Best Keto RECIPES - Easy Keto RECIPES


The only rule of thumb on a keto diet is to keep your carbs low. It doesn't just mean cutting bread, pasta, and grains, it really means resetting your eating habits. One of the most discouraging elements of the keto diet for people maybe the idea that they have to count every carb. 

We encourage you to follow your macros and be aware of your carb intake. But there's a simple strategy that helps clear up any confusion about how much foods you should and shouldn't eat: Choose mainly keto-friendly foods that have little or no net carbs. 

There are so many low carb and zero carb options out there that there are hundreds of delicious options to choose from! To help keep things simple and make your keto journey as easy as possible, we've put together the ultimate list of carb-free foods you can enjoy. 

Before you begin, it's important to note that almost all types of food contain traces of carbohydrates. When we say “zero carbs” we're talking about foods and beverages that contain less than one gram of net carbs per serving, and foods that are generally not eaten in sufficient amounts to negatively affect your daily carbohydrate intake. 

Now let's take a look at foods without carbs, starting with meats: Beef, poultry, and pork are familiar meats that provide you with protein. Less common meats, like veal, lamb, game, including venison and elk, and exotic meats, can help add variety and interest to your meals. 

Organ meats can also be a good choice, but just be aware that the liver contains glycogen, a source of net carbs. If possible, look for grass-fed, pasture-raised meats. 

While it's generally best to avoid processed meats, cured and cured meats like bacon, salami, hot dogs, cold cuts, cured and canned meats are favorites of keto diet fans who can be used on occasion. 

However, you should read the ingredient list and put back anything that contains dextrose, starch, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or maltodextrin. Always try to buy all-natural processed meats that contain no-carb ingredients. 

Another great source of protein is fresh and canned seafood, many of which contain beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Flaky white fish like cod, plaice, sole, and haddock are tasty, as are fatty, more flavorful fish like salmon, tuna, halibut, swordfish, sardines, Spanish mackerel, trout, and others. 

We have found that the healthiest option is to purchase wild, canned, or fresh salmon and sardines without any other ingredients. While we don't recommend frequent and habitual snacks, we all need snacks from time to time. 

Even though so many of the on-the-go bites you once relied on are now off the table, there are so many keto snacks to take their place! Among the group, those with the lowest carbs include pepperoni slices, keto pork rinds, bone broth, smoked fish, canned fish, canned meat, canned meat products, such as cured meat, biltong, pemmican, and meat sticks, and seaweed. 

For a more complete overview of good keto snacking habits, check out my “ Healthy Keto Snacks to Help Ketosis”. Healthy fats are the cornerstone of a balanced keto diet.

Carbohydrate-free fats, like extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed butter and ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil, avocado oil, and animal fats ( like lard) are ingredients that you should consume with almost every meal. Vegetable, seed, and nut oils are unstable when exposed to high heat and can release toxins. 

We suggest avoiding them. Your spice cabinet is probably full of flavor enhancers that are virtually carb-free! Avoid spice blends with added sugars, of course, and try salt and black pepper, dried oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, and dill instead. Chili powder, curry powder, and cinnamon may contain higher traces of carbohydrates and should be used a bit more sparingly. 

Certain condiments, like hot sauces without sugar and mustard, can also add tons of flavor with virtually no carbs. While all sugars are cut out of a keto diet, there are plenty of ways to add a touch of sweetness to the dishes we prepare. 

Non-carbohydrate sweeteners include liquid stevia, monk fruit extract or mixtures, erythritol, and liquid sucralose. Just be sure to choose products, liquid or solid, that don't contain any other additives like maltodextrin. 

For a more complete list of sweeteners, watch our video on keto-friendly sweeteners. Carbohydrate-free drinks are available almost everywhere you go! There's water and sparkling water, of course, as well as black coffee and unsweetened tea. 

Sugar-free and carbohydrate-free energy drinks, diet drink mixes, or drink enhancers, as well as diet sodas and other diet drinks, with no added sugar, also count. Keep in mind that for some people, drinking sweeter drinks can trigger long-term sugar cravings. 

When it comes to alcohol, those on the keto diet should proceed with caution. Some alcoholic beverages have virtually no net carbs, but alcohol will slow fat burning while your body processes it. 

We suggest that you limit your alcohol intake to one drink per day and choose spirits like gin, unflavored rum, unflavored vodka, whiskey, tequila, scotch, bourbon, brandy, or cognac. We hope our guide to carb-free foods helps you clarify some of the best things you should be looking for on your keto journey. For more information and resources on what you should and shouldn't eat on a keto diet, visit the “List of Ketogenic Diet Foods: Everything You Need to Know”.

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