Those mouthwatering tempting carb-heavy comfort foods can really kick you off the keto track. Many of your favorite dishes are probably off the keto menu, so what can you do to satisfy those cravings?
Why jeopardize your health and fitness goals and risk the keto flu when you can find delicious keto-compliant replacements instead? You can find healthier keto-friendly alternatives to most of your favorite carb-heavy comfort foods. Show off your culinary prowess and choose your favorite recipes, so you don’t end up having a cheat day.
Let’s discuss some of the top keto comfort foods, tips, and tricks to make sure you stay on track with your goals.
1) Keto Pasta
Pasta is warming and comforting, but traditional grain-based pasta is also especially high in carbs and not suitable for the ketogenic diet. Instead of traditional pasta and noodles, here are some of your other options:
2) Rice is Nice!
If you’re looking for a rice replacement, try konjac rice or broccoli or cauliflower rice. All you need is some cauliflower and a blender! Flavor the rice to suit your palate and pair it with a dish of your choice. You might also like this keto tabbouleh!
3) Mashed potatoes and fries
Mashed potatoes and fries make a tasty, filling side dish with most meals…unless you’re keto. Fortunately, you can delight your taste buds with rutabaga low-carb fries or cauli mash or mashed turnips! Add sliced cabbage to bulk up your mash and complement the hearty flavor!
4) Bread and Sandwiches
You might be hankering after a filling sandwich, but carb-loaded traditional grain-based bread are off-limits. The good news is that nut-based bread and other keto-friendly alternatives can be just as tasty and more nutritious and satiating! Try one of these breads:
5) Keto Pizza
Pizza is a favorite worldwide and there are so many delicious ways to make and eat a pizza! On keto, you could try cauli pizza and make a cauliflower pizza crust or make this keto pizza crust with eggs, cheese, and coconut flour. When you’re in the mood for a pizza, try one of these keto pizza recipes:
- Zucchini Pizza Boats
- Keto Flatbread
- Deep Dish Pizza
- Keto Mini Pizza on Cloud Bread
- Portabella Mushroom Pizza
- Keto Pizza Sticks
- Fathead Dough Pizza
6) Snack Bars!
You might be on the go and in need of a quick and convenient snack. Most granola bars and snack bars are sugar-laden and contain other unhealthy additives. Go for healthier keto-friendly options that won’t kick you out of ketosis, such as these keto-certified Heka bars or nush cakes!
7) Sweet Beverages
When you want a refreshing, sweet beverage, you have lots of keto-approved choices available to you.
8) Keto Condiments and Sauces
With your baked chicken dish, you might want some ketchup or BBQ sauce, but most ketchup isn’t sugar-free or keto-approved. If you can’t find a good store-bought condiment, peruse our keto-friendly condiment recipes instead. You might like:
- Sugar-Free Ketchup
- Keto Salad Dressing
- Keto Hummus
- Keto Honey Mustard
- Low-Carb Ranch
- Cheese Dip
- Spicy Mayo
9) Desserts and Sweet Treats!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and curb your cravings on keto with delicious recipes, treats, and smoothies that won’t kick you out of ketosis.
10) Keto Alcohol
From time to time, you might want a keto-compliant alcoholic beverage or two. Whether you’d like a martini, a margarita, a glass of wine, or blackberry margarita popsicles, drinking alcohol isn’t completely off the keto menu. You can spice up a keto martini by adding water-flavored drops like Stevia Sweetleaf instead of sugar and syrups, or try one of these tempting drinks:
What Are Your Favorite Keto Comfort Foods?
How do you stay on track with the ketogenic diet? What are your top tips for replacing carb-heavy foods on keto?
Steph Green is a writer, researcher, and singer/songwriter with a passion for all things wellness. In 2016, after four years of struggling with her own health problems and painful autoimmune disease, Steph developed a life-changing and extensive knowledge of keto, nutrition, and natural medicine. She continues on her healing journey and enjoys helping others along the way.