In order to achieve and sustain a state of ketosis, it's essential that you eat a high fat, low simple carb (no sugary foods or grains) diet, with the amount of protein that is right for you. Although meat and dairy are allowed on a Keto Diet, it’s far superior for your overall well-being and long-term health to get a large portion of your daily nutrition from plant-based sources. In fact, over time you WILL damage your body from thie inside out if your diet is laden with animal products and deficient in plant-based foods.
But aren’t fruit and vegetables loaded with carbs? What plant-based foods can you eat on a keto or low-carb diet that won't put you over your daily net carb limit?
Whether you’re on a carbohydrate-restricted diet or just are seeking to be slim and feel your best, we all can benefit from making these 5 ordinary low-carb foods staples in our diets...
These are a few of the best Keto-friendly raw foods to make part of your daily routine:
Weight loss, disease prevention, healthy skin, and improved nutrient absorption are just a few of the many benefits of getting your daily dose of avocado! The majority of the fat found in avocados is amazing-for-you oleic acid which promotes beautiful skin and hair, boosts immunity, supports heart and respiratory health, promotes healthy brain function, and has been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer!
Get your daily dose of avocado (and chocolate!) with this Keto Chocolate Pudding Recipe!
2. Coconut Milk/Cream
If your aim is to do a keto diet, but you want to avoid dairy milk (which is acidifying to the body and therefore detrimental to your overall health), coconut milk is a deliciously creamy alternative that is rich in healthy fats and vitamins B & E. Get more coconut into your diet and promote healthy, young-looking skin and hair and ward off wrinkles!
Try making this Keto Coconut Yogurt Recipe in large batches!
3. Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds provide protein, fiber, long-lasting energy, and good-for-you fats that promote weight loss! They are a great source of B-vitamins which not only help our bodies convert food into energy, they also keep your hair and skin looking beautiful. Some of the best choices include almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
4. Leafy Greens
Although they are not a high-fat food, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens are low-glycemic vegetables that are essential to maintaining optimal health. Leafy greens a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, accommodating the human body's nutritional needs more completely than any other food!
Eating lots of chlorophyll-rich green vegetables is an excellent way to protect your body’s cells from free radical damage which leads to aging and disease. Another awesome benefit of leafy greens is that they considerably diminish your cravings for junk food!
Each leafy green vegetable has its own unique nutrient profile, so the greater the diversity of greens you get into your diet, the better. Check out this Keto-Friendly Kale Salad Recipe!
5. Berries (IN MODERATION!)
Berries are one of the few low-glycemic fruits that are allowed on a Keto diet. You definitely should not gorge yourself on berries if your intention is to maintain a state of ketosis, but a small handful of berries is keto-friendly.
Berries have exceptionally potent anti-inflammatory properties because of their rich abundance of anthocyanins- antioxidant pigments that give them their vibrant red, blue, or purple color. Blueberries, in particular, are an especially rich source of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant pigment which protects your body’s cells from membrane damage and death, helping to defend against aging. This incredible antioxidant pigment also causes fat cells to self-destruct and stops new fat cells from forming!