Keeping Snacks On-Hand Keeps Your Diet On Track.
Feeling peckish? Many people simply cannot live without snack foods, and there is a seemingly endless supply of snack foods available. Walking through the aisles of a convenience store, there are limitless options, but how many of these are OK for someone on The Kaufmann Diet? The short answer is, very few.
Snacks for many people often include foods like chips, crackers, candy, or sweet treats like donuts or snack cakes. These are often rich in ingredients like wheat, corn, corn syrup, sugar, and any number of preservatives or food additives we should all likely be avoiding. Often these kinds of foods contain unhealthy fats and even trans fats––even if they are not labeled as containing such.
Generally, it is recommended to skip any processed or non-whole food on The Kaufmann Diet, and snacks are no exceptions. This automatically eliminates many of the salty or sweet treats for in-between meals that many people are accustom to reaching for. Don’t worry though, you still have plenty of options available to you.
Snacking is perfectly OK on The Kaufmann Diet. The Kaufmann Diet is concerned with quality over quantity, the kinds of foods you consume over how much. When you start eating the whole foods encouraged on the diet, you will likely find that your hunger patterns change and you don’t get hungry as often. But if you want to have snacks between meals, that is perfectly acceptable unless you are intentionally trying strategies like intermittent fasting which restrict when you can eat.
Anything on the diet can be enjoyed as a snack, but we’ll focus on ideas for snack foods that are portable and easy to keep on-hand.
Nuts are encouraged on The Kaufmann Diet. Nuts are rich in healthy fats, high in protein and fiber, and generally low in carbs. The only nuts not included on the diet are pistachios and peanuts (which are actually beans, not nuts, but they’re often packaged as nuts.) Almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are all good options and are easy to carry around.
Beef jerky is high in protein and a satisfying snack for when you need something quick and satiating. Look for varieties that do not have added sugar or ingredients like sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate. Avoid the highly processed varieties and look for grass-fed when possible.
Pork rinds have zero carbs; they just contain protein and fat. Pork rinds are a great substitute if you are used to salty and crunchy chips or crackers. Look for varieties that do not contain added sugar or MSG in their seasonings.
Fruit and Veggies
Fruits like berries, green apples, or cucumbers are easy to cary around, as are veggies like carrot sticks. Mix with portable packets of nut butter, and you have a healthy blend of complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein––a well-rounded snack.