If you are on a Keto or Ketogenic Diet, you are automatically thinking low carbohydrate means you get tons of meats and fun things like bacon. The truth is, that yes, this diet focuses more on healthy fats and protein while limiting grains, but it doesn't give you free reign to eat bad for you foods. So, I have created a simple list of some basic items you should be eating if you are on a Keto diet.
What Can You Eat On A Keto Diet?
Meats: You should be eating protein with every meal. This can include vegan options like lentils, beans, soy, and similar, but you'll want to focus on lean proteins. Turkey, chicken, pork, and limited amounts of red meat. Venison is an excellent choice since it is vegetarian raised and lean. You want to limit the amount of high-fat meats you eat. Things like bacon, hamburgers, steaks can be consumed, but in moderate quantities. Focus on getting your fats from healthier options below. Eggs are a great protein source that are full of your nutrition needs, affordable, and versatile.
Vegetables: While vegetables have carbohydrates, they are still important for your health. Almost any vegetable is going to be a great choice with the Keto diet. Limiting grains and starches is most important, so avoid things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn that often get counted as vegetables while they are starches. Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, squash, kale, cabbage, and zucchini are excellent choices. When picking vegetables, choose items with a lot of fiber for the best benefits.
Fruits: Fruit sugars are tough to manage on this diet, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some fruit. I recommend eating fruit no more than once per day and making sure it is a high fiber option. Pears and apples are my favorites.
Fats: Healthy fats are also often a wonderful source of other nutrients your body needs. On my list are oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil. Nuts are always a great option and almonds, pecans, walnuts, and sunflower seeds are popular in my diet. I mix them into salads, make pesto with them for spaghetti squash, or add them as a stand alone snack. Other great healthy fats are avocados, flax seed, olives, and coconut.
These tips and suggestions are great for helping you learn what to eat on a Keto diet. Not only can you have variety, but you'll also be able to satisfy your nutrient needs easily.