We’ve all been there. It’s the end of the day, you have no carbs left, but you want a snack. Even most low-carb snacks have at least one or two grams of net carbohydrates, so what should you do when you’ve hit your carb limit? Well, here are five keto snacks you can enjoy when you’ve hit your carb limit for the day!
Don’t be fooled! Not all cheese is 0g net carbs. Some cheeses naturally have a small carb content, while others (such as shredded cheese) contain preservatives and fillers that add a few carbs. Stick to cheeses like gruyere or goat cheese and avoid American cheese, shredded cheeses, or cheese sticks.
2. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky cured in salt is the perfect 0g carb treat! Make sure that it doesn’t contain added flavorings, seasonings, or sugar. These can increase the carb content of the beef jerky. When shopping for no carb snacks, be sure to check the ingredients and nutrition facts panel!
3. Pork Rinds / Chicharrones
Pork rinds are naturally 0g of carbs. Some brands may offer seasoned pork rinds that contain sugar or maltodextrin, which can increase the carb count. Make sure to only select pork rinds with seasonings like salt and pepper. Avoid flavored pork rinds like maple bacon or pizza!
4. Pili Nuts
Pili nuts are a small nut that is commonly sourced from the rainforest. These nuts are high in protein but have 0g net carbs per serving! A 1/4 cup (30g) serving has 1g of total carbohydrates and 1g of fiber.
5. Homemade Gelatin
If you are craving jello on a keto diet, there is a tasty 0 carb alternative! Unflavored gelatin has 0g net carbs per serving. Simple add fruit extracts or 0 calorie water enhances (like Mio) to add a fruity flavor!
Staying within the appropriate carbohydrate limit is important for maintaining your metabolic state of ketosis which causes you to burn fat for fuel, instead of carbohydrates.
Generally speaking you should not exceed 50 grams of total carbohydrates or 25 grams of net carbohydrates per day when following the keto nutrition plan. Net carbs are calculated by subtracting grams of fiber and sugar alcohols from total carbohydrate intake. Choosing foods that are high in fat and moderate in protein will result in lower overall carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
What’s Your Favorite No Carb Keto Snack?
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