What are keto friendly foods?
If you’re planning to go keto, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to your diet, and this means implementing a few meal swaps. Fortunately, this can be really easy to do.
It’s all about eating the right things so that your body stays in ketosis, and this also means keeping a close eye on your carb intake. You need to keep your carb intake low, which means you’ll need to make the right substitutions at the right times.
For example, the likes of rice, bread and pasta are rich in carbs and will need to be replaced with alternatives.
To help you make the right choices, join Beauty and Tips as we take a look at 10 easy peasy meal swaps to make your meals keto-friendly.
How To Make Meals Keto-Friendly?
Veggie Noodles For Pasta
Now that you’ve gone keto, though, pasta is largely out. Sad times.
But it’s okay because you can totally replace it with delicious swapsies like butternut squash noodles, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. They work brilliantly in a keto diet because they’re mega low in carbs, mega low in sugar and they contain zero grains.
Plus, they taste fab.
Just find the veggie noodles that you think are perfect for you … and get eating!
Eat More Cauliflower
If you love cauliflower, you should know that it makes for a great food swap for keto friendly foods.
Cauliflower works because it contains very little carbs, very little sugar and absolutely no grains.
How does it work? As well as just adding it more to your dishes, you can also be a bit creative.
For example, how about cauliflower rice instead of your usual rice? It works just as well.
Or, you could try pizza made with a cauliflower crust (this is a thing).
Cauliflower is more versatile than most people realise. Now that you’re keto, you just need to be a bit more creative and change the way you see certain foods.
Worried that you can’t enjoy a cheeseburger anymore now that you’re keto?
Of course, a burger without the bun just isn’t a burger. It just isn’t!
It’s totally okay, though, because portobello mushrooms have come to the rescue.
Portobello mushrooms are one of great keto friendly foods that help “keeping it all together.” Soft and full of texture, they’re almost just like a real burger bun.
As you can see, you’ve just gotta get a bit creative now that you’re keto!
Never heard of almond meal? From now on, providing you actually like almonds, you should start using this as a substitute for breadcrumbs. It can be used to make meatballs, or even a crispy crust for pork or chicken.
One idea is to use it to make low-carb meatballs that you serve with some avocado, olives and baby spinach. YUM.
Another idea is to use almond meal instead of flour to make muffins, scones and cookies. The texture will be denser but they’ll all contain less carbs. Which is win. And while almond meal is admittedly not the same as flour, there are still plenty of almond meal-based baking recipes available for you to try.
And to make your crispy almond meal-based crust for pork or chicken, all you need to do is coat your protein in a beaten egg before coating with almond meal. Lovely stuff!
Not everyone will be a fan of pork rinds, and certainly not everyone will like the sound of pork rinds. But pork rinds are a keto-friendly substitution for bread crumbs that work really well.
Because, let’s fact it, one of the things you’re going to miss the most when you go keto is bread crumbs. Bread crumbs are amazing, and they really add something when they’re sprinkled over a dish.
Pork rinds work just as well. They contain barely any carbs and they honestly don’t taste all that different.
Okay, bare with us on this one as we demonstrate how lettuce leaves can replace tortilla wraps. Honestly.
If you love tacos, you’re probably worried that you’re going to be missing out now that you’re keto. But that needn’t be the case at all.
Lettuce leaves make for an awesome tortilla wrap substitution. You’re still retaining that explosion of flavour from the filling – all you’re doing is replacing the wrap.
Lettuce leaves are super duper lower in carbs and – provided you’re pretty badass at wrapping – they make for an excellent wrap alternative.
Warning: It may take you a few attempts before you get this right!
We’re just going to say it: Sugar is awesome.
But it’s also bad for you.
And it’s not good for a keto diet.
Instead, try stevia, an ideal sugar alternative.
Stevia is still sweet but it’s one of great keto friendly foods or sweetenrs.
The thing is, however, that it’s a bit of an acquired taste that and it might take you some time before you adapt. You’ll get there, though!
Almond milk is the most popular alternative to dairy milk. It’s low in carbs, tastes great and goes with anything, from coffee to cereal.
It’s so low in carbs that it’s also the closest thing to water without being water itself. That said, it also tastes pretty much like dairy milk. If you’re making the transition, you’ll barely notice any difference – which is what you want!
One of the biggest “problems” with going keto is that you can’t eat pizza anymore.
We know – it’s a killer.
The good news is that there are keto friendly foods that can be good alternatives to pizza crust. For example, fathead crust.
Fathead crust is low in carbs and contains zero grains. It’s keto-friendly, and while it might take you a fair amount of time, it’s well worth it.
Finally, if you’re a lil sad that you can no longer have spaghetti, the good news is that spaghetti squash is here to the rescue!
Spaghetti squash isn’t quite the same as the real thing, but it’s a really good alternative.
And hey, something is better than nothing, right?!
What are your favorite keto friendly foods?
Stay happy and healthy!