If you took one look at this article and immediately Googled “What is the keto diet?” you’re not alone. The low-carb, high-fat program is all the rage, falling into line with similar health-conscious lifestyle changes like Paleo and Whole30.
Like those other guys, the keto diet follows strict guidelines on what you can and can’t eat, suggesting you limit your daily carb intake to 20 to 30 net grams while upping your fat like crazy. If all goes well, your body will stop getting all its energy from glucose and insulin produced by grains, sugars, and starches and instead start cranking out ketones to break down and burn up stored fat. Sound good? Of course, it does.
The only issue, however, is that while it’s easy-peasy to load up on veggies, meats, and dairy during mealtimes, finding yourself starving at 4 p.m. without a suitable snack can be quite the downer. Fear not, keto crusader, because there’s more to life (or more to Amazon, at least) than tortilla chips and chocolate chip cookies. These nine keto snacks are only a couple of clicks away.
If you haven't heard of biltong, they're those thick, flavorful strips of air-dried meat that put stringy, chewy, and additive-packed beef jerky to shame. These peppery little slabs are made from grass-fed beef, air-dried for 14 days, and spiced with a blend of cayenne and chili powder to add some heat without overwhelming your palate. They’re also sugar-free, full of protein, and super simple to toss in your bag.($8.99; amazon.com)
There’s a lot of nut butters out there, but we found that this little guy not only tastes the best, it’s also one of the most filling on the market (i.e., you won’t be left dreaming of grape jelly and white bread). The density of healthy fats takes care of the stomach grumbling, while the four simple ingredients—macadamia nuts, coconut, cashews, and Himalayan sea salt—take care of your taste buds and fuel your body with oleic acid, minerals, and B vitamins.
Whole Thai coconuts, sliced thin, toasted and sprinkled with a touch of salt, are what turns this tasty snack into a keto no-brainer. And not only are you getting all that coconut oil goodness, they’re also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, non-GMO, loaded with fiber, and low in sugar (only one gram per serving!). Take that, Mr. Potato.($3; amazon.com)
Every keto devotee knows that pumpkin seeds are where it’s at. Teeming with fat and protein, these dry-roasted tidbits have less carbs than a lot of other seeds and nuts on the scene but the same amount of satisfying crunch. These pre-shelled, pocket-size packs are ideal for dressing up salads, dropping into trail mix, or just tipping back as is.($14.82; amazon.com)
Coconut MCT oil, cacao butter, grass-fed whey protein, organic almond butter, and other keto-approved ingredients combine for this protein bomb of an energy bar, designed specifically to support ketone production and keep you fit and focused for hours. It’s basically like jumper cables for your metabolism… if jumper cables tasted like smooth chocolate and almonds.($39.97; amazon.com)
Don’t let the kiddie lunchbox aesthetic fool you—these dehydrated little nuggets might look like they come from a children’s book, but there’s nothing made up about their magic. Whether you’re fiending for the pepper jack, gouda, or cheddar, they’re all shelf-stable, low-carb, high in protein and calcium, delightfully crispy, naturally gluten-free, and super fun to eat. Why? They’re just cheese!
Say hello to the pili nut! Boasting a higher fat and lower carbohydrate content than just about any other nut on the planet, this snackable wonder is your ketone-loving body’s new best friend. Hunter Gatherer’s handy multipack includes flavors like black pepper turmeric, spicy chili, and Himalayan salt and coconut oil, each wild harvested from pili trees in the mountains of the Philippines.($21.99; amazon.com)
Who says dessert can’t be keto-friendly? This sugar- and sugar alcohol-free treat is made from 100-percent stone-ground South American cocoa beans and sweetened with monk fruit and non-GMO soluble vegetable fiber, making it both low in carbs (just three net grams per ounce) and melt-in-your-mouth creamy. Throw in a handful of earthy, buttery almonds for good measure and you’ve got something that’ll appease your sweet tooth without ruining your diet.
The label might say Paleo, but with only two grams of sugar and seven carbs per serving, the crunchy clusters are as keto-friendly as they come. In each magenta-hued pouch, you'll find grain-free ingredients like slow-roasted macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, cold-milled flaxseed, and a dash of maple syrup. Breakfast shots, anyone?($22.79; amazon.com)