Healthy Bites for a Body in Ketosis
In the world of diet trends there always seems to be a new health solution around the corner. Not all meal plans are made equal, but the ketogenic model (a current favourite of many nutritionists and trainers) can be both healthy and sustainable when followed properly.
What is all this “keto” business anyway? A ketogenic diet is very low in carbs but high in healthy fats. Removing sources of glucose from the diet causes the body to release fatty acids which are transformed into ketones by the liver, and then used as the primary source of energy.
Snack time cravings are often the trickiest for anyone following a specific diet. We’re sharing some of our favourite keto-friendly plant-based snack ideas to help keep you on track.
For anyone struggling with their sweet tooth while trying to keep the sugar and carbs to a minimum, this is an easy, no-bake solution to all your afternoon snacking needs.
Crackers are an incredibly versatile snack, easy to dip or top with any number of flavour combinations. Traditionally high in carbs, however, they are problematic when following a ketogenic diet. This recipe uses a variety of seeds in place of simple starches, without losing that satisfying crunch.
Here at SnackConscious, we designed our very own SnackBomb recipe to deliver maximum energy when you need it. Each of our different flavours are loaded with healthy fats and protein, making them a perfect ketogenic snack.
Some comfort foods are tougher to give up than others. Replace starchy potatoes with cauliflower, however, and you don’t have to! These crunchy bites make a great keto snack idea, or try them as a side or appetizer.
Fuel up your morning with this low-carb shake, high in healthy fats including MCT oil for a quick burst of energy.
Sweet and nutty, this dip is a great addition to fresh cut fruit or veggies, just watch your portion size when you’re counting your carb intake for the day. Try substituting different nut butters to switch up the flavour.
This dip’s healthy fats come from sunflower seeds, keeping it delightfully creamy while still completely vegan.
Chip craving? Check. Cheese craving? Check. Satisfying your taste buds while keeping it healthy with neither of those ingredients? Check.
Peanut butter cups get a low-sugar, low-carb makeover with these delicious high-protein “fat bombs”. No baking required!
Lovers of bread rejoice: it’s possible to keep keto and still enjoy the occasional breadstick with this genius low-carb recipe.
Cashews are a fantastic source of healthy fats, and coconut adds a touch of sweetness without the health drawbacks of refined sugar. Sweet and salty, you’re going to love having these little clusters on hand for snack time.
Jerky is an obvious staple snack of the standard ketogenic diet, offering protein and healthy fats in a portable form. Our SnackConscious SnackSticks have the same nutritional density and convenience, while remaining kind to the animal kingdom.
Hemp seeds are a wonder food, full of essential fatty acids that help our bodies combat illness and disease. These tasty vegan bars are a high protein, low-carb ketogenic snack you can feel good about putting in your body.
Many store-bought guacamoles contain added sugar and preservatives that can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Make your own guac with this great recipe—it’ll taste better fresh, and you’ll reap all the benefits of the healthy fats in avocado.
Perfect to dunk into the guacamole above, these crisps are an entirely plant based and low-carb way to satisfy your desire for a salty crunch.
Using minimal sweetener, these tasty macaroons deliver fats, proteins, and antioxidants all in one convenient bite-sized treat.
We’ll admit it; it’s impossible to replace the real thing. But when you’re watching your carbohydrate intake, it’s nice to have a few healthier movie snacking options on hand before you curl up with Netflix for the evening.
This wonderfully creamy pudding is completely free of refined sugars, while managing to taste just like a bite of your favourite fall pie.
Is it a brownie? Is it a cookie? It’s both… and neither. Sugar-free and just the right amount of fudgy, this keto-friendly snack incorporates almonds and walnuts to deliver high-protein energy that will carry you through the afternoon.
Sushi is often suggested on ketogenic or paleo diets, as it delivers a large amount of protein in a relatively small (and carb-free) package. Substitute fish with seitan and you’ve got yourself a perfect vegan alternative.
Nobody who sees you eating these will expect that you’re on any kind of “diet”. Avocado’s high fat content easily replaces the starch of potatoes in this recipe… watch your plate for wandering fingers.
Typically eaten at breakfast, overnight oats are also a great healthy, keto-friendly snack at any time of day. This recipe cuts out the high carb value of oatmeal and replaces it with fibre and protein-rich hemp hearts.
Vegan cream cheese provides the protein and fat base for these addictive little bites of dough. Our cookie dough never makes it into the oven anyway, let’s be honest.
Dark chocolate and cacao powder make these quick-to-make mug cakes rich in flavour without all of the usual sugar content. Ready in minutes, they’re high in fat but low in carbs: the perfect ketogenic-friendly dessert.
Skip the commercial trail mixes for this low-carb version when you’re on the go. Cinnamon and sprinkle of salt amp up the taste without impacting your health goals.
Are you a vegan practicing a ketogenic diet with some killer recipes in your back pocket? We’d love to hear your go-to snacks, meals, and cooking tips. Give us a shout or share in the comments section.
As with any diet, the ketogenic meal plan is not for everyone—always check in with a health-care professional or dietician before starting a new nutrition plan.