The Most Effective and Best Tasting Choices for Low Carb Diets

Are you considering trying the ketogenic diet or another low-carb/high fat variation, but are concerned about all of the tasty high-carb choices you will be missing?  Take heart!  There are a multitude of choices that are not only keto-friendly, they are also tasty and satisfying. 

Here are a list of the top ten tasty and low-carb choices for your keto diet plan:

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1) Beef

This is a cornerstone of the ketogenic diet.  Marbled and higher-fat cuts like ribeye and prime rib work best, and are also extremely tasty and satisfying.  Grass-fed beef is recommended, for its overall quality and higher nutrition content.  Although quality cuts of meet can be expensive, a little goes a long way.  Beef, especially the higher-fat cuts, are calorie dense.

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2) Pork

Pork loin, ribs and ham are all acceptale.  Just make sure if you use a sauce (like barbecue), that it is not high in sugars.  There are many low-carb barbecue sauces and sugar-free alternatives on the market today.

Abhor turkey bacon?  Good!  Real bacon made out of pork is acceptable and much, much tastier.

3) Cheese

Cheese is awesome!  Cheese also comes in a wide variety of flavors to satisfy different tastes and moods.  Provolone, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Gouda, and .... are just a few of the different cheese varieties available.  Just make sure the carb count is low and you're set.

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4) Heavy whipping cream

Heavy whipping cream's high fat and low carb content make it a nice addition to the keto diet. Combine it with an artificial sweetener to create keto-friendly desserts like yogurt, pudding and mousse.

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5) Nuts

Nuts like almonds, walnuts and macadamia nuts are very tasty, high in fiber, and are relatively low in carbs.  They are also very healthy, dense with nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesiu, and omega 3 fatty acids.

6) Foul

Chicken and duck are on the menu!  Avoid fried versions and sweet sauces that are high in sugar.

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7) Fish

Just about any fish is game. Fish such as wild-caught salmon and rainbow trout are extremely healthy and contain large amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.

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8) Shellfish

Lobster, crab, oysters, clams, scallops and shrimp are viable choices for the ketogenic diet. 

9) Eggs

Eggs, especially organic ones, contain a host of healthy ingredients, including: high omega 3s, choline, naturally occuring vitamin D, B12 and sulphur.  They are also great tasting and very versatile.

10) Vegetables

Stick with veggies that are high in fiber like broccoli and asparagus.  Most of the carb content is nullified by the fiber. Other veggies include: kale, spinach, celery, bell peppers, sprouts and bok choy.  Herbs such as basil, cilantro and thyme are also acceptable. 

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Conclusion

As you can see, there is a wide variety of low-carb food options to satisfy any palette.  These foods can be prepared together with butter, vegetable or coconut oils, spices or mayonnaise.  They can be stir-fried, baked, boiled, grilled or eaten raw.  The only limit is your imagination.  So don't hesitate, jump on the low-carb / ketogenic diet bandwagon.  The only thing you'll miss is the inches off of your waistline.