One of the most difficult parts of following the carnivore diet is going without all your favorite snacks. The diet has huge health benefits because it’s super-restrictive, but in the beginning, before you see results it’s difficult not to give in to cravings.
Before you reach for processed snack foods from the supermarket, try one of these animal-based carnivore-friendly alternatives. You’ll find there are lots of choices that will keep you full between meals, and keep your cravings in check.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can also eat any of our carnivore desserts as snacks throughout the day!
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Carnivore Fried Chicken Strips
Most of us love crispy, fried chicken. Sadly, we can’t consume classic fried chicken on the carnivore diet as it is full of seed oils and artificial flavorings, additives, and preservatives. However, you can easily make your own carnivore-friendly version of chicken strips at home.
They’re a healthy source of protein, help in building and repairing your cells, and help your body fight infections. To make them, simply cut small strips from chicken breast or thigh, dip them in eggs and powdered pork rinds, and fry them in butter or tallow.
You can keep the fried chicken strips for a protein-packed snack any time of day, or as a way of avoiding a cheat day on the carnivore diet.
You can easily make pepperoni chips out of pepperoni slices. They’re full of protein, minerals, and B vitamins, and are a great carnivore snack in between meals. To make them, simply bake some pepperoni in your oven until it’s crispy.
You can make them in an air fryer as well. Toss the chips in a ziplock bag and eat on the go!
Carnivore Cheese Muffins
All you need for this simple yet highly-nutritious snack is eggs, raw cheese, and sea salt. Mix all of them together, and bake at 350°F. Within twenty minutes, you will have your hands on tasty, cheesy, carnivore-friendly muffins!
Cheese contains Vitamin K2 which improves your heart health. You can store the leftovers in an airtight container and take them with you on a hike, or to be eaten as a post-workout snack.
Carnivore-friendly pork rinds are another great animal-based snack. They’re the perfect option when hanging out with friends, for taking to parties, and for satisfying the crunch craving that is a hard to do when you are on an all-meat diet.
Think of pork rinds as a healthy, carnivore-friendly substitute for popcorn. Just make sure that the pork rinds you buy are 100% natural and don’t have additives, artificial flavors, and additives.
Dehydrated meat like jerky is a great option when you are looking for something that you can eat on the go. Beef jerky is an easy, protein-filled snack that you can take with you anywhere — whether you are packing for a weekend getaway or just going for a long run.
You can easily make beef jerky at home. Otherwise, look for for carnivore-friendly brands that have zero preservatives and artificial flavors. You can have biltong as well — it is similar to beef jerky but is air-dried instead of heat-dried.
Who doesn’t love cheese? You can snack on just cheese slices when you are on the go, but they easily melt. This is where the Cheese crisps come in. Cheese crisps are a carnivore-friendly snack that is not only delicious and full of healthy fats but will last for a long time as you hike up a trail in the sun.
Cheese protects you from neurodegenerative disorders as it is neuroprotective in nature. You can bake these crisps yourself at home or buy them from any grocery store in family-sized or individual packs. Grab your favorite cheese, spread some butter on a pan, and fry to a crisp.
You can add bacon to these crisps as well for extra healthy fats and a salty flavor.
Canned tuna is a tasty and super-filling carnivore diet snack to keep in your home. It’s full of protein, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids. Not only does it promote heart health and prevent anemia, but it can reduce the risk of dementia as well.
It is great with just a little bit of salt right out of the can!
Steak is not only full of protein, but also helps prevent iron deficiency. If you have some leftover steak in your refrigerator, you can quickly cut it into cubes, add some salt, and voila! You have a nutritious and delicious carnivore diet snack.
Organ Meat Pies
Organ meats are one of the most affordable meats out there, and they happen to be the most nutritious parts of an animal as well. The nutritious combination of beef heart, liver, and ground beef baked into a meat pie is satiating and simple.
You can make this highly nutritious snack in 15 mins.
Things You Will Need
- Ground Beef — ¼ kg
- Ground Beef Heart — ¼ kg
- Ground Beef Liver — ¼ kg
- Butter/Ghee — 1 tbsps.
- Eggs — 3
- Salt — ½ tsp.
Step by Step Instructions
- Mix the ground meat and salt together.
- Brown it slightly over medium heat in a skillet.
- Whisk the eggs, pour them over the meat, and cook for 3-4 mins.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Take the skillet off the heat, transfer the mixture to a baking dish, and place it in your oven.
- Cook for 10-15 mins until the egg is set.
- Separate into individual pie shapes
- Keep in the refrigerator and enjoy any time
Pork Belly Chips
Watching a movie and craving chips? You can eat pork belly chips as a substitute. Pork belly chips are hard, crunchy, and salty — just as you would expect standard chips to be, minus the harmful preservatives!
Things You Will Need
- Pork Belly Strips
- Sea Salt
- Shredded Cheese (Optional)
Steps to Follow
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. C
- Cut the pork belly strips into whatever size you prefer. They will shrink when you cook them, so keep that in mind.
- Take a baking tray and place the strips in an even layer on the baking sheet. They don’t need a lot of room between each other, so you don’t have to space them out.
- Sprinkle sea salt over the chips. If you want you can sprinkle some shredded cheese as well.
- Bake them for 20 minutes, then flip them over, add salt, and bake again for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool.
- Voila! You have healthy, nutritious chips. You can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.