Time to hit the pork crackle!
The first time we heard that pork crackle is a favoured keto snack, I thought: “Wait, isn’t pork crackle unhealthy? Isn’t Keto a healthy weight-loss diet?”
To answer those questions, we had to understand a little bit more about Keto first.
What is the Keto diet?
“Keto” is short for ketogenic. It’s a diet with low carbs, a moderate amount of protein, and higher fat content. With a reduced amount of carbohydrates to burn for energy, your body enters a state called ketosis. Basically, it’s a metabolic state where your body burns fat for energy.
When you stop eating carbs, your body needs an alternative source of fuel to make energy. When this happens, your liver will break fats down into ketones, turning it into an energy supply that your brain, muscles, and other tissues can use. Because it’s a way of making your body eat through your fat to provide energy, the Keto diet has become popular for weight loss.
Keto diet foods
So what kinds of food can you eat on a Keto diet?
High fat, moderate protein, and very little carbohydrates (and the limited carbohydrates is probably the hardest part) the Keto diet is pretty strict. It rules out sugar and most processed foods.
Keto diet foods include:
- Fish (especially salmon, as it’s a fatty fish)
- Unprocessed meats
- Leafy greens
- Low-carb vegetables (stay away from potatoes and other root vegetables)
- High-fat dairy (one of the few places processed food are allowed, butter, heavy cream, and cheese are fine, but leave milk behind)
It’s a strict diet and requires counting calories, carb, protein, and fat intake. Meal planning is a necessity, and finding suitable snacks can be hard! But if you have a goal, stick with it, there are still plenty of tasty foods that you can eat… including pork crackle.
No sugary snacks, no grains or processed foods, most fruits are out as well: finding suitable snack foods on a keto diet can be tricky. If you’re at home with access to your fridge or pantry, you could whip up a low-carb milkshake, berries with whipped cream, celery with salsa and guacamole, or pull out some leftovers. But what about packing something in your bag for on-the-go? Aside from a handful of nuts or seeds, most keto snacks still require some degree of preparation. What if you just really want to be able to open a bag of chips to munch?
Why Pork Crackle is a perfect Keto Snack
Pork crackle is high in fat, contains a surprising amount of protein, and has no carbs! It’s a summary of the Keto diet in one mouth-watering snack. It’s great for on-the-go, eating while watching your streaming service, or to take to parties!
It doesn’t count as processed food?
Not at all! Crackle is a pork rind, cooked a specific way to make it both crunch and melt in your mouth at the same time. The rind is simmered in boiling water, then cut, dried, and roasted until the little bubbles form and it looks golden and crispy. If you’re making it at home, you can stop there. But the packets will often take it one step further and place the crackle bits into a fryer and then season them.