FOR cheese and meat lovers, the keto diet is the dream – with fry-ups, cheese burgers (minus the bread!) and Nando’s chicken all allowed on the plan.
However, when snack time comes around things can get a little trickier.
This is because you have to get the body into a state of ketosis meaning you have to ditch carbs, and eat fats and proteins instead.
This means you have to wave goodbye to staple snack items like granola bars, crisps, biscuits and sweets.
Despite this, Natures Plus nutritionist Michela Vagnini you can still enjoy a midday treat when going keto – and that there are plenty of options you can have.
In particular, she says going keto is one of the best methods to burn fat and transform your physique.
Keto is the perfect fat burning diet
Michela Vagnini, nutritionist
She says: “Ketogenic diet and lifestyle is the perfect way to stop cravings and reduce that constant hunger feeling as it helps to stabilise your glycaemic levels (balance the sugar in your blood).
“It also helps you to use fat as source of energy making it the perfect fat burning diet and lifestyle.”
Here, Michela takes us through the best keto friendly snacks that won’t ruin your weight loss goals…
1. Clotted cream and strawberries
You may think strawberries and cream are only for the summer or if you’re sat watching Wimbledon – but they also make a great midday treat if you’re on the keto diet.
Strawberries – along with other berries – are one fruit that is lower in carbohydrates and is a ketogenic favourite as a dessert or snack in small amounts.
Clotted cream is also very high in fat which makes it a good option too.
2. Olives and feta cheese
For a snack that needs zero preparation, Michela recommends reaching for the olive jar.
Olives are mostly made up of fat, specifically healthy monounsaturated fat, and they’re low in calories and carbs.
Feta is also basically the perfect keto food, given it’s high fat, moderate protein and low carb.
Michela says: “Add olives to all your veggies and stews to give that extra fat content and great flavour.”
3. Vegetable sticks with tahini or hummus
Vegetables are big part of keto diet and lots of the side effects of starting a low carb high fat diet comes from low vegetable intake.
Choose high fibre vegetables like cucumber, celery, fennel, endives, gem lettuce or broccoli sprouts.
Michela says: “Remember, vegetables might seem high in carbs but once you remove the fibre content you get the net carbs, which is what we look into in keto.”
Tahini is made of sesame seeds and contains high fat and fibres.
4. Natures Plus keto bars
These low carbs high protein bars will keep you full for a long duration of time.
They contain only 3g of net carbs but 21g of protein from whey, rice, pea and soy.
They also contain vital nutrients from whole food concentrates of more than 45 fruits, vegetables and nutrient-rich green foods.
5. Organic chia seeds and blueberry pot
On a keto diet, chia seeds are great as they pack a whole lot of protein, as well as plenty of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids.
Michela recommends making an organic chia seeds, walnuts and blueberry pot – which totals 119 calories, 10.4g of fat and 3.57g of protein.
Just be careful with blueberries, because their carbs can rapidly add up.
Nuts are a great option given they’re healthy, high fat and low carb – but they could get a bit boring long term.
Having said that Michela says you can make things a little bit more exciting by having them with some berries and full fat plain yoghurt or clotted cream.