Tasty Keto-Friendly Snacks
If you’ve been trying to reduce carbohydrates in your diet and are transitioning to the keto diet, it can be difficult to find snacks that are low-carb or carb-free.
While adopting a ketogenic way of eating will require some creativity on your part, you have lots of options when you want to prepare healthy and delicious snacks your family will enjoy.
Here are a few ideas.
These egg-based snacks are packed with protein and you can personalize them based on your family’s tastes.
After beating some eggs with the milk (or nondairy milk), a little sea salt, and pepper, you can add fresh vegetables like chopped onions, chopped bell peppers, mushrooms, or minced broccoli to the eggs.
Pour the scrambled egg mixture into a muffin pan so each family member will get their own personal snack. You can also top the frittatas with cheese or parsley for added flavor.
There are several keto protein bars on the market, but if you want to control the amount of sugar or dairy in this snack, you can make a batch of bars yourself.
Mix blanched hazelnuts in a food processor until the nuts have a fine consistency. Add almond flour, cocoa powder and/or peanut butter powder, protein powder, sea salt, and a low-calorie sweetener. Pulse the ingredients a few times to combine them. Add almond butter and melted cocoa butter until the ingredients form a dough. Place the dough in a parchment-lined pan and place the pan in the oven until the dough is firm. Once the dough is firm, you can cut it into squares for tasty bars you and your family can enjoy on the go. You can add more flavor to the bars by drizzling sugar-free caramel and chopped nuts on top of the dough before cutting it.
Caprese Salad Skewers
If you love Caprese salad you can make a delicious snack from the salad’s ingredients.
Place tomato slices, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil on a skewer from a quick and healthy keto-friendly snack.
Marinate the tomatoes in fresh olive oil, cracked pepper, and sea salt to enhance the flavor. Or, place the skewers on the girl and dip in balsamic dressing for a sweet, smoky snack.
Veggie Sticks and Nut Butter
This crunchy, tasty snack is a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables.
Cut carrots and celery into sticks and use your favorite nut butter for dipping. You can combine honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and mini chocolate chips into the nut butter to make the snack more interesting. If you prefer savory flavors, you an add Worcestershire or soy sauce, black pepper, and sea salt to your dip.
The vegetables are a wonderful source of fiber and antioxidants and nut butter is filled with protein and healthy fat.
Collard Green Sandwich Wraps
This wrap is a healthy take on your favorite sandwich.
You can use a giant collard green leaf in place of bread and fill the leaf with chopped onions, tomatoes, avocados, shredded chicken or sliced turkey. Top your sandwich filling with the low-fat, low-sugar dressing of your choice.
If you’ve been craving a deli sandwich but you’re trying to stay away from bread, this is a great alternative.
Bone broth is a filling snack during the colder months of the year. The broth is filled with protein and essential nutrients to help you feel full in between meals.
Consuming bone broth often boosts collagen production, which improves the health of your nails and hair and helps ward off wrinkles. If you want to add more healthy fat to the broth to make it more filling, try ghee or coconut oil.
Smoothies are a hit with family members of all ages and this snack allows you to fit several healthy ingredients into one serving.
Avocado and plain yogurt are also beneficial ingredients that make your smoothie delicious and vitamin-rich. If you’d like to include more fruit for flavor, just make sure you are adding keto-friendly fruits.
A smoothie with these fruits and vegetables is high in antioxidants like vitamins A and C and rich in potassium. This snack can serve as a staple in your keto diet since it’s carb-free and can be a satisfying meal replacement.
People don’t realize when eating a low-carb ketogenic diet, the body will increase its need for sodium. If you like them, dill pickles are a great vehicle to satisfy your body’s needs.
To add a little variety, try wrapping your pickle in deli meat and cheese, maybe even try pickle slices for convenient bite-sized snacks.
This is an especially satisfying snack around the fall holiday season and can become a fun family tradition. Pumpkin seeds are packed with healthy fats and proteins.
You can either buy them at the store or carve them right out of your own pumpkin. If you’ve carved them, make sure they’re clean and dry, season them, and throw them in the oven!
Hummus and Veggies
Surprised? After all, chickpeas are rich in carbs. But there are plenty of ways to get the same taste of hummus with delicious, keto-friendly substitutes. Hummus is a classic, satisfying, and filling treat. You can either buy it from the store or make it yourself.
Additionally, it’s especially delicious with a veggie dipper. Chop up various vegetables to dip it in and enjoy!
Cheese and Salami
Need I say more? Purchase high-quality salami from your local deli and find a variety of fun cheeses for everyone to try (or keep it to yourself, no judgment here).
This is for those who need easy, affordable, on-the-go snacks. String cheese has a nice mixture of fat and protein. This will help you fill up and stay full.
Or famously known as the “skinny nut”. Pistachios are the highest snack nuts in protein and fiber and lower in calories than any other tree nut. They’re also low in carbs and high in protein, which makes them very keto-friendly.
Cucumber Slices and Guac
Avocados have heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and plenty of fiber. Substitute the traditional chips n’ guac with cucumber slices and you have yourself a keto-friendly appetizer.
You can make your own guac or buy it pre-made at most stores. There are a million ways people prefer their guacamole, so here are a few guacamole recipes I think you might like.
Stuffed with protein and fats, hard-boiled eggs are an easy on-the-go snack. Throw it in a salad, make some deviled eggs, or eat it raw like an apple. Go crazy with it! But if you’re running out of ideas, here is a list of hard-boiled egg recipes.
Greek Yogurt & Granola
Plain greek yogurt is a healthy, high-protein snack. While they do contain some carbs, they can be included in a ketogenic lifestyle. You can make it tastier by mixing in some granola and fruit and creating a parfait.
Cottage Cheese and Peaches
The fruit is tough to fit into a keto diet, but in small amounts, it can work. Cottage cheese is a great source of healthy fat. And, with only 3.5 grams of carbs per 100 grams, it makes for a perfect low-carb, high-fat food for your ketogenic lifestyle. The peaches are optional but added a great taste.
These snacks are easy to prepare and may help you remain motivated on your keto journey. The more you include snacks like these in your diet plan, the more likely you are to see results in terms of energy levels and weight management.
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