When I first started the keto diet, I was so excited. For the first few weeks, I stuck to my meal plan exactly.
I found the willpower to overcome the desire to snack by watching my weight go down on the scale.
But after a while, when my weight loss began to slow, I started to lose motivation, especially on stressful or super busy days.
When I had a long day at the office, I didn’t feel like going through the extra effort of finding a keto-friendly snack. It just wasn’t worth it to me.
I just wanted to reward myself for getting through the day, not have to stress about where I was going to find a bite to eat that wouldn’t rip my body out of ketosis.
It was very hard. After all, not only are the usual culprits like cookies and chips out of the equation, but you also can’t eat too much fruit or handfuls of nuts anymore.
It can start to feel like carbs are hiding everywhere and outside of your meal planned options, you may find yourself strapped for a healthy snack.
But, there are plenty of keto-friendly snacks out there, they just may not be what you’re used to.
One of the best mid-day pick-me-ups you can choose is an iced coffee. If you put a lot of cream in it, you will be contributing to your fat macros for the day while adding relatively few carbs.
Many people also choose to purchase keto bars and other low-carb bars that are made for dieters. But buying these bars all of the time can get pretty expensive.
Fortunately, there are plenty of low-cost, low-carb snacks out there like:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sugar-free popsicles
- Pepperoni slices
- Port rinds
- Laughing cow cheese
- String cheese
- Beef jerky (sugar free)
These snacks are all super convenient. In fact, many of them can even be found in your local convenience store.
Now that you have some good last-minute options, you have no excuse not to stick to your ketogenic diet.
But snacking often isn’t a good habit to get into regardless. You can easily end up going over your calorie or carb limit for the day if you don’t factor your snacks into your meal plan.
If you find yourself snacking a lot, you may want to reconsider the portions of your meals and the things you are eating.
Play around a bit. Try to find a way to eat the right foods so that you are feeling full and focused all day long.