One of today’s major diet trends is cutting carbohydrates. This may be for weight management; improved fitness or mental clarity or to manage health issues; dietary intolerances or allergies. Among the low-carb eating approaches, the ketogenic diet is getting the most attention this year, as a new generation explores how to reduce carbohydrates to such a low level that the body burns fat for energy instead of the sugar found in grains, starchy vegetables, fruit and sweets.
If this sounds familiar, it is. The Atkins diet of the 1990s followed the same principle. In fact, it’s still possible to find Atkins’ products to support a low-carb eating plan. Atkins’ convenient frozen meals, snack bars and protein-rich shakes are readily available, as are new SlimFast Keto meal shakes and snacks. More recently, gluten-free and grain-free diets, paleo plans, and an embrace of good fats from grass-fed butter, coconuts, avocados and nuts are also fueling a broader interest in the many keto products appearing on grocery shelves.
New products that meet ketogenic-diet requirements offer benefits to those not necessarily following that strict regimen. Consuming less sugar, more protein and good fat is a goal for many. The sugar alcohols (xylitol, erythritol, sorbitol) and high-intensity sweeteners (stevia, monk fruit, sucralose) used in many sweetened keto products may be less appealing to some, but the popularity of Halo Top, Enlightened, Breyers CarbSmart and other low-carb ice creams indicates broad acceptance by those eager for a treat that fits their eating plan.
For protein seekers, tasty, quick keto snacks with meat, cheese and eggs abound. EPIC offers portable meat bars, pork and venison bites, and meat sticks, all made from humanely raised animals. Bone broth now comes in heat-and-sip cups, from brands like Nona Lim, and in instant stick packs from LonoLife. Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Collagen Powder can be added to smoothies for a quick nutrition boost. Peckish hard-boiled egg kits include several seasoning-pack options, upping the flavor experience of this everyday high-protein, low-carb staple.
Friendly and filling fat comes handily from a host of cheese, nut and seed foods. ParmCrisps and Sonoma Creamery Parmesan Crisps are thin, crispy, real-cheese wafers that are also popular with gluten-free-cracker seekers. Nut butters with low or no sugar also fit the bill, as do Dang keto bars, made from almond butter, coconut and cocoa butter.
The keto diet isn’t for everyone, but check out new keto snack options for nourishing ingredients that are packaged for easy nutritional access.
Want to make your own keto snack? Try our quick and easy Keto Fat Bombs recipe.