One of the hardest parts about the ketogenic diet is actually sticking to it. When hunger strikes, we tend to reach for whatever is closest and easiest to eat, rather than the healthiest. Therefore, stocking your pantry with keto-friendly snacks is key to staying on track.
As you may know, the keto diet is essentially a high-fat, low-carb diet that puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. Basically, your body already burns carbohydrates for energy. So, by decreasing the amount of carbs you ingest, your body turns to fat as a fuel source and burns fat for energy instead, and this is the state of ketosis.
It will take a few days to get your body to adjust and start burning fat over carbs, so it's important to stick to the diet. Of course, one snack or meal filled with carbs isn't going to hurt your health, but it will take your body out of ketosis.
Keto-friendly foods include meat, seafood, eggs, full-fat dairy, above ground vegetables and oils, while the do-not eat list is filled with things like pasta, rice, starches, bread and high-carb fruits like bananas. The high-fat component of the diet doesn't necessarily mean you should eat only bacon or cheese, however. Instead, you should fill your diet with healthy fats like avocados, nuts and salmon.
With that said, your diet should be mostly whole foods and not the processed, packaged stuff that can often hide added sugars and salt. But, when you need a quick snack, it's better to grab an organic beef jerky stick or a packet of nuts over a handful of chips.
Here we've rounded up some of our favorite keto snacks at Target to keep on hand so you can stick to your goals without any real preparation:
- This article was initially published on AOL.com: 19 keto snacks you can get at Target to stock your pantry