Going Keto? Here’s Where To Start

You can still eat delicious food while cutting carbs. These five recipes show you how. Sponsored by Smuckers.

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These days, the ketogenic diet otherwise known as the “keto” diet is all the rage. Followers swear this low-carb, high-fat diet creates quick weight loss and makes you feel great. And while there are lots of restrictions, with the right recipes, you can eat keto without sacrificing taste. Come, let us show you the delicious way to keto.

Keto Diet 101

Maybe you’re a keto die-hard, or maybe you’re a keto newbie. If so, let us explain the basics:

The keto diet is kind of like Atkins on steroids: On Atkins, you eventually take back carbs. On keto you never do. As you reduce the amount of carbs you take in to below 20 “net carbs” a day, you replace them with fat. This drastic carb reduction puts your body into a metabolic state called “ketosis.” At this point, your body should start to use the fat you’re eating to burn your own fat. Keto is said to have other health benefits, including a reduction in blood sugar and insulin levels. When you first start the keto diet, you may get the “keto flu,” which includes flu-like symptoms. Like any diet, your should consult with your doctor to see if keto is a healthy choice for you.

Peanut Butter!

You may have gone through life thinking peanut butter is the anti-diet food: high in fat, high in calories. However, it’s a keto diet staple: peanut butter is low in carbs but high in healthy fats, has tons of protein, and lots of fiber. Peanut butter cookies make a great, filling snack ... and can also substitute for breakfast in a pinch. Dipped in milk, of course.

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Zoodles Reign

For a main meal, Thai peanut “zoodles” will satisfy just about any craving. Zoodles (spiralized zucchini) are a low-carb, low-calorie staple that work well with a variety of toppings. Match them with the above-mentioned benefits of peanut butter, which gets turned into a rich sauce, and you've got a keto-friendly dish that's simply divine.

Keto Thai Peanut Noodles

Keto Thai Peanut Noodles 3

Cooking with Coconut

On the keto diet, coconut oil is king. Why? It’s one of the quickest fats to digest, and, according to some research, can actually help speed up weight loss because it aids in the process of ketosis. Cook with it or eat it raw in this indulgent chocolate and peanut butter treat, complete with heavy cream. This recipe has only four grams of net carbs per serving, and includes five sources of healthy fat.

Chocolate Keto Fat Bombs

Chocolate Keto Fat Bombs

Where’s The Beef?

The appeal of the keto diet is that you can eat delicious, satisfying food that once may have been off-limits to dieters. Like red meat. This highly-rated Mongolian beef recipe from Noshtastic was inspired by P.F. Chang’s classic dish. To make a keto-friendly version, this recipe uses naturally sweet coconut aminos so you don’t have to add any sugar!

Low Carb Keto Mongolian Beef

Low Carb Keto Mongolian Beef

Pizza, please

Sometimes you just need some pizza. There are lots of keto-friendly versions of pizza, with crust made of everything from zucchini and cauliflower to almond flour (another keto staple). This almond-flour-based recipe from Headbanger's Kitchen is, as one of its many reviewers say, “awesome and easy.”

Fathead Keto Pizza

Fathead Keto Pizza