We are a nation of grazers and honestly, I'm okay with that when we eat with purpose. The traditional idea of three square meals a day is out the window and with the way we eat here in America that has become a terrible thing. Today people eat at their desks, in front of the TV, after workouts, and late at night. The problem is that most of these snacks are carbohydrate based and loaded with sugar. Do you see a problem with that? Well, if you don't it's time to look a little closer at snacking. The current way we are snacking has thrown our pancreas out of whack, our blood sugar is up, and we are literally eating ourselves to death while our bodies are starving for what they need.
Junk snacks are high in calories, and if they aren't they are loaded with chemically engineered crap that offer no nutritional value. Snack food companies are making money by killing you, and pharmaceutical companies are sitting on the sidelines waiting for you to get your annual physical. The snack food industry grosses over 124 BILLION dollars a year in North America alone. Why are we doing this to ourselves?
If you're starting the keto diet, and you're a snack junkie, don't be afraid. Big changes are coming your way, but you don't have to give up snacking completely, you just have to change the way you view eating snacks.
Of all the choices you make each day concerning your diet, your snacks are probably the biggest offenders when it comes to weight gain. The majority of snacks you consume on a daily basis contain things like white flour, white sugar (or artificial sugars that could be even worse), corn meal and corn syrup. Oh, and let's not forget the trans-fats. Yes, donut lover I'm talking to you!
So starting today you are going to renew your mind with some new ideas on snacking. Are you ready? I know I am!
The Keto Snack:
It's time to start snacking with a purpose. All food, every single bite you take should be consumed for the purpose of fueling your body. Nothing more, nothing less. It's not about taste (though our snacks taste good), it's not about emotions, it's about living your life right now to the fullest and being healthy enough to watch those you love to the same. Heck, forget watching them, live it with them!
The first thing we are going to do is educate ourselves! I want you to walk over to your pantry and grab five snack foods. Then I want you to read the ingredients. Don't even worry about carbs or sugar. Just read the ingredients that you are putting into your body every day. What did you find? I'm going to take a wild guess and assume you saw lots of words you can't even read.
The days of eating crap are OVER!
Now walk over to your trash can and throw all of your snack foods in the garbage. Seriously, get it all out of your house now. Today is a new day, and you're making changes.
Are you done? You may want to go ahead and put that trash down by the curb or drop it at the dump. The last thing you wish to do is go dumpster diving when you get a craving. If it's not in your house, you can't eat it. I know it may be hard but trust me, you are worth it!
Ketosis Snacks List
Now it's time to go shopping. You can head over here and grab your Ketosis Snacks List to start planning your shopping trip. I even have a free printable version just to make your life a little easier.
Don't worry, there are plenty of low carb snacks available in your local grocery store. You'll notice that I have a large variety of snacks for you to choose from because this lifestyle isn't about being boring and routine. It's anything but that! Living the keto lifestyle means being free to make snack choices that help your diet, not hurt it.
When you head to the store with your printable list, be sure to read the labels on EVERYTHING. Eventually, you will come to know which brands are your go-to brands but until then you need to be careful with the snacks you are purchasing.
Another awesome thing about this diet is that as you start to lose weight and your initial goals change your diet will change as well. Once you get your body back in check, you will be able to go back to eating some of the natural snacks you limit in the beginning, like fruit. So set goals and get excited that you're going to get your body back in working order.
For now we will focus on meat, dairy, and nut-based snacks. I will continue to share snack recipes here, and you can keep adding new snacks to your menu plan. My personal recommendation is to make sure you keep two types of snacks on hand at all times. Homemade snacks using our favorite keto snack recipes and convenience snacks (like string cheese and meat sticks). We all live busy lives, so the goal is to keep this diet fresh and fun (homemade snacks) while being realistic that sometimes you need to rush to a ball game while eating a cheese stick.
Have A Request?
Do you have a favorite snack that you would like to see made into a keto-friendly version? If so, shoot us an email. We are always happy to get into the test kitchen and see what we can come up with. Also, don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list (in the sidebar) to get our recipes and posts in your inbox daily.
Remember: No sugar, carbs, trans fats, or processed "foods" are worth missing out on this incredible life. You are worth more than an Oreo, and you will never look back and regret taking good care of yourself. It's also important to remember that people are watching you. Will you be the person in your family that inspires healthy changes?