The keto diet is known for its low food restrictions. That means you can eat most of the foods you eat usually. Some keto-friendly foods include vegetables, dairy products, meat, eggs, low-carb fruits, such as berries and avocado, nuts and nut butter, such as the peanut butter, healthy oils (coconut and olive oils), and seeds.
Moreover, this diet allows you to consume delicious desserts and snacks. Yes! You can enjoy tasty choco desserts, such as a keto chocolate shake, and other low-carb snacks. But, if you are new in the keto world or don’t have ideas on what to prepare for snack, here are several ideas.
If you don’t have time to prepare even a simple snack, you can always eat nuts. They are high in fat, low in carbs, and rich in proteins and fiber. In fact, a quarter cup (28g) of mixed nuts contains around 15g of fat, 5g of proteins, and 2g of fiber.
These keto-friendly snacks also have some plant compounds which have many health benefits. As shown in a research review, consuming nuts reduces the risk of heart disease and death due to cancer. And the best thing about them is that you grab them on the go and carry with you everywhere.
Vegetable Sticks With Nut Butter
Vegetables are probably the keto-friendliest food of all because they are really low in carbs. For instance, spinach contains only 1g of carbs, but there are many others with less than 7g of carbs. This means that you can enjoy vegetables without worrying about the number of carbs consumed.
Nut butter, on the other hand, is the perfect high-fat product because nuts are rich in heart-healthy fats. In fact, one research suggests that eating nuts regularly may support weight-loss and help control blood sugar levels. Therefore, combining it with veggies gives a simple and tasty keto-friendly snack that is rich in nutrients.
In order to prepare this snack, you just need 1 or 2 vegetables and nut butter. You can choose whichever butter you like. For example, you can combine carrots and celery with almond butter or broccoli and peanut butter. If you use vegetables you can’t eat raw, you can grill or steam them lightly. Then, you just need to dip them in the butter and enjoy the explosion of tastes and nutrients.
Egg muffins are a great keto snack that you can easily prepare. Being based on eggs and a few more low-carb ingredients, they ensure you receive lots of fats and a small number of carbs. Although their nutritional value depends on the ingredients used, the basic version has 5g of fat, 6g of protein, and 90 calories per muffin.
In order to prepare them, you need a muffin pan with 12 cups, mixing bowl, dozen eggs, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, salt, and pepper. Of course, you can change the ingredients, but make sure the ones you add are also low-carb. Once you have the ingredients you need you can:
- Beat the eggs in a bowl.
- Add salt and pepper according to taste.
- Pour the egg mixture evenly in each muffin cup.
- Add the ingredients you like.
- Put it in the oven and bake on 180°c (350°f) for 15-20 minutes. Or, you can check to see if the mixture has been well baked.
This is another incredibly healthy, tasty, and keto-friendly snack. Keto-ers love this recipe because it uses 2 main ingredients, avocado, and eggs. And, because you can prepare it in no time.
The avocado is one of the lowest-carb fruits (yes, it’s a fruit, although we usually consider it a vegetable) with 2g of net carbs per 100g. It contains lots of vitamins, including vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, and K. It also contains, fiber, folate, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Plus, it contains anti-inflammatory compounds.
In order to prepare this salad, you need 1 avocado, a couple of diced, hard-boiled eggs, minced red onion, and salt and pepper. Once you have all of these ingredients ready, you just need to combine them. You can also as lettuce wraps, celery sticks, or radish and thick slices of cucumber.