7 Products That Could Make Going Keto A Lot Easier
Because butter and cheese can get old real fast.
It’s safe to say that by now you’ve probably heard about the ketogenic diet. This trendy nutrition plan promotes low-carb, moderate protein and high fat intake, and it has become a popular pick for dieters trying to lose weight fast. The core of the diet is centered around reaching ketosis — a metabolic state where your body uses fat and protein as a source of energy rather than glucose (carbs).
But the truth is, it can be really difficult to follow a keto diet. To reach true ketosis, you have to severely limit your daily carb intake to about 30 grams per day. High-fat foods like avocados, mayonnaise and butter are staples in keto, and carbs like flour, potatoes and sugar are no-goes. Even fruit is limited!
So, what exactly can you eat on the keto diet? We rounded up seven keto-friendly grocery products that can make the diet so much easier.
Make meal prep a breeze and order your weekly meats in a flash. Rastelli’s offers keto-friendly dinner staples such as grass-fed burgers, steak and ground beef, organic chicken and raised-in-the-wild salmon in a convenient box that can be shipped right to your front door — no grocery shopping required. Now until March 31st, Food Network fans can get an exclusive 25% off their first Rastelli’s purchase using the code FOODNETWORK25.
Craving comfort food? These keto-certified sauce pouches from Kevin’s Natural Foods make it easy to serve up hearty, flavorful meals like Korean BBQ steak and Thai coconut chicken — without the added carbs. Simply cook chicken, steak or ground beef in a pan, simmer the meat in your chosen sauce (the Tikka Masala boasts a spicy punch) and pair with a low-carb veggie.
Now, while the keto diet is notoriously strict, it’s possible to have a glass or two of wine without breaking ketosis. Dry white and red wines are typically lower-carb, with 3.5 to 6 grams of carbohydrates per 5-ounce glass. That being said, not all dry wines are 100% dry, and some can even contain residual sugar. Instead of taking a wild guess at the wine store, stock up on FitVine. Each wine goes through an extended fermentation process, which lowers sugar levels and carbs. The Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio only contain 2.5 grams of carbs per 5-ounce serving!
When the afternoon slump hits, you’ll want to reach for a mid-day snack that’ll keep you satisfied until dinner. Enter: PECKISH hard-boiled egg packs. This protein-packed snack includes two peeled and individually wrapped hard-boiled eggs alongside a dippable seasoning. Not only are PECKISH eggs organic and free range, but they’re also gently boiled so each yolk comes out rich and creamy. Dunk your eggs in a number of crunchy dips including Everything (everything bagel seasoning), Maple Waffles (puffy quinoa with a maple glaze), Rancheros (red chili, lime and garlic) and more.
Just because you’re in ketosis doesn’t mean you have to give up dessert! Halo Top has recently announced the release of a new series of keto-friendly ice cream. Similar to the regular and dairy-free pints, the keto series is low in calories and high in protein. However, these new Halo Tops offer a lower net carb count ranging from 5 to 10 grams per pint.
Obviously, bread is a major keto no-no, but you can still have your lunchtime wrap (and eat it, too). Crystal Farms has launched new wraps made entirely from cheese, and they’ve been specially cut to roll up easily and hold deli meat and fixings without breaking. Each cheese wrap packs 7 to 8 grams of protein per serving, and you can find them in mozzarella or marble jack varieties.
Another meal prep staple to add to the lineup: Tessemae’s Pantry To-Go Cups. Available in ranch, buffalo ranch and cilantro lime ranch, these dipping cups are an on-the-go, keto version of your favorite dressing. Keep a flavor or two on hand — they’re perfect companions for cut-up veggies, keto pizza and keto "fried chicken."