Everyone is talking about Keto from nutrition experts to Kourtney Kardashian and the best way to start the diet is to ensure you have the right ingredients in your pantry.
By following the Keto plan you have to eliminate sugar, grains, starchy vegetables and high sugar fruits so you have to be really careful and organised with your meal planning.
Here’s 12 must have items to add to your shopping list so you can follow the plan effortlessly.
Using traditional flour is forbidden in the keto plan as it’s a grain free diet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use flour at all. Stock up on almond and coconut flour for all your baking needs.
Made from beef or chicken bones you should cook your broth for at least 24 hours to ensure you retain all the goodness. Bone broths are high in collagen and anti inflammatory properties.
To ensure your body enters ketosis, you have to make sure you are consuming the correct amount of fats. Kerrygold butter is said to be high in butterfat content than others and is free of growth hormones.
Ensuring you are consuming the right amount of collagen on the keto diet, stock up on collagen powders which can be added to your smoothies and drinks.
Some people find that they suffer from constipation while following a keto plan. Add keto-friendly sources of fibre such as chia seeds, flaxseed and psyllium husk powder to make sure you are getting enough fibre in your diet.
MCT oil stands for medium-chain triglycerides and can be found in coconut oil which is perfect for baking and roasting as well as frying. This type of oil goes from the gut to the liver and is turned into ketones which helps your body go into ketosis and lose weight.
As traditional sweeteners such as sugar, maple syrup, rice syrup and the like are not allowed on the keto plan, stock up on stevia which is derived from the leaves of a plant and is perfectly keto friendly. You can use just as you would traditional sugar.
Nuts and seeds
For a quick keto friendly snack stock up on almonds, pumpkin seeds and pecan nuts which make for a nutrient and protein rich snack.
Yes, you can enjoy favourites such as cheesecake, bread and pizza using cream cheese. Cream cheese is also used in fat bombs which are popular on the keto plan.
Unsweetened cacao is essential for your keto friendly pantry, especially when making your favourite chocolate treats. You can also add to smoothies and pancakes for the ultimate chocolate hit.
High in good fats, stocking up on nut butters are the perfect way to enjoy a keto friendly snack. Spread on keto bread or celery sticks and enjoy!
Baking with keto friendly flours such as almond or coconut means that you sometimes have to mask the strong flavours with a delicate extract such as vanilla which adds a floral sweetness to your bakes.