If you haven’t been living under a rock or on your own remote plot of land lately, you’ve likely heard about the ketogenic lifestyle. Based on the philosophy that cutting carbohydrates helps the body to burn fuel more efficiently, it has people young and old lining up in droves to lose weight, gain more energy, and reduce chronic inflammation and disease.
What does it mean to “go keto”?
When you “go keto”, you drastically reduce your carbohydrate to between 50-70 grams daily while replacing these calories with high-quality fats and proteins. This calorie switcheroo puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. This makes it one of the more popular diets in recent years. In ketosis, your body burns stored fat as fuel for energy, which is why many loyal followers of the ketogenic lifestyle regularly report weight loss, increased energy, and greater mental clarity.
But I love carbs! What can I do when transitioning to keto?
It can be difficult to cut carbs out of your diet, especially if you are partial to cookies, cakes, and pasta. Many people are off-put by the fact that they can no longer indulge in their favorite foods. Fortunately, keto experts everywhere have found some tips and tricks that can allow you to feel satisfied while staying on track. The following keto tips and suggestions will allow you to remain under the carb gram limit while indulging in modifications of your favorite foods. Get ready to go keto and improve your health!
Tip #1: Find a good chocolate
Sometimes you just want a little bit of sweet to satisfy you during snacktime or after a meal. A good keto chocolate bar will go a long way toward satiating your sweet tooth without derailing your keto progress. ChocZero is a specially formulated chocolate bar that is sweetened with sugar alcohols and monk fruit, so it doesn’t add to your carb count for the day.
Tip #2: Substitute pasta for veggie spirals
With an array of acceptable vegetables for spiralizing, you can replace your favorite pasta with veggie spirals and still indulge in your favorite toppings and sauces. Pileon the cheese when combining marinara with zucchini noodles, or choose a creamy butternut option with a homemade alfredo for a rich, delicious meal. You won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything, and your digestive tract will thank you as it easily digests and breaks down vegetable fibers that don’t stop up the pipes.
Tip #3: Use almond flour for breading
Chicken strips, breaded pork chops, and other foods that need a crunchy coating don’t need to be missed on keto; you can substitute traditional flour breading for almond meal or almond flour for added depth and extra protein. Fry items coated in almond meal in oil that is extra hot for added crispiness and extra flavor.
Tip #4: Sneak in some mashed cauliflower
In our opinion, one of the hardest things to give up on keto is a comforting plate of mashed potatoes and gravy. Believe it or not, mashed cauliflower is a delicious, creamy substitute to potatoes and can be used as a side dish with any quality protein for a well-rounded meal. If you don’t have time to make homemade mashed cauliflower, there are a number of delicious frozen, ready to heat and eat varieties that will have you clamoring for it time and time again.
Tip #5: Find a rice substitute for a healthy diet staple
Just as mashed potatoes can be easily substituted with mashed cauliflower and even mashed squash, riced veggies are quickly finding their way into mainstream keto cuisine as a non-starchy form of rice. You can easily find riced broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, and even lentil and chickpea rice that can be used in dishes to amp up keto deliciousness without adding carbs.
Tip #6: Find a good cereal to curb those cravings
There are a number of keto-friendly cereals on the market right now that are acceptable substitutes for regular cereal made from grain. Sweetened with monk fruit and derived from items like whey protein and legumes, they are satisfying enough that you feel you are not missing your favorite breakfast item.
Don’t worry, carb lovers, you’ll soon be wondering how you ate a carb-laden diet as you transition to delicious and nutritious versions of your favorite foods. Get ready to drop some weight, gain some mental clarity, and experience vibrant energy like you haven’t felt before. Here’s to going keto!