Foods to Eat on a Keto Diet

The Keto diet is not just about having a no-carb intake, contrary to what others think. It is about reducing carbohydrates and taking more protein and healthier fat foods as a replacement. While others were misinformed on how the keto diet works, resulting in an unhealthy lifestyle, those who got it right were benefitting from a much-improved one. For everyone who wants to try this diet, it is necessary to know the foods that are low in carb and high in fat so that your health would never be put in danger.

Check out the list of healthy foods below to guide you to losing weight more healthily.

Cheese

Dairy products are made from the milk of mammals which contain fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Cheese, a food that many have loved, has different types where most of which are keto-friendly because they are high in fats, moderate in protein, but contain very low carbs.

Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

Our most loved and delicious dishes are made of these. They are rich in protein and also contain other nutrients that are essential to our body, like vitamin B12, which cannot be found in plant foods.

Eggs

Eggs are incredibly versatile. Eggs can be boiled, scrambled, or used as a side dish for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. They are rich in vitamins A, B, and D, especially egg yolks. Eggs are also rich in protein and fats, which can make us stay full longer.

Avocados

While most of the fruits were not allowed in the keto diet because of their high carbohydrate content, avocado is an exception. Yes, the delicious avocado that we love and enjoy contains low carbohydrates but is rich in healthy fats that make them a must in a keto-diet plan.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of fat, protein, and fiber, making them a healthy choice for a keto dieter’s meal plan. There are different types of nuts and seeds, and although the carbohydrate content varies among them, all of them are still low in carbs. An ounce of nuts and seeds only contain 0-8 grams.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a delicious and versatile type of vegetable that can be an excellent alternative to grains and other starchy vegetables. For example, a cup of cauliflower only contains 5 grams of carbs, vitamins, and minerals.

Cauliflower is also a great fiber source that normalizes bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels, and controls blood sugar. Plus, it is high in the water that is believed to contribute to weight loss.

Olive and Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that can be used as an energy source, while olive oil contains no carbs and gives essential health benefits. Both are also rich in healthy fat.

Berries

Although most fruits are off-limits on a keto diet, berries are included in the list of fruits we can eat because they are low in carbs but high in fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants that protect against diseases, so it is safe to eat berries.

Coffee

Coffee contains caffeine which increases metabolism and results in weight loss. Eight ounces of coffee has 2 grams of calories and zero carbs. So, as a coffee lover who is switching to a keto diet, there is nothing to worry about.

However, putting milk and sugar in a cup of coffee is not advisable. To those who do not drink black coffee, I suggest putting coconut oil and butter instead. It incredibly adds an addicting flavor, taste, and aroma you cannot resist.

Bacon

Well, who would hate bacon? Bacon is a popular food for a reason. Believe it or not, it does not contain carbohydrates nor sugar at all. It is packed with fats making it on our list. So, do not be afraid to eat bacon while on a keto diet.

I hope this list of keto-friendly foods guides you while you are on a transition. However, before embarking on this type of diet plan, it is advisable to consult your doctor first to avoid putting your health at risk. Your safety, health, and convenience should always be your top priority! Also, enjoy the process whatever happens. Remember that failure is always part of the process!

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The Best YouTube Channels for Lovers of Cooking

There are thousands of cooking channels and millions of videos on YouTube today. However, they are not all exciting and great, as the creators and hosts would want you to believe. But there are a few channels that really help people out there, especially beginners who want to learn how to do a primary task, such as chop onions correctly, how to bake, and how to fire up an oven, to mention a few.

 

Some of them have helped me when it comes to expanding my culinary knowledge and skills. The following are YouTube channels that I follow closely when I’m searching for a recipe or a step by step guidance on how to prepare, cook, and even present certain meals.

 

Maangchi

Her real name is Emily Kim, but I call her the queen of Korean cuisines. I have been following her for ages with her perfect recipes for Korean meals. She is absolutely glamorous, starting from her make-up and headpieces, not to mention her onscreen presence. What I love most is her uncompromised approach to her traditional Korean meals. I always learn something new from all of her videos, and her step-by-step recipes are easy to follow, even for beginners who know nothing about Korean cuisines.

 

Binging with Babish

I would recommend this channel hosted by Andrew Rea to any beginner interested in cooking. Rea offers a complete guide to simple dishes that can be cooked from scratch, such as carbonara, chili, and latkes. Rea ensures to give a vivid explanation of each ingredient he uses, and this is very helpful to a few of us who want to learn how we can improvise some of these dishes in the future and not only how to follow recipes blindly. I would recommend his channel for anyone looking for cooking tutorials and a learning experience.

 

Chef Ali Mandary

This show is hosted by a very bubbly and respected chef from Kenya who shows how exotic and delicious Kenyan meals are. He does it all from baking to grilling and frying. Chef Ali boasts diverse culinary expertise using the locally available ingredients in his home country. He offers step by step instructions on making these meals and with the precise amount of spices and ingredients. I have never grown tired of trying out any of his recipes because he ensures that his followers get every detail of the dishes he creates.

Tabitha Brown

I follow her for her amazing plant-based recipes, her positive vibes, and a great sense of humor.  She is the only person I have seen make vegan food look unique and scrumptious. Her tutorials are straightforward to follow. An example is my new favorite carrot bacon that I tried and was so amazed and impressed by the results. Apart from food for the stomach, she also serves some fantastic food for the soul and mind with her great life advice and encouragement.

 

Almazan Kitchen

I would recommend this to any nature lovers who love to go for walks in the wild and do some camping. Alex Almazan will show you how to make the best burgers and hotdogs while out in the middle of the forest. He mostly uses old school equipment, the biggest chef’s knife I have ever seen in my life, and cooks on roaring frames to deliver these fantastic foods. I recently watched a video of him cooking an aged steak on a cute tiny portable skillet, and the meat looked so juicy and delicious! I have seen him also fry some delicious-looking churros in the yard and also roasted a chicken over an open river using a homemade watermill that he made of branches and shells.

 

Steve the Bartender

After all the eating, I also need a drink to ponder over all the feasting. This is when I head to the Australian bartender Steve Roennfeldt’s channel. I discover several ideas for making the best cocktails, ranging from classic martinis to other drinks that I have never even heard of, with hilarious names such as pink panther’s milk and the missionary’s downfall. I have learned a lot about drinks starting from which ones to offer with what food and how to mix and serve them.

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Foods We Should Be Careful Eating Raw

While some foods jeopardize our health after being processed, others are downright dangerous by nature. You’ve probably heard that raw seafood, beef, and undercooked hamburgers increase the risk of contracting foodborne diseases. If you still want to eat some delicacies, it’s imperative that you understand their liabilities. Consuming these seemingly innocent foods can pose a threat to our precious health. Beware!

Raw Eggs

Sure, eggs are some of the healthiest meals. They give us vital nutrients with outstanding health benefits. Cooked or raw, they provide the same nutritional value. Nevertheless, raw eggs have a higher risk of Salmonella infection. Salmonella is a pathogenic bacterium that can cause food poisoning. Moreover, raw eggs reduce the absorption of proteins. In fact, the protein in cooked eggs is more digestible than in raw eggs. Also note that raw eggs contain a protein known as avidin, which completely blocks the absorption of biotin.

Undercooked/Raw oysters

Eating raw oysters is one way of ruining your summer. Oysters are more likely to have vibrio vulnificus bacterium if harvested on a bay or warm waters. The bacterium is not as life-threatening as we think but it can give you symptoms related to food poisoning. This illness, known as vibriosis, will make us vomit and diarrhea.

Apple Seeds

An apple every day keeps a doctor away. However, the small black seeds inside this healthy fruit have a different story. Most of us avoid the seeds due to their bitterness. What you may not know is that they contain a dangerous compound known as amygdalin. If we crush or chew the apple seeds, the amygdalin releases hydrogen cyanide which is deadly in high doses. If we take 0.2mg – 1.6 mg of cyanide per every pound of our mass, we might experience paralysis, coma, lung failure, heart complications, or severe poisoning. In worst cases, hydrogen cyanide causes death. Still, lower amounts of cyanide can cause mild symptoms like vomiting, dizziness, headache, and stomach cramps. Children are especially more vulnerable.

Rhubarb Leaves

The stalks of rhubarb are highly nutritious. They are commonly served with baked foods and pies. That notwithstanding, we should avoid rhubarb leaves. They have oxalate, a substance that’s highly poisonous if consumed in large quantities.

False Morel

This is a type of mushroom which, when eaten raw, passes on gyromitrin, a lethal toxin that denatures our red blood cells. Some people argue that false morels are safe when cooked but it’s advisable not to eat. Gyromitrin is converted into monomethylhydrazine (a chemical used in rocket engine) in the gut. Imagine having rocket fuel in our gut!

Cassava

Cassava is a staple for most gluten-free cuisines. On the contrary, its root is totally unsafe when consumed raw. It houses cyanogenic glycosides which are converted to cyanide in our digestive tract. We must be careful when preparing cassava. We should always remove the root part. Cyanide is known to impair nerve and thyroid functions. It is also related to paralysis. Cyanide poisoning is a big concern for people with poor nutrition. If we don’t have sufficient proteins in our body, it may be difficult to get rid of cyanide.

Non-Organic Produce

In truth, non-organic agricultural produce is laden with pesticides. We should strive to get vegetables and fruits that have been grown organically. We should know our growers before we buy peaches, berries, celery, spinach, cucumbers, grapes, tomatoes – name them. We should ask questions about the source of food before we purchase.

A lot of people think that they make the wisest food choices only to find out that they are putting their health at a risk. From now henceforth, we should be informed consumers and avoid dangerous eating habits. The aforementioned foods deserve a side-eye.

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