So you’ve decided to try the Keto Diet. I commend you on your bravery. You have taken the first step in a lifestyle change that will help you meet your weight loss goals and save money in the long run. How can this diet save you money? Check out my last blog post called A Diet That Saves Your Money? to learn how.
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One thing that really helps when you are just starting out on the Keto Diet is knowing what all the acceptable substitutes are for the traditional items you use at home on a day to day basis. Here are some important keto staples:
Almond flour can be used as a flour substitute in many recipes. We’ve made cookies, pizza crust, and cobbler with it! The consistency is a little different than flour, but it has way less carbs so it’s worth the small difference in consistency.
I don’t know how I lived without Erythritol. There are other substitute sweeteners like Stevia – but when I tried it I thought it had a nasty after taste that I could never get used to. Luckily, I can barely taste a difference between Erythritol and real sugar.
Heaving Whipping Cream
Believe it or not, milk has a lot of sugar in it. So, instead of using milk as creamer for my coffee I use heavy whipping cream. It makes my coffee so creamy and delicious I would never go back to using milk even if I wasn’t on the keto diet.
If you love peanut butter like I do – then letting it go on the keto diet will be hard. I still eat peanut butter occasionally, but it is higher in carbs than I would like. Therefore, Almond butter is lower in carbs and makes a great alternative.
Seasonings are your best friend on the keto diet. Most seasonings have zero carbs and no sugar. Sprinkling the right seasonings on your food can make even the dullest dinners delicious. My favorite is “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning.
Other keto staples that we eat lots of are eggs, avocados, cheese sticks, almonds, and tuna.
The hardest part of sticking to the keto diet is missing the snacks and treats you used to crave, like cheese puffs, ice cream, and cookies. Well, there are keto alternatives and while they might be the same as the real thing – they are delicious all the same. Here are some of my favorites:
Flax Seed Crackers
Being on the Keto Diet really opens your eyes to the crazy amount of carbs and sugars that are in everything! Finding yummy snacks like the ones listed above make the transition that much easier and you can feel good about what you’re eating. Please let me know if you have any questions on your journey through the #ketolife