Saturday, November 16, 2013

KETO: Snacks - Quick and Easy

One of the challenging parts about following a low carb or keto lifestyle is convenience - or lack thereof when it comes to food prep. It seems like every snack out there is loaded with carbohydrates.

Here are a few ketogenic snacks that are quick and easy to prepare.

Real Cheese-its -
Take a small frying pan and sprinkle some shredded cheese in there. Parmesan and cheddar work well. Cook over medium-hot heat until cheese is fully melted and starting to brown and crisp up a bit. Cool for a minute or two on a paper towel and they will harden up a bit. You can eat these as-is or dip into something like a cream cheese pizza dip (recipe further down).

Pepperoni Chips -
Arrange a single layer of sliced pepperoni on a paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds (in 15-second intervals) until slightly darkened and crisp. Great for dipping as well.

Almond Meal Crackers (Linda's Low Carb Almond Thins)
These crackers are quite tasty, can be made sweet or savory, and are ready-to-go when you want to eat them!

Cream Cheese Pizza Dip -
In a microwave (or a pan on medium heat), warm up about an ounce of cream cheese, 1/8 cup tomato sauce, some sriracha if you like a kick, 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, and heat fully. Great for Real Cheese-its or Pepperoni Chips!

Veggies with Ranch or hummus-
Simple but don't underestimate this one! This will help you hit your fat quota and fill you up with some added nutrients. If you are going on a road trip or want a snack for the car, buy the little shelf-stable ranches that don't need refrigeration.

What? Coffee as a snack? If you're like me, you'll use any excuse to have coffee. Bullet coffee is a go-to for many people on a low carb lifestyle. In your blender, pour about a cup of coffee, a couple tablespoons of heavy cream, sweetener if you like, and some coconut oil or butter (or both!). Blend until frothy! Super quick way to boost your fat intake for the day, and get a little more caffeine if you're needing it.

Deli Meat Roll ups
Take a slice (or three) of any deli meat you prefer, fill with cream cheese or roll with sliced cheese. Many different combinations and even flavored cream cheeses make this a versatile snack.

Keto Quesadillas
There are some tasty low carb tortillas out there. Our household prefers Mission Low Carb tortillas. Sandwich two tortillas with any variety or combination of cheeses, meats, and veg and pan fry on medium with a little butter on the pan. Cook until lightly browned on one side, flip, and do the same with the other.

Sometimes we don't want a short prep time, we want no prep time. Here are some snacks that require no work; you can just buy these at a store.

String cheese, or any type of individually-wrapped cheese.

Pepperoni sticks or slices

Nuts - almonds are the best but you can have any nuts as long as it doesn't put you over your carb limits!

Berries - blueberries and raspberries have the lowest carb counts but a handful of strawberries is still reasonable.

Nut butters - be sure to check sugar content, and double check how much you eat. It is very easy to eat a lot of peanut butter or almond butter.

Jerky - while most tend to gave added sugar, there are a few brands that keep it relatively low carb.

Super dark chocolate - like 85% or higher dark chocolate. The carb count varies by brand so be sure to check and compare! I prefer my 90% dark lindt bars.

Toasted coconut chips - the best ones I've found are at Costco: Creative Snacks Organic Toasted Coconut Chips.


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