By now, I am sure you have heard about the Keto diet. If you are anything like me, you went full force in the diet and fell off the wagon the moment it became inconvenient. Because I travel so much, I had to learn how to pack more travel friendly Keto snack options to help curb cravings or even act as a meal when no other options are available.
This low carb diet has increasingly gained popularity because of its effectiveness. When you lower your intake of carbs, your body goes into a metabolic state of Ketosis which essentially helps increase the breakdown of fats in the liver while preventing fat storage, typical of a high carb diet. While the premise is straightforward, it can be extremely difficult to turn down carbs (heavenly warm bread!) especially during travel.
While frequent snacking isn’t recommended during the Keto diet, sometimes we all need a quick bite for a little extra energy and it’s always good to have back up food options, especially when traveling. If you need some travel friendly Keto snack ideas, check out these low carb snacks perfect for munching on the road.
The first thing to keep in mind is that if you are following the Keto diet and trying to achieve true ketosis, you have to maintain close to zero carbs, a moderate intake of protein and a large dose of healthy fats. It also means you should stick to foods that do not contain preservatives and go after fresh snacks with few ingredients, when possible.
While there are a few of these that are travel friendly, a lot of your Keto snacking go-tos at home aren’t very practical to travel with. Here is a list of the best options for Keto travel snacks I have found.
Tomatoes actually aren’t supposed to be refrigerated so they make an awesome travel snack. Just pack them in a hard reusable storage container so that they don’t get smooshed. Pop a few of these in for a juicy snack, but not too many because the carbs will add up.
Whenever I crave potato chips, I reach for my Moon Cheese. If I bring along just one snack, it’s this. These cheese bites have a delicious crunch with only 70 calories and 4-5 grams of protein per serving – making it perfectly Keto-friendly and easy to eat on the go. I love that it is all natural, gluten free and there is no need to refrigerate. Made with 100% cheese (it’s the only ingredient!), I like all three varieties – Cheddar, Gouda and Pepper Jack. Once you try them (you can find them at Starbucks, Whole Foods, or CVS), you’ll agree that Moon Cheese is totally a Keto snacking game changer!
Boil a couple of eggs and toss them in your bag. These are great for a fast, filling snack with a solid amount of protein. Keep the shells on and wrap in a napkin before placing into a reusable bag or container.
Munch on some olives (only in olive juice, no oils) to satiate and calm hunger pangs. I’m a huge fan of these handy Black Olives to Go packs – yummm!
Cut up veggies with low carb counts to eat on the go. Celery, Broccoli or Green Beans are great travel companions.
Garlic Spinach Chips
Sometimes you need a warm snack that fills your whole house with a delicious aroma. Try baking some Garlic Spinach Chips from our very own recipe. I bet they won’t last more than a minute!
Seaweed Paper Snacks
Seaweed paper snacks have a great crunch that will help get over your longing for a potato chip, but be sure to carefully read the ingredient list to avoid anything that might be incompatible with the Keto diet.
If you need a savory snack, pepperoni is perfect. Just be sure to buy ones that are organic and keep it to a minimum.
Good ol’ fashioned beef jerky is always a great snack. Look for natural jerkies with few ingredients and no added sugars. Be sure to not exceed your daily protein macros!
Celery and Peanut Butter
This childhood classic is a great snack option as long as the peanut butter is low/no sugar.
Be careful with this snack, because you can eat way too much at once. Stick to a small amount and stay away from nuts with higher amounts of carbs. Nuts such as macadamia, pecan, and Brazil nuts have lower carbs and are great for a quick snack. About 1 ounce of nuts is best – more than that and the carbs add up throwing you out of ketosis.
Yeah, you read that right. CHOCOLATE. Sometimes I just have to have a chocolate fix to make it through the day. Cacao nibs are teeny bits of chocolate in the purest form and will help curb sweet tooth urges. If you like your chocolate in bar form, go for 100% dark with no added sugars. But don’t go crazy with these. It’s way too easy to eat too many and the calories add up!
Keto Cookies/Fat Bombs
These delectable treats are great for a yummy snack. You can find plenty of easy Keto Fat Bomb recipes on Pinterest, some with few ingredients to keep it simple and give you the sweetness you crave. However, be careful about what ingredients you use to make sure they are truly Keto-friendly and don’t scarf them down, which may be very tempting.
This post sponsored by Moon Cheese in collaboration with Blog Meets Brand.