No one starting a new diet ever wants to completely give up on their favorite foods. Just because you’ve opted for a keto-lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to completely change your tastes. With a little creativity and a bit of planning, you can successfully create keto-friendly versions of many of your favorite foods.
Love a good pizza? There’s a way to make a crust using almond flour and cheese. Missing pasta? Try spiralizing some zucchini instead. It can take some time getting used to the necessary adjustments, but once you get into the swing of cooking keto-style, the world is your oyster.
To help you out, we’ve put together five tips on how to make any dish keto-friendly.
1. Keep The Right Ingredients At Home
Cooking a meal and making it keto-friendly can involve some swaps and substitutions, and you’ll find yourself frustrated if you don’t have the ingredients you need. Invest in some keto substitute staples and keep them in your pantry. It’s time to ditch the white flour and replace it with almond flour. Stock up on plenty of olive, coconut and avocado oil, and don’t forget the butter. The more supplies you have on hand, the easier making a keto-compliant meal will be. Check out this handy Keto Grocery Shopping List for Beginners so you can get started on the right track!
2. Make Low-Carb Swaps
Almost every dish can be made low carb with simple low-carb substitutions. Recipes for keto breads, bagels and pizza crusts are all over the internet using almond flour, vegetables and different cheeses. Pasta can be made using zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, and there are even some low-carb keto friendly pastas available. Make some “French fries” out of jicama. Eat a burger in a lettuce “bun.” The possibilities are limitless with only a few ingredient swaps.
3. Make It Yourself
You know the phrase, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” It definitely applies if you want to stick to your keto diet. As you start getting used to reading the nutrition panels of your favorite foods, you’ll often realized they’re loaded with sugar, even including sauces and dressings. Rather than leaving your food bland or unfinished, take matters into your own hands and make your own keto-friendly version. If it’s sweetness you desire then try a keto-friendly sugar substitute. For a savory low carb kick, create your own spice blend. This can be done with anything from taco seasoning to ketchup to ranch dressing.
4. Focus On A Protein
It could be exhausting to try to make every meal a fancy keto alternative, so for your day-to-day, try to keep it simple. Focus on the main aspect of your dish, such as a steak or baked chicken, and build the rest of the meal around these flavors. Keep your dish balanced by including some low-carb grilled or roasted veggies, and add flavor by utilizing butter and cheeses or other low-carb seasonings.
5. Baking on Keto?
Traditional sweeteners such as cane sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup and honey aren’t keto-friendly, but you can use stevia, erythritol and monk fruit if you’re someone who enjoys baking. Combine those with nut flours and other low-carb baking ingredients to create keto-friendly versions of your favorite desserts.
Committing to a keto-lifestyle means thinking outside of the box and being open to trying new foods. The more willing you are to experiment with new dishes and new ingredients, the easier it will be to stay on track. There’s always a substitute that can be used in your favorite foods — it just might require some creativity and research.