The Snackie Awards: 5 best keto-friendly snacks, according to TODAY Food

Meat and cheese galore!
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By Katie Jackson

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Maybe you've gone keto to lose weight, or maybe you're just limiting carbs in an attempt to up your energy levels. Whatever the reason, you have plenty of options when it comes to great-tasting keto snacks today since the diet is so incredibly popular.

It was hard to narrow our semi-finalists down to just five snacks to be honest. Still, we embraced the challenge. Here are the results — and perhaps the new reasons your friends, family and coworkers will be tempted to join the keto camp.

Epic Sea Salt & Pepper Pork Rinds

Disclaimer: You have to be a big fan of black pepper to fully appreciate Epic's Sea Salt & Pepper Pork Rinds. After pork skin and pork fat, black pepper is the most in-your-face ingredient here. But the sea salt helps balance it out. These pork rinds aren't greasy at all; they're light, airy and very, very crunchy. One serving — 14 grams — has 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 0 grams of carbs. (The Texas BBQ flavor is also good, but it has 1 gram of carbs.)

Whisps Bacon BBQ Cheese Crisps

We love plain cheese Whisps. But add bacon and barbecue and we're head over heels. These crisps are baked, not fried, which obviously gives you permission to down a whole bag in one sitting. One serving — about 23 crisps — has 170 calories, 14 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbs.

Quest Nutrition Tortilla Style Protein Chips

We're not alone in our appreciation for these protein-packed tortilla chips from Quest Nutrition. On Amazon, they have a 4.3-star rating from nearly 2,500 reviews. However, with more than a dozen ingredients, they're definitely not an all-natural type of snack. But if you're going to pick processed chips, these are a great choice with their milk-and-whey protein blend. A 32-gram single serving bag has 140 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 19 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbs.

AYOBA-YO Traditional Biltong

If you're not familiar with biltong, just imagine beef jerky without the added sugar and tough texture. It comes from South Africa where it's revered almost as much as a nice cut of steak. And because biltong is hand dried for 14 days instead of being cooked with chemicals, it retains more of its protein and moisture. One 57-gram serving of Ayoba-Yo's biltong has just 180 calories, 5 grams of fat, 31 grams of protein and less than a gram of carbs.

Field Trip Spicy Apple Buffalo Style All Natural Chicken Bites

If you like the flavor of Buffalo wings but aren't too keen on their high fat content (or the mess), you'll like these bite-sized snacks from Field Trip. They're made from chicken raised without antibiotics, Granny Smith apples and a Buffalo hot sauce marinade that is finger lickin' good. A 28-gram serving has 70 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbs.