Best Foods to Eat on the Keto Diet – WTOP
Healthy keto foods Keto is the high-fat, super-low-carb diet with staying power. As keto continues to attract followers and inspire…
Healthy keto foods
Keto is the high-fat, super-low-carb diet with staying power. As keto continues to attract followers and inspire new versions and spinoffs, it’s clear that some keto-friendly foods are healthier than others. Here are some key foods for minding your health and maintaining good nutrition while watching your weight on keto.
Avocados are the No. 1 food item for keto-friendly diets, says Lolita Carrico, a registered nutritionist and chef and founder of ketology.net, which focuses on a keto lifestyle for women over 40 but also offers plenty of tips for anyone interested in keto.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, a healthy type of fat when eaten in moderation. The fruit is also a great source of fiber and a wide array of vitamins and minerals. Eating avocados helps you feel full — which is half the battle when you’re trying to lose weight.
Salmon is a fish-based source of healthy fat. Salmon is both versatile and tough, Carrico says. It can withstand the grill without flaking out, and can be used in multiple ways. For instance, you can cube salmon for a stir-fry or make poke bowls with the high-quality fish.
Experience bread-like texture without actually eating bread. Portobello mushrooms can stand in to replace bread or buns, says Vahista Ussery, a registered dietitian nutritionist, chef and founder of To Taste, a culinary nutrition consulting and education company.
Portobello mushrooms have a somewhat beefy flavor, making them a good swap for meat. They’re also a rich source of minerals such as potassium, copper and selenium, as well as essential B vitamins. In general, mushrooms are low in net carbs while providing a good amount of protein.
Ussery herself isn’t a big keto fan overall. “The keto diet is not easy,” she says. “It requires research, dedication and sacrifice. If you follow the keto diet correctly, you will lose weight — but ask yourself if you can maintain this diet in the long run.”
She has several concerns about keto falling short as a well-balanced diet. “The keto diet restricts many foods we know to be healthy and consumed by the world’s longest-lived populations,” she says. “Whole grains, beans, fruit and starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes are all healthy and promote longevity. To me, that’s a huge red flag.”
If you’re determined to do keto, Ussery suggests opting for foods that …….