When you're just starting a new diet/lifestyle change it's always a good thing to have the right snacks on hand. I've been looking for snacks that I know both my husband and I would enjoy. It's all well and good to see tons of recipes, but until you try things you just don't know. So, I went for the best keto snacks to have on hand that don't really require cooking (at least too much of it).
It might not be an exhaustive list, but it will get you started in the right direction if you're just starting out like we are. And, I'll update this list as I find new goodies that can be made rather quickly and that you can grab and go.
I hope you find this list helpful in beating the first few weeks of going keto!
The Best Keto Snacks To Have On Hand
#1 Boiled Eggs
These are so easy to prep and they keep pretty well in the fridge. I'm going to probably get two cartons of 18 count eggs from Sam's when we go shopping. One carton I'll boil for hard-boiled eggs and the other will be used for various recipes throughout the week. Like using them in this amazing Low Carb Pho.
#2 Chicken Salad
My husband isn't a huge fan of chicken salad, but I'm going to try and find a recipe that he likes so we can make big batches each week. That way he can take some to work and I'll have some on hand too. You can pop some in a leaf of lettuce and call it a chicken salad boat!
Here's a great recipe: Loaded Chicken Salad by The Pinning Mama
#3 Pork Rinds
Either pick up a huge container from Sam's or Costco or grab multiple bags from your favorite grocery store. These little things help curb your crunch need and give you a great snack for times you're a bit hungry but don't have food made yet.
Just be careful when trying different flavor profiles. Some might have added carbs from the seasonings. I would hate for you to go buy a ton of pork rinds and later find out they're filled with carbs.
#4 Cheese sticks
Because cheese sticks are super easy to toss in your purse or in a bag to take on your way where ever. Don't get caught hungry again! I keep cheese sticks and cubes on hand in our fridge because my kids love cheese and… well, let me just say we all love cheese.
So keeping cheese on hand is easy and helps when there are cries for cheese and crackers (which I'll be testing some Keto Cracker recipes here soon!).
#5 Fat Bombs
There are 1,000's of recipes out there for Fat Bombs right now. Sometimes it's really easy to get overwhelmed with the number of recipes. I want to keep it simple though. I love peanut butter, so I make peanut butter fat bombs. But, my husband doesn't so I'm trying to find a fat bomb that he'll enjoy. I'm pretty sure it will involve chocolate.
I need to explore some ideas though and test making a few different batches.
If you're looking for different fat bombs to try, then check out this post here with 21 different kinds.
#6 Keto Cookies
I haven't found a recipe that I personally like yet, but my husband's co-work brought some peanut butter keto cookies to work with him and I was able to try them. They weren't bad. Just a little tweaking and I think they'd be great!
But, I also have plans to make a chocolate chip cookie, chocolate cookie, a walnut or pecan style cookie, and a shredded coconut cookie. Stay tuned for those experiments!
In the meantime check out this recipe here: Mint Cream Keto Oreos
#7 Keto Friendly Nuts & Seeds
You want to go for nuts and seeds that have the most fat per gram so it's like the biggest bang for your buck. This will help stop your cravings when you get them.
The ones we plan to have on hand are these:
- Sunflower seeds
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- and Peanuts
These are the nuts and seeds we personally enjoy eating. But, feel free to look up the best nuts and seeds for the keto diet and find your favs on the list.
#8 Parmesan or Cheese Crisps
You can either buy these from Amazon or make your own. It's simple to make your own, but depending on how big your oven is it might be time-consuming. For instance, I live in an RV and have a tiny RV oven. So, it takes me a good while to make enough for the week.
I'm working on ideas though. Also, I'll post my recipe here very soon. I'm still testing some ideas.
In the meantime, here's a delicious cheese crisp from Amazon that I've tried: Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps
If you're a parmesan fan, then here's a crisp that we like for that: Member's Mark Oven Baked Parmesan Crisps
Olives are a great snack when you're on the go. For some extra fat, you can drizzle some olive oil over the top of them and sprinkle in some herbs for flavoring. I love to eat olives with some feta. You can get a pretty big container of them at Sam's. I highly recommend you look at grabbing one of those every two weeks. That's likely what I'll do. If it lasts that long.
My husband can't stand the texture of olives. So, at least I won't have to fight him for that snack!
#10 Beef Jerky
Depending on the jerky itself you can get a good amount of fat from this snack. But, mostly it's the protein that is what counts here. Protein helps to fill us up and helps to keep from wanting to cave to cravings. Find your favorite brand/flavor of beef jerky and load up.
BUT BE CAREFUL! Not all jerky is made equal.
Just this past weekend I went to grab what looked like it would be a delicious bag of jerky. Thankfully, I checked the carb content though. It had 20g of carbs per serving. That's crazy pants! But, it was due to the flavor of the jerky and how it was made.
So, just be careful and always check the nutrition label.
Related Post: What To Do When Starting Keto While In An RV
#11 Zucchini Chips
These little things are pretty tasty. If you're craving chips then give these a try. There are other kinds of chips you can make too. Kale chips are really great. You can coat them in olive oil and dehydrate them in the oven for some delicious and fatty chips.
Check out this amazing little Zucchini Chip recipe here: Oven Baked Zucchini Chips
#12 Egg Muffins
One thing I don't have in my kitchen right now is a muffin tin, but we're going to be getting this one with our next order from Amazon.
Now, I just need to find an egg muffin recipe that I'll enjoy. When I find one, y'all will be the first to know!
It probably will also depend on if I'm feeling eggy that day or not honestly. Sometimes I'll crave eggs and then other times I can't stand the taste of them. Is that weird?
I'm thinking like a jalapeno cheddar recipe needs to be in the works though.
#13 Peanut Butter
*drools* Peanut butter is amazing. Are you a peanut butter fan?
If you're a fan like me, try mixing coconut oil, melted butter and some peanut butter in a bowl. Scrap it into a Ziploc baggie and then snip off a corner. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and squeeze the mixture on to the pan. Once you're finished stick it in the fridge and let it set.
It.Is.Delicious! You'll thank me later. Also, that's like my first ever version of a fat bomb.
BONUS KETO SNACK IDEA (because I plum forgot this scrumptious and amazing food!)
How in the world could I forget avocados! *smacks forehead*
These babies are chock full of delicious fat! Someone might freak out though if they look at the carb content. An avocado has about 12g per half an avocado, BUT they have 8.5g of fiber in them too. That means they only end up having about 3.5g of carbs per half. Or, 7g of carbs per the WHOLE avocado! With 15g of fat per half, that's 30g for the whole thing. That's an amazing way to get in your fat.
So, load your shopping cart with some of these bad boys for quick and easy snacks to go!
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