What can you actually eat when you are on a keto diet? Keep reading to learn more!
Embracing a keto diet is a really good way to regulate your metabolism, and allow the body to create energy based on the fat content that’s already stored within you, rather than processing your energy from your daily intake of carbs and sugars.
The “Keto” diet works by inducing your metabolism in a state of “ketosis.” This means that your body will actively burn through the fat content in your system, thus managing your weight and achieving a more balanced lifestyle. Many people who are interested in learning more about embracing a keto diet seem to be struggling to fully understand what they can, and can’t eat while on keto. We are here to clear some confusion, and put together a list with some example of what you’re allowed on a keto diet! Keep reading in order to learn more.
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Seafood can be a fantastic option for people who follow a ketogenic diet. Most seafood features plenty of selenium, potassium and B vitamin, with extremely low carb content (some shellfish types do contain a certain amount of carbs, although usually quite small.)
Fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. In addition to that, frequent seafood consumption has been linked to a steady decrease in mental health issues. Most people on a keto diet aim to eat 2 or 3 servings of seafood per week.
Poultry and Meat
Along with seafood, poultry and meat are considered some of the most indicated foods for people to eat on a keto diet. Most meats are actually very rich in terms of protein, and they have no carbs, making them perfect for followers of this particular diet. If possible, buy grass-fed meats. Animals who have enjoyed a better diet have a higher amount of omega-3 fats, which are more conductive to a healthier lifestyle.
Grass-fed meats are also rich in antioxidants and generally regarded as higher quality…and better tasting! The bottom line is, it is definitely worth investing more money on quality meat and poultry, which is more sustainable, more nutritious, and more delicious.
Starchy vegetables such as potatoes should be avoided, due to their high starch content. However, there are many other vegetables that are absolutely perfect for people on a keto diet. Veggies that are rich in fiber and vitamins are particularly indicated. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach are perfect examples of keto-friendly vegetables.
Many “keto veterans” take advantage of low-carb veggies to mimic other foods. For example, zucchini and squash can be used to create tasty noodle alternatives, while cauliflower can be mashed or smashed, mimicking rice or mashed potato, among other things.
Cheese and dairy
Cheese and dairy are a blessing for people on a keto diet! Most cheese are very low in carbs, and they have a high fat content, which makes the absolutely perfect to be featured on a keto diet. Cheese is also a good source of calcium and protein, which offer many long-term health benefits.
This remarkable fruit is almost like the new hero of modern cuisine. It is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world, and for good reason. Avocado isn’t only delicious, but also extremely nutritious. The average avocado has a very low carb count, and it is filled with potassium, as well as other healthy minerals and vitamins.
Avocado is also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which are really good for anyone on a keto diet. This versatile fruit can be enjoyed in many ways. Dice it and toss it in your salads, or use mash it up and use it as a delicious side to another main!
Rich, delicious, versatile and nutritious, eggs are absolutely fantastic. Extremely low in carb, and very balanced in terms of mineral and proteins. Most people prefer to only eat egg whites, but they are missing out on some important nutrients: the best stuff is found in the yolk, so don’t put it aside! Soft boiled, hard-boiled, sunny side up…enjoy your eggs in many ways and reap their benefits.
There are so many varieties of recipes that you can make from just these 6 staple keto ingredients. Here is an ‘allowable’ shopping infographic of all the foods you can eat on the keto diet!
As far as drinks go, anything that has zero sugar is allowed on the keto diet, i.e. green tea, water of course, low sodium seltzer water, coffee, teas, diet soda, keto smoothies, even keto friendly alcohol such as whiskey, vodka, tequila and brandy if you can believe it! But keep in mind that alcohol leads to massive food cravings so it’s best to drink in moderation or not at all!
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