To stay in ketosis on the keto diet, most people can only eat between 20g and 50g of net carbohydrates a day, with some people needing to consume even less. With this in mind, it is essential to adapt your way of eating, including the foods you snack on. Here’s a quick list of some of the best keto-friendly snacks to give you some inspiration. But before you say ciao to your favorite carbs, read these things to know before starting the keto diet.
If it’s simplicity you’re after, then nuts are the perfect keto snack option. Nutrient-dense, high in fat, and providing a tremendous dietary fiber source; nuts such as pecans, brazils, macadamias, walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts make the perfect keto-friendly nibble. If you’re a fan of pistachios, and cashews, don’t panic, these nuts may be slightly higher in carbs, but can still be enjoyed in moderation on the keto diet. The key to enjoying nuts without breaking your keto-carbohydrate limit is to always weigh out your portion and to stick to raw and unsalted nuts where possible so that you can avoid any sneaky sugar or suspect ingredients in their seasoning. As well as being a great snack on their own, nuts can also be incorporated into lots of keto recipes and even blended into a delicious keto-nut butter! If it’s nuts you’re after, then look no further than our fantastic selection here at Ayoub’s Dried Fruit and Nuts.
Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds
Another convenient, nutritious and delicious keto-friendly snack is a healthy portion of pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Crammed with antioxidants, heart-healthy fats, and essential vitamins, both pumpkin and sunflower seeds contain low levels of carbohydrates while still providing a good source of dietary fiber. Here at Ayoub’s, we stock a range of pumpkin seeds, including raw and roasted varieties, both whole and shelled. If you’re eating seeds on the keto diet, then most sources recommended buying the shelled variety.
Eggs are a keto-friendly staple and make a great snack. Packed with good fats, a healthy portion of protein, and vitamin B, a boiled egg is often a lot more satiating than it looks and can help to keep you feeling full until your next proper meal. If you want to increase the fat content of your boiled egg, then eat it with some full-fat mayonnaise or with some slices of creamy avocado. If getting more protein in your diet is important to you, you may want to check out this article.
Crudites and Tahini
Although you may not be dunking a breadstick into your tahini, vegetable sticks make a delicious, crunchy, and satisfying alternative. Cucumber, celery, carrot, and broccoli sprouts are some of the most popular crudites to choose from, but you can dip virtually any keto-friendly vegetable into tahini and it will make a delicious snack. Although at first glance, some vegetables may seem a little too high in carbohydrates, this is usually because they are high in fiber. Once you have subtracted their fiber content, you will usually find them much lower in net carbs. Although it’s easy to snack on crudites as they are, the best keto-friendly snacks are always high in fat, so be sure to dunk them in some delicious tahini, hummus, or nut butter to increase their fat content.
So there you have it - four super delicious and straightforward keto-friendly snacks to keep you satisfied between your meals. What are your favorite keto snacks?Stuck for recipes? Here's 6 keto recipes that you're going to love!