One of the biggest things that I missed when I started my low-carb, high-fat diet was crunchy crackers or potato chips. And, of course, I can’t have them, because they are full carbs and sugar. And worse yet, they make me fat.
But cheese has zero carbs and are full of fat. Which is what we want to eat on a low carb diet. So cheese is a really good alternative to crackers or chips.
Cheese chips are simply cheese that has melted until it is well done and crunchy. The following recipe is how I make the perfect chips for dipping. And it is super easy to make.
How to Make Cheese Chips
What you will need
cheese (only use full-fat cheese. Don’t use anything low fat and especially don’t use processed cheese)
Set oven to 400 degrees
place a sheet of parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
place 6 slices of cheese on the paper.
sprinkle spices on the cheese. I like to use paprika, pepper, red pepper flakes or Italian seasoning.
place cooking sheet in the oven.
Set timer for 8 minutes
Make sure chips are brown around the edges and bubbly before you remove from the oven.
Let the chips cool for a few minutes.
Enjoy your chips alone or use then to dip into guacamole or salsa.
Hint: If you take the cheese fresh out of the oven and gently lay it over a spoon to crisp up, you will have a taco shape. Now you have a low carb shell to use for tacos!
You can also use shredded cheese. Just make little mounds of the cheese on your parchment paper. It will all melt together and taste exactly the same.
No time to bake? I discovered Whisps last summer and they are amazing. They are simply baked cheese. I love this for a quick crunchy snack. There are 3 different flavors, parmesan, pepper jack and my favorite cheddar cheese.
If you are following a high fat low carb diet like I am, you may have discovered that after a few weeks you really don’t crave snacks. At least that is what has happened for me. I really don’t have a need to snack in between meals.
But I found that some high fat low carb snacks really helped me get through the first couple of weeks. Here is my list of my favorite hflc snacks.
Kale chips! Kale chips are super easy to make. I follow the recipe by Robert Irine for Parmesan Kale Chips. They come out perfect every time and are yummy. Really they are better than buttered pop corn.
Cheese Chips! These are simple to make and perfect if you want something crispy to chomp on.
Nuts are a quick and easy snack, but be careful. If you eat to many you could be packing on too many carbs. I stick with the Brazil and macadamia nuts as they have the least amount of carb.
Cheese and Pepperoni is also something easy to grab on the run. If you want something pre-packaged then buy some full fat string cheese sticks.
Cream Cheese and Celery is quick and easy. My Mom made these for me as a child and I love the flavor combination.
Pork Rinds I love pork rinds because they have a huge amount of fat and will usually cut my cravings within a few moments. It is also nice there there are often a good variety of flavors. But you really got to watch the labels. I actually found some that had sugar in it.
I have found that it is sometimes difficult to find pork rinds in my local stores. So when I do find them, I buy at least 10 bags. But I also found that it can be much for cost effective to just buy them online in bulk. My favorite brand is Pork Clouds.