During the keto diet, you are expected to gather most of your energy from healthy fats, leaving room for only 10 to 30 percent protein and less than 10 percent carbohydrates. At first, it can be difficult to understand how to maintain these ratios, especially when it comes to your favourite comfort foods.
While reducing carbohydrates may seem impossible at first—as many favourite foods contain carbs—it doesn’t mean you have to be left unsatisfied. The keto diet has become increasingly popular over the last several years, prompting a surge of delicious and crave-worthy recipes that are rich in healthy fats.
Before you start a new keto diet, though, it’s a good idea to have some go-to meals ready for when those cravings hit. Not only will they help you stay on track, but you might even be surprised by the number of new and exciting food combinations that are available.
Thus, the next time you are in the mood for a delicious, high-fat meal or dessert, consider trying out one of the following eight recipes.
Avocado with Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad
Although bagels are not a recommended part of the keto diet, that doesn’t mean you still can’t indulge in some of their pairings. Both avocado and salmon are excellent sources of fat without too many (if any) carbohydrates. Combining the two together into a classic Caesar salad not only leaves you feeling full, but also makes it easy to maintain the necessary nutrient ratios throughout your day.
Place them over a bed of either crispy romaine lettuce or green kale—or both if you’re looking for a little extra crunch—and then top with Caesar dressing. It’s important to note that the ingredients in some products vary, so be sure to check the label on your dressing bottle or opt for one that has an olive or avocado oil base.
Tacos with Shrimp Wrapped in Butter Lettuce
Tacos never fail to be a crowd favourite. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner for one or hosting a little get-together in your kitchen, taco night is always a good idea. Shrimp wrapped in butter lettuce is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser and offers a great healthy alternative to traditional recipes.
Top the shrimp with avocado, mayonnaise, and cabbage before wrapping it tightly in butter-glazed lettuce. This simple yet delicious meal comes jam-packed with essential nutrients and fats to help you stay on track with your keto diet without missing out on the little pleasures.
Chilli with Bison
If you’re feeling adventurous—or simply want to shake things up a bit—then this recipe is for you. Taking advantage of all the nutritious elements found in offal (the left-over portions after butchering), you get to have a satisfying meal, while also minimizing food waste. Although indulging in heart, liver, and other animal organs isn’t always a typical meal choice for many, it’s definitely worth trying.
Pizza with Pesto and Cauliflower
Who says you have to give up pizza in order to be keto? By making a few basic changes to your usual dough and toppings, you can still continue to enjoy Friday night pizza, while also meeting all the nutrient requirements of a keto diet.
Combining cauliflower, egg, coconut flour, and herbs is a great alternative that still holds up the integrity of regular pizza dough. Consider adding toppings such as avocado pesto oil, low-starch vegetables, and cheese—lots and lots of cheese! You’ll be surprised to find that it’s better than delivery.
Salad with a Keto “Potato”
Yes, potatoes are one of the unmatched carbohydrate sources available. It’s okay to miss them while on a keto diet. In fact, there may even come times when a certain craving for their starchy goodness hits you. This particular recipe is the perfect back-pocket solution when that moment comes.
However, instead of blowing things completely off balance, it’s better to find an equally comforting alternative. That’s where cauliflower comes in. Pairing diced cauliflower with a keto-friendly mayonnaise, hard-boiled eggs for additional protein, along with parsley and pickles for added flavour, you can’t go wrong with this potato-less salad.
Beer Kebabs with Lime and Basil
You know those moments when a dressing or marinade is so good that you can’t help but lick it off your fingers? That is exactly what you can expect when it comes to this lime and basil marinade.
Fatty meats are an excellent source of the fats that you’ll need to promote a state of ketosis. So, why not enjoy them as a kebab? Once the meat has been sufficiently marinated, place it on skewers alongside red peppers and large onion chunks. This is a perfect pairing for any home-grilling session.
Adaptogenic Keto Fat Bombs
Although indulging in something called a fat bomb may not be the most appealing thing at first, it is the perfect way to satisfy that sweet craving. The mix of almond butter, coconut oil, coconut flour, cocoa powder, collagen, and chaga mushrooms (yes, mushrooms) means these bite-sized treats pack a big nutritional punch.
Consider trying them as either a late night snack, or even as a sweet breakfast option to start your day on a good foot.
Fudge From the Freezer
Having ready-made snacks for when cravings hit is important. Freezer fudge can easily be made in 20 minutes and stored in your freezer for the next time you need a little comfort food. Consisting of coconut oil, cocoa powder, almond butter, and a touch of stevia and/or sea salt, these mini-snacks come jam-packed with plenty of keto-friendly nutrients.
You also won’t have to worry about the next time you’re asked to bring dessert to a party. Freezer fudge is a quick and easy recipe that everyone is guaranteed to love. Plus, this way, you can ensure there will be something there you can enjoy, while still remaining on track with your keto diet.
Finding Comfort in Keto
Switching to a keto diet doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the foods you love. If anything, this gives you an opportunity to get creative and explore alternative solutions for comfort foods.