Preparation is key when it comes to the keto diet. Try these high-fat, low-carb keto snacks the next time you need to refuel on the run on a ketogenic diet.
It’s no secret that the ketogenic (or keto) diet is very restrictive. However, planning out your meals in advance and packing healthy keto snacks to take on the go is the key to maintaining this low-carb lifestyle — and burning major fat!
“The keto diet is a high-fat, very low-carbohydrate diet with the goal of changing the way your body fuels itself. Instead of using carbs, your body turns to its fat stores to break down and use as energy,” a state called ketosis, explains Pam Nisevich Bede, RD, a registered dietitian and keto expert with ZonePerfect. The goal is to cut carb intake down to 5 to 10 percent of daily calories, increase fats to make up about 75 to 80 percent of daily calories and leave the remainder for protein.
However, remaining in ketosis is dependent on being prepared, and that requires having healthy, low-carb snacks that tame cravings on hand.
Snacks have the potential to make or break a diet, so it’s important to choose ones that fit the keto structure and keep you in that fat-burning zone. You should also choose snacks that are packed with nutrients, as these will help keep you fuller longer and provide essential vitamins and minerals to strengthen your muscles and provide sustainable energy. Look to these healthy and convenient keto snacks that just happen to be very delicious too!
Veggies and Dip
You can feel great about chopping up veggies and dunking them in a creamy dip. “Cucumbers, celery, zucchini and mushrooms are all naturally low in carbohydrates and are great to be paired with a low-carb dip,” says Bede. Try this rich, creamy artichoke dip from Ruled.me, which is high in fats, low in carbs and full of flavor.
Plus, the veggies provide important vitamins and minerals and boast a high water content to keep you hydrated. According to a July 2014 study published in Nutrients, a common side effect of the keto diet is dehydration, so eating foods that boost hydration levels, in addition to drinking plenty of water, can counteract the effects.