9 Keto-Friendly Foods You May Have Been Missing
A lot of people on the ketogenic diet have no idea that there are foods they can eat that are actually keto friendly.
I’m not sure why these foods are some deep, dark secret, but today we’re going to show you that these foods can actually give you more fiber, provide additional nutrition, quiet your cravings.
When you put all these together, they can ultimately make being on the ketogenic diet a lot more enjoyable for the long haul.
9 Keto-Friendly Foods You Should Be Eating
1: First up, Chocolate!
Because the ketogenic diet focuses on eliminating or radically lowering the amount of sugar you take in, we all assume that candy is 100% off limits.
But not so fast. Just like all foods have varying amounts of nutrition, and you need to limit how much you eat a certain fruits and vegetables, it’s the same way with candy.
Fact is there is such a thing as a healthy sweet treat. When you choose dark chocolate, it’s lower in carbs than milk chocolate.
Additionally, it’s very high in antioxidants, so that means it keeps your cells operating at peak performance.
2: Berries – The Fruit That Keeps On Giving!
Just like I shared about fruit it’s much the same way. Some fruit is overloaded with sugar – ie pineapples and bananas. But other fruit it’s a lot safer to eat.
Pretty much any Barry you can find is going to be safe to eat while on the ketogenic diet. They are high in fiber, usually high in vitamins A and C, and they will help you deal with a raging sweet tooth if you happen to have one.
3: Spinach – High Nutrition, Low Guilt
You already know that you should be eating lots of green, leafy vegetables. But a lot of people stay away from spinach because they think it’s slimy or not tasty.
What they’re failing to do is use it in salads, in juices and smoothies, or in other places where the texture isn’t an issue.
4: Eggs – Quick Protein That’ll Help You Feel Full
Now, eggs can be a source of dietary frustration for many people. If they don’t have an outright allergy to eggs, eating them causes stomach upset.
If you’re not affected this way by eggs, you can eat them in just about every mal if you want to. They are tasty in salads, on burgers, in vegan ramen, and even plain-boiled.
You can scramble them, poach them, or make them sunny-side-up. Eggs are incredibly versatile, low-calorie, and low-carb (6 carbs, on average.)
5: Butternut Squash – Better Than Baked Potatoes
Again…this is a vegetable, but because it’s a root vegetable, Keto enthusiasts tend to avoid it.
It only has 2 grams of carbs and approximately 14 calories per 100 grams, spaghetti squash is a delicious choice when you’re eating low-carb.
You can stuff them with other veggies and bake them for a whole meal. They are not only delicious when cooked, but they are also chock full of vitamins and minerals to keep you your healthiest while looking your best.
6: Scallions – The Onion’s Adorable, Little Tasty Twin
At the top, scallion doesn’t even look like an onion. It looks like a very thick blade of green grass.
But when you get down to the bottom of the “blade,” there is a perfect, little white bulb… and it looks like a baby onion.
This, my friend, is a scallion. It’s really nothing more than a baby onion. Some people call them green onions.
Scallions taste a lot more mild than onions do, and they are lower in carbs and sugar.
Additionally, because of their high sulfur content, they are good for people struggling with cancer and other like illnesses. Use them in appropriate meals for seasoning and extra flavor.
7: Chia Seeds – SAY WHAT?!?
Now, the first time I saw a Chia, I didn’t know what it was. I mean, I had seen Chia Pets late night on television, but I had no idea Chia had anything to do with food.
But chia seeds are beautiful! They are gluten-free, high-fiber, loaded with antioxidants, full to the brim with vitamins and minerals, and they are low calorie and low carb, too!
It’s like they are the perfect food.
You can add chia seeds to drinks, salads, and bowls. An ancient grain just like quinoa, Chia seeds are keto friendly, and they are a staple I intend to add to my diet in the very near future.
8: Mozzarella – More Cheese, Please!
For whatever reason the mere idea of cheese brings pizza to mind… and since I cannot eat regular pizza on a ketogenic diet, I tend to ignore cheese entirely.
That’s a shame, because mozzarella cheese is one of the best cheeses we can eat while doing keto. Not only is eating mozzarella cheese a great way to get your calcium in for the day, but it is low carb and low calorie.
Mozzarella cheese only has three grams of carbs per 100 grams, which is amazing.
Pair it with some tomato, and you have a real treat on your hands.
Speaking of tomato…
9: Tomato – The Most Versatile Fruit On The Planet
You will need to be a little more careful with tomatoes because they are fruit, and they are not sweet… so they can mess you up if you eat too many of them.
But coming in at 3 grams of carbs, you don’t really have to worry about overeating tomatoes, no matter how delicious they are.
Tomatoes can be put in salads, in smoothies, and in soups. They can even be pureed to make some of the most delicious sauces you’ve ever tasted.
You can eat tomato and mozzarella cheese for a light, healthy snack anytime!
Don’t Deprive Yourself On The Ketogenic Diet!
In my opinion, doing keto is already hard enough. You don’t need to make it more difficult by avoiding foods that actually can be on your plate from time to time.
Between the keto flu and learning how to tame your inner sugar dragon, there is a lot to dislike about the ketogenic diet…
… but the results can’t be denied! So if you’re going to eat this way, make sure you do it in a way that is sustainable so you actually reach your health and fitness goals.
Hopefully, this article has opened your eyes to the wonders the varied foods you can eat while doing Keto.
What foods keep you sane while doing Keto?