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Intermittent Fasting 101

Intermittent fasting is a dietary pattern that involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. There are several different types of intermittent fasting, including:

  1. Time-restricted fasting: This involves restricting your eating to certain hours of the day, such as only eating during an 8-hour window. I (Vy) personally prefer the 16:8 method while Regina has practiced 18:6 or OMAD (one meal a day) because of her busy schedule and health needs. We do not practice intermittent fasting 365 days out of the year but have found benefits in working some form of it in our regular routines.
  2. Alternate-day fasting: This involves eating every other day, either consuming only very small amounts of food on non-eating days or abstaining from food entirely. We have never personally tried this method.
  3. The 5:2 diet: This involves eating normally for 5 days of the week and restricting calories to 500-600 for the other 2 non-consecutive days. David has done this method and had success with his weight loss and energy levels but it was no sustainable for him long term to stick to that schedule.

During periods of fasting, it is super important to stay hydrated. Water, coffee, and other non-caloric beverages are all acceptable to consume while fasting. I take a liquid vitamin that has a little bit of fruit juice in it, but the benefits from the vitamins are worth it to me. Some people also find it helpful to drink broth or consume small amounts of coconut oil or other healthy fats to help reduce hunger during fasting periods. We’ve seen many people start the day with a simple cup of bone broth and have found success.

There are several potential benefits to intermittent fasting, including weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, and possibly even increased lifespan. However, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the long-term effects of intermittent fasting.

There are also some drawbacks to intermittent fasting to consider as well. For example, it may not be appropriate for everyone, especially people with certain medical conditions or who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is important to work with a healthcare provider to determine if intermittent fasting is a safe and appropriate option for you. This article is meant to provide a quick overview, not medical advice.

If you are interested in learning more about intermittent fasting, there are many additional studies and resources available online. It is always a good idea to do your own research and consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet.

7 Day Keto Meal Plan with Grocery List

If you are someone who needs a lot of structure to follow on a ketogenic diet or want new ideas to mix things up, this meal plan is a great way to stay on track and eat delicious foods.

Day 1:

  • Breakfast: Avocado and egg toast with spinach and tomato
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken salad with mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and homemade vinaigrette dressing
  • Dinner: Baked salmon with roasted vegetables and cauliflower rice

Day 2:

  • Breakfast: Keto smoothie with avocado, spinach, almond milk, and protein powder
  • Lunch: Turkey and cheese roll-ups with mixed vegetables
  • Dinner: Slow cooker beef and broccoli with cauliflower rice

Day 3:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with sausage and bell peppers
  • Lunch: Chicken and vegetable stir fry with cauliflower rice
  • Dinner: Steak fajitas with peppers and onions, served with lettuce wraps

Day 4:

  • Breakfast: Overnight oats with chia seeds, almond milk, and protein powder
  • Lunch: Tuna salad with mixed greens and avocado
  • Dinner: Grilled shrimp with roasted zucchini and broccoli

Day 5:

  • Breakfast: Egg and cheese breakfast burrito with spinach and tomatoes
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken salad with mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and homemade vinaigrette dressing
  • Dinner: Baked chicken with roasted vegetables and cauliflower rice

Day 6:

  • Breakfast: Greek yogurt with mixed berries and almonds
  • Lunch: Turkey and cheese roll-ups with mixed vegetables
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon with roasted vegetables and cauliflower rice

Day 7:

  • Breakfast: Avocado and egg toast with spinach and tomato
  • Lunch: Chicken and vegetable stir fry with cauliflower rice
  • Dinner: Slow cooker beef and broccoli with cauliflower rice

This meal plan provides a high amount of healthy fats and protein, while limiting carbohydrates to support a ketogenic diet. It’s important to also incorporate a variety of vegetables and other nutrients, such as fiber and antioxidants, into your diet to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need to stay healthy and energized. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day as well.

Here is a grocery list with quantities to make the meals in the 7-day meal plan:

  • Avocado (2)
  • Egg (14)
  • Spinach (1 bag)
  • Tomato (2)
  • Grilled chicken (1 pound)
  • Mixed greens (1 bag)
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 pint)
  • Vinaigrette dressing (1 bottle)
  • Baked salmon (1 pound)
  • Roasted vegetables (1 pound)
  • Cauliflower rice (1 bag)
  • Keto smoothie ingredients (1 avocado, 1 bag spinach, 1 quart almond milk, 1 tub protein powder)
  • Turkey (1 pound)
  • Cheese (1 block)
  • Mixed vegetables (1 pound)
  • Slow cooker beef (1 pound)
  • Broccoli (1 bunch)
  • Overnight oats ingredients (1 jar chia seeds, 1 quart almond milk, 1 tub protein powder)
  • Tuna (2 cans)
  • Grilled shrimp (1 pound)
  • Zucchini (2)
  • Greek yogurt (1 quart)
  • Mixed berries (1 pint)
  • Almonds (1 bag)
  • Steak (1 pound)
  • Peppers (2)
  • Onions (2)
  • Lettuce wraps (1 package)

This grocery list includes all the ingredients needed to make the meals in the 7-day meal plan. Some items, such as salt, pepper, and olive oil, are not included on the list as they are assumed to be pantry staples. You may also need to adjust the quantities of certain items based on your specific needs and preferences.

50 Easy Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

If you are having a hard time thinking of low carb breakfast ideas, look no further because we have you covered. As a reminder, this list is full of suggestions, not rules. Eat what you enjoy and do what is best for your body. Work with a healthcare provider to determine the best lifestyle for health and wellness.

  1. Omelette with vegetables and cheese
  2. Scrambled eggs with bacon and avocado
  3. Egg muffins with spinach and sausage
  4. Yogurt with berries and almonds
  5. Chia seed pudding with coconut milk and almonds
  6. Turkey bacon and avocado toast
  7. Cottage cheese and berries
  8. Smoothie with avocado, spinach, and almond milk
  9. Breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs, sausage, and vegetables
  10. Baked eggs in avocado
  11. Breakfast burrito with eggs, avocado, and salsa
  12. Egg and vegetable frittata
  13. Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey
  14. Breakfast sausage and egg muffins
  15. Overnight “oats” (noatmeal) with almond milk and chia seeds
  16. Green smoothie with spinach, avocado, and coconut milk
  17. Egg and bacon cups
  18. Breakfast casserole with eggs, sausage, and vegetables
  19. Egg and smoked salmon on a bed of greens
  20. Kale and bacon omelette
  21. Coconut flour pancakes with berries and whipped cream
  22. Breakfast quesadilla with eggs and vegetables
  23. Smoothie bowl with avocado, berries, and nuts
  24. Veggie omelette with feta cheese
  25. Breakfast skillet with eggs, sausage, and peppers
  26. Baked eggs with spinach and mushrooms
  27. Egg and vegetable scramble
  28. Breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon, and avocado
  29. Omelette with ham, cheese, and spinach
  30. Chia seed pudding with berries and almonds
  31. Breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs, black beans, and avocado
  32. Egg and bacon salad
  33. Breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs, bacon, and spinach
  34. Egg muffins with sausage and cheese
  35. Greek yogurt with berries and pumpkin seeds
  36. Breakfast quiche with vegetables and bacon
  37. Egg and vegetable hash
  38. Smoothie with almond milk, spinach, and banana
  39. Breakfast sushi with scrambled eggs and avocado
  40. Egg and bacon frittata
  41. Breakfast sandwich with egg, sausage, and cheese
  42. Breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, black soy beans, and salsa
  43. Omelette with broccoli, cheese, and tomatoes
  44. Breakfast bowl with quinoa, eggs, and avocado
  45. Egg and avocado toast
  46. Smoothie with almond milk, berries, and spinach
  47. Breakfast skillet with eggs, bacon, and tomatoes
  48. Baked eggs with ham and vegetables
  49. Egg muffins with bacon and cheese
  50. Breakfast smoothie bowl with almond milk, spinach, and berries

How to get into Ketosis

If you’re looking to get into ketosis, a metabolic state in which your body burns fat for fuel, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Reduce your carb intake: The first step to getting into ketosis is to reduce your carb intake. When you eat carbohydrates, your body turns them into glucose, which is used for energy. However, when you reduce your carb intake, your body has to find another source of fuel.
  2. Increase your fat intake: When your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates for fuel, it will start to burn fat for energy instead. To help your body make this switch, it’s important to increase your fat intake. This can be done by incorporating healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil into your diet.
  3. Try a ketogenic diet: A ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that can help you get into ketosis. This type of diet typically includes foods like meats, eggs, cheese, and fatty fish, as well as non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables.
  4. Exercise regularly: Exercise can also help your body get into ketosis by using up stored glycogen (the stored form of glucose) in your muscles. This can help your body switch to burning fat for fuel instead.
  5. Monitor your ketone levels: One way to determine if you’re in ketosis is to monitor your ketone levels using a ketone meter or test strips. When your body is in ketosis, it will produce ketones, which can be measured in your urine or blood.

For daily meal ideas and inspiration for low carb cooking, follow us on Instagram and/or TikTok @theketodashians

Remember, everyone is different and it may take some time for your body to adjust to burning fat for fuel. Be patient and stick with it, and you can successfully get into ketosis. This is not medical advice, always work with your healthcare provider to determine the best plan for your health and wellness.

Thai Style Green Bean Salad

No papaya on keto? No problem! This green bean salad is a great summer time or warm weather side dish that goes perfect with grilled or fried meat.

Thai Style Green Bean Salad

Faux-paya salad for sure.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy, quick
Servings: 8 people
Net Carbs: 8g

Ingredients

  • For the sauce:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 Thai chili peppers
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Monkfruit sweetener
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon chicken granules (this can be found at asian grocery stores – Totole is the brand we like to use.)
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (juice of one lime)
  • For the salad:
  • 1 pound string beans cut into 1-2 inch sections, washed
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 3-4 tablespoons dried shrimp (optional)

Instructions

  • Use a mortar and pestle to make the sauce or pulls it in a food processor for a few seconds until the garlic is pulverized.
  • Pour the sauce over the green beans, cherry tomatoes, and dried shrimp.
  • Mix and enjoy! Chill it for at least 20 minutes for the best experience.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1136mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Net Carbs: 8g

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Keto Vietnamese Pate Chaud

Pate Chaud or Pate So is a Vietnamese meat pie typically baked in a puff pastry dough. If you’ve ever been to a Vietnamese deli, you can usually find these up front in the warmer ready for your enjoyment. It typically is made from ground pork or chicken and is the perfect appetizer, snack, or party food.

Keto Vietnamese Pate Chaud

Caution! You might eat all of the servings 🙂
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: pate chaud, vietnamese
Servings: 24 people
Net Carbs: 5g

Ingredients

Filling:

Wrappers:

Instructions

  • Mix all of the filling ingredients thoroughly. 
  • Take a small piece of the raw filling and microwave for 30-45 seconds (or until cooked through) and taste test. Adjust the taste to your preference.
  • Place a strip of Cutdacarb on a cutting board. Place about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of the filling in the bottom right hand corner of the wrapper. Fold the bottom right corner over to the left side of the wrapper to form a triangle. Follow the fold of the wrapper and continue folding until you reach the end of the wrapper. Set aside. Repeat for the remaining filling and wrappers. See the diagram below for a visual aide.
  • Place the wrapped pate chaud into the air fryer rack seam side down. Air fry at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, flip, and continue air frying for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the pate chaud from the air fryer and brush the egg wash over the top of the pastries and then air fry for another 5 minutes. The internal temp should be 165 degrees F (or not pink).

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Net Carbs: 5g

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Keto Orange Julius

When you love this mall staple but love being in ketosis more. This recipe is for the OG Julius but you can change up the flavor add-ins to remix the base into your favorite option.

Keto Orange Julius

Oh yes, we did.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat, sugar free
Servings: 1
Net Carbs: 3g

Equipment

Metal Straw

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Ice
  • 2 Cups Milk Of choice
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered sweetener
  • 2 Squirts Sugar free Tang Or Sunny D
  • 3 Tbsp Greek Yougurt Optional for extra creaminess

Instructions

  • Blend ice with milk, vanilla extract, powdered sweetener, and sugar free Tang. Optional – add plain yogurt if you want it to be creamier. 
  • Adjust ingredients to taste if needed and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Net Carbs: 3g

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Keto Beefaroni (Vietnamese Nui Xao)

This one is such a classic from my childhood and super easy to make. This recipe is courtesy of my mama Rose, who when I asked for the recipe, mind ninja’d me into feeling bad for not calling her 40 times a day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is a beef macaroni stir fry that is pretty common in many asian households. It’s also one of those refrigerator clean out meals that’s always satisfying.

Keto Beefaroni (Vietnamese Nui Xao)

Comfort food at it's finest
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: asian, beefaroni, pasta
Servings: 2
Net Carbs: 5g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/4 lb sirloin sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes sliced
  • 2 cups macaroni shirataki noodles or macaroni noodles of choice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Golden Monkfruit sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce optional
  • salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • chopped scallions and cilantro
  • cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat a non stick pan with oil and sauté the shallots and garlic until fragrant.
  • Add the sliced sirloin and stir well.
  • Add the diced tomatoes. Stir again. Add macaroni noodles (follow instructions from bag on how to prep).
  • Add soy sauce (or coconut aminos) and sweetener. Optional: add fish sauce.
  • Season with salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Top with minced scallions, cilantro, and cracked black peppercorns.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 321mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Net Carbs: 5g

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Keto-Friendly Beef Bulgogi

Bulgogi aka (Korean Garlic Sesame Ribeye) is sweet, salty, garlicky, and savory. It’s one of our favorite items to order any time we go to KBBQ. The original version uses a lot of sugar but luckily it can be easily replaced with our favorite, Lakanto!

Keto-Friendly Beef Bulgogi

This is an easy, hearty dish that can't go wrong.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: bulgogi, easy, kbbq
Servings: 2 people
Net Carbs: 7g

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix soy sauce (or Tamari, liquid aminos, etc), golden monk fruit sweetener, minced garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and white pepper.
  • Pour the marinade over the thinly sliced ribeye. We get ours from @walmart but many asian grocery stores will carry this if you don’t want to slice it yourself. Mix and marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • On a hot cast iron pan, griddle, or wok, cook the ribeye until desired doneness (5-10 mins). Garnish with more sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy with a side of Kimchi and pickled daikon, on top of cauli rice, or wrapped in butter lettuce.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 34g | Sodium: 1741mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Net Carbs: 7g

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Keto-Friendly Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs are one of my favorite gastropub eats and they are a lot easier to make than they seem. You just need a little practice and you’ll be whippin them up like a pro in no time. I like mine with honey mustard or sugar free maple syrup depending on my mood. You can use Italian sausage or breakfast sausage – whichever floats your boat. I prefer Italian Sausage most of the time.

Keto-Friendly Scotch Eggs

This recipe is a lot easier than you may think!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: european
Keyword: eggs
Servings: 4
Net Carbs: 2g

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs Soft boiled, peeled
  • 1 Lb Italian sausage
  • 1 Egg Whisked
  • 3 Cups Pork crumbs Crushed
  • Oil For frying

Instructions

  • Split the package of Italian sausage into fourths.
  • Flatten each portion and wrap it around each egg until it’s completely covered in sausage and there is no seam to be found. Repeat three more times with the remaining eggs and sausage.
  • In one bowl, whisk one egg. In another bowl, add three cups of crushed pork crumbs.
  • Coat the sausage wrapped egg in an egg wash and then roll it around in the pork crumbs to coat completely. TIP: use the right hand for the egg wash and left hand for the Panko. Keep the wet and dry hands apart unless you want a hot mess in front of you. Repeat three more times.
  • In 350 degree oil, slowly drop in the Scotch eggs. Fry for 7 minutes until the sausage is fully cooked and the coating is crispy and golden.
  • Enjoy with a honey mustard, maple syrup, or creole remoulade 🤤

Nutrition

Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 47g | Sodium: 1146mg | Sugar: 1g | Net Carbs: 2g

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