When you’re looking to lose weight, what you want more than anything is to burn excess fat. Going on a diet and exercising will help you lose weight overall, but a lot of the time the weight loss can be attributed to water weight and loss of lean muscle mass. If you are wanting to get rid of fat specifically, you need to attain a state of ketosis in your body.
Ketosis, as described in this Green Force Keto review, is a metabolic state whereby your body turns to burn fat for energy, as opposed to burning carbohydrates. Fat is a much more efficient fuel for your body. Plus, if you are burning carbs instead, then that fat is made into fat stores – that excess mass around your midsection.
You can enter ketosis by limiting your carbohydrate intake, as well as through supplementation. If you want to follow a more keto diet, there are many snacks you can enjoy to help this cause.
Healthy Keto Snacks to Help Attain Ketosis
When you think snacks, you are probably thinking of stuff that is unhealthy for you. And while a certain amount of unhealthy snacks are alright now and then – after all, with the keto diet you are trying to eat more fats and fewer carbohydrates – there a number of healthy options that are keto-friendly. I’ll go through a number of my favorites below.
If you want to get more fats in your keto diet and don’t have time for a full meal, the following options are ready to eat and can give you what you need to move towards ketosis.
I love snacking on nuts, and these are some of the best towards a keto diet. Relative to other kinds of nuts, they are high in monounsaturated fat while also being particularly low in omega-6 fats.
These are a great source of being high in fat, while relatively low in protein. While it tastes best in guacamole form or on a sandwich, they can make a great raw snack with the addition of a little bit of salt and pepper.
Note: not all dark chocolate, but keto-friendly dark chocolate. Look for a variety that is not sweetened with stevia or other low-carb sweeteners and has 80% or higher cocoa content. I talk about the benefits of dark chocolate here.
Sure, it tastes great on a pizza, but you know that isn’t exactly the healthiest thing to put in your body. Instead, you can eat slices of pepperoni as a snack. Try to find some at the deli where it is not as highly processed. Your best bets are natural and organic, free of preservatives and additives.
Same as before with dark chocolate, these can be a great snack that is helpful in a keto diet. Just don’t go overboard with them. Find the kinds with low sugar and high cacao content, such as these cacao nibs I review here.
High Fat and Protein Snacks
If you want to get more fat into your diet, as well as a bit of protein, these are all great choices.
Look for a brand that is low carb (or even better, no carb) and has few added ingredients.
If you can’t find such a variety, you can also make your own jerky at home with a food dehydrator.
Who doesn’t love a little PB? It’s a great way to get some protein and fill up your belly and reduce hunger cravings between meals. They are also a great source of healthy fat. Like I note throughout this post, look for one that is low in sugar and carbs.
Full Fat Cheese
I always feel like a kid when I eat some string cheese, and I love it! Not only are they a convenient and delicious snack, but they make great keto friendly snacks that are full of fat and protein. Whether it be string cheese, a block of cheese, or a cheese wheel, full-fat cheese can be a wonderful snack.
Low-Calorie Keto Snack Options
While all the options above are great, some of them can be a little high in calories if you are not careful with the brand you buy. Here are a few options if you want a healthy weight loss snack that doesn’t overdo your calorie intake.
For the best results, drink it black (no added sugars) to give yourself a jolt of energy as well as boost your ketones. For a little extra fat, you can also add some heavy cream.
I never was a tea drinker until recently, and now it has become a nightly ritual for me. I love herbal tea – lots of flavor, few calories. Just like with coffee, you can add some heavy cream for added fat.
Take a bite out of some keto-friendly veggies to tide yourself over between meals. Carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower are all great options. For added taste, dip them in a guacamole dip (for that keto-friendly avocado).