I’ve been on a modified Keto diet for about seven months now. I admit it wasn’t easy getting started. It’s hard to get a lot of fat into your diet in the summer, but as the cooler months prevailed, I found my groove. If you’re thinking of trying this diet, bear in mind, there’s a lot of work involved. I spend most of my weekends cooking and prepping meals for lunch and dinner.
I’m happy to say it’s working for me. My bloodwork has improved, I’ve lost weight – which, if you know my struggles with my thyroid, you understand has always been my white whale. (Pun intended) I’ve also found it easier to replace food items so there are fewer foods I miss. But yes, it is hard to pass the bread basket at my favorite Italian restaurant without taking a piece or opting for a steak while everyone else indulges in pasta.
Luckily, because the Keto diet is going more mainstream, many restaurants and eateries are incorporating food options like cauliflower pizza crusts into their regular menu. As the boom continues, I anticipate we’ll see more options popping up.
Along my journey, I’ve experimented with snacks and on-the-go products to help streamline my time thinking about food. Here are some of my favorites to help you out. (Note: these are Amazon affiliate links, which means I get a few pennies if you use them to make a purchase). You may disagree, and if you’ve found a better or tastier product, be sure to add it in the comments here!
Vermont Turkey Pepperoni Sticks: These are smaller than your average jerky stick. I usually pair one with a string cheese for a quick bite in between meals or when I’m just craving a little salt.
Love Good Fats bars: These delightful bars of chocolate bliss come in a lot of flavors. I started with the assortment pack and even the ones I wasn’t sure I’d like were tastier than I anticipated.
Pork King Pork Rind breadcrumbs: Sure, you can make them yourself. But if you’re like me and just can’t get past the smell of pork rinds to crumb them, these are a godsend! You can use them in place of breadcrumbs in just about any recipe and even your persnickety family members (in my case, the Hubster) won’t notice.
Miracle Noodle Shirataki rice: I’ve yet to find a suitable replacement for pasta. Yes, I’ve tried zoodles and the shirataki pasta, but nothing clings to sauce and gives you that same “bite” texture than real pasta. So I usually skip pasta altogether. But if you just want some rice under your chili or in your keto tomato soup, this is a good option, if you’re not a fan of cauliflower rice.
Stevia-sweetened water drops. I’m posting two here because it really depends upon personal taste, your flavor preferences and how much you like in your water. If you’re like me and can’t drink gallons of plain water, these are two good options that mimic those drops like Mio or Crystal Light. The first is Sweet Leaf Natural Water Drops and the second is Stur. Each comes in a variety of flavors so shop for what you like. They are, as the description I posted implies, Stevia-sweetened, so if you’re not a fan, I don’t know if these will be for you.
Shrewd Food Baked Cheddar Protein Crisps: These are like cheese balls so if you like puffs dusted with cheese powder or miss that crunch of a Cheeto, I’ve found these to be a suitable substitute. They come in other flavors, including sweet if you miss popping…say…a handful of Cocoa Puffs in your mouth. There’s also a crouton version I recommend for salads. If you use them in soup, be aware, they maintain their texture and crunch.
Choc Zero Keto Bark: Craving a little chocolate? These are a nice quick fix for dark chocolate and almond lovers like me. There’s also a milk chocolate version if you prefer a sweeter, creamier chocolate but I’ve honestly never tried it because I’m a dark fan.
Remember, a lot of the items I’ve listed above are not for everyday use, but they are a handy fix if you travel a lot like I do and need to keep stuff in a hotel room or carry-on bag to avoid falling off the Keto wagon. I know I’ve missed a lot of other food options I’ve found, so I’ll be doing this as a routine thread. Keep an eye out for future recommendations and, again, if you have any you’ve discovered, please share! I’m always looking for new items to add to my repertoire.