Keto-friendly chips are often protein-based and made from meat, almond flour, and other low-carb ingredients that are conducive to staying in ketosis. Make sure to study the nutrition label to see what their primary ingredient is, the oil they are cooked in, and their net carbs (total carbs minus dietary fiber) to see if they will fit in your macros reasonably for a small snack.
One great keto substitute for chips (especially if you’re a potato chip lover) is pork rinds. They still have a delightfully salty, fatty taste and a satisfying crunch but without the carb content. Instead, pork rinds consist mostly of protein and fat. They often make a perfect chip substitute for those who miss the crunch and flavor of chips. Remember, you don’t want to overeat this snack because it is high in sodium, MSG, and often artificial flavors.
There are also healthier ways that you can get a bit of crunch in your diet without resorting to a bag of your favorite crinkle-cut potato chips. Depending on your favorite flavor, you may enjoy crispy kale chips or roasted jalapeno cheese crisps.
If you crave crackers like the famous Cheez-Its, you might be able to substitute them for these keto homemade Cheez-Its or a multiseed cracker.
The only downside is that homemade snacks like these require more prep work than simply popping open a bag of chips. On the other hand, you will know every ingredient that goes into these recipes and can ultimately trust that they won’t undo all of your hard work to live a healthier lifestyle.
Cutting Back on Chips
The unfortunate reality is that most chips aren’t going to fit into your new keto diet, but you have a few options. You can look for bags that are marked as keto-friendly with low carb counts, opt for small servings of pork rinds, or make your own chips and crackers at home. However, even if you’re used to eating lots of chips in your pre-keto diet, keto is known for helping people stay full and satiated and going keto often reduces or eliminates cravings for junk and snack food. So if you’re new to keto: give it some time. You may find you don’t even miss your favorite chips.