Superfoods Safe for the Keto Diet

You may have heard of the keto diet, but you may not know exactly what it is or how it works. The keto diet is a very low-carb diet plan. The trick to this plan is that it uses the energy created by your liver in the form of ketones. Your body enters a state of ketosis, which means “fat-burning.” The idea expands from there depending on what type of keto diet you are on. Regardless of the one you may choose, there are some superfoods that you may want to add to boost the first few months of the diet and to help jump start your system. Here are five of those superfoods and why they will help.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a superfood that is ideal for the keto diet. You can use it for various methods including as a flavor enhancer for drinks and food. Cinnamon boosts metabolism and helps regulate your blood sugar. This can be vital if you are coming off a high carb diet to the keto diet. It will help you make the transition easier. Try using fresh ground cinnamon from cinnamon sticks if at all possible. This will give you the full potency of the benefits. You can use cinnamon in teas for flavor instead of sweeteners.

Sardines

Sardines meet the low-carb qualification for keto diets. They are easy to throw in a lunch bag and easy to add to your current meal plans. The benefits of sardines are very similar to most other fish with a few exceptions. Sardines can help reduce inflammation from workouts, change in diets, and other related issues. They also protect your bone health and help reduce mood issues such as minor depression and anxiety. If you need to get your fish oil or DHA in, this may be the ideal way to do it and avoid capsules.

Eggs

Eggs are something you will see a lot of on the keto diet. There are several reasons for this. The first is the versatility of eggs. You can have them as part of a low-carb keto-based breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can also boil eggs for the week and split them up between various meals or snacks. Regardless of how you make them, eggs offer several superfood benefits. Eggs have a high amount of iron and contain vitamins A, B12, B2, and B5. They also contain 9 different amino acids. If you are going to add one superfood to your keto diet, this would be the one. You can add eggs to your salads or eat them by themselves.

Broccoli

Broccoli is found on many superfood lists and the reason is that of the multiple benefits it offers to various diet plans and lifestyles. Broccoli can be eaten raw, steamed, or roasted and still give you the same dietary benefits. It offers a high amount of Vitamin C and can be used as an alternative to citrus fruits with the same vitamin benefit. It can also help your body if you are on the keto diet while going through a pregnancy. My favorite way to eat broccoli is roasted in the oven with a little olive oil spritzed over the top and sprinkled with a little sea salt and pepper.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are easy to find and easy to add to your diet. You can make something simple from them such as sauces, add them to your salads, or add them into certain lunch and dinner dishes. You can even use them in breakfast dishes. Tomatoes can help with brain function, diabetic health, reducing bad cholesterol, and help with sleep.

These are just a few of the superfoods that are safe for the keto diet. They are also foods that are easy to find at most grocery stores and easy to add to your diet on a routine basis.

Have you tried the Keto diet? What are some of your favorite Keto safe foods?

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Pamela

 

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Superfoods to Eat if You’re Vegan

Being vegan is not easy. You have to be careful about everything you eat to ensure it doesn’t have animal products of any kind in the ingredients list. For this reason, many vegans have moved to cook for themselves and sticking to strict locations and stores for their foods. If you are starting a vegan path, you may be trying to ensure that you keep your body healthy during the transition and that means adding superfoods. Here are a few of the superfoods to eat if you’re vegan to help give your body the healthy boost it needs.

Ginger

Ginger is something you should eat if you are vegan for several reasons. Ginger helps reduce stomach inflammation that can occur when you first start a vegan diet. This is especially true if you are coming off a heavy meat and dairy diet or if you are trying a raw vegan diet. Your body may go into a slight bit of shock and inflammation. You can add ginger to vegan soups, smoothies, and even juices. Try to get organic ginger and use the ginger root rather than getting a ginger powder since the powder may not have the potency you need.

Turmeric

Turmeric is usually used as a spice in things like curry. It can also be used to help with inflammation throughout the body including joint pain and inflammation following long workouts. People with fibromyalgia also use turmeric to help with inflammation. In addition to helping with this issue, turmeric can also be very valuable to vegans since it can help flush toxins from the body. The easiest way to use turmeric in your vegan diet is to mix it with warm nut-based milk such as almond milk. This mixture is called golden milk and can be consumed in 8 to 12-ounce amounts each day. This may be bitter, so you can add vegan vanilla or use nut-based milk that has vanilla in it to help cut the bitterness.

Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes, when you change to a vegan diet, you may not feel as full as you did on other diet plans or lifestyles. One way to combat this while sticking to your vegan lifestyle is to go with sweet potatoes. You can bake these ahead of time and add them in place of pasta to most meals. You can also have them alongside superfood-based vegetables or with sautéed spinach. You will notice that you feel filled up and satisfied. They will give you vitamins and minerals, but also will help you with digestion as well.

Keep in mind, most vegan foods do fall under a superfoods list. The ideal use of the superfoods would be to ensure that you are meeting your specific body needs. For example, you may want to focus on colon and liver health or on weight loss and thus take that focus to the right superfoods for you.

 

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