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What can I eat as a before bed snack while on a keto diet?

The timing of your last meal will depend on personal preference and your schedule. However, when following a ketogenic diet, it’s generally recommended to finish your last meal at least 3-4 hours before going to bed. This allows your body enough time to properly digest the food and shift into a fasted state, which is essential for the fat burning process during the night. Eating a larger meal close to bedtime can also disrupt your sleep and make it harder to fall asleep.

Despite everything stated above, we all know that sometimes we just need a snack and below I will list some keto-friendly options if you must have that evening snack:

  • Fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel

  • Nuts or seeds, such as almonds or pumpkin seeds

  • Hard-boiled eggs

  • Cottage cheese

  • Greek yogurt

  • Avocado

  • Berries with heavy cream

  • Cheese sticks

  • A keto fat bomb such as chocolate coconut balls

  • A small serving of low-carb vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower with butter or olive oil

  • A small portion of meat or poultry, such as a chicken breast or a slice of bacon

  • A keto shake or protein shake made with almond milk, heavy cream, and a keto-friendly protein powder

  • A small serving of keto-friendly dips such as guacamole, salsa, or sour cream with vegetables or cheese

  • A keto hot chocolate made with cocoa powder, heavy cream, and a keto-friendly sweetener

  • A small portion of keto-friendly desserts such as keto cheesecake, keto brownies, or keto ice cream

  • A keto hot drink such as a keto latte or a keto chai tea

  • A keto smoothie made with coconut milk, avocado, and berries

Did You Know?

The Keto diet is not meant for long term use but can be a great option to drop weight fast, treat epilepsy, or manage diabetes for many people.

It’s important to note that some people may find they do better with a slightly later last meal, while others may need to eat earlier in the evening. Experiment with different meal times to see what works best for you and your body. Also, It’s important to keep in mind that a ketogenic diet should be under the supervision of a doctor or a dietitian, before starting this diet.