When you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or just boost your overall nutrition routine, snacking is important.
Snacking not only helps you get nutrients you might not score at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it can help keep you fueled and prevent blood sugar and insulin swings throughout the day, says Jessica Cording, R.D., a New York-based dietitian. The result: You feel more prepared to tackle whatever comes you way—from work deadlines to high-intensity workouts, she says. What’s more, by eating small nutrient-packed snacks between meals, you’re less likely to head into those meals ravenous and ready to overeat, says registered dietitian nutritionist Beth Warren, R.D.N., author of Secrets of a Kosher Girl.
The thing is, when you’re on a keto diet, finding snacks—especially on-the-go ones—can be pretty darn challenging. After all, when you follow a keto diet, you generally want to make sure your overall diet consists of 60 to 75 percent fat, 15 to 30 percent protein, and only 5 to 10 percent carbs, Warren says. And naturally, that applies to your snacks as well. That means cereal bars, pretzels, yogurt with honey, heck, potentially even some fruit, is out for you.
Errrr, so what can you snack on when following a keto diet? Frankly, it’s kind of a pain to think up ideas. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you. Here, nutritionists share easy grab-n-go keto diet snacks that will help you snack smart—and hit your macro goals—on a keto diet.