Tuesday, June 23, 2015

KETO: Great Low-Carb Foods for Summer

It is officially Summer and the hot weather has been here in the northwest for some time now. When it's hot, certain foods just don't sound as appetizing.  Here are some awesome, low-carb foods for this Summer season! Of course, we gotta have some refreshing keto beverages to keep cool with.

Side Dishes
Everyday Paleo's No-Potato Salad
   I have made this "fauxtato" salad a couple of times now, and I just love it. I like to crumble the cauliflower pretty small, and give the garlic a quick stove top roast before I mix it all together. I also admit, I use regular old mayo instead of the paleo mayo listed in the ingredients. If you let this sit overnight, the flavors soak into the cauliflower a bit more for a deeper flavor. 

   There are endless combinations of salad out there, from the types of lettuce to the dressings and toppings you can put on. My favorites include chopped or shredded meat, cheese, nuts or seeds, hard boiled eggs, maybe black olives, and occasionally a (small) handful of dried cranberries on top. I tend to go for ranch dressing, but you can also do things like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, caesar dressing (check the label!), and I'm sure a few others.

Veggies and Dip 
   Much like salad, there are a number of dips that are acceptably low-carb for the ketogenic diet. As always, be sure to check each label before buying! Safe bets are on full fat ranch dip and hummus. The best low carb vegetables are zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, peppers, and even green beans.

   Limited amounts of berries can fit nicely into the keto lifestyle, but be sure to keep track of how many you are consuming. Blueberries, in particular, have ~4 net carbs per 1/4 cup. Strawberries and raspberries are between ~1-2 carbs per 1/4 cup.

Deviled Eggs
   There are numerous variations to this dish, a couple of my favorites are:
Avocado Deviled Eggs
Caveman Keto: Bacon Deviled Eggs

Main Courses
Meat and Veg Kabobs:
Caveman Keto: Sunflower Butter Pork Kabobs
Grilled Marinated Shish Kebabs

 Pulled Pork
 While you can look up any number of pulled pork recipes, my all-time favorite is this one:
Caveman Keto's Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
Cook up the pork in your slow cooker, then a quick stove-top fry to crisp it up a bit, and serve with taco ingredients! If you use this recipe, be sure to set aside the onions after cooking in the crock pot, they have a couple of carbs and can add up quickly.

Chicken tacos
Cool Ranch Crockpot Chicken for Tacos or Tostadas
I use this recipe for the chicken only, regular tortillas (even corn tortillas) have far too many carbs for the ketogenic diet. I highly recommend Mission's Low Carb Tortillas - They look like this (affiliate link):

Otherwise you could always do romaine leaf taco boats, or taco salad!

Primitive Palate: Everything Bagel Dogs
These are so awesome and fulfill that expected bread-like texture we are so used to having our hot dogs with. And so simple! 

So far I haven't ventured out and tried too many popsicle recipes. If I am feeling particularly lazy, I will make jello popsicles: Just make regular (sugar-free) jello, then put into popsicle molds.

Otherwise, I had great experience whipping up some heavy cream, folding in some Orange Mio, and freezing those into orange creamsicles! Super tasty and nostalgic.

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Any keto or low carb recipes you really enjoy in the hot weather? Post in the comments!

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