The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that has become popular because of the many health benefits that a lot of people see while following the diet, including weight loss, better blood sugar control, increased insulin sensitivity. Some people also report feeling more clear-headed.
Doing the Keto Thing? Love Salsa? We Have Recipes for You!
Following the ketogenic diet doesn’t mean saying goodbye to all your favorite foods. You can still keep flavor in your life while cutting carbs, just by making some easy substitutions to turn any recipe into a keto recipe—and yes, you can eat salsa on keto!
1. Slow Cooker Chili
Add 2 cups of broth, ¼ cup of olive oil and your favorite chili seasoning blend to your slow cooker, stir, then add 1 ½ lbs of pork, 1 medium onion, and finely diced chilies or peppers. Cook on high for 6 hours, shred the meat with two forks and stir it all up before serving.
This keto recipe is so versatile; you could probably make it every week and never get bored! Just switch it up by trying different types of meat, seasonings, and peppers.
2. Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad
Chicken, bacon, and avocado, topped with salsa and lime, all on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and onions—wait, what’s the catch? The things that usually throw salads out of being keto-approved are carby add-ons like croutons and high-sugar salad dressings, so we avoid that by using salsa and lime instead of dressing and not adding tortilla chips or beans.
Avocado and bacon are high-fat, but since they’re so calorie-dense, you might find yourself eating less overall than when you were eating more carbs. Think about it. We’ve all eaten a full bag of chips in one sitting, but how much bacon does it take to feel full? Go ahead and double up on the bacon and avocado—and the salsa! We suggest using our Original Mild or Medium salsas for your salads, but if you are someone who likes A LOT of kick, go ahead and grab the Spicy Habanero.
If you’ve been hesitating to try keto because the thought of giving up Taco Tuesday is more than you can handle, we have the solution! Instead of using tortillas, use lettuce. Butter lettuce and Boston lettuce are both crisp with a mild flavor, and each leaf can hold a tacos worth of toppings.
Yes, some people would call this a “lettuce wrap,” but if you think about it, aren’t tacos just inside-out lettuce wraps with extra carbs?
4. Burrito Bowl
A burrito bowl would normally use rice, but we’d rather switch those empty carbs out for something that works just as well: riced cauliflower! Take a head of cauliflower and process it in a food processor (or grate on a mandolin or cheese grater) until it’s about the same consistency as rice. Next, fry it up in a skillet with some olive oil and seasonings—salt and pepper will do, but don’t be afraid to throw in some cilantro and lime—and cover for a few minutes at the end to let it steam up.
Scoop your “rice” into a bowl and load it up with all the veggies you love, seasoned meat, and fats like avocado and cheese. Don’t forget to top it off with sour cream, salsa, and guac!
Are you ready to see if the ketogenic diet is for you? If you want to give it a try, a few easy substitutions is all it takes to make all your usual favorite foods into keto-friendly recipes!
Need salsa? Sweet Kickin Salsa can be found in grocery stores all over the Kansas City Metro. Click here to find a store near you.