Staying below the five-percent daily carb limit on the keto diet can be a bit of a challenge. And then on top of that, add your constant focus on what you have to sacrifice (bread, fruits, starchy veggies, etc.), and your cravings are sent into overdrive. It’s true: That whole “you want what you can’t have” thing doesn’t only relate to relationships. The good news is there are plenty of delicious carb-substitutes you can have, and yes, even cheesecake makes the cut.
This week’s featured foodie, Sam Dillard of Hey Keto Mama, believes that living a happy, healthy life starts with what you put in your body. She makes adapting to the keto diet seem easier with these delicious keto recipes that make us forget we are eating low-carb.
1. Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake With Walnut Crust
Nut-based crusts are a simple way to fulfill many dietary needs while still getting your pie fix. Simply throw walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla, and butter in a food processor; press evenly into a pie dish; and bake for 12 minutes. Dig into this keto-approved dessert, With a fluffy layer of creamy pumpkin filling on top, whenever you need something sweet.
2. Keto Dinner Rolls
One of the hardest keto sacrifices: bread. Especially when you’ve reached your pre-dinner hunger crisis and are tempted to reach for the non-keto bread basket. Would you believe us if we told you that this keto bread recipe is even better than your average rolls? The egg, cheese, and flaxseeds help to curb hunger and won’t ruin your appetite.
3. Keto Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast sandwiches: the Saturday-morning essential. If you’re looking to stay low-carb, simply ditch the bagel and use your sausage patties as your base to up the protein. Turkey or chicken sausage patties and scrambled eggs make this a super-healthy start to the day. Add a little avocado in between because… avocado.
4. Keto Chicken Pizza Crust
One word: genius. If you’re dying for that pizza-like bite (when are we not?), try making a low-carb version out of chicken. Yes, really. Simply bake a mixture of ground chicken thighs, cheese, and spinach for 20 minutes, add cheese, and your keto-friendly pizza dreams have been answered.
5. Keto Cauliflower Lasagna
That’s right, you can now add lasagna back into your diet with this keto-friendly recipe that trades pasta for cauliflower rice. Not sold? What if we told you there are three types of cheese and spinach in every bite? This low-cal, high-fat dish is also great for leftovers to reheat when you’re looking for a quick fix later in the week.
6. Keto Lemon Bars
What better excuse to say yes to sweets than when your dessert can be a high-protein source? With just five ingredients, these lemon bars offer a great late-night bite without tanking your keto or overall health goals. If you’re on team citrus, this recipe is for you.
7. Keto Pizza Pockets
When it’s a stay-in-and-get-cozy kind of movie night, these pizza pockets take the stress out of agreeing on what pizza toppings you both want. With an inside customizable to everyone’s preferences and a crust made of mozzarella, almond flour, cheese, and eggs, you’ll have a keto-approved dinner (that tastes anything but) in no time.
8. Keto Cheese Shell Taco Cups
Two times the cheese? Yes, please. Tacos are on the menu, but instead of your typical corn-based taco shell, we’ve got a crispy, low-carb alternative. Simply bake your cheese of choice until bubbly, transfer and shape to a muffin tin and you’ve got a fun and delicious base for your favorite taco fillings.
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