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30 Keto-friendly snacks that helped me lose 50 pounds

TODAY logo TODAY 9/5/2020 Terri Peters

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For more than a year, I've been following the wildly popular ketogenic diet. There have been vacations and cheat days here and there, but for the most part, I've stuck to it and it's paid off — I'm currently down nearly 50 pounds, have more energy and feel all-around amazing when I'm sticking to the plan.

a group of people posing for the camera: Image: Terri Peters has lost nearly 50 pounds by following the popular ketogenic diet. (Courtesy of Terri Peters) © Courtesy of Terri Peters Image: Terri Peters has lost nearly 50 pounds by following the popular ketogenic diet. (Courtesy of Terri Peters)

Because of my success — and my love of all things keto — friends who try the diet often ask me what I eat. The answer, for the most part, is meat, vegetables, dairy and other high-protein, low-carb whole foods. But like everyone, sometimes I need a snack that feels a bit more indulgent.

Throughout my experience with the ketogenic diet, I've scoured store shelves and Amazon recommendations for low-carb alternatives to foods I miss (think chocolate and potato chips) and easy-to-find pantry items to make my keto days run more smoothly.

For the friends (and readers) who want to know about those items, I've compiled this list of 26 items that frequently get added to my Amazon shopping cart.

1. Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips

While out for Mexican food with a fellow keto-eating friend, she pulled bags of these chips out for us to dip in queso. I was instantly in love. Chili lime Quest chips are my favorite flavor, but they also come in nacho and ranch. In addition to dipping them in all of the things, I like to top them with tuna or chicken salad for lunch.

Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips

a close up of food: Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips, Chili Lime, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Baked, 1.1 Ounce (Pack of 8) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips, Chili Lime, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Baked, 1.1 Ounce (Pack of 8) (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips $15.29 at Amazon
  • Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips $15.29 at The Vitamin Shoppe
  • Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips $19.01 at iHerb

2. Keto Chow Low Carb Meal Replacement Shake Mix

I'm not a big fan of protein shakes, but these low-carb shakes from Keto Chow are truly delicious. While I've yet to try a flavor I didn't like, my favorites are chocolate mint (it tastes like a thin mint cookie) and raspberry cheesecake. Simply mix in a Blender Bottle with water and heavy whipping cream and let sit overnight and you'll wake to a simple breakfast that fills you up all morning.

Keto Chow Keto Meal Replacement Shake

Keto Chow Keto Meal Replacement Shake: delicious, easy meals for keto diet, complete keto meal (Chocolate, 21 Meals) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Keto Chow Keto Meal Replacement Shake: delicious, easy meals for keto diet, complete keto meal (Chocolate, 21 Meals) (Amazon / Amazon)

Keto Chow Keto Meal Replacement Shake $72.00 at Amazon

3. Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce

There are only about 4 grams of carbohydrates in this marinara sauce, so it's perfect to use with cauliflower pizza dough, spaghetti squash or low carb pasta — all of which are essentials when following a ketogenic diet.

Rao's Marinara Sauce

a close up of a bottle: Rao's Homemade All Natural Marinara Sauce, 24 Oz (Walmart / Walmart) © Walmart Rao's Homemade All Natural Marinara Sauce, 24 Oz (Walmart / Walmart)

4. G Hughes Ketchup and Barbecue Sauces

These sugar-free versions of must-have condiments taste exactly like the real thing and are perfect for all of the chicken and burgers you inevitably eat when going keto.

G Hughes Sugar-Free Sauces

a bottle of wine: G Hughes Sugar Free Ketchup 13 oz Original Sugar Free BBQ Sauce 18 oz Sugar Free Hickory BBQ Suace 18 oz (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon G Hughes Sugar Free Ketchup 13 oz Original Sugar Free BBQ Sauce 18 oz Sugar Free Hickory BBQ Suace 18 oz (Amazon / Amazon)

G Hughes Sugar-Free Sauces $18.45 at Amazon

5. SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears Stevia-Sweetened Candy Assortment

When you're headed to the movie theater with your family or you're desperately craving sugar before you get the kids in bed, these stevia-sweetened gummy bears, sweet fish and sour buddies really do hit the spot.

SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears

SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears, Sour Gummy Bears, Sweet Fish, Sour Buddies, Assortment Pack, Low Carb, Low Sugar, 7.2 oz. Total Keto-Friendly, Stevia Sweetened Fruity (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears, Sour Gummy Bears, Sweet Fish, Sour Buddies, Assortment Pack, Low Carb, Low Sugar, 7.2 oz. Total Keto-Friendly, Stevia Sweetened Fruity (Amazon / Amazon)

SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears $11.85 at Amazon

6. HighKey Snacks Keto Mini Snickerdoodle Cookies

Craving cookies? These keto-friendly mini cookies are delicious and make a perfect snack when you need an afternoon pick-me-up or are seriously missing baked goods.

HighKey Snacks Snickerdoodle Cookies

HighKey Snacks Keto Low Carb Food Snickerdoodle Cookie - Paleo, Diabetic, Atkins Diet Friendly - Gluten Free, Low Sugar Dessert Treats & Sweets - Ketogenic Products Healthy Protein Cookies (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon HighKey Snacks Keto Low Carb Food Snickerdoodle Cookie - Paleo, Diabetic, Atkins Diet Friendly - Gluten Free, Low Sugar Dessert Treats & Sweets - Ketogenic Products Healthy Protein Cookies (Amazon / Amazon)

HighKey Snacks Snickerdoodle Cookies $13.97 at Amazon

7. Now Keto MCT Oil Powder, Salted Caramel

In my expensive-but-worth-it keto arsenal is this MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil powder. I put a scoop in my coffee every morning with a splash of heavy cream, and of all the foods on this list, it's what I'm most addicted to. I've tried to quit ordering it, but my coffee seems sad without it. If you love coffee and you're eating a ketogenic diet, it's definitely worth the splurge.

NOW KETO MCT Oil Powder

a can of soda: NOW KETO(R) Keto MCTs Oil Powder from Coconuts | Low Carb High Fat | Medium Chain Triglyceride | Ketogenic Diet Supplement | Boosts Ketones for Keto Diet. Great Keto Coffee Creamer. (Salted Caramel) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon NOW KETO(R) Keto MCTs Oil Powder from Coconuts | Low Carb High Fat | Medium Chain Triglyceride | Ketogenic Diet Supplement | Boosts Ketones for Keto Diet. Great Keto Coffee Creamer. (Salted Caramel) (Amazon / Amazon)

NOW KETO MCT Oil Powder $39.99 at Amazon

8. True Lemon, Lime, Orange & Grapefruit Sampler Pack

Following a keto diet not only makes you thirsty, but it's also important to drink plenty of water any time you're trying to get healthier. True Lemon is my secret weapon for chugging half my body weight in ounces of water every day. The grapefruit is my favorite flavor, but with this sampler pack, you can try them all and find your own favorite.

True Citrus Sampler Pack

a close up of food: True Lemon, Lime, Orange & Grapefruit 32ct Boxes Sampler Pack (4 packs) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon True Lemon, Lime, Orange & Grapefruit 32ct Boxes Sampler Pack (4 packs) (Amazon / Amazon)

True Citrus Sampler Pack $14.01 at Amazon

9. BisKeto Low Carb Almond Cookies

Mmmm, more cookies. My favorite way to enjoy these delicious low-carb almond cookies is in the afternoon with a cup of herbal tea.

BisKeto Low Carb Cookies

a close up of a sandwich: Low Carb Cookies BisKeto - Keto Snacks, Low Net Carbs, No Sugar, Gluten & Grain Free, Ketogenic Diet Friendly & Healthy Snack Food - Box with 6 Packs,12 Cookies (Almond) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Low Carb Cookies BisKeto - Keto Snacks, Low Net Carbs, No Sugar, Gluten & Grain Free, Ketogenic Diet Friendly & Healthy Snack Food - Box with 6 Packs,12 Cookies (Almond) (Amazon / Amazon)

BisKeto Low Carb Cookies $12.99 at Amazon

10. Tease Tea 30-Day Triple Teatox Cleanse and Detox Kit

Speaking of herbal tea, one of my favorites — since I've started the ketogenic diet — is this detox blend from Tease Tea. And, since ordering this kit on Amazon, I've gone down the rabbit hole of ordering teas directly from Tease — the Golden Slumbers blend knocks both my husband and I out at bedtime (try it with a splash of heavy whipping cream and some vanilla stevia for keto heaven).

Tease Tea Detox Treatment

Tease Tea Organic Detox Treatment - 30 Day Triple Teatox Cleanse and Detox Kit (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Tease Tea Organic Detox Treatment - 30 Day Triple Teatox Cleanse and Detox Kit (Amazon / Amazon)

Tease Tea Detox Treatment $29.99 at Amazon

11. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweetener

Adding this vanilla stevia to hot or iced teas is a delicious way to satisfy sugar cravings. And, I've been known to whip a bit of it into heavy whipping cream to top low-carb berries with for dessert.

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener,

a close up of a bottle: SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener, Vanilla Creme, 2 Ounce (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener, Vanilla Creme, 2 Ounce (Amazon / Amazon)

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener, $8.81 at Amazon

12. Southern Recipe Pork Rinds

While pork rinds may be an acquired taste for some, having them in your keto arsenal for scooping up dips or crushing and using to bread fried foods is a game changer. These spicy dill pork rinds have a unique flavor and taste amazing.

Southern Recipe Pork Rinds

a box of food: Southern Recipe Gluten Free Pork Rinds Fried in Sunflower Oil 4oz, 2 Pack (Spicy Dill) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Southern Recipe Gluten Free Pork Rinds Fried in Sunflower Oil 4oz, 2 Pack (Spicy Dill) (Amazon / Amazon)

Southern Recipe Pork Rinds $9.40 at Amazon

13. Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder

If you're feeling sluggish at the start of your keto journey and need to replace electrolytes — keto flu, anyone? — this powdered supplement tastes great and has been my favorite way to recharge. The lemonade flavor also makes an amazing hot toddy when mixed with some spiced herbal tea and a splash of bourbon.

Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder

a close up of a piece of paper: Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder Raspberry and Lemonade Variety Pack of 40 Packets (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder Raspberry and Lemonade Variety Pack of 40 Packets (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder $27.95 at Amazon
  • Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder $19.97 at The Vitamin Shoppe

14. Bang Energy Drink Variety Pack

These canned energy drinks are hands down my favorite calorie-free energy boost. And, they contain muscle-building, brain-boosting ingredients like BCAAs (amino acids).

VPX Bang Variety Pack

a close up of a bottle: VPX Bang Variety Pack 3 RTD 12 per Case - 16 fl oz (1 PT) 473 ml (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon VPX Bang Variety Pack 3 RTD 12 per Case - 16 fl oz (1 PT) 473 ml (Amazon / Amazon)

VPX Bang Variety Pack $32.97 at Amazon

15. Lily's Chocolate

Finding chocolate that's low in net carbs but high in taste is a challenge, and Lily's chocolate bars rise to that challenge perfectly. I keep a few bars in my freezer and break a few pieces off when chocolate cravings hit.

Dark Chocolate Bar Variety Sampler by Lily's Sweets

a close up of a box: 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Variety Sampler by Lily's Sweets | Stevia Sweetened, No Added Sugar, Low-Carb, Keto Friendly | 70% Cacao | Fair Trade, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO | 3 ounce, 4-Pack (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Variety Sampler by Lily's Sweets | Stevia Sweetened, No Added Sugar, Low-Carb, Keto Friendly | 70% Cacao | Fair Trade, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO | 3 ounce, 4-Pack (Amazon / Amazon)

Dark Chocolate Bar Variety Sampler by Lily's Sweets $19.90 at Amazon

16. Smartcake Low Carb Snack Cakes

The friend who turned me on to these delicious snack cakes from Smartcake seriously changed my life — or at least my snacking. Top these yummy cakes with berries and whipped cream for a low-carb dessert that really makes you feel like you're splurging.

SmartCake Bundle

SMARTCAKE BUNDLE: 2x LEMON GOURMET BOXES AND 2x CINNAMON GOURMET BOXES: GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE, LOW CARB SNACK CAKES: 8x twin packs (16 individual cakes) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon SMARTCAKE BUNDLE: 2x LEMON GOURMET BOXES AND 2x CINNAMON GOURMET BOXES: GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE, LOW CARB SNACK CAKES: 8x twin packs (16 individual cakes) (Amazon / Amazon)

SmartCake Bundle $35.99 at Amazon

17. OLOVES Natural Pitted Olives Variety Pack

If you're looking for a savory snack you can take on the go, these prepackaged olives are delicious and easy to throw in your bag.

OLOVES Natural Whole Pitted Olives

OLOVES Natural Whole Pitted Olives | 24 Pack Variety | Basil & Garlic, Chili & Oregano, Lemon & Rosemary | Vegan, Kosher, Gluten Free + Keto Friendly Healthy Snacks (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon OLOVES Natural Whole Pitted Olives | 24 Pack Variety | Basil & Garlic, Chili & Oregano, Lemon & Rosemary | Vegan, Kosher, Gluten Free + Keto Friendly Healthy Snacks (Amazon / Amazon)

OLOVES Natural Whole Pitted Olives $27.50 at Amazon

18. Super Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

You don’t have to compromise your keto diet with these fresh-tasting chocolate chip cookies from SuperFat. The brand claimed their gluten-free cookies are made with grass-fed butter, almond and coconut flour and contain no added sugar.

SuperFat Cookies Keto Snack Low Carb Food Cookies

a close up of a device: SuperFat Cookies Keto Snack Low Carb Food Cookies (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon SuperFat Cookies Keto Snack Low Carb Food Cookies (Amazon / Amazon)

SuperFat Cookies Keto Snack Low Carb Food Cookies $13.96 at Amazon

19. Sonoma Creamery Cheese O's

Cheetos are tasty, but unfortunately, not the most keto-friendly snack. Instead, add a variety pack fo crispy, cheesy and low-carb snacks to your Amazon cart. Amazon cart. According to Sonoma Creamery, these ring-shaped and gluten-free treats are available in Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese flavors and made from healthier ingredients such as organic brown rice, organic quinoa and organic oat bran.

Sonoma Creamery Cheese O's

a close up of food: Sonoma Creamery Cheese O's (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Sonoma Creamery Cheese O's (Amazon / Amazon)

Sonoma Creamery Cheese O's $13.99 at Amazon

20. Hu Paleo Vegan Crackers

Some days you want a crunchy, salty snack to help get you through your mundane work from home routine. Hu's grain-free crackers from Hu are free of refined starches, grains, gluten, tapioca, dairy, soy and more. Choose between three flavors: Everything, Sea Salt and Pizza or opt for a variety pack of all three.

Hu Paleo Vegan Crackers

Hu Paleo Vegan Crackers (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Hu Paleo Vegan Crackers (Amazon / Amazon)

Hu Paleo Vegan Crackers $14.78 at Amazon

21. Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks

If you're looking for a savory snack full of fiber and protein, try out Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks. The brand claimed their snacks are vegan, Kosher, non-GMO and free of soy and dairy. Plus, these gluten-free snacks are available in a variety of flavors, ranging from Barbecue to Sriracha and Cocoa Dusted.

Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks

a close up of a sign: Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks (Amazon / Amazon)

Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks $19.50 at Amazon

22. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky

A serving size of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is only 50 calories, with seven grams of protein. These delicious snacks are made from 96 percent fat-free beef, have a mild smoky flavor and free of nitrates, nitrites and MSG.

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky

a close up of a sign: Jack Link's Beef Jerky (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Jack Link's Beef Jerky (Amazon / Amazon)

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky $23.24 at Amazon

23. Diabetic Kitchen Almond Butter Keto Granola Cereal

Sprinkle this almond butter-flavored granola over your high-protein Greek yogurt for extra crunch and flavor. Beyond almonds, almond butter and hemp and sunflower seeds, there's also puffed brown rice, coconut flakes and organic Stevia extract.

Diabetic Kitchen Almond Butter Keto Granola Cereal

a close up of a sign: Diabetic Kitchen Almond Butter Keto Granola Cereal (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Diabetic Kitchen Almond Butter Keto Granola Cereal (Amazon / Amazon)

Diabetic Kitchen Almond Butter Keto Granola Cereal $12.99 at Amazon

24. Pyure Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa

Skip Nutella and try Pyure's mouthwatering hazelnut spread with cocoa instead. The non-GMO and vegan-friendly spread is free of peanuts, palm oil and gluten-free. Instead, you'll taste yummy cocoa butter plus coconut and sunflower oils. It has a 4-star average rating from nearly 4,900 reviewers on Amazon.

Pyure Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa

a close up of food on a table: Pyure Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Pyure Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa (Amazon / Amazon)

Pyure Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa $7.99 at Amazon

25. Whisps Cheese Crisps Variety Pack

Why settle for one flavor when you can try five —Asiago and Pepper Jack, Barbeque, Tomato Basil, Cheddar and Parmesan — instead? According to Whisps, these cheese snacks are low carb, high protein and gluten-free. Snack on these treats while binge-watching your favorite show or during your next socially distant picnic.

Whisps Cheese Crisps Variety Pack

Whisps Cheese Crisps Variety Pack (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Whisps Cheese Crisps Variety Pack (Amazon / Amazon)

Whisps Cheese Crisps Variety Pack $19.98 at Amazon

26. Pork King Pork Rind Crumbs

Don’t knock it until you try it — Pork Rind Crumbs are a tasty addition to your kitchen’s veto-friendly lineup and have zero carbs, trans fat and sugar. Sprinkle on your meats, jerky, chips, cauliflower dishes and more.

Pork King Good Pork Rind Breadcrumbs

a close up of a bottle: Pork King Good Pork Rind Breadcrumbs (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Pork King Good Pork Rind Breadcrumbs (Amazon / Amazon)

Pork King Good Pork Rind Breadcrumbs $12.95 at Amazon

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