In this article we are going to give you some of the best keto snacks you can eat to kill cravings. If you are eating a low carb ketogenic or carnivore diet, figuring out what snacks you can eat can be a bit confusing, especially when there are so many terrible products targeting keto on the market. And these products are terrible for a few different reasons.
Aside from the usual long list of questionable ingredients they contain, they’re also not great because of how processed they are. Some of these products are so heavily processed that they don’t even fill us up, and they don’t even satisfy our cravings. And especially when you’re first getting started on the keto diet, as your body adjusts, your cravings can be pretty intense.
Let’s start off by saying that snacking is a bad habit to get into. Ideally, we should be eating enough within our meals that we don’t need to snack in between. This will lead to better blood sugar management, more efficient weight loss, and a decreased disease risk.
But we also understand that there are times where snacking might be necessary, especially when we’re first getting started on low carb, keto, carnivore diets where we’re restricting carbs cravings can be pretty intense and it is important to choose the right snack options to combat these cravings, so we can stay on track to reach our goals. There are also times when you might be traveling or hiking, where you may need to have some snacks on hand.
Olives are one of the best low carb snacks you can have. They are low in carbs and high in healthy fat. And when we say olives we mean any type of olives, pitted or not all are great.
Berries and Greek yogurt
Berries including strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are some of the lowest sugar and low carb fruit, and pairing them with Greek yogurt, which is not only low in carbs, but also high in fat and high in protein, makes the perfect combination for killing cravings, because one of the most common reasons that people experience cravings is because they’re not eating enough protein.
Our bodies require a certain amount of protein every day in order to build and maintain muscle mass and other tissues in our body, and protein also plays a key role in satiety. It is very difficult to over consume protein, but it’s very easy to over consume carbs, so opting for a snack that is high in protein is one of the best ways to combat cravings.
Hard boiled eggs are one of our favorite foods. Not only are they obviously delicious and super versatile, but they’re also packed with bioavailable nutrients as well as a good amount of fat and protein and minimal carbs.
We’re a little bit hesitant to recommend smoothies as a snack, but again context matters. A smoothie that is mainly made of fruit, and especially tropical fruit is definitely not a good snack option. This smoothie is going to be high in sugar and carbs, it’s going to spike blood sugar and your blood sugar is going to come crashing back down shortly after, leading to even more cravings. But if you use low carb fruits such as berries, which we spoke about earlier, and you add a source of protein such as a collagen powder, it will be a much better option. The protein from the collagen is also going to help to kill cravings.
Cheese is of course a keto favorite, as long as you’re dairy tolerant. Hard and aged cheeses are going to be the lowest in carbs, and fresh and soft cheeses tend to be a little bit higher, but honestly all are good options for a quick right on the go.
This is another option we’re a huge fan of because of how nutrient dense it is. The best options are going to be tinted salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and anchovies. These fish are high in fat and specifically high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are super important for our health, and a lot of people are not getting enough of. And of course, these fish are also high in protein. Now if the thought of having tinned fish as a snack is totally putting you off, give mackerel a go. It is a lot less fishy then sardines and it’s a lot more mild.
Again, nuts are another low carb favorite. Macadamia are our favorite, because they are higher in monounsaturated fat than polyunsaturated fat. When we consume too much polyunsaturated fat in our diet, this can cause inflammation. So things like almonds are a bit higher in polyunsaturated fat, which is why we tend to like macadamia nuts instead, plus they’re way more delicious.
Honestly, bone broth is so good for killing cravings. It’s high in protein, which we’ve obviously already spoken about a lot and a lot of other essential electrolytes and nutrients. When our electrolytes are out of balance, this can cause cravings, so a mug of bone broth is a really great option. Homemade or store bought are both great, but just make sure if you’re buying a store bought one, that the ingredients are just bones, water, and maybe some vegetables, nothing else.
These are a great low carb snack option and not for the reasons we’ve already discussed. This snack is not high in protein, it’s not high in fat, it actually contains very little if any of either of these micronutrients. What it does contain is a little bit of sodium, which is an essential electrolyte, which you just spoke about, and it is also really high in iodine. This is a nutrient that a lot of people are not getting enough of, and it doesn’t get tested for regularly, so a lot of people don’t even realize, especially if you don’t eat a lot or any seafood. Sometimes, the iodine deficiency can lead to cravings, so if this is the cause of your cravings, seaweed snacks can be a really good option.
Keto friendly dark chocolate and cacao nibs
Craving something a bit sweet? A small square of stevia sweetened dark chocolate or regular chocolate that has at least an 80% cocoa content or higher is a safe choice. Cacao nibs are great too, especially when added to nut butter. The calories add up quickly though, so keep the portions small.