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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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3 Ways To Have Fun With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking (although that’s great too) - it has a ton of amazing uses! In fact, coconut oil is an incredible natural moisturizer.  Here are a few suggestions from us to help you get the most out of your jar or tub:

Make lip gloss 

Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it can be easily made into a moisturizing lip gloss.

All you need is a tiny pot for the gloss, jar of coconut oil, some beeswax (optional, it keeps to gloss for melting in hotter temperatures) and any essential oil of your choosing. 

Other additions include things like lavender, honey and peppermint! 

 

Hair masks

 

Many people swear by coconut oil as the key to healthy hair. In the past couple years, all sorts of shampoos and conditioners have come on to the market that contain coconut. 

But healthy hair can come right from your pantry!

There are many variations of the coconut oil hair mask, but the simplest one goes like this:

Heat up the coconut oil - lather heavily on the end of the hair, and comb through the rest - leave for 15 to 30 minutes - rinse. 

Some fun and common additions to this mask include:

Banana + avocado 

Honey + egg

 

Popcorn 

As of late, many of us have been curling up for more netflix marathons than ever. There are ways to make our favourite snacks a little more healthy, with a little help from coconut oil. 

Try buying your own popcorn kernels (super cheap, too) and popping them with coconut oil instead of regular oil and butter. 

It’s as easy as:

½ cup of popcorn kernels

2 tbsp of coconut oil

Place in a deep pot and leave covered and turn the element on medium heat. 

5 minutes later, you have your healthy snack.

Add salt or cinnamon for some flavour. 

There are many more uses, but these are some of our favourites. We hope you enjoy!!

Share with us your favourite uses in the comments! 

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How To Elevate Any Salad

It’s official—summer salad season has arrived. As the weather heats up, nothing hits the spot like some fresh, crispy greens on a patio.

Too often, salads get a bad rap for being boring, flavourless and unsatisfying—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Make it your 2020 resolution to stop making boring salads. Here are all of our best tips to help you make some stunner salads this season 

Add some seeds

Give your greens some extra crunch by adding some seeds—pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame are all great options. It’s amazing how such a small food can make such a big difference. To really get the flavour out of your seeds, make sure to roast them in a pan for a minute or two, and don’t forget to add a little salt.

Shake up your dressing

Avoid getting stuck in a dressing rut by trying out new options. With a few basic ingredients at home, you can make dozens of different dressings for every meal and palate. Are you making a fruity salad? Try a raspberry vinaigrette. Looking for something rich and hearty? A simple sesame garlic dressing will hit the spot. Want to add a little zing? Honey mustard never disappoints. Salad dressings aren’t tricky to make, and going with an exciting choice makes all the difference.

Say cheese

Never be afraid to add a little cheese to your salads. Remember, there’s no rules here—just choose your favourite. Grate in some gouda, sprinkle in some smoked cheddar, or pop on some parm. Oh—and if you happen to be a blue cheese fan, this is your moment. Nothing elevates a meal salad like a sharp blue cheese.

Change up your greens

There’s no need to ever make a boring iceberg lettuce salad again. With a world of greens available, why not try some new flavours? Switch up your routine by swapping in arugula, spinach, frisée or the ever-trendy kale. To add a little extra texture, you can also slice in some red or green cabbage in with your greens.

Go nuts

Tossing nuts into your favourite salad never fails to please crowd. Try almonds, pecans, or even peanuts. They pair well with fruit and a nice vinaigrette, but don’t feel too boxed into a sweet palate—a nice, crunchy walnut can work with nearly anything.

Pick your protein

Adding a piping hot protein is all it takes to elevate your side salad to a meal. Try using steak hot off the grill, your favourite crispy chicken recipe, or garlicky sautéed shrimp. For the vegetarians in the crowd, soft boiled eggs, marinated tofu, or crispy roasted chickpeas can take your greens to the next level.

Add something extra

Finish your masterpiece with a little extra zing. A stellar, last-minute way to jazz up your greens is to hit the canned veggies section of your grocery store. Think olives, sundried tomatoes, canned artichokes, or pickled peppers. An extra salty morsel will give your salad the perfect finishing touch.

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