My latest dairy-free low carb snack

Celery_and_peanut_butterThis year, having finally given up on dairy (due to a chronic dairy allergy), I switched to eating a good, old fashioned, stand by – natural organic peanut butter, organic celery sticks and real salt.

There are only 6 grams of carbs in 2 tablespoons of natural organic peanut butter.  But 2 grams of those are fiber, so really only 4 grams of net carbs.  I really like the Harris Teeter brand.   It contains organic peanuts and salt.  That’s it.  No sugar, no hydrogenated oils, no preservatives, none of that crap.

So for a quick snack, I’ll take a stalk or two of organic celery, douse it with some salt, and then smear on 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter.  (probably looks a bit less than what this stock picture here shows).

Fiber, fat, a little protein, and some vitamins and minerals from the nuts.  Tastes great and does not kick me out of ketosis?  Yes, please.  It also did not stall my weight loss.  And I was really addicted to it.  I ate it almost daily for weeks.

Some of the other nut butters are significantly higher in carbs, so watch out for that, if you are trying to stay ketogenic.

And yes, you’ll have to stir the peanut butter when you first get it, because it’s natural and the oil will separate.  But once it’s stirred (I use a butter knife), then I’ll store the jar in the fridge and it stays mixed.  Problem solved.

I suppose it’s possible I could sneak in some extra fat, if I also added a small dollop of coconut oil to the mix.  Haven’t tried it yet.  But maybe next snack attack, i will.  No clue how that’ll taste.

For a while there I was making a peanut butter, dark chocolate and coconut oil soup-snack.  I would take 1 tblsp of organic virgin coconut oil and 1 tblsp organic peanut butter and let it melt on the stove in a bowl on low heat.  Took about 2-3 minutes (just enough to get the coconut oil liquid).  Then I added half a dark chocolate square (86% dark) and a pinch of salt.  Stirred it a few times and ate/drank it with a spoon.  Warm even.  Could also be put in the freezer for 10-20 minutes and would be like soft serve?  And believe it or not, I actually felt quite well after eating that combo.  Go figure.

There you have it, these 2 are my latest keto-snack vices.

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