Keto Crazy: Mouthwatering Ketogenic Recipes for a Healthier Diet
When you hear “ketogenic diet” you might conjure up images of bodybuilders and unappetizing food aimed at packing in the nutrients with little regard for taste. In fact, keto recipes can be really flavorsome- as well as nutritious. The ketogenic diet is based on the idea of the fewer carbs the better. This means that daily blood sugar and insulin levels are more stable, as the body is burning fats rather than sugars. This is why it’s great for weight loss and gaining lean muscle. Whether you’re a fitness nut or just looking for something a bit new and different to try, think about these great ideas which can help you through the day.
Start the day right
Setting yourself up for the day is important, and with keto breakfast recipes, there’s plenty of delicious options.
- Eggs are a versatile and healthy component of any breakfast, and can easily be worked into a keto diet – whisk up three eggs and start cooking in a hot frying pan, while you chop 2oz salmon and half an avocado. Take the omelette off the heat and spread a mixture of cream cheese and chives on top, then layer on the salmon and avocado.
- For a bit of indulgence, why not try whipping up some low-carb pancakes: either by using cream cheese, a protein powder, or a protein-rich flour made from almonds or coconuts. All are best enjoyed with some fresh cream and berries.
The main event
For lunch and dinner there’s even more options to choose from.
- Substituting vegetables for pasta and rice and making zucchini ribbons is a great way to get your keto fix. Using a vegetable peeler, turn three medium zucchini into ribbons and saute for 3-5 minutes. Blend half an avocado, basil leaves, half a cup of walnuts, half a lemon, two cloves of garlic and a quarter of a cup of parmesan to make a delicious pesto dressing.
- Leftover roast meat can make a great filling for lunchtime bites, so try using large lettuce leaves as wraps for a mixture of chicken, cucumber, carrot, and avocado, with a peanut butter dressing.
To round things off
Just because it’s a “diet” doesn’t mean that you can’t have a treat. There’s many tasty keto dessert recipes, which despite their lack of sugary carbs, are still great to get that sweeter fix at the end of a meal.
- An easy chocolate mousse recipe takes one cup coconut milk, two tablespoons of natural sweetener, and one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Whisk and sprinkle with half a teaspoon of glucomannan powder, microwave, and there you have it – a delicious and quick dessert to cure your cravings.
- Remember that dark chocolate – as long as it’s over 75% cocoa – is okay in a keto diet, so why not finish off your meal with coffee and chocolate? Dark chocolate has many health benefits without the sugary additives of milk or white varieties.
Be open-minded and experiment with new ideas – but also think about how you can substitute veg, meat, and dairy into your old favourites and make them keto as well, and that way, you don’t have to miss out on anything!
Article By: Sally Writes