I mostly recommend going for frozen veggies because a lot of these are actually low carb. I’m talking about broccoli and cauliflower. They’re delicious and more nutritious than fresh food? The truth is, a lot of food gets imported from other countries. Thus, it travels long distances. So, a lot of the times, different chemicals are used to keep those foods good for longer. Frozen veggies, on the other hand, often come from local areas, thus are more nutritious since they’re frozen during the peak seasons for that vegetable. It also offers a great way to eat healthy on a budget! Frozen goodies are much cheaper than fresh ones –, especially in winters!
As much as you might love buying food dressings from the shop, these are often very high in sugar. So, you should start making sauces of your own. The good thing about food dressing is that you can keep it refrigerated and it’ll stay good for a couple of days. So, definitely start making your own dressing to avoid unnecessary carbs.
Now, this is more of a hack for those who use the keto diet to really lose weight as fast as they can. You will notice that after some time you’ll hit a plateau. That would be a good time to start doing intermittent fasting. It’s actually not that hard and the scientific benefits for weight loss are obvious (source). If you make big breaks between the meals, your insulin levels go down. That’s the time when your body starts using fat storage to acquire energy. That’s where your body starts effectively burning fat. So, definitely try intermittent fasting if you want to lose weight a little bit faster.
If you’re a bit of a fan of spaghetti or pasta of any sorts, you’ll have to say goodbye to these once you transit to low carb diet. However, it’s not all that bad. You can still make fake pasta. Here is a great zucchini noodles recipe that’s low in carbs. Sometimes we underestimate the power of spices. The truth is, a lot of things can taste just like the original if you use the right spices, cheese, and oils. So, definitely try to make your own zucchini noodles to deal with some of your pasta cravings!
If you’re on the keto diet, don’t miss out on bacon. Bacon ends can be as nutritious and cheaper! So, you definitely want to look out for those if you’re tight on budget!
I’m sure you love chips – crispy, sweet and sour, and just delicious. However, they are very high in carbs. The truth is, you can make your own keto chips. Yes, you’ll have to invest a little bit of your time into it but it’s worth it. Especially if you love to snack on those days. These could be made with a mix of cheese and almond flour. Ada d little bit of salt, spices and you’re good to go. Here is a great keto tortilla chips recipe that you can try!
I suppose it’s very natural for us to just snack on fruits. However, fruits tend to be high in sugar, so they’re not the best choice for the keto diet. Instead, snack on some high-fat foods – nuts, unsweetened dark chocolate, and cheese. These are as easy to carry around as fruits are.
Alcohol is just one of those things that many love. It helps us bond with our friends and it’s just one of those things that a party has. If you’re on keto, drinking alcohol is generally not recommended. Mostly because all spirits are very high in carbs. However, completely cutting alcohol out of your life might not be exactly what you want to do. So, instead of using sugars or sugary sodas with your spirits, incorporate sugar-free syrups into your cocktails. Now, you’re probably not drinking at home all on your own, right? So, when the time comes and you’re going out to a bar with your friends, order a few spirits (be it vodka or rum). However, avoid using sugary soda. Get a little bit of lime, sparkling water, and use your own sugar-free syrup to mix something up. Bartenders won’t mind! If anything, you’ll save some of their time mixing up all those cocktails (which can truly be time-consuming).
I know that bread is one of those products hard to let go of. That’s completely natural since our ancestors pretty much grew up on it. It tastes delicious with most of the keto meals and butter! The good thing here is that you can make your own keto bread. You make it using almond flour since it’s much lower in carbs. Eat it in moderation and fulfill your bread cravings!
Sugar cravings are real. Especially when you’re only starting to eat low carb foods. It does get better and your sugar cravings will truly subside with time. However, even if you don’t have sugar cravings, you might want to treat yourself! It’s truly possible on the keto diet. Instead of eating sweet, start making your own fat bombs at home that are full of fats! Fat bombs often consist of sweeteners that help you with your cravings. Here is a lovely chocolate fat bomb recipe that I recommend! Do remember, that eating foods that contain sweeteners often isn’t great for your help. Here is a lovely article published by Harvard University that addresses all the cons of incorporating sweeteners into your diet. The truth is, you might stop associating sweetness with caloric intake, which means that you might end up eating more sugary foods than before. So, stay aware of how much sweetener you use during the week. Here is a quick article where I compare two sweeteners: xylitol vs stevia. Here are also a few low carb dessert ideas for those cravings: keto coconut shredded cookies and low carb doughnut cookies.