11 Low Carb Vegetables That You Can Eat on Keto

Understanding the ketogenic diet means that you need to understand which foods you can successfully eat. In this case, successfully means limiting carbs. Being successful can mean also losing weight if that is your goal. For many, it has keto become a lifestyle change.

For those on keto, they must understand that all vegetables are not always good.

I am sure you are asking why…

Because with all foods you need to watch your carb intake and vegetables have carbs.

Many people start keto assuming vegetables are safe because you have been told all your life that vegetables are healthy.

So, obviously saying you cannot have any and all vegetables is a shocker, right?

You will find carbs in each and every food item you consume from fruit to vegetables to meat, etc.

 

While they are obviously a more acceptable carb than bread or sweets, you still need to take them into account.

The purpose of this post is to educate those new to keto to the best options for veggies that will keep you in the safe carb range on the ketogenic diet.

What Vegetables Can You Eat on Keto?

The first important key to help you remember what vegetables you may have on keto is: if the vegetable is grown above ground, then the odds are in your favor that this is a keto friendly vegetable. However, keep in mind that an exception to this rule would be lettuce which can kick you right out of ketosis by consuming too much.

Grown below the ground: avoid.

Avocado

I had to lead with this one as it happens to be my favorite keto friendly vegetable but is actually a fruit. However, most consider it a vegetable which is why I am listing it here.

Also important on keto, as you will learn is fat consumption. Not only are avocados are a fantastic source of fat, it’s a great way to meet your macros on keto and providing great fuel for your body.

What I personally love about avocados is that they are great regardless of time of day, adding to any meal including breakfast and are a great snack.

When I am looking for a snack, this is my first choice every time.

Cucumber

Cucumber is often my second choice when looking for a vegetable.

In fact, it’s so multi-purpose, it’s great!

You can, of course, have it on salad. Sliced is great when looking for a chip like dipper (with keto friendly dip). There are many options for the cucumber.

I also love the crunch it adds.

Cauliflower

 

 

Another favorite is cauliflower and happens to be a staple of the keto diet because of its diverse usage.

Of course, it’s great to dip in a low carb ranch or have in a salad. But keto enthusiasts know it’s amazing as a substitute for pizza crust, rice, and even mashed potatoes.

And seriously, if you’ve never seasoned it and roasted it in the oven, you are missing out whether you are on keto or not.

When I make roasted for a meal, I make up extra to snack on it is seriously that good.

Zucchini

I also love me some zucchini!

Roasted or pan-fried zucchini is just about my favorite thing. Yes, I know I said that about avocado. And cucumber. And cauliflower. But as someone that spent the majority of life hating vegetables because my parents didn’t cook well, I now know what I was missing out on.

There are a whole host of other ways to have zucchini just look at Pinterest to see! Another favorite for zucchini is zucchini boats.

Like having a little pizza on zucchini. I kid you not. Try it.

Cabbage

I personally have only had cabbage 2 ways. Fried in a pan and with corned beef. Both of which I love!

While I am sure there are other ways to use cabbage on keto, I’ve just not taken the opportunity to explore it further. If you do or have, let me know. I’d love to try more.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are one of those things I just hated as a kid. In all honesty, it was just my parents poor cooking skills.

Where I work, meals are included and I absolutely love brussel sprout day. Except the smell of them cooking. Or even leftover when you open a container. The smell is horrid.

Celery

I am sure if you have ever been on a diet plan, you ate loads of celery. This is because celery is considered a zero calorie food. Zero taste too lol.

So, for me, obviously, I need to dip it. Which I do. In keto friendly dips. Like low carb ranch or peanut butter. Or Justin’s classic almond butter, to which I am addicted.

 

Spinach

Another I am an avid fan of is spinach. It’s great in a salad and I love it with eggs. I really love mixing it in eggs along with other veggies and will eat it for breakfast lunch or dinner. Contrary to belief, eggs are not just for breakfast.

It’s another thing I hated as a kid but my parents’ idea of salad was greens and dressing. I need it dressed up a little more. How about you?

Asparagus

Not a huge fan of asparagus myself because I find too few can cook it correctly and I simply hate getting a woody piece.

It also smells when cooking or reheating.

However, I did make it one time. Wrapped in bacon. Bacon and anything is almost always good. Except for cupcakes. That’s just weird. And not keto friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

Broccoli

Love broccoli.

Roasted, boiled, salad, covered in cheese or ranch. Yum!

It’s also utilized frequently in keto friendly meals. Whether it’s a casserole or slow cooker meal, broccoli is a great option.

 

Kale

Kale gets a bad rap.

People hate it.

But, I think they’ve just not had it the right way.

Even my kids love making kale chips. Try it.

 

Remember That All Veggies Have Carbs

You’ll have to remember that just because it’s a vegetable doesn’t mean it’s good for keto. It’s important that you are aware that all vegetable have carbs and which options are safe to keep you in ketosis. It also doesn’t mean you can have an endless amount like those who look for zero carb foods. It all adds up on keto.

People on keto all follow a different carb count. Many try to stay under 50 while others try to stay under 20. I typically follow the under 20 rule unless I want to indulge in something that hikes me up a tad. And by tad I mean stay under 50. It doesn’t mean to have a cupcake!

Let me know what you are favorites are and how you like to eat them or prepare them! I’d love to hear from you!

Keto Diet 101: Beginner’s Guide

The Ketogenic Diet also known as Keto is one of the most popular diets right now.

It became insanely popular a few years back, and it is still gaining traffic all over the globe.

If you are wondering what all the buzz is about this diet or interested to get started and want to know the details of the diet, then keep reading.

I will share all about the Ketogenic diet in all its low-carb, high-fat glory. Sit back and learn about this fantastic diet.

Many people have a lot of questions about what precisely the Ketogenic diet is, how does it work, can you lose weight, what foods are you able to consume and so on. I thought it would be great to share how this diet works, potential benefits, things to consider before starting and more. I hope you find this very helpful for your Some people especially need keto diet journey. 

What Exactly Is The Ketogenic Diet

The Keto diet is very low carb and a high-fat diet, with a moderate amount of protein.

It is helping many shed their body fat fast.

There has been research, that shows that the Ketogenic diet can benefit epilepsy, help fight against cancer, diabetes, and so much more.

Those on the keto diet tend to feel more high energy during the day and feel healthier all around.

When you cut out most of the carbs in your diet, your body goes into what is called Ketosis, where it starts to burn the fat that is stored and uses it for fuel.

When you cut out most carbs, your body looks for a source of energy to fill the void of those carbs. That is where it picks up the fat.

Ketosis will give you the result of shedding unwanted weight, more energy, and feel a lot better all around, and not so sluggish.

Can You Lose Weight On The Keto Diet

While this diet might not work for everyone on losing weight, but many reports that they are losing weight.

Once your body goes into ketosis that is when you begin to lose the weight.

Losing weight on the keto diet is a huge selling point for many.

A lot say that after so long you start to maintain the weight you are at after the initial drop. But, we have to remember that every single human body is a little bit different and no promises can be made.

Foods That Are Approved For The Ketogenic Diet 

If you are curious what types of foods that are approved on the keto diet, check out the quick guide below.

With the Ketogenic diet, you don’t count calories like some diet plans, you mostly monitor your carb intake.

  • Meats| Ham, Bacon, Chicken, Sausage, Red meats, turkey
  • Fish| Mackerel, Tuna, Salmon, Trout (look for fatty fish)
  • Dairy| Unprocessed cheese, butter, cream
  • Eggs| They recommend organic or farm fresh
  • Nuts and Seeds| Pumpkin, Flax, Chia, Almonds, Pecans
  • Healthy Oils| Coconut, Avocado, Olive Oil
  • Low Carb Veggies| Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Avocado

There are a lot of foods that you can eat on this diet.

You can find online recipe books that are full of recipes for you to make that follow the keto diet.

Types of Snacks That Are Approved

Food is a significant factor, to any diet. You want to make sure the foods you can eat are ones you will be able to stick with over a time period. The keto diet allows you quite a bit of options when it comes to food which is really lovely. 

 

 

 

 

Downsides to Keto Diet

Some might experience what is called the Keto flu, it starts in the early stages of the diet. It makes you feel nauseated, struggles with sleeping, headaches, brain fog, and more. You feel pretty terrible, but you can help calm the symptoms by drinking sugar-free Gatorade or Powerade or even sipping on some bone broth.

You also might find you tend to be a bit more constipated. Making sure to drink enough will help, or you might even find you need a supplement to help regulate your body.

Supplements For When On the Ketogenic Diet

Here are some supplements you might consider taking while you are on the keto diet. These supplements will help give you a balance of nutrients and minerals in your body.

Protein Powder| Protein shakes and powders can be used if they have no added sugar or carbs. They are an excellent source of protein and easy to drink when you are on the go. Order online and sweeten it up with a little Stevia for that sweet factor you might crave.

Exogenous Ketones| This supplement is not to be taken regularly when you are not on the Ketogenic diet. It can raise your ketone levels, so only consider when you are on this diet, and I would even talk to your doctor about how to safely take this. 

MCT Oil| This oil is excellent to have on hand when you are on the keto diet. It can help boost your energy levels, and great to toss in your bulletproof coffee! 

People Who Should Not Try The Keto Diet

It is always recommended to reach out and talk to your doctor before you attempt a new diet, like keto. There are some people who especially need to consider not doing the keto diet or talking to their doctor first.

Bariatric Patients| If you have had surgery and don’t have much capacity in your stomach, you should not start the keto diet. Since this is a high-fat diet, it will be a lot harder for your body to digest those foods.

Pregnant/Breastfeeding| If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you need to consult with your doctor. By following a diet like this especially while pregnant can lead to issues with the growth of your baby.

Kidney Issues| If you struggle with kidney issues or even prone to kidney stones you might want to avoid this diet. It can cause changes in your potassium and also sodium.

If you are thinking about starting keto, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any plan.

If you do start or have started or had any questions, let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

35 Unexpected Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher

If you were asked what your favorite kitchen item is, many would select the illustrious dishwasher. Am I right?

You already love the tricks it performs on your dishes but did you know that it can clean a multitude of other household items?

Think outside the box. It already cleans your glass, plastic and metal pots and pans.

So look around and see what else is made from the same materials that would make life easier by cleaning in that magic machine.

However, there are some things that should never go into a dishwasher. Just like your wooden spoons and cutting boards, nothing else made of wood should go in.  Cast iron pans are not to get wet so you won’t put anything else cast iron in. For some kitchen items that are plastic, you know they are only top rack dishwasher safe. So anything similar should be only kept on the top rack when washing. Clean the dishwasher after running some of these for added assurance.

To help you out, I’ve compiled my favorite items to clean in the dishwasher. Remember though, use caution as not all items are created from same materials so there are some things it may ruin.

Kids’ Toys

Kids’ items are my favorite things to clean in the dishwasher! Think about it: they bring illnesses home from school and play with them, the dog licks them, or they take them outside to play with and then bring back in.

I clean their bath toys once a month to clean out the hard water stains and stains from water sitting when it was drained.

I have no idea how they do it, but they seem to get those building blocks filthy. I bought a mesh bag that will hold them and place it on the top rack as well as looping the drawstring so the force doesn’t know it below and melt them.

I also use the bottle nipple and nipple ring holder to clean pacifier and teething rings.

Kitchen

Obviously, it cleans your dishes and regular kitchen items but it does so much more in the kitchen!

I clean and sterilize sponges and brushes by running in the dishwasher on the top rack and brushes in the utensil rack.

Silicone kitchen items such as mitts and trivets can go on the top rack to remove residual food and sterilize.

Run the Microwave turntable in the dishwasher too. Why spend too much time? That can easily go in when you run the dishes each night!

Once a month I like to take out the refrigerator bins that I use to keep things organized and run through and clean out crumbs and leakage.

Did you know you can also run the shelves and bins on the top rack? What a time saver!

Clean that sticky grease and grime build up on metal and ceramic cabinet and drawer hardware by removing from the cabinets and placing in the mesh bag (again, looping so it doesn’t fall to the bottom). Do not run hand painted through the dishwasher.

Bathroom

All those counter accessories from soap dishes to toothbrush holders should be run on the top shelf. I do these once a week to avoid bacteria.

Shower poofs, sponges, and some brushes can be run once a week to remove oils from the body and kill bacteria and mold. No natural bristle or wooden handles should be run in the dishwasher.

If you use rubber tub mats, be sure to run those on the top shelf too in order to prevent mold and bacteria.

Clean out and organize old makeup frequently. When you do, run the organizers through the top rack.

Run those manicure and pedicure tools too! They need sterilizing frequently.

Household

Most kitchen and bath exhaust fans will have major dirt build up. Especially in the kitchen with grease build up. They sometimes also have a washable filter to help catch grease in the air that can be put in along with the removable covers. This should be done at least every 6 months but if you have those with allergies, more frequent.

Glass globes and shades from light fixtures also get grease and dust build up and can be run on the top shelf.

Desk accessories and organizers such as pencil cups, etc can usually be run. Use care to be sure it isn’t a thinner plastic, hand painted or otherwise fragile.

The vents for your HVAC can and should also be run (unless wood or repainted). They get that sticky grease build up that the dishwasher makes light work of.

Vases and other decorative items can sometimes be run if they are not antique, handpainted or fragile. No silver or gold guilt either.Run on the top rack.

 

 

Pet Accessories

I love running my pets toys, food bowls and collars and leashes in the dishwasher to remove dirt and grime and build up. Only run hard plastic or rubber toys, ceramic, plastic or metal bowls (no hand painted).

 

The bowls should be run daily just like you do your dishes. They’ll all be bacteria free and look like new. Collars and Leashes should only be woven and synthetic fiber collars and leashes (never leather). Run on the top rack in the mesh bag.

Sports Equipment

Sports equipment should be run to sterilize and remove odors. Simply top rack shin guards and protective pads, place mouth guards in the utensil holder or a mesh bag before washing.

Golf Balls can be placed in a mesh bag for easy cleaning.

Yard Toys that are hard plastic yard toys will also be clean and bacteria free.

Baseball Caps can be cleaned in the dishwasher and they even make forms to hold their shape. Don’t use a dishwasher detergent containing bleach and only use a dishwasher detergent in the dishwasher. 

Garden and other Outside Tools and Accessories

Garden Tools should be run through the dishwasher to remove bacteria. Again, nothing with wooden handles.

Flower Pots should be run to avoid spreading plant diseases. Thin plastic pots on the top rack and heavier pottery or terracotta ones in the lower rack.

One of my most dreaded items to clean is grill grates.  You no longer need to spend time hand-scrubbing grill racks and grates. Simply run them in the dishwasher.

Whether garden boots or rain boots, rubber boots that are unlined can go in the dishwasher. Simply get the excess dirt chunks off before loading on the bottom rack.

Even flip flops! Your flip flops can be cleaned on the top rack. However, if your flip flops have fabric cording be sure your dishwasher detergent doesn’t contain bleach. Never put in any shoes trimmed with leather.

Car Tools and Accessories

Yes, even mechanics wash their tools! Just like your dishes, the dishwasher does a great job of cutting the grease and grime from tools. Place them in the utensil holder. Never add anything that has wood or any electrical or battery.

 

Metal hubcaps can be run through as well and you’ll love the sparkle.

Removable cup holders can use a good weekly run through the top rack. They get so gross.

Shake off excess soil and dirt from rubber car mats and place the mats on the bottom or top racks of the dishwasher.

 

What are you ready to run in the dishwasher now to save you time and effort? Is there anything besides dishes that you’ve already run the dishwasher? I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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