By Jordan Toney
By now, there’s a chance you’ve probably heard friends, co-workers, family members, or those folks on social media talking about going Keto. Keto meal prep plan is the most common term in social conversations with the New Year just behind us. My Instagram feed is full of influencers eating loads of high-fat foods like avocado and steak for every meal. This cannot be possible, right? I mean how does this work?
What exactly is the keto diet, and why is everyone talking about it?
A keto diet is simply a diet that is high in fat, low in carbs, and moderate in protein. It allows you to go from being a sugar burner (using glucose for fuel) to burning fat as well as stored body fat for fuel, which in return helps you lose weight more effectively.
What can you eat on a Keto diet?
The Keto Diet typically requires people to cut out food such as bread, rice, pasta, most fruits, candy, alcohol, and soft drinks from their diet. Generally, one should aim to eat less than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day and replace them with proteins and fats. Here are some of the healthy foods you can enjoy while on a Keto Diet:
- Seafood- Shellfish and Salmon
- Nonstarchy Vegetables- asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, lettuce, green beans, kale, spinach, tomato, zucchini, peppers, and olives
- Cheese– blue cheese, brie, cream cheese, Colby jack, cottage cheese, halloumi, mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, swiss
- Meat and Poultry
- Berries– blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
- Butter and Creams
- Unsweetened Tea and coffee
- Nuts and Seeds– Almonds, pistachios, brazil nuts, pecans, cashews, chia seeds, macadamia nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and flax seeds
The good news is, when it comes to planning meals, The Keto Diet offers very clear guidelines around which foods you can and cannot eat, which for most people, removes the stress and unsureness around planning meals. And, as luck would have it, Meals By Chef B, South Florida’s #1 Keto Meal Delivery Service provides an array of Keto-friendly meals and packages for bulk prepping. I mean just take a look at some of these affordable keto meal delivery delicious meals provided for your convenience!
What would a sample week look like?
A Sample Keto Meal plan for week 1:
Here I have put together a simple meal prep plan that sticks to the Keto Diet guidelines and, with help from a local South Florida Keto Meal Plan Delivery Company all these meals can get delivered right to my door!
-Breakfast: Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Bowl
-Lunch: Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
-Dinner: Salmon with Steamed Broccoli
-Breakfast: Tuna Stuffed Avocado
-Lunch: Greek Salad with Grilled Shrimp
-Dinner: Pan Roasted Sea Bass
-Breakfast: Eggs and Grilled Flank Steak
-Lunch: Skinny Chicken with Broccoli
-Dinner: Carolina Pulled Pork and Cauliflower Mac
-Breakfast: Ground Turkey and Egg Breakfast Skillet
-Lunch: Skinny Turkey with Garlic Spinach
-Dinner: Zucchini Noodles with Italian Meatballs
-Breakfast: Shrimp and Egg Omelette
-Lunch: Turkey Taco Zucchinis
-Dinner: Blackened Chicken Breast with Baby Spinach and Mango
-Breakfast: Cauliflower Rice and Ground Beef Burrito Bowl
-Lunch: Albacore Tuna Salad
-Dinner: Peppercorn Coulotte with Grilled Veggies
Pro Tip: If you’re anything like me, of course, you need a little something to snack on throughout the day. I would recommend carrying around some Gourmet Jerky and if you’re in the mood for something sweet try these delicious Cookie Dough Bombs!
The Keto Diet may be a hard transition at first but its popularity and interest among individuals have created an influx of Keto friendly and low carb foods to get you started. Also, Meal Prep Companies provide an affordable and easy route to prepping and planning meals for you and your family. And, if you’re still unsure about this change to your diet, the safest way to begin is to speak with your healthcare provider to discuss possible health risks associated with the Keto Diet. Furthermore, I recommend that you check out Craig Clarke’s Keto Calculator to receive some guidelines as to the number of carbs, fats, and proteins to eat to get your body into Ketosis- this calculator will adjust the recommendations based on multiple criteria like your gender, age, and activity level.
And don’t forget, any significant change you want to make in your life starts with a positive attitude and the power to change your behavior. I recommend that you don’t look at this as another “fad diet” but more of a lifestyle change- that’s when you’ll see the results!