It’s 3:30 p.m. and your stomach is rumbling. That salad you ate for lunch hit the spot, but it just isn’t quite holding you over today.
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If you’re following a keto diet and eating high-fat meals with moderate amounts of protein and plenty of vegetables for fiber, hopefully this doesn’t happen too often. But sometimes, a snack is inevitable.
Ideally, you should approach a snack with the same philosophy as a meal.
“Good keto-friendly snacks are balanced with quality sources of protein, healthy fats and minimal carbohydrates,” says Ariana Cucuzza, RD, a dietitian in the Center for Functional Medicine. “It should be something that will fuel and sustain the body until the next meal.”
For example, whole seeds and nuts are good options. Walnuts, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts are among the most nutrient-dense choices, according to Cucuzza, while peanuts (which are actually a legume) have a less appealing fat profile.
If you get bored with plain nuts, try mixing things up by roasting them with spices like cinnamon, rosemary, cayenne pepper or turmeric.
Store-bought, seed-based crackers and veggies with guacamole or nut-based “cheese” spread on top are also tasty, well-rounded options.
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