like white rice and white flour products are out. It can be tricky at first but once you understand this fundamental principle, everything becomes clearer.
Bear in mind that the ketogenic diet isn’t just a low carb diet. It depends largely on the consumption of fat.
One could argue that foods high in fat are usually unhealthy which can be true but we’re not wasting our time and health on junk food. What you want to be consuming are beneficial amounts of healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, nuts and so on.
These natural occurring foods are usually devoid of traditional processed toxins and chemicals whilst being packed with a ton of essential vitamins and minerals.
When done correctly, the ketogenic diet assists the body in burning fat AND functioning at an optimum level.
At the end of the day, what you put in your body determines the condition of it.
Opt for healthy food choices at every turn and you’ll unlock true health and wellness. With that being said, the list of snacks in this post are keto friendly and healthy so I genuinely hope you like it. One thing to bear in mind is that at the very core of weight loss is calories. No matter what diet you’re on, if your basic caloric intake exceeds the number of calories you burn per day, you won’t lose weight.
You want to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight but the great thing about a ketogenic diet is that alot of the snacks can be pretty low on calories because they’re devoid of carbohydrates and sugar. If you keep it healthy and natural, chances are, you’ll never have to count a single calorie.
1. Nut Butters
From peanut butter to almond butter, they’re all at your disposal provided that you avoid the cheap processed versions that have been sweetened with sugar. When it comes to most nut butters, moderation is the key.
2. Veggie Sticks
When you break free from the clutches of sugar and processed snacks, you’ll start to enjoy the taste and crunch of vegetables pretty quickly. Carrots, beetroot and celery make for a mean veggie stick snack. Dip them with some chili guacamole and you’ll be thanking me. Mark my words!
3. Tuna And Celery Sticks
I love tuna and I love celery sticks, so why not combine the two? If you’re feeling adventurous, try out this keto mayonnaise recipe and toss your tuna and celery sticks in it.
4. Pumpkin And Sunflower Seeds
Packed with vitamins and crunch, seeds are an essential part of any snack session. They’re healthy, relatively low in calories and can taste pretty decent when you fry them up abit with some salt and chili powder.
No keto kitchen is complete without a ton of avocado. It’s one of the healthiest sources of fat, has a ton of essential vitamins and minerals, tastes absolutely delicious and can be used to make a ton of different snacks like keto ice creams, mousse and guacamole.
6. Dark Chocolate
When it comes to chocolate, you want to choose one that is high in cacao and devoid of sugar. You’ll have to eat in moderation and keep it to a minimum but you can certainly get away with a piece of dark chocolate and still stay in ketosis.
In general, pickle is awesome. I’ve eaten Indian food all my life and I can tell you with certainty that a spicy pickle goes with just about any meal and can be eaten on its own as a snack. If you’re feeling brave, ferment your vegetables before turning them into a spicy pickle, this will up the health factor and help introduce some healthy bacteria into your gut.
8. Pea Protein Powder Shake
I’m a huge fan of pea protein powder because they’re usually packed in amino acids like L-glutamine which are known to aid in the repair and rejuvenation of the body.
9. Kale Chips
I understand that not everyone is all for the earthy green taste of raw kale but believe me when I tell you that kale can taste absolutely amazing when you coat it in some coconut oil and bake in the oven. They’re crispy and taste awesome.
10. Cucumber Boats
This refreshing snack is perfect for those hot summer afternoons and it’s so easy to make. Slice a cucumber down the middle and add a layer of keto friendly toppings like tuna, sardines and so on.