If you're following a ketogenic diet, the usual bag of pretzels you grab from your office vending machine is off the table. But don't worry — there are plenty of snacking options that fit the diet's criteria that are sure to qualm hanger pains and keep you going through the afternoon. Here are seven great keto-friendly snack ideas to keep in your back pocket.
1. Pepperoni Chips
This one-ingredient snack couldn't be more fit for the keto diet — it also couldn't be easier to make. Roast slices of pepperoni in the oven until they're crisp and you've got an irresistible snack that's great on its own or alongside your favorite cheese. Of course you can snack on pepperoni as is, but keto makes a crunchy, cracker -like food hard to come by, so pepperoni chips are a delight.
Get the recipe: Pepperoni Chips
2. Hard-Boiled or Deviled Eggs
Get the recipe: 10 Easy Ways to Snack on a Hard-Boiled Egg
3. Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are a good choice for lunch, but they also make for a great snack. Wrap up leftover chicken salad, deli meat, or sliced steak in a leaf of lettuce or a heartier green like collards and you'll be satisfied all afternoon.
Get the recipe: Collard Green Chicken Salad Wraps
4. Chia Pudding
If you're craving something sweet for a snack, turn to sugar-free chia pudding. Chia seeds are super low-carb-friendly and make a cool, creamy, and wholesome treat. We especially love using them in a riff on chocolate pudding.
Get the recipe: Vegan Chocolate-Almond Chia Pudding
5. Canned Fish
Go beyond what you generally might consider a snack to be and embrace canned fish. Try making a salad of tuna or sardines and enjoying it as is, or piled into an avocado half for a heartier snack. Those sardines are also pretty tasty on their own, with some hot sauce, mustard, and a big squeeze of lemon.
Get the recipe: Crisp Tuna-Cabbage Salad
6. Frittata Cups
Make a tray of frittata cups on Sunday and you can pack one away for a snack all week long. They keep well, can be enjoyed at room temperature, and happen to be infinitely adaptable, depending on your mood or what is in your fridge.
Get the recipe: Kale and Goat Cheese Frittata Cups
7. Turkey and Cheese Pinwheels
Grab some slices of deli turkey and cheese, roll them up together, slice them into pinwheels, and eat. A swipe of mustard, mayo, or even pesto is a nice addition in between the layers, if you're feeling fancy.
Keto for Newbies: Curious about the ketogenic diet? This high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb lifestyle puts your body in a metabolic state called ketosis, where you burns fat instead of carbohydrates as the primary fuel source. Read more here about what keto is and see all of Kitchn's coverage on keto here.