The basic idea behind a ketogenic diet is eliminating sugars and other carbohydrates to encourage the body to burn fat. Ketosis happens when the body switches over to using fat for fuel and only occurs when carbohydrate intake is severely restricted. Getting into ketosis can be difficult in a lot of ways. When cravings hit, eating the wrong thing can undo a lot of hard work which is why having the right snacks on hand is so important. Foods high in fat and protein dominate our list of easy keto snacks.
Beef jerky is a great snack for people on the ketogenic diet. It's an easy way to satisfy a craving for something salty while avoiding things like chips, pretzels, or crackers. It also takes a while to eat because of the tough, chewy texture. Note that all beef jerkies are not created equal. It's important to check the label and choose a brand that has only a few ingredients because any added sugars instantly bump up the total carb content.
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