Are you searching for experts to weigh in on their favorite keto foods, and why they think they are among the best options for anyone on the keto diet? Do they speed up ketosis? Are they nutrient-dense? We are breaking down the Top 3 Keto Foods for Success and explaining what they offer to your body and how to incorporate them in to your keto diet.
First and foremost! Not only does coconut oil fit the bill in regards to its macro-nutrient make up (14 grams of fat and zero carbs per tablespoon), but it also contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are processed directly by the liver and converted into ketones meaning you can get into ketosis faster.
Hailed for its incredible health benefits from controlling blood sugar to making your skin glow, coconut oil is truly a superfood that can and should be consumed on a daily basis. Here are some ways to incorporate it into your daily routine:
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your coffee each morning, in lieu of sugary creamers, to give your body a healthy dose of fats and start your day off right.
- Use it as a cooking oil to sauté non-starchy veggies such as spinach, zucchini, or broccolini.
- Make my Clean Keto Chocolate Fudge by melting coconut oil over low heat and then adding in cacao powder, vanilla, and a pinch of stevia. Combine the ingredients fully and pour into a parchment paper lined square dish. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to become firm. When solid, remove from the freezer and cut the fudge into bite-sized pieces and then store in the fridge to have on hand when you are in the mood for chocolate.
Eggs are essentially the perfect food and are extremely versatile. I opt for pastured eggs that are higher in nutrient value and have a gorgeous yellow yolk. In general, one egg has 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat and less than 1 gram of carbohydrates making it the perfect keto-friendly food.
Make sure to eat the yolk! That is where all the good stuff is housed, such as omega-3’s, vitamins A, D, E, B12 and K, riboflavin, folate and iron to name a few. Eggs can be consumed in a multitude of ways:
- Start your day with an American Classic – fried eggs and bacon. Fry your eggs in some avocado oil or grass-fed butter to add additional healthy fats, and just make sure your bacon is free of any added sugars.
- Make a keto-friendly egg scramble for brunch – sauté some spinach, onions, and diced tomatoes in skillet with avocado oil until soft then add in 1-2 beaten eggs. Cook together until the eggs are fluffy.
- Hard-boil eggs ahead a time and have them on hand for an easy on-the-go snack. Take them to the next keto level by drizzling a little olive oil on them and adding a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt.
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Contrary to popular belief, you can and SHOULD eat vegetables on the ketogenic diet as long as they are low in carbs (sorry potatoes!). Vegetables are crucial when it comes to your health and contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants that your body needs to function properly.
Cauliflower in particular is full of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It is also a good source vitamin B1, B2, and B3, as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium.
This cruciferous vegetable tastes great simply just roasted in the oven. It can also be the perfect keto substitute for mashed potatoes, rice and even pizza crust! Here are a few ways to add cauliflower into your life:
- As a smoothie thickener – yes, I am serious! Pre-steam individual cauliflower florets and store them in the freezer. Add a few frozen florets into a keto smoothie along with full-fat coconut milk, collagen powder, cacao powder, and pure stevia to taste. Blend until creamy and smooth.
- On Sunday, roast a big batch of cauliflower florets in some ghee or avocado oil seasoned with salt and pepper. Store in the fridge and re-heat during the week to serve as a low- carb keto side dish.
- Make Cauli-Mash! A keto staple, cauli-mash has the taste, look and feel of traditional mashed potatoes and couldn’t be simpler to make. Boil cauliflower florets in a pot of water until tender. Transfer to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend with some good-quality olive oil and ghee until smooth.