When it comes to modern convenience-food snacks, “bars” often top the list. They can serve as snacks, mini-meals, or sometimes, desserts.
Think! Bar now has a chocolate peanut butter keto bar. It’s sweetened with erythritol and stevia extract. It contains 14 grams of fat, 4 grams of net carbs and 10 grams of protein. What’s more, it’s getting great reviews for taste. But buyer beware, not all of Think!’s bars are keto. Make sure to look at the nutrition label and ingredients.
The Keto Zone Shake goes far beyond most shakes, offering the highest-quality fats, fruits and vegetable powders, whey protein, and more. It’s loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Each serving can be whipped up in seconds and contains 11 grams of fat with only 4 grams net carbohydrates. Try Rich Chocolate, Cookies and Cream or Vanilla.
Perky Jerky is a delicious line-up of jerky with real-spice blends and flavors. Their new wagyu beef jerky is delicious and keto-friendly with only 3 grams of net carbohydrates.
The wagyu jerky is made with premium wagyu beef, which is high in fat compared to other beef.
Cheese is the go-to keto option when making low-carb, high fat and moderate protein crisps. In fact, these delicious crunchy cheese snacks are made only of goat cheese and egg whites.
They have 11 grams of fat, 2 grams of net carbs, and 12 grams protein.
Fat bombs are snacks that typically contain 90% or more calories from fat, very little protein, and almost no carbohydrates.
They serve to help keto eaters increase fat intake, increase their overall percentage of calories from fat, and stay satiated between meals.
The FBomb fat bombs are made with macadamia nuts, salt, coconut oil, and more. There are several varieties, and most contain 22 grams of fat and 1 gram of net carbs per serving. Some reviewers feel that the packaging can be improved, though, as it can be difficult to get out all of the products.
While commercial keto snacks are convenient, they definitely come at a price. Some of them work out in your favor, and some don’t.
For example, the Keto Zone Shake contains very high-quality ingredients, many of which cost quite a bit on their own. The fruit and vegetable powders can be difficult to find and buy. So, all in all, this convenient commercial snack is worth the price based on what you receive.
The FBomb fat bombs? Maybe not. At over $2 per 1-ounce package, they are quite expensive for nuts. They also don’t really deliver extra convenience compared to just eating macadamia nuts (which come in at about $1.43 per similar serving).
Always pay attention to what you’re really getting, whether it’s really keto-friendly and whether it’s worth the cost of convenience for the ingredients.
When it comes to convenience and economy, one-ingredient (or minimal-ingredient) snacks are usually the best option. These include:
Or, there are many fat-bomb, snack, and easy homemade options:
But, if you’re looking for variety and convenience, it’s not a bad idea to find a few commercial options you like. But, buyer beware. The low-carb and “keto” industries are high-money markets, and there are unhealthy imposter foods. Here’s how to avoid them:
Just because the front of the package says low-carbohydrate, doesn’t mean it is. There is no standard for this statement, so you must look for yourself. Turn the package over, and always look at the nutrition label and ingredients for yourself. Always be willing to do the math.
These fats are chemically altered from liquid oils to solid ingredients, mostly to preserve and add texture to processed foods. The issue? They are highly inflammatory, associated with many chronic diseases, and wreak havoc on cholesterol levels. What’s more, animal studies indicate that processed hydrogenated oils are detrimental to our healthy gut bacteria (1).
Soybean oil is a cheap, concentrated form of omega-6 fatty acids. These fats compete with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats to promote inflammation in the body. In fact, it is linked to declines in:
Many commercial snacks, whether low-carb or not, contain preservatives to make them shelf-stable. When you make a snack at home, it only typically lasts 7-10 days. How is it, then, that commercial snacks last for years? Preservatives. These often include:
Commercial keto snacks can be a great addition to your Keto Zone diet as long as you’re picky. Don’t fall for the statements on the front of the package. Be diligent, and comb through the nutrition label and ingredients. Find ones you like and are willing to pay for or rely on single-ingredient and homemade options. But mostly, make the Keto Zone diet work for you. It’s a great way to meet your health and weight goals.