Ketogenic diets have been a popular way to support weight management and promote overall health. Essentially, a ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates, so the liver is prompted to turn fat into ketones for energy.

When we eat carbohydrates, such as the cereal or bagel you had for breakfast, the fries or apple you ate with your lunch, and the big plate of pasta you had for dinner, the stomach and enzymes break down the carbohydrates into glucose.

When that glucose is released into the bloodstream, it can be used for energy or stored in the body for later use. In order for glucose to be stored, the body needs insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. Beta cells in the pancreas constantly monitor the blood glucose level to regulate insulin production.

The Job of Insulin

The job of insulin is to help the body’s cells convert glucose into energy. The hormone also helps the body store any excess glucose as a reserve by packaging any extra energy sources into glycogen, which is stored in the liver and muscles.

Fat and protein are also stored with the help of insulin. Virtually all of our body’s cells, as well as our metabolic processes, require protein. Fat is needed to protect nerves and to produce certain hormones, as well as to metabolize fat-soluble vitamins. It can also be used as an energy source.

What Happens When You Limit Carbs

When your diet includes carbohydrates, glucose becomes the body’s primary source of fuel instead of dietary fats. Therefore, we store fats. If you limit your intake of carbohydrates to generally less than 50 grams per day, your body will go into what is known as ketosis. Your liver will convert fat into ketones to provide energy for the brain.

Within a few weeks, your body and your brain become accustomed to burning fats and ketones for energy which can help support healthy weight management and healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Proteins, cheese, nuts for keto diet

What Can I Eat?

Many people who follow a ketogenic diet are initially psyched to eat bacon and eggs for breakfast, a bunless cheeseburger for lunch, and a sizzling steak for dinner. But, it is important to choose healthy food options and not go too overboard on unhealthy fats. A ketogenic diet contains:

Fats & Oils: It is important to keep omega-3s and omega-6s balanced, and natural sources like fatty fish, meat, and nuts are an ideal way to get the omega-3s you need. Supplement with saturated and monounsaturated fats like coconut and olive oils. Taking a high-quality krill oil supplement is another great way to ensure your body gets its fill of important omegas.

Protein: Be careful not to eat excess protein, which can throw you out of ketosis, as the body turns excess amino acids into glucose. Ideally, eat roughly 0.7 to 0.9 grams per pound of body weight. Stick with organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised meat and poultry, cage-free eggs, and wild fish when possible.

Vegetables/Fruits: Choose mostly leafy green vegetables to limit carbohydrates. Most ketogenic diets recommend limiting nightshades (tomato, eggplant, peppers), root vegetables (onion, parsnip, garlic, mushrooms, squash), berries, and citrus. Starchy vegetables like potatoes or sweet potatoes, as well as fruits, are not included.

Dairy: Full-fat dairy is preferred. The harder the cheese, the fewer the carbs. Dairy consumption should be moderate.

Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds should be eaten in moderation.

Note: We recommend a ketogenic diet to include 60-75% calories from fat, 15-30% from protein, and 5-10% from carbohydrates. If that seems like a lot to take in, here are 15 ketogenic recipes you can make in 30 minutes flat.
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Spiraled zucchini

15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

Serves: 2


2 medium zucchini

¾ pounds medium shrimp, peeled & deveined

1 tablespoon olive oil

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

Red pepper flakes (optional)

Salt & pepper, to taste

Chopped fresh parsley


1. Spiralize the zucchini on the medium setting. Set aside.

2. Add the olive oil and lemon juice & zest to a skillet on medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for one minute per side. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional minute, stirring often. Add the zucchini noodles and stir/toss (e.g., with tongs) constantly for 2 to 3 minutes until they're slightly cooked and warmed up.

Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Chicken Enchilada Bowl

Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl

Serves: 4-6


2-3 chicken breasts

¼ cups red enchilada sauce

¼ cup water

¼ cup onion

1 (12 ounces) steam bag cauliflower rice

Seasoning, to taste

Preferred toppings: Avocado, jalapeno, cheese, Roma tomatoes


1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook chicken breasts until lightly brown. Cut each breast into 3 or 4 large pieces to cook faster. Add enchilada sauce, chiles, onions, and water and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through. Shred chicken.

2. Add chicken back into the sauce and continue simmering for additional 10 minutes uncovered or until most of the liquid has been soaked up.

3. Prepare cauliflower rice per bag instructions and dice preferred toppings.

4. Top rice with chicken, cheese, avocado or preferred toppings.

Peppered salmon

Blackened Salmon With Avocado Salsa

Serves: 4



1 tablespoon oil

4 (6 ounces) pieces salmon (or any flaky fish)

4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning


2 avocados, diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon lime juice


2 avocados, diced

1 cup cucumber, diced

¼ cup green onion, diced

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice



Heat the oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, season with the Cajun seasoning, and cook until deeply golden brown to slightly blackened before flipping and repeating for the other side.


Mix everything and enjoy it with the salmon!


Mix everything and enjoy it with the salmon!

Note: Serve the salmon with one of the avocado salsa or the avocado and cucumber salsa.

Shelled pistachios in a wooden spoon

Zucchini Pasta With Chicken & Pistachios



2–2½ pounds / about 1 kg of zucchini (courgettes)

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (150 g/ 4–6 oz. each)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or ghee

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper


2 scallions

7–10 fresh mint leaves

¼ cup shelled pistachios

1 tablespoon lemon juice


1. Prep the noodles. Julienne the zucchini with the spiralizer. Place the noodles in a colander and toss them with the salt until the strands are lightly coated. Set the colander in the sink to drain while you prep the other ingredients.

2. Cook the chicken. Pound the chicken to a ½-inch thickness between two pieces of plastic wrap with the smooth side of the meat hammer, then slice it crosswise into strips.

3.Warm the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, 2–3 minutes. Add the chicken, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, then toss to coat it in the oil.

4. Spread the chicken in a single layer and let it cook undisturbed for 2–3 minutes. Flip with a spatula separating the pieces and cook for an additional 2–3 minutes on the other side.

5. Continue to flip and cook the chicken until it’s browned and sizzling on most sides, about 2 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

6. Prep the aromatics. Thinly slice the scallions, mince the mint leaves, and coarsely chop the pistachios. Add everything to a bowl with the lemon juice, mix with a fork, and place nearby because the next part goes quickly.

7. Finish the noodles. Place the olive oil in a small bowl. Peel and crush the garlic, then add it to the bowl with the oil. Add the cumin and pepper to the bowl, mix with a fork, and set it nearby.

8. Rinse the zucchini noodles under running water, drain them well, and squeeze them in a clean dish towel to remove excess water. Return the skillet you used for the chicken to the stove and reheat it over medium-high heat for 2–3 minutes.

9. Place the prepared zucchini noodles in the dry pan and sauté them until just tender, 2–3 minutes. Push the noodles to the side of the pan, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the garlic oil to the pan and cook for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Push the zucchini noodles into the oil and stir gently until they’re coated. Turn off the heat and add the chicken to the noodles, along with the mint-pistachio mixture. Toss to combine.

10. To serve, divide the pasta among individual bowls and arm everyone with a big spoon to twirl the strands.

Greek salad

Easy Avocado Greek Salad



¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon minced garlic (or 1 large garlic cloves, minced)

2 teaspoons dried oregano (plus extra to serve)

¼ teaspoon salt


1 large cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced

4 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 green pepper (capsicum), deseeded and sliced

½ red onion, sliced thinly

7 ounces | 200 g good quality creamy feta cheese, cubed

½ cup (3 ounces | 80 g) pitted Kalamata olives

1 large avocado, diced


1. Whisk together dressing ingredients in jug or jar.

2. Mix together all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing.

A pile of shredded Mozzarella cheese

Low-Carb Cauliflower Breadsticks

Serves: 5


1 head raw cauliflower, riced or pre-made riced cauliflower

½ cup shredded mozzarella Cheese

½ cup shaved Parmesan Cheese

1 large egg

½ tablespoon freshly minced garlic

½ tablespoon freshly chopped basil

½ tablespoon freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

¾ cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. To rice the cauliflower, core and break into florets. Place in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it is the texture of rice.

3. In a large bowl, mix the riced cauliflower, ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, ½ tablespoon fresh garlic, ½ tablespoon fresh basil, ½ tablespoon fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper until combined and holds together.

4. Place the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread out into a rectangle about 9x7" and 1/4" thick.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and top with ¾ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese and return to oven to continue baking until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

6. Cool for about 10 minutes and cut into breadsticks. Garnish with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. Serve with your favorite Red Sauce and enjoy!

Low carb salad

Low-Carb Spinach Cobb Salad

Serves: 2


2 cups raw baby spinach

4 oz. cooked chicken

⅓ cup chopped cucumber

⅓ cup chopped tomatoes

2 large hard-boiled eggs

¼ pound good quality bacon, cooked and crumbled

½ large avocado, cut into small chunks


Place spinach in a bowl. Top with the rest of the ingredients and add the dressing of your choice.

Turkey & Bacon Lettuce Wraps With Basil-Mayo

Yields: 2 wraps


1 head iceberg lettuce

4 slices gluten-free deli turkey

4 slices gluten-free bacon, cooked

1 avocado, thinly sliced

1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced


½ cup gluten-free mayonnaise

6 large basil leaves, torn

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 garlic clove, chopped




For the Basil-Mayo

Combine ingredients in a small food processor and process until smooth. Alternatively, mince basil and garlic, then whisk all ingredients together. Can be done a couple of days ahead of time.

For Wraps

1. Layout two large lettuce leaves, then layer on one slice of turkey and slather with Basil-Mayo. Layer on the second slice of turkey followed by the bacon and a few slices of both avocado and tomato.

2. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then fold the bottom up, the sides in, and roll like a burrito. Slice in half, then serve cold.

Keto cashew chicken bowl

Keto Cashew Chicken

Serves: 3


3 raw chicken thighs boneless, skinless

2 tablespoons canola oil(for cooking) 

¼ cup cashews 

½ medium green bell pepper

½ teaspoons ground ginger 

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 

1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce 

½ tablespoon chili garlic sauce 

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon sesame oil 

1 tablespoon sesame seeds 

1 tablespoon green onions

¼ medium white onion

Salt & pepper


1. Heat a pan over low heat and toast the cashews for 8 minutes or until they start to lightly brown and become fragrant. Remove and set aside.

2. Dice chicken thighs into 1-inch chunks. Cut onion and pepper into equally large chunks.

3. Increase heat to high and add canola oil to the pan. Once the oil is up to temperature, add in the chicken thighs and allow them to cook for about 5 minutes. Once the chicken is fully cooked, add in the pepper, onions, garlic, chili garlic sauce, ginger, salt, and pepper. Allow to cook on high for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and cashews. Cook on high and allow the liquid to reduce down until it is a sticky consistency. There should not be excess liquid in the pan upon completing cooking.

5. Serve in a bowl, top with sesame seeds, and drizzle with sesame oil. Enjoy!

Creamy cauliflower chowder

Creamy Cauliflower Chowder

Serves: 4-5


1 tablespoon butter

½ cup diced onion

5 garlic cloves (minced)

½ cup diced carrots

1 whole head of cauliflower (cut into small florets)

1 ½ cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

½ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ cup cream cheese

Salt to taste

Olive oil and cooked bacon for topping


1. In a dutch oven or soup pot, heat butter and add onions and garlic. Saute for a few minutes until the onions are soft. Add carrots, cauliflower, vegetable broth, pepper, oregano, and salt to the pot. Bring this to a boil, and slow the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

2. Switch off the flame, and using a blender, blend the soup partly in the soup pot. If you don’t have a hand blender, pour half the soup into a blender and pulse a few times until creamy.

3. Switch the flame back on and add a cup of water or broth along with the cream cheese. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and switch off the flame.

4. Thin the soup further if you like with some more broth or milk. Top with olive oil and bacon and serve hot.

Thai chicken lettuce wraps

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves: 4


1 pound ground chicken

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons red curry paste

1 tablespoon ginger minced

4 cloves garlic minced

1 red bell pepper sliced thinly

4 green onions chopped

1 cup shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix

¼ cup hoisin sauce

salt and pepper to taste

5 leaves basil chopped

½ head iceberg lettuce cut into half


1. Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat until oil is very hot. Add ground chicken and cook until no longer pink and starts to brown; break it up with a wooden spoon as necessary for about 3 minutes.

2. Add red curry paste, ginger, garlic, peppers, coleslaw mix, and stir-fry for another 3 minutes. Add Hoisin sauce and green onions, and toss. Remove from heat, then add basil and toss. Transfer cooked chicken to a bowl.

3. Serve by placing spoonfuls of chicken into pieces of lettuce, fold lettuce over like small tacos, and eat.

Fresh & Easy Tuna Salad

Serves: 1-2


1 can of tuna, drained 

1 Roma tomato, diced

1 Persian cucumber, diced

¼ of a small purple onion, chopped

1 tablespoon of mayonnaise

1 tablespoon of ketchup (optional, make sure you use organic ketchup without high fructose corn syrup or GMO sugar)

Fine sea salt to taste


1. In a medium-size bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix.

2. Serve with sliced cucumbers and chips made without vegetable oils.

Chili lime steak fajitas

Chili Lime Steak Fajitas

Serves: 4



2 tablespoons olive oil

⅓ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon brown sugar

¾ teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to your preference of spice)

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1 pound | 500g of beef steak (rump, skirt or flank steak)


3 bell peppers (capsicums) of different colors: red, yellow and green, deseeded and sliced

1 onion, sliced

2 avocados, sliced

8 lettuce cups

Extra cilantro leaves to garnish

Sour cream (optional), to serve


1. Whisk marinade ingredients together to combine. Pour out half of the marinade into a shallow dish to marinade the steak for an hour at room temperature or in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 4 hours or overnight.

2. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minute prior to cooking.* Refrigerate the reserved untouched marinade to use later.

3. Heat about one teaspoon of oil in a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, and grill steak on each side until the desired doneness. It would be about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare, depending on thickness.

4. Set aside and tent with foil to allow to rest for 5 minutes.

5. Wipe the pan over with the paper towel, drizzle with another teaspoon of oil and fry peppers (capsicums) and onion strips. Add in half of the reserved marinade, salt, and pepper, and continue frying until cooked to your liking.

6. Slice steak against the grain into thin strips.

7. Serve with lettuce cups, extra cilantro leaves, sour cream, sliced avocado, or your desired fillings, and drizzle over the remaining reserved marinade.

A fresh bowl of salsa

Keto Cheese Shell Tacos

Serves: 4



6-8 slices of Colby Jack cheese, or preferred cheese


2 Roma tomatoes, diced

3 tablespoons diced red onion

½ fresh jalapeno, diced finely

Juice from 1 lime

3 tablespoons cilantro

other, optional

Sour cream, taco meat of choice, avocado, etc.


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Place slices of cheese on a parchment-lined baking sheet with a few inches in between slices.

3. Bake for about 5 minutes or until bubbly and just starting to brown at the edges.
Remove the baking sheet and let cool for a couple of minutes.

4. Carefully pick up the slices and place in a muffin tin to form a cup shape; let cool an additional 10 minutes. 

The Salsa

1. Place Roma tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, lime juice, and cilantro in a medium-covered bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or serve immediately. It gets more flavorful the longer it is in the fridge.

2. Assemble cups by filling with preferred fillings.

Baked chicken with homemade tomato and mozzarella cheese

Mozzarella Chicken In Homemade Tomato Sauce

Serves: 4


4 small chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

½ cup chopped onions

1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes

½ teaspoon Italian seasoning 

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon dried basil

1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato pesto (homemade or store-bought)

Salt and pepper + ¼ cup water

4 slices mozzarella cheese (or 1 cup shredded)

Chopped parsley or basil



1. Sprinkle the chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove to a plate.


1. Preheat the oven on the broiler setting.

2. Add the onions to the oil remaining in the pan. If there isn’t any, add in about ½ teaspoon and sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes until they soften. Add the garlic and let cook for 30 seconds. Add the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, dried basil, and pesto and stir to combine.

3. When the sauce reaches a simmer, add a ¼ cup of water, lower the heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the sauce thickens a bit.

4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


1. Nestle the chicken breasts into the sauce, and using a spoon, cover the chicken with sauce. Top each breast with a slice of cheese. Place under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese gets nice and bubbly and just melts.

2. Top with chopped parsley or basil ribbons. Serve with a salad.

Tips for An Effective Ketogenic Diet

1. Limit carbohydrates to less than 50 grams per day.

2. Make sure not to go crazy with protein. A ketogenic diet includes high fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrate content.

3. Eat plenty of fat, primarily monounsaturated, saturated, and omega-3s. Limit vegetable oils. Avoid trans fats.

4. Make sure you get enough sodium. A delicious way to do this is by drinking a cup of broth each day.

Ideal food for keto diet

The Bottom Line

A ketogenic diet can support your overall health, promote healthy weight management, and aid in the maintenance of cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The goal is to remain in a metabolic state of ketosis by cutting carbohydrates. For optimal results, cut your carbs to less than 50 g per day, focus on healthy fats, and keep an eye on protein consumption.