Whether you consider yourself a keto newbie or a seasoned aficionado, finding new and interesting ways to stay true to your goals can be challenging.
Over the years, we’ve found that one of the most important aspects of succeeding with the keto lifestyle is keeping hunger at bay. When we allow ourselves to get hungry between meals, that’s the time it’s easiest to reach for something filled with carbs or sugars that play havoc on our intentions.
At NuTrail, we believe that with some advanced planning and preparation, we can be poised for life’s situations and challenges. These low carb snacks allow us to curb hunger between meals and limit “failures”.
Snacking Strategies that Work
As you develop strategies to succeed, remember that even though keto-friendly choices are available in most grocery stores and online, it is still a good idea to have a few situational support ideas to use when needed.
For instance, having a sustaining snack before going to a restaurant (to prevent indulging in appetizers) or taking keto-appropriate snacks and drinks to the movie theater.
The key to keto success is in the planning.
It’s important to have the right food available and to prep snacks while doing the week’s meal prep. That way, you always have something tasty when the urge strikes.
14 Snacks Made for Keto Success
People choose to eat their meals in various ways; some have three meals a day with small snacks in between, while others have five or six small meals throughout the day.
However you decide to fuel your body, these delicious snacks will fit into your meal plan and keep you moving efficiently.
1. Let’s start off with the simple and easy solutions that are always welcome:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- String cheese
- Pork rinds
- Bone broth
- Celery sticks
- Cherry tomatoes
Easy and filling, these snacks can be packaged in individual servings and either carried with you or kept in the fridge at work or at home.
2. Guacamole —
This is a terrific, flavorful dip that can be eaten with celery sticks, bacon chips (made by cutting bacon into two-inch pieces and frying or baking until rendered), or keto tortilla chips made with this simple recipe:
Keto Tortilla Chips:
- ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup keto flour
- 2 T Cream Cheese
- 1 egg
- Salt to taste
Mix all ingredients, roll flat between two pieces of parchment, cut into triangles, place in a 425-degree oven for 12–15 minutes, flip over and brown the other side for three to four minutes. Lightly spray with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and chili powder.
3. Peanut Butter Granola Bites (no-bake) —
Two cups of your favorite NuTrail nut granola mixed with honey and coconut oil (about ¼ cup each), ½ cup of peanut butter, and two tablespoons of keto sprinkles.
Combine all ingredients, roll into balls, and voila! These tasty treats are best stored in an air-tight container either on the counter or in the fridge!
4. Keto Chia Pudding with Nut Granola and Fresh Berries —
Add chia seeds (about 3 tablespoons), nut milk (about ¾ cup), sweetened to taste with Monkfruit Sweetener and a dash of vanilla; soak overnight. When you’re ready to eat, top with nut granola and berries.
You can prep and store these little beauties in air-tight jars and snack as you please…here’s your chance to use those mason jars again!
5. Spinach Artichoke Dip with Crudité —
A true keto delight, just take ½ cup each of cooked spinach and artichoke hearts (drained and chopped) and mix together with 2 tablespoons each of mayo and sour cream, ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 2/3 cup of Mozzarella cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
Mix and bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes and serve with sliced veggies. This dip can be made in advance and individual portions heated in the microwave as desired.
6. Nut Granola and Acai Bowls —
By mixing keto-friendly vanilla protein powder, unsweetened acai pulp, coconut cream, unsweetened coconut milk, and monk fruit powder for sweetening, this delicious bowl gets its crunch from NuTrail Cinnamon + Blueberry Keto Nut Granola.
Add toppings like berries, shaved coconut, and slices of guava or mango.
7. Parmesan Cheese Crisps —
These easy little chips are satisfying and deeply flavorful. Just take mounds of shredded Parmesan cheese and bake in a 375-degree oven until melted and just crisping up. Remove from oven and let stand for 30 minutes and you have crunchy, tasty chips that can be eaten alone or with our Spinach Artichoke Dip above.
8. Keto Egg Muffins —
Incredibly versatile, these egg muffins can be made in advance and last all week. With just a basic recipe, you can change up the add-ins to suit your mood or taste.
Try diced bacon and scallions, or sun-dried tomato and chorizo, or switch up the cheeses to add variety. Mix together 12 eggs, 2 tablespoons of keto flour, 6 ounces of shredded cheese and pour into well-greased muffin tins partially filled with your selected proteins and veggies.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15–20 minutes. Cool and store in a sealed container until you’re ready to indulge…30 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave and they’re ready!
9. Chicken or Crab Salad—
Stuffed in an avocado or tomato…or for an alternative — try feta, grapefruit, cilantro leaves, and pomegranate seeds with lemon juice.
10. Cucumber + Zucchini slices —
Instead of bread, try cucumber or zucchini slices to make finger sandwiches with ham, turkey, cheese, cream cheese, or for a twist on the classic BLT, try bacon, lettuce, and tomato slices with mayonnaise.
You can also make faux sushi by thinly slicing cucumber lengthwise, spreading with cream cheese and rolling up shrimp, smoked salmon, or smoked trout.
11. Kale Chips —
These are so easy to make and store in a loose bag until you’re ready to snack. For perfect chips, every time, take some fresh kale leaves and slice out the ribs.
Then slice in 2-inch squares and toss with olive oil and sea salt. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 275 degrees for about 15–20 minutes or until crunchy and they’re ready to eat.
If you like these chips, you can also try zucchini slices, okra, or shishito peppers.
12. Charcuterie Board —
You simply can’t go wrong with a charcuterie board whether to snack on or to have when company arrives.
The layout is only limited by your imagination. Try different smoked and cured meats and sausages, both hard and soft cheeses, olives and cornichons, nuts, veggies or fruit (like sliced strawberries or blanched asparagus) and keto crackers.
13. Keto Deviled Eggs —
These little morsels are packed with protein and keep hunger at bay for hours.
Once hard-boiled, slice eggs in half and mix yolks with chopped, cooked bacon, finely-diced chives, and a small amount of Dijon mustard and mayo, seasoned with cayenne, salt, and a dash of pepper.
You can adjust this recipe to suit your tastes and switch the bacon and chives for any other protein and finely-diced veggies to mix things up. These will keep in a sealed container for several days to a week.
14. Sardines —
With fresh lemon or orange slices and sprinkled with rock salt.
These little flavor bombs are rich in Omega 3’s that have been shown to help prevent heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.
Pair with some fancy mustard and keto crackers and you have a delectable treat.
There you have it…our favorite snack ideas! From simple to indulgent, they all have several things in common: they’re all keto-friendly, they’re filling and sustain you through your busy day, and they are chock full of antioxidants and nutrients that keep your body running in top shape.
If you are trying the keto diet for the first time or have used these healthy eating principles for years, these snack ideas will provide you with sustenance that can be improvised and changed to suit varying tastes and palettes.
All of these snacks are low carb and are filled with healthy fats to support you in your dietary and health-related goals. Here’s to healthy eating!