Something I’ve found since I started eating keto is that I seem to do better with a “little and often” approach, rather than trying to plan three main meals a day. Combine this with the fact that I often get hungry in the evenings AND I crave snacky, crunchy food, I’m often on an “AVOID CRISPS/TOAST/CHIPS!” wavelength when finding something to eat.
Sometimes, though, the simplest snacks are the tastiest and getting creative with what’s in the fridge can really help. Last night, I was having a major Jones for something salty and crunchy and as much as a 25g portion of peanuts is nice, the carb levels are too high to properly indulge.
This snack satisfies the need for something salty, spicy, flavourful and with a definite CRUNCH which makes it absolutely perfect for me and it couldn’t be simpler to make:
I can’t even tell you how tasty these were so I’m hoping the photo does a good job of showing you! They’re 45 calories PER crisps, so really not a low calorie snack (especially as they’re so moreish and one definitely won’t be enough) but at less than half a gram of carbs per crisp, they’re pretty much the perfect keto snack! My husband commented that they’d also be good dipped in salsa but I have no idea how carby salsa would be so don’t take my word for it!
Let me know if you try these or come up with any variations of what to top them with.
When you’ve been on keto for a while, you often find that you have cravings for sweet food, or simply get sick of all of the savoury stuff you’ve been eating, and on really bad days even a sugar-free jelly just doesn’t cut the mustard. I also find that, apologies for the TMI, certain times of the month make the sugar cravings worse, and finding something on-plan that I can eat which will allow me to keep my head in the game is really important. I’ve seen a few different dessert options around the internet but one thing I’ve been wanting to try for ages is tiramisu. My husband doesn’t have anything caffeinated, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try a keto, de-caff tiramisu, but I promise it was nowhere near as boring as it sounds! It’s also completely grain and gluten free, which makes it ideal if you have other dietary restrictions. Here’s the recipe:
I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this tiramisu, especially with the “cake” part because of the complete lack of flour or substitute grains, but it was genuinely delicious. I tried a bit of the cakey part while I was building and I’d be happy to eat it all by itself! Husband tried it and loved it too – it’s been years since he’s been able to eat tiramisu because all of the others contain caffeinated coffee, so his standards may have been lowered, but he went back for seconds AND had some on day 2, as well which is a pretty decent endorsement.
The whole thing does take a fair amount of prep and separate periods of baking and mixing, so it’s not something that can be whipped together really quickly but I would happily make this for a planned meal if we were having people over and I think it would be passable with non-keto eaters too. Husband and I both said we could barely tell the difference!
For me, being successful at staying on keto has been about willingness to try new things and experiment in the kitchen and this is one experiment that I’m not only thrilled to have done but also one that I’ll definitely be repeating in the future.
One of the things I’ve missed since going keto is a warming bowl of chilli, but with a bit of experimentation I’ve managed to combine two of my loves – keto and slow cooking! Obviously it’s sans-beans because they’re all just too high in carbs but with the celery and tomatoes, it didn’t really feel like it was lacking too much. This recipe serves 8 people, can be frozen for eating at a later date, and one portion is 10.7g carbs, 11.2g fat, 35.4g protein and just 288 calories, making it the perfect keto dinner.
We served ours with Bare Naked “rice”, a konjac-based rice substitute which comes in a sachet and can be microwaved just like normal rice, except a serving is just 0.1g carbs and only ten calories!
Next time I would also perhaps add some chopped pickled jalapenos to give it a bit more bite, but it was still really tasty exactly as it was. Let me know if you give this a go, or if you have your own variation of this dish that we could try!