The keto diet has been around long enough now to have gained a solid reputation and a track record for delivering a wide range of benefits to those individuals who have been astute enough to give it a try. The benefits of this scientifically based and proven nutritional regime already speak for themselves. In fact, anyone looking to make improvements in their health and wellbeing and lose excess weight into the bargain could do far worse than giving it a try.
The following is by no means an exhaustive list and you can discover more about keto friendly foods here.
Surmounting the hurdle of finding a varied and interesting keto diet
One of the biggest hurdles that keto diet newbies often struggle to surmount is finding a varied choice of tasty, nutritious, and keto friendly foods to devour. In the following article, we will take a closer look at seven keto friendly foods and assess their nutritional value too. So if you are stuck for meal ideas that are keto friendly, just read on.
Fish is the perfect keto friendly food and it provides you with oodles of vitamins and minerals including potassium, selenium, and that all import vitamin B. The keto friendly beauty of fish such as salmon with its omega-3 fats and most other breeds is that they are virtually carbohydrate free. Even a certain amount of shellfish can be included in your keto diet though with mussels coming in at 7 grams of carbohydrate per every 100, you need to keep them to a minimum.
Low carb vegetables
Leafy greens and most “above ground” vegetables are loaded with nature’s mineral store that lies in the soil that they grow in. Vitamin C is also present in most of them and they are either carb free or at most contain only minuscule amounts of carbohydrates. The stuff that lies below the soil line such as most root vegetables is more likely to be carb rich so potatoes and carrots are a big fat keto no, no. The really good news is that the scientific community is beginning to ascertain that eating plenty of vegetables may be linked to reducing many serious health issues.
Cheese is the keto dieters best friend in so much that it is both delicious and nutritious at the same time. Loaded with friendly saturated fat, cheese is now suspected to be heart friendly and it contains a ready supply of conjugated linoleic acid which is essential to retaining healthy muscle mass and strength as you age.
Meat and poultry
High in protein, vitamins, and those all-important minerals, meat and poultry usually form the staple platform of a keto friendly diet.
They contain no carbs, are reputed to lower HDL cholesterol and are loaded with friendly omega-3 fats. While grass-fed meat is the optimum target, all meat is a great keto diet choice.
Straight from Mother Nature’s larder, eggs are noted as being one of the planet’s most nutritionally beneficial foods. With minuscule amounts of carbohydrates and 6 grams of protein per 100, they are the perfect keto diet food. Despite the confusing messages that have been sent out from the nutritional and scientific establishments in the past, the whole of the egg (both the yoke and the white) are now seen as important nutritional factors.
Cottage cheese and plain (natural) Greek yogurt
High in protein and low in carbohydrates, cottage cheese and natural, unsweetened, Greek yogurt are the ideal snack food alternatives for the keto diet. They have both been seen to work in reducing appetite and create a feeling of fullness which will keep you away from the fridge and snack cupboard.
One of the biggest disappointments that many newbies face is that exclusion of fruits from the keto diet. Having been taught all of our lives that fruit is a wonderful source of natural nutrition it can be hard to reconcile the fact that they are high in carbs. The really good news is that berry fruits are an exception and this sweet-to-taste, high fibre packages are also loaded with antioxidants too. A handful of berries mixed in with natural yogurt or full-fat cream is all that you need to fill the sweetness gap in your keto diet.