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Cravings are no match for these keto junk food swaps.

Just because you’ve adopted a keto lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t snack a little. If you’ve got the hankering for some junk food favorites, swap them out for these keto-friendly substitutes.


1. Need a cheesy Dorito? Crunch a Quest chip.

Quest protein chips held out by kids

Serving: 1 bag (32g) | Cal: 140 | Total Fat: 6g | Total Carbs: 5g (1g fiber, <1g sugar) | Protein: 18g

A crunchy, crispy chip is pretty much everything, and these protein-filled chips from Quest satisfy the snacking urge. Our team member Erica and her kids absolutely love them!

Hip Tip: If you’d prefer to make your own, check out these keto-friendly chip recipes.


2. Need sugary cereal satisfaction? Pour some Magic Cereal.

keto junk food – magic spoon chocolate loop cereal

(Fruity flavor) Serving: 3/4 cup | Cal: 110 | Total Fat: 6g | Total Carbs: 8g (2g fiber, 0g sugar) | Protein: 12g

Cereal without a heavy dose of carbs? Magical! Though these tasty loops from Magic Cereal come in five different flavors, they do cost a pretty penny. But if you’ve been missing that breakfast cereal munch, the price could be worth it.


3. Want a bagel? Bag one from GLC Bread Company.

keto junk food — glc plain bagel sliced open

(Everything) Serving: 1 bagel | Cal: 65 | Total Fat: 1g | Total Carbs: 16g (14g fiber, 0g sugar) | Protein: 12g

This bagel from Great Low Carb Bread Company is only 2g net carbs and is available in plain, everything, and cinnamon flavors. Keep in mind that when you purchase from Netrition, you should store these in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them.

Hip Tip: Make your own keto bagels using fathead dough!


4. Dire for a Dr. Pepper? Pop open a Dr. Zevia.

keto junk food — dr. zevia sugar free soda pop cans

Serving: 1 can | Cal: 0 | Total Fat: 0g | Total Carbs: 0g (0g fiber, 0g sugar) | Protein: 0g

Quench your thirst with stevia-sweetened Dr. Zevia, and you’ll be saying, “who needs sugar anyway?” Zevia also features other popular sugar-free soda flavors, like Cola, Ginger Root, and Mountain Zevia.


5. Craving a Cheez-It? Whip out Cheese Whisps.

Cello Whisps Hip2Keto

Serving: 23 crisps | Cal: 170 | Total Fat: 10g | Total Carbs: 1g (0g fiber, 0g sugar) | Protein: 13g

Be warned: these are addicting! Our Hip2Keto team loves Cello Cheese Whisps and they’re the perfect snack when you’re looking for a cheesy, crispy fix.

Collin also loves the Member’s Mark Parmesan Crisps!


6. Pining for a Peanut Butter Cup? Score the Sugar-Free version.

keto junk food — bag of sugar free reese's mini peanut butter cups

Serving: 3 pieces | Cal: 110 | Total Fat: 8g | Total Carbs: 16g (3g fiber, 0g sugar, 12g sugar alcohols) | Protein: 2g

If your sweet tooth can’t be contained, reach for these Sugar-free Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups. Keep in mind these contain Maltitol, so portion control is a must! You can also check out stevia-sweetened chocolates such as Lily’s Chocolate Bars.

Hip Tip: Make your own chocolate peanut butter fat bombs with this yummy recipe!


7. Fancy some fudge? Grab a Keto Bar.

bhu keto bar in peanut butter chocolate chip flavor

(Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip) Serving: 1 bar | Cal: 189 | Total Fat: 21g | Total Carbs: 11g (9g fiber, 1g sugar) | Protein: 11g

These high-fat, moderate-protein bars seriously taste like fudge! Our team members can’t get enough of their yummy taste and texture, and they’re available in five decadent flavors. We also love these Keto Bars that help cure a chocolate craving without the added sugar.


8. Craving crunchy chips? Pick pork rinds from 4505 Meats.

keto junk food – collin eating 4505 chicharrones and crackins pork rinds

(Classic Chili) Serving: 1/2 oz. (14g) | Cal: 80 | Total Fat: 5g | Total Carbs: 0g (0g fiber, 0g sugar) | Protein: 9g

Even if you haven’t liked pork rinds in the past, give this brand a try. Their chicharrones are light and airy with the perfect amount of crunch, unlike other brands that can have really hard pieces in the bag. Collin totally loves them!


Check out more keto snacks from one of our favorite stores, Trader Joes!


Emily S. has 2+ years' experience experience writing in health, beauty, & living frugally. She has degrees in Business & Communication. Connect with Emily on LinkedIn


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  1. christel

    Just ordered the cereal, thanks!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! You’re so welcome, Christel!

  2. Monica

    These snacks look awesome! Are they sold in Canada!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Monica! You could always head to the product site for each item to check for a store locator. That may help you find where they are sold and shipped. Hope that helps!

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