Like most people – I gained weight over the last year. Stress eating at its best, thanks to the pandemic and all the factors that came along with it. Fast-forward to the midsummer of 2021 with a glimmer of light at the end of this tunnel (finally!) and I’m back on the keto – intermittent fasting bandwagon. Easing into the regime, I find it’s helpful to have snacks on hand that are keto friendly. With the popularity of keto, there are so many options other than nuts (pricey!) and cut up veggies (yawn!). Check out these brand offerings for your next hike, school lunch or busy week ahead:
Gone are the days of those hard – almost stale snack bars. Give these chewy Double Chocolate soft baked bars by GOOD TO GO a try instead. Available in a variety of flavors, like Chocolate Mint and Vanilla Almond. You can even warm them up for that fresh baked cake texture. GOOD TO Go is a member of the 1% for the Planet, so while they support your health, they also support the health of the planet too.
Instead of committing to one flavour, Nature’s Garden gives you the option of three in one Trail Mix Snack Pack: Omega 3 Deluxe Mix, Heart Healthy Trail Mix and Cranberry Healthy Mix. Having straight roasted nuts as a snack can be costly. Yet, mixing the almonds and walnuts with seeds, like pepitas, gives you variety as well as being cost effective. Great on their own, you can add these snack packs to a green salad or full fat Greek Yogurt for an extra crunch.
Known for their popcorn and paleo puffs, Lesser Evil also has soft baked mini cookies as well. These Keto Certified, gluten free, non-GMO verified kosher uses organic coconut sugar and flour in the mix. While my birthday celebration had to be put on hold (I’m still holding out for this year’s soiree), I can have my cake and eat it too with their new Birthday cake flavor. Fudge Brownie also joins the original Almond Butter Chocolate Chips for a trifecta of goodness. Sold in-stores at Costco, Whole Foods Market and available with a subscription service on lesserevil.com.
Oven baked ParmCrisps made out of 100% Aged Parmesan Cheese. ParmCrisps are gluten free, sugar-free, low carb and are high in protein. It’s the perfect savory snack that comes in Original, Sour Cream & Onion, Four Cheese, Brick Oven Pizza, Cheddar, Jalapeno and Black Sesame. Best part, they crunch like a chip! Add them to your charcuterie board in place of crackers or even your salad in instead of croutons.
This one’s for the sweet-tooths out there. Writers note – being on keto and intermittent fasting has definitely curbed cravings for sugar. Yet, for the fans of the traditional peanut butter cup, Evolved has something even better- a dairy-free keto snack without any soy! These cups use a combination of Jerusalem Artichoke Fiber to give the keto chocolate a smooth taste. The Monk Fruit extract adds a bit of sweetness, so there is no additional sugar to the flavors. Available in four flavors: Coconut Butter, Coffee, Hazelnut Butter and Almond Butter.
Happy, healthy snacking!