To Snack or Not To Snack...
So far, I’ve shared a lot of recipes for lunch, dinner, and dessert, but I haven’t really shared information about snack food. There is actually a reason for that.
On a ketogenic diet, you get your best results if you don’t snack.
I know, we’ve been told for years that we should eat something every 2 hours to keep hunger at bay; but this applies to a more “traditional” diet. And as we are all aware, a keto diet is anything but traditional.
Lunch and dinner should be your primary meals of the day. I don’t usually eat breakfast because I do intermittent fasting (meaning I don’t eat from 8:00 p.m until 12:00 p.m the following day). This forces my body to burn fat for energy instead of food. I then eat a nice-sized lunch (usually a salad or leftovers from the day before), and I don’t eat anything again until dinner. Dinner is always the biggest meal of the day and always includes lots of healthy fats so I can make it through my fast without being hungry.
Believe me, though - I understand completely that some days you just need “a little something.” Unfortunately, our days of binge-eating Doritos on the couch are over (that’s how many of us got into our current situations in the first place). But, if you are going to snack, there are plenty of keto-friendly options. Just remember to TRACK whatever you eat, and keep in mind that you will not be able to eat as much at your primary meal times, which may affect how hungry you are the next day.
Snacks need to be low in carbs and high in fat, which include items like pepperoni, cheese, and almonds. Be careful with any nuts you eat - they tend to be higher in protein and carbs and can really derail your macros. Almonds and macadamia nuts are usually the safest choices.
If you feel the need to “crunch,” good old celery sticks offer the most nutritional value. But if you’re looking for “junk,” pork rinds or cheese crisps are good choices. Again, just be mindful of your macros.
A ketogenic diet forces you to change the way you think about fueling your body - and not just by cutting carbs. It also makes you cut unnecessary meals and snacks so you can burn fat and reach your weight loss goals more quickly.