The Best Keto Snacks To Stay In Ketosis (+ Hacks & Tips!)
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The Best Keto Snacks To Stay In Ketosis (+ Hacks & Tips!)

Posted 4 years ago

Brian Stanton

Brian Stanton

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Ari Magill, M.D.

Ari Magill, M.D.

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People often snack less on a Keto diet. Why? Because going Keto controls your appetite. 

This partly explains why low-carb diets are effective for weight loss[*]. When you snack less, you eat fewer calories. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t (or won’t) snack while eating Keto. Sure, carby snacks are out. But feel free to replace them with healthy low-carb snacks that won’t kick you out of ketosis. 

You’ve seen the Keto-friendly products in stores and around the interwebs. But did you know that many of these premium snacks can be made at home? However, if you’re pressed for time there are plenty of healthy options available.

The truth is, there’s a staggering list of Keto snacks—and we’ll review many of them today. First, though, let’s cover some ground rules for snacking on Keto.

How To Snack On Keto 

The main rule of Keto snacking is to stick to your macros. On a Keto diet, you should be eating 55-70% of your calories from fat, 20-35% from protein, and less than 10% from carbohydrates. Keeping your macros in these ratios helps you enter the fat-burning state called ketosis. 

Keeping carbs low is crucial. When you limit carbs, you limit the release of the hormone insulin from your pancreas. Low insulin, in turn, sends the ketosis bat signal[*]. 

To stay in ketosis, count net carbs, not total carbs. (Net carbs = total carbs - fiber - sugar alcohols). The Carb Manager app does this math for you. Nice feature. 

Here’s a useful guideline. If a snack contains 5 or more grams of net carbs per serving, take it off the Keto menu. 

Don’t worry about fat vs protein ratios in snacks. On Keto, you have lots of leeway with both macros.

Eating a high-protein snack won’t derail your Keto goals. In fact, high-protein Keto diets have been shown to help with body recomposition—losing fat while maintaining muscle—when paired with strength training[*]. 

Beyond macros, focus on food quality. Are your munchies made from real foods? Good. Do they contain chemicals you can’t pronounce? Bad. 

That’s an argument for making Keto snacks at home. You know exactly what’s in them. 

Can You Snack Too Much On Keto? 

The short answer is yes. If you over-consume any food—even a Keto-friendly food—consequences may follow.

Possible Consequences of Over-Snacking

  • Weight gain
  • Indigestion
  • Guilt
  • An annoyed spouse
  • A higher credit card bill

Weight gain is probably the main concern, and it’s a valid one. All things equal, more calories in means more pounds gained. 

Fortunately, there are Keto forces working in your favor. For one, a low-carb diet reduces hunger hormones like ghrelin and neuropeptide Y[*]. Less hunger usually means less snacking. 

Also, Keto snacks aren’t hyperpalatable concoctions cooked up by food scientists with seven-figure budgets. These addictive morsels generally have a carb component.

Still, mindless munching isn’t confined to the world of carbs. One handful of nuts can easily lead to five. 

On-the-go Keto Snacks 

Time for the snack list. Rustling up your own Keto snacks can help to keep you on track and keep ingredients minimal and healthy. But there are plenty of store-bought, low-carb treats out there that are perfect when you don’t have a second to spare.

Nuts and nut butter

Macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts are high-fat, low-carb snacks perfect for Keto munching. For an easy spread, whip up a batch of homemade nut butter.

Short on kitchen time? Opt for a Keto-friendly ready-made nut butter loaded with healthy fats. Nuts are also a great source of minerals like copper, manganese, and molybdenum.

Beef jerky

Beef jerky is an approved snack, but many products contain added sugar and preservatives, so always read labels carefully.

These Keto and Paleo-friendly beef thins are a healthy, high-protein option, free from added nasties. Also, feel free to mix it up with salmon jerky or turkey jerky. You can even make your own Keto jerky from scratch.

Cheese chips

Cheese chips make a simple homemade Keto snack, perfect for loading up on fats and protein.

No time for meal prep? These store-bought cheese chips make a great grab-and-go option, made with just one ingredient - cheese! Perfect for travel and lunch boxes. 

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is loaded with polyphenols linked to a variety of health benefits. One compound, theobromine, may even boost your mood[*].

Look for bars with 85% cacao or higher and less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. Alternatively, opt for high-quality brands offering Keto-friendly chocolate sweetened with low-carb sweeteners.

Keto-friendly protein bars

Most protein bars aren’t Keto-sanctioned, but some are. Again, look for bars under 5 grams of net carbs and a short list of clean, real food ingredients. For starters, try these delicious low-carb, high protein bars from Perfect Keto.

Olives

Olives are a great savory snack, loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat[*]. Stock up on Keto-friendly snack-sized packs of pitted olives for low-carb munching on the go.

Sardines

Sardines are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and calcium for strong bones. They make a healthy snack straight from the can or blend with your favorite Keto condiments to create a dip for low-carb veggies.

MCT Oil

Add this MCT oil to coffee or tea for instant ketogenic energy, or just have a tablespoon straight up[*]. 

Keto Snacks to Make At Home

These Keto comestibles require some prep time, but the payoff is worth it. Get your chef hat on. 

Fat bombs

It’s not a Keto party without fat bombs. Need some ideas? Experiment with these low-carb peanut butter fat bombs or cookie dough fat bombs. There won’t be leftovers. 

Hard boiled eggs

Eggs are the ideal Keto food: high fat, moderate protein, zero carb. 

Keto chips and crackers

Why buy costly Keto chips when you can make them yourself? These Keto pork rind nachos, low-carb cheese chips, and oven-crisped kale chips are sure to please.   

Salad

If you ever need a quick Keto meal, just add protein and olive oil to a bed of greens. Keto Cobb salad, anyone? 

Smoothie

Low-carb smoothie options are endless. Start with this Keto berry smoothie

Bone broth

Want to curb your appetite without consuming many calories? Meet your new bff, bone broth

Vegetable sticks

Cut up celery, carrots, peppers, and cucumbers and enjoy a light low-carb snack. Bunny rabbits eat no better than you. Dip them in some homemade guac, or avocado oil mayo for a boost of fat.

Bacon

Need we say more? Pro tip: Boost your bacon game with these Keto breakfast bites.

Keto bread

You’ll have fun making this Keto loaf of bread, and even more fun when family members ask when you started eating carbs again. 

Keto Fudge

Warning: Hide from house mates. 

Low-carb cookies

From Keto chocolate chip cookies to flourless almond cookies, the Carb Manager kitchen has your sweet nibbles covered.

Keto ice cream 

Don’t spend $8.95 on a tiny tub of sugar-free ice cream. Whip up keto friendly chocolate or vanilla ice cream instead. 

Mini Keto pizza

Because Keto pizza delivery isn’t a thing yet. 

The Right Way To Snack On Keto

This list should keep you smoothly snacking for months to come. Before you go, let’s review the proper way to snack on Keto:

  • Mind your macros. Confirm you’re eating high fat, moderate protein, and very low carb foods with the world’s #1 macro tracker: Carb Manager.  
  • Read labels. That’s how to avoid sugar and other ingredients you don’t want.
  • Snack mindfully. If you can’t control yourself around cashews, don’t buy them. 
  • Whole foods first. When possible, stick to foods your grandmother would have eaten. 

Time for a snack now, eh? 

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links. Carb Manager may earn a commission for qualifying purchases made through these links.

Comments 21

  • Skip

    Skip a year ago

    If your craving chocolate, however don’t like artificial sugars and sugar alcohols try Goalz Dark Chocolate wafers, They use a rare sugar found naturally in grapes and figs called Allulose. Although is is approx 70% as sweet as regular sugar it has zero after taste. I have 3 wafers a day for a treat and they only add approx 100 calories and 1 net carb including the various toppings they have like crushed almonds or pistachios, or coconut or hazelnuts or sea salt. Check out Allulose too as you can get it for baking in a powdered or granular form. Skip

    • sanpedran

      sanpedran a year ago

      I like 2 hard boiled eggs sliced on my slicer, one avocado sliced, and keto bread with 2 to 4 net carbs and sea salt taste great and curbs my appetite Simple and effective

      • IneffableKetone507096

        IneffableKetone507096 2 years ago

        I have found that having boiled eggs, Keto cracker biscuits, cheese and whole unsalted nuts, nut butter bliss balls and dark chocolate in the fridge or pantry has made my life a whole lot easier for the quick snack, just don't over do it. My worst time is after tea at night about 8 o'clock the Bliss ball is great.

        • Iamesp

          Iamesp 2 years ago

          Hard-boiled eggs and eggs cooked any way are 1 carb or more in the app yet you state they are Zero carbs. What's the truth?

          • SuperKale521019

            SuperKale521019 a year ago

            I've noticed that as well and am curious about this.

        • Shelh81

          Shelh81 2 years ago

          Is there any way to see these recipes with our having to sign up for the premium?

          • ReticentQT

            ReticentQT 2 years ago

            Disclaimer: I'm a premium member but I've found very similar recipes on other Keto sites and with a few ppl on Instagram and TikTok. I hope this helps.

          • LauriB

            LauriB 2 years ago

            Well worth the premium investment..:)

          • 165bound

            165bound 2 years ago

            No, I made the investment and went premium for a year.

        • SpectacularKale423126

          SpectacularKale423126 2 years ago

          Golden Label Sipping bone broth is great tasting and no additives, it is a great snack!

          • Swimmom12345

            Swimmom12345 2 years ago

            I love Zoup!! Spicy chicken is great!!

        • indybeachlover

          indybeachlover 2 years ago

          Are there links to the recipes? When I click on the links in this article (for example; Keto Fudge) it just takes back to this article. Help! :)

          • MirthfulKetone409808

            MirthfulKetone409808 2 years ago

            I am worried about sugar alcohols. They seem to throw me right out ketosis

            • eatingcleanketo

              eatingcleanketo 2 years ago

              Unfortunately food companies can slap the word KETO on their garbage when it really is not. Frankenfood. Labels must be read closely. The best way to stay away from these is to eat Whole Foods. If it comes in a box or package I don’t touch it. I personally count total carbs not net. I lost more body fat this way.

              • FavorableKale254511

                FavorableKale254511 2 years ago

                Yes I agree, total carbs is what you need to keep in mind not the net carbs, When a product is labeled net carbs are 1,2,or 3 that is not the number you look at because that is a marketing tactic. Read the label before you buy. I just looked at an item that had 1 or 2 net carbs on the promotion, then I looked at the label and actual total carbs is 16. If you are trying to stay 20-25 total carbs a day, that just about blows the entire day and you are sure to go over unless you cut back on the good whole foods for the day. I say steady as she goes nip that craving in the you know what.

            • FeelinBeachy

              FeelinBeachy 3 years ago

              This article was really helpful. And the Quest brand is amazing. Thanks!

              • Lela115

                Lela115 3 years ago

                Love the added humor! The last item on the over snacking consequences list, “ a higher credit card bill”. This article made me feel good! And excited about all the snacking options! Thank you!

                • SplendidKetone641975

                  SplendidKetone641975 3 years ago

                  Great article and very helpful

                  • SuperKetone703658

                    SuperKetone703658 3 years ago

                    Love!love all of the amazing things that can be done.

                    • RousingAvocado862956

                      RousingAvocado862956 3 years ago

                      I will definitely be trying some of these ideas!

                      • IncredibleKetone362761

                        IncredibleKetone362761 3 years ago

                        Loved this article! Thank you!