Easy on-the-go snack ideas to support you on your Keto diet journey
I’m the kind of person who wants to analyze everything. So naturally, I wondered why this particular time I seemed to be so successful when I’ve failed so many times before. To learn more about why I went on a Keto diet read this post. Anyways, here is what I think. The Ketogenic diet is very different from any other diet out there that encourages a low-carb lifestyle.
I think the difference may seem minute, but it’s key and profound. The Ketogenic diet doesn’t just tell you to avoid over-processed food and added sugars. Instead, the focus is to eliminate virtually all sources of carbohydrates including most fruits and carb-heavy vegetables. Obviously, things like any grains and legumes are also off the table. The key with the Ketogenic Diet is to lower your carbohydrate intake to a total of roughly 20 net grams. If you allow for some vegetables and dairy products, you’ve basically hit your target. So here are some of my favorite easy sugar-free K
- Boiled eggs….yes, eggs truly are the superfood. And so, so portable! I love boiling a bunch to have on hand for a quick snack. Also amazing with some caviar on top, but perhaps not quite as practical (please forgive this Russian her little weakness).
- These delicious little Avocado Mash packages by Good Foods that come in a perfect size! They are currently available at Costco or online directly through Good Foods. I’m totally not sponsored or affiliated with them, I just love these things.
- Nuts and seeds. So you gotta be careful here, especially if weight loss is one of your goals. While an amazing source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats; nuts are also chock-full of calories, and, yes, carbs! Nut butters are in the same category, but watch out for peanut butter. There are some nuts that will easily put you over the net carb limit. The best nuts to consume if you’re trying to pass your Keto stix (haha!) are going to be either pecan, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, or walnuts. Having said that, you should still be watchful of the quantity. Unfortunately, it is best to stay clear of most commonly found nuts in trail mixes including almonds, pistachios, peanuts, and cashews. Those last two aren’t really nuts anyways.
- Cheese and deli. Obvious ones are beef jerky and string cheese. I would encourage you to stick to the organic full-fat cheeses and nitrate-free deli. We like to get ours at our nearest health store as they source their meets locally from organic or responsibly maintained farms. Since all deli is technically processed, use sparingly. Although a great addition to your easy Keto snacks on the go, processed meats still aren’t good for anyone, even if they do help you hit your macros.
- Cacao nibs! I love these things. Unfortunately, I have some competition from my children who have recently discovered them as well! Whenever I do get a craving for something different, I love having these on hand. Cacao nibs are chock-full of antioxidants so you can feel even better about snacking on them. I am a big fan of Navitas products which make low carb diets easier to stick to. It helps that they are easily available at most health stores. You can also get them on Amazon. They sell both slightly sweetened and unsweetened version. I like to get both and mix. While the sweetened version has some sugar added, it’s minimal in my opinion. Although I have not tried these yet, they are well reviewed on Amazon as well, so check them out and let me know!
- Lily’s Chocolate Bars and Chocolate Chips. Because there are two things I can’t live without. That’s coffee and chocolate. These satisfy my cravings and, to be honest, I prefer Lily’s to any generic chocolate bar any day. Try them, they are GOOD!
- Kale Chips. Stay with me here. Kale chips are a great low carb superfood and a way to load up on vitamins. There are many recipes out there. This is my favorite recipe. If you’re looking for an off-the-shelf version, I recommend Rhythm Kale Chips. They come in a variety of flavors so you can find one you like best.
- Kitu by Sunniva Super Coffee. This coffee is awesome for on the go when I can’t make my own home-brewed version. And it’s got MCT oil for that extra brain energy! It’s one of my definite go-to’s for easy Keto snacks when I just don’t have the time for anything else.
- MCT Oil by Garden of Life is my current favorite MCT oil to add to my daily coffee. We got ourselves a new espresso machine for the holidays and I love my morning ritual which isn’t complete without a homemade cappuccino. I have my own recipe, but you can look up a bunch online and figure out what works best for you. The MCT oil makes my milk so creamy! I highly recommend frothing the milk of your choice with the oil and a bit of stevia or erythritol for sweetness if you like. I use a frother from Nespresso (yes, our coffee machine addiction is real) but there are a ton available online that are portable and affordable. Coffee house cappuccinos on-the-go!
Well, this is the round-up of my easy K
Maya is a good friend and their family really does live and breathe this Keto lifestyle. She tests every single recipe until she gets it perfect for you. So go check it out. You won’t be sorry! Needless to say, I love coming over to their house for dinner. The company is pretty great, too!
I also wrote a post about my personal experience and why I decided to try the Ketogenic diet. What easy snacks and meals do you keep on hand? Share in comments below!
As always, thanks for reading!