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7 Delicious Natural Foods That Also Happen To Be Keto

If you’re committing to a ketogenic diet this year, congratulations! Keto can be a great tool to help you work toward your health goals and keep your body at its best.

That said, the diet can sometimes be intimidating for folks who are trying it for the first time. Often, people are concerned that they will have to give up all their favourite foods to commit to keto.

But fear not! There is no need to throw out everything in your fridge and resort to subsisting solely on cauliflower rice. Here are some of our favourite natural foods that also happen to be keto.

Avocado

Who doesn’t love an avocado? Packed with loads of good fats, this nutritional powerhouse also happens to be a delicious keto staple. Eat one on its own, use it to top your favourite dishes, or turn it into guacamole for a satisfying snack.

Chocolate

That’s right—you absolutely can eat chocolate on keto. In fact, dark chocolate is chock full of antioxidants, and it also contains flavanols, which are great for heart health. Just be sure to select chocolate with at least 70% cocoa and ensure that you eat it in moderation.

Nuts

Nuts are the perfect antidote to those mid-afternoon snack cravings. If you’re trying keto for the first time, take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the wide world of nuts that are available for your enjoyment. Classic options such as almonds, peanuts, and walnuts are satisfying choices, but there is so much more. Macadamia nuts, for example, are not only delightfully sweet, but they are higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates than other nuts, making them a perfect ketogenic snack.

Olives

The perfect mixture of salty and sweet, olives are the best friend of any keto eater. Since they’re so versatile, pick up a variety to have on hand. Great for cooking or simply snacking, olives will quickly become a favourite in your fridge.

Seafood

One of the best parts about keto is that the world is your oyster—and your crab, tuna, and lobster too. Seafood is full of great fats, proteins, and other nutrients for your body, so don’t be afraid to fill up your plate.

Cheese

Now is the time to turn your fridge into a complete deli counter! The ultimate keto staple, cheese is low in carbs and high in fat. Keep hard cheeses such as parmesan on hand for grating over your favourite frittatas or sprinkling over zoodles and keep some flavourful options like manchego, Havarti, and camembert around for snacking. Don’t forget to stock up on soft cheeses such as goat cheese and feta too; they’re perfect for crumbling into salads.

Greek yogurt

Creamy, satisfying, and incredibly versatile, Greek yogurt is the perfect addition to nearly any meal. Not only is it a breakfast of champions, but it’s an ideal ingredient for salad dressings, smoothies, sauces, soups—you name it. Keep it on hand for a rich finish to your favourite recipes.

 

Learn more about keto:

Beat The Winter Blues With A Ketogenic Diet

Keto Protein Balls Recipe

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7 Natural Snack Ideas The Whole Family Will Love

Has your snack game been a little ho-hum lately? It can be easy to fall into a snack rut, eating the same unsatisfying foods week after week. 

However, there is no reason snack time can’t be full of variety, fun, and nutrition. If you’re searching for some new snack ideas the whole family will enjoy, we’re here to help. These are some of our favorite healthy, natural snack choices.

Energy bites

Want a snack that’s easy for the little ones to prepare? No bake energy balls are super easy and fun to make, often made with ingredients you already have on hand like oats, honey, nuts and seed. We love adding healthy fats like coconut oil or any nut butter. Make sure to choose your family’s favourite add-ins, whether they love dried cranberries, cashews, or chocolate chips. The sky's the limit here.  Use a seed butter instead of a nut butter to make the balls a nutrient dense school safe snack. 

Hummus 

Making your own hummus couldn’t be easier—or tastier. With just a handful of ingredients and a food processor, you can blend up a protein-filled snack that the whole family will enjoy. Serve with fresh veggies, whole grain crackers, or pita bread. Hummus can also double as a condiment to spread on burgers, wraps and sandwiches.

Chia pudding

If you haven’t gotten on the chia pudding train yet, now is the time. Packed full of protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals, you absolutely cannot beat the nutritional value of chia seeds. And chia pudding is a simple, tasty snack option that hits the spot at any time of day. Pair it with your favourite chopped fruit for a healthy and delicious treat.

Kale chips

If you’re skeptical about kale chips, that’s completely understandable. But we promise that a well-crafted kale chip is the perfect antidote to those mid-afternoon snack cravings. The trick? Coat your kale well with oil before baking or frying. Then, season generously. There are no rules for what should pair with your kale chips, but we recommend chili powder and cayenne pepper for a spicy kick, or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.

Edamame

Edamame—also known as fresh soybeans—are undoubtedly an underrated snack food. Nutrient-rich and completely satisfying, they are tasty as an appetizer or a late-night snack. Fresh in-shell soybeans are best, but frozen also does the trick. To cook them, pan fry, boil, or steam the edamame until tender, and then sprinkle with salt. 

Flax or protein muffins

A healthy muffin is the perfect snack to have ready on the counter or tucked away in the freezer. A nutritious and satisfying option, a good flax muffin is chock full of fibre that keeps you full and satisfied between meals. Add vanilla or chocolate protein for added nutrients. The best muffin recipes are low in sugar, substituting fresh or dried fruit to add sweetness. You always use gluten-free flour too. 

Fruit popsicles

Making popsicles is a fun and cheerful summer activity the whole family will love. Use juice or yogurt as a base, and then add fresh seasonal fruits for more colour and flavour. To get started you will need a popsicle mold—but it’s a relatively affordable investment that your family will  use for years to come.

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