Snacking can be a powerful tool as it can be the downfall of our blood sugar levels. We believe that snacking, when approached with mindfulness, can keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day. However, it's important to be aware of the potential challenges of constant snacking, such as blood sugar spikes and increased cravings.
Our recommendation is to focus on protein-rich meals that provide lasting satiety, while incorporating nourishing fats for sustained energy. Picture enjoying two satisfying protein-packed meals and complementing them with a nutrient-dense snack. By embracing this approach, you'll strike a harmonious balance that supports your overall health and vitality.
In the following article, we’ll talk about snacks, and what makes an excellent keto snack and we’ll also provide you with some healthy snack ideas that will keep you satiated until your next meal. Join us on this delicious journey towards mindful and fulfilling snacking habits!
What makes a good keto Snack?
The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares a lot of similarities with some low-carb diets. The Keto diet involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This change will put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When your body is in this state it becomes very efficient at burning fat for fuel rather than glucose.
Basically, the ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that turns your body into a fat-burning machine.
So, in order to keep your body in ketosis, you have to keep carbs as low as possible (less than 50 grams per day). The amount of fat and protein may vary in a keto snack, although, ideally, it needs to be high-fat and moderate protein. There are several types of Keto-friendly snacks and they can be both, natural or processed. From Funky Fat Foods we always encourage you to choose the most natural and healthier version whenever possible, since those natural and minimally processed ones, such as eggs, roasted nuts, etc. are better for your health. These types of snacks fall under the clean keto diet label.
Keto snack guide
Keto snacks can be sweet and savory, depending on your preferences. Here’s a list of the best and healthiest keto snacks, all of them are great to eat at home, at the office, or on the go.
1. Funky Fat Chocolates
Who doesn’t love good, tasty chocolate? Well, luckily for you we have the best keto chocolates you can find, they’re deliciously made with added MCTs so you don’t have to worry about not being in ketosis. Plus, thanks to the MCTs you’ll be feeling full for longer. Our Funky Fat Chocolates come in different flavors so you can try one new flavor each day, and never get bored. They’re a great keto snack since they will feed your body while keeping it in ketosis. The chocolates are great as a pre-workout or as a little afternoon pick-me-up. You can carry them around, eat them plain, or combine them with anything else (nuts, for example).
By now we all know how great eggs are for our bodies. Eggs are filled with minerals, healthy fats, and protein, which make them a superfood. Having a hard-boiled egg as a snack is a great idea since it is pretty easy to carry, and eat, it will give you energy, and it will keep you full till your next meal.
It is also a time saver because you can prep several of them in advance and have them ready for when you need them the most.
When it comes to snacks it’s great to have several options and flavors. Maybe you don’t want to have a sweet snack every day. So that’s where nuts come in handy. Nuts are full of protein, fat, fiber, and plant compounds that offer a variety of healthy benefits. ¼ cup of mixed raw nuts (average of 28 grams) provides approximately 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber.
You can eat just one type of nut or mix them to make your snack more interesting. You can buy pre-packaged mixed nuts in the store or make your own mix using your favorite ones. If you end up using the store-bought mix, make sure to check the ingredients label and make sure that the only ingredients are nuts. Some brands add unnecessary ingredients such as inflammatory seed oils. The best keto options for your own mix of nuts are almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and pecans.
As surprising as it may sound, olives make a great keto-friendly snack. Olives provide a large amount of fat but minimal protein. Still, they are an excellent snack choice for many people following a keto diet. However, since olives are also high in sodium, people who need to limit their sodium intake should exercise caution.
5. Cheese and cold cuts
Yes, cheese and cold cuts can make for a delicious and convenient snack option while following a ketogenic diet. Both cheese and cold cuts are low in carbohydrates and high in fat and protein, which makes them suitable for a keto lifestyle. Here are a few tips for incorporating cheese and cold cuts into your keto snacking:
Choose full-fat cheeses (cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, Brie, and Gouda), look for cured meats, pay attention to portion sizes, add variety, experiment with different types of cheese and cold cuts to keep your snacks interesting, and enhance with keto-friendly additions. Consider adding sliced avocado, olives, pickles, or mustard for added flavor and variety.
6. Low-carb veggies with low-carb dipping sauces
Including low-carb vegetables with low-carb dipping sauces can be a great option for a keto-friendly snack. The best vegetables to dip are celery sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips (choose red, green, or yellow), broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, and cherry tomatoes. And the best low-carb dipping sauces you can try are guacamole, ranch dressing, spinach and artichoke dip, buffalo sauce, and Creamy pesto dip sauce.
Berries can be enjoyed in moderation as a keto-friendly snack due to their relatively lower carbohydrate content compared to other fruits. When incorporating berries into your keto snack, it's important to consider portion sizes. Since berries still contain carbs, it's best to consume them in moderation to stay within your daily carbohydrate limit. You can enjoy berries on their own as a refreshing snack or combine them with high-fat ingredients like full-fat Greek yogurt or whipped cream (without added sugar) for added flavor and satiety. Just be mindful of the overall carb content and adjust your portions accordingly to fit within your ketogenic dietary goals.