So you’ve decided to take the plunge into starting your ketogenic diet. It’s a diet that doesn’t force you to starve (that’s great) but simply change what you eat. The first thing that comes to mind is, what exactly can I eat in a keto diet? You clearly understand that you will need to increase your fat intake and reduce your carb intake to a near zero. A quick check into your current diet, and you realise how carb-loaded most of your meals were. How do you actually make this switch?
We come across this question more often than not and we understand how difficult it is to switch your base intake of carbohydrates to fats. Here are 10 Keto meal inspirations and recipes that you can follow. Like most in a keto diet, you’ll soon realise ketofying your food is almost too easy as you move forward.
- Keto Beef & Eggplant Lasagna
If you’re a fan of Italian food and you’re worried you can’t have your pasta-happy days, there are plenty of pasta options in supermarkets now that use plant-based ingredients such as zucchinis! But if you’re up for some cooking, we love this eggplant substitute for the lasagna pasta layers.
We love this Eggplant Lasagna simply because eggplants are low in carbohydrates and we may be slightly biased towards Italian recipes. But this looks delicious!
- Creamy Garlic Shrimp and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Nothing like a good creamy dish. While this recipe shows you can serve it with pasta, or mash potatoes, we dig how zoodles (that’s zucchini spaghetti for you) are a low-carb option too. Or if you’re like us, we’ll just eat the dish on its own.
And how about the addition of those sun-dried tomatoes? Hello Lycopene! We are sure this is going to keep you full real quick, so share it with the family too!
- Keto Fried Chicken in Almond Flour
Did you say fried chicken in our keto diet? We sure did. Of course you would want to remove the skin first. Substituting the crumb base to almond flour keeps this recipe low in carbohydrates. While you may have your preferences in chicken parts, we’re pretty happy to see some mouth-watering chicken recipes like this.
- Lemon Butter Chicken
Speaking of our love for chicken, we have another keto-friendly chicken recipe for you! We are a particular fan of one pot wonders. It serves up all your veggies, protein as well as good fat in one pot, and you’ll only need to wash up 1 pot. This recipe may even suggest it as a 1 pan wonder!
Swap out the butter with coconut oil or for something with a neutral taste, head for MCT Oil.
- Keto Avocado Coconut Smoothie
How about some breakfast or a really nutritious snack? We are just as excited to try out this smoothie recipe. Avocados are a great fat source to begin with, and mixing it with coconut seems like smoothie-haven.
Add some chia seeds into your smoothie for an extra energy boost and some crunch!
- Keto Blueberry Fluffy Pancakes
We are converting to breakfast-any-time-of-the-day with this recipe. Using only coconut flour and almond flour, these pancakes make you wonder if they’re truly guilt-free. We can vouch for that. Blueberries contain some of the lowest sugar contents for fruits, so do not worry too much about carbs here.
Add some Greek yoghurt (skip the low fat yoghurts) to these pancakes and you’re good to go!
- Asian Salmon & Green Bean Stir Fry
We cannot skip a good Asian Keto dish, particularly so since Asian food can be very carb-heavy. This Asian recipe uses salmon which are known to be packed with good fat and omega 3. Again, with veggies included, these are ingredients you can easily find in your local supermarket. In fact, we are sure they have these dishes in certain restaurants too.
Just give rice a pass if they do come with the dish!
- Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Speaking of skipping rice, you can most certainly skip rice for cauliflower rice instead! This ever-increasing popular base option is available in many restaurants too. But if you would like to give it a go at home try out this recipe for something that looks like rice, but does not pack the carbs rice actually would.
- Classic Bacon & Eggs
You’ve probably heard something along the lines of, “you can have all the bacon in the world on a keto diet”. While this is theoretically true, we wouldn’t recommend having bacon and eggs all the time (just imagine the other amazing keto options you’re missing out on!)
But yes, bacon and eggs are welcomed in the keto world! And that includes bacons of any kind! We would switch it up by frying it with some MCT C8 Oil which is neutral in taste, but packs a powerful energy punch for breakfast.
- Keto Brown Butter Coffee Cookies
We cannot miss out on some healthy keto-snacking in this post. Again, opting for almond flour is a great option to keep it keto-friendly.
Plus, we have been noticing plenty of keto cookie options in supermarkets lately! Just be sure to check the nutrition facts and get something with good fat and lower in carbs.
So there you have it, some food inspirations and recipes to get you started. Are they looking similar to your current diet? With just a few tweaks here and there of course. While eating out may not be an option for now, and meal preps are going to be a daily affair, don’t stay too worried. In fact, plenty of keto dieters are literally eating out and about but making simple changes. They are as simple as swapping toast with more eggs or really just reducing rice and increasing your proteins. You may also realise that you will not be eating as much as before as fats make you feel fuller much faster compared to carbohydrates. Plus, no food coma! Whatever your approach is, keto strong and happy eating!
Make your eating options fun by incorporating your meals with MCT Oil. Going for a double boost? Add in Pure MCT C8 Oil! And if you’re just not in the mood to cook today, simply drizzle it over your meals or your beverages. It’s almost too easy to have your daily intake of MCT!
Our MCT C8 Oil is now available in travel-friendly sachets due to popular demand! Grab a few sachets wherever you go and ketofy your meals instantly!