2018 is well under way, and I still haven't quite figured out what kind of changes I want to make to my eating habits. Anyone else with me?
I know that change must be made, but there are so many things to consider - personal needs as well as what options are out there, and the most important - will it help me be more healthy and happy with my body.
If you look online, you might be bombarded with posts like 500 Ways to Lose Weight or 1,000 Meal Prep Ideas for This Week. Now, I'm a fairly simple and easily overwhelmed human being, so I like to share posts that reflect that. I won't bombard you, but I will share what I've found. Also, I am not a healthcare professional or keto guru, just so you know. I just like to share.
Low Carb and Ketogenic (Keto) Diet
They're pretty much the same thing. The goal of this way of eating is to stimulate the burning of fats by your liver. Carbohydrates (Carbs) are kept to a bare minimum - you get them from vegetables only, limiting grains and such. No bread or rice.
This carb starvation forces your body to burn fats instead of carbs for energy. Instead of fats just sitting around while the carbs get burned, your body has no option - BURN ALL THE FATS.
I haven't completely gone head first into this kind of eating, but I'm fascinated. My friends do it and say it works, but you've got to adapt it to your own body and needs. I'm down for it, so I found some yummy foods that'll help jump start it.
12 Easy Low Carb Keto Meal Prep Ideas
Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake
In one hour, you can have a super happy Taco Tuesday with this Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake by Bless Her Heart, Ya'll. Just looking at it has stimulated my taco cravings. It's a bake, so you throw it in a pan and chill while it turns into magic in the oven. Win.
Italian Chicken Bowl
Delicious chicken and veggies in this super easy Italian Chicken Bowl recipe by Eazy Peazy Mealz. Pack up this dish with some yummy cauliflower rice, and you're good to go.
Easy Lemon Cauliflower Rice
There are a ton of recipes that call for some sort of grain, and you can easily substitute that for a low carb cauliflower rice. This Lemon Cauliflower Rice by Easy GF Recipes is simple and goes with just about any meal.
Lemon Roasted Salmon
For seafood lovers, or if you just want a break from other meats, this Lemon Roasted Salmon by Little Spice Jar is a super simple way to add in those precious Omega-3s to your meals. Add your favorite veggies and lemon wedge and plate up.
Baked Garlic Pork Tenderloin
I had a meal with pork tenderloin once, and it was super tasty. This Baked Garlic Pork Tenderloin recipe by Sweet C's Designs looks really similar to the one we followed by Hello Fresh (had a free trial), so I'm definitely saving it. I can already taste it. Yum!
Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet
Just looking at this dish makes me really want to pick up the ingredients and make it right now. It looks absolutely delicious! This Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet by The Recipe Critic will hit all the good spots and completely satisfy those cravings.
Cilantro Lime Chicken Cauliflower Rice
A simple staple chicken dish that will get you through meal planning idea slumps. Cilantro Lime Chicken Cauliflower Rice by Fit Foodie Finds is easy to throw together, so there is no excuse. When you're all out of ideas, make this and add some personal touches or switch up the meat - the options are endless.
Cauliflower Fried Rice That is Also Whole30 and Paleo
Need a fried rice fix? This Cauliflower Fried Rice By The Movement Menu is friendly to all sorts of diets. You can't go wrong, because this is probably the healthiest "fried rice" you're going to come across. Plus, it looks absolutely divine!
Breakfast Pepper Rings
Some of my favorite foods are breakfast foods. This Keto Breakfast Pepper Rings recipe by Keto Size Me is quick to throw together for breakfast, lunch, dinner or prep.
Low Carb Keto Desserts
When searching for low carb and keto friendly dessert options, you'll realize that there are a lot of cheesecake and mousse-type options. These desserts contain high-fat content and are low in carbs, which is the point of Keto. Here are some delectable treats you can make at home.
This Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake by Mother Thyme is simple to make and super creamy and luscious.
Do you need that chocolate fix? This Low Carb Brownie Cheesecake by All Day I Dream About Food is a must try. It hits all the spots, and it's keto friendly too.
Maple Bacon No Bake Cheesecake
No bake desserts are the easiest, because you don't have to wait around for something to cook. Just make and eat - love it. This Low Carb Maple Bacon Cheesecake by My Life Cookbook is salty, sweet, delicious and ready to go in no time.
So there you have 12 Easy Low Carb Keto Meal Prep Ideas. Any of these recipes can be customized to suit your tastes. If you like zucchini more than cauliflower, make zucchini noodles instead of cauliflower rice to pair with your meats. You think fish is better than chicken or beef, switch it up! Play around with your food, and you'll enjoy it that much more.