I have been eating a Ketogenic diet for about 5 1/2 months now. Before I started Keto, I was worried about never being able to have some of my favorite foods ever again. (like Mac n cheese! *Drool*) While it’s true I’m not going to be chowing down on pasta or bread, there are some really good Keto alternatives to the foods that people crave!
Whether you eat Keto, or just want to exchange some high carb foods for some lower carb ones once in a while, this list might benefit you. I have tried most of the things on the list, and they help me get through my carb cravings when I do get them. If you are creative, you can find Keto alternatives to almost any high carb food!
1.) Mashed Potatoes: I am a potato lover, but potatoes are not Keto friendly! Cauliflower mashed is a great alternative! Cauliflower is very versatile and can be used for a lot of different recipes. Plus, it tastes great. Win/win!
2.) Mac n Cheese: This is another dish I make with cauliflower. Surprisingly, it tastes similar to the real thing! It’s cheesy, creamy and delicious. No pasta needed!
3.) Pizza: Who doesn’t love pizza?! I know I do. I really missed eating pizza after I started Keto. That is, until I tried Fathead dough. If you type in Fathead pizza in the google search bar you will find the recipe. It’s incredibly easy to make and it tastes AMAZING. My husband (who doesn’t eat Keto) even loves it. I have also heard of using cauliflower and ground chicken as a base for pizza crust. I have yet to try those two, but I will soon!
4.) Pasta: Pasta is great, but my body and blood sugar hate it! When I bought a Spiralizer and tried zoodles (zucchini noodles) for the first time, I was in love. They are really good, and don’t make me miss pasta at all.
5.) Breadcrumbs: Instead of using breadcrumbs in a recipe, you can use pork rinds instead. My husband makes me a Keto version of chicken parm using pork rinds. It tastes great, and you can barely tell the difference!
6.) Ice cream: We all love ice cream! There are quite a few low carb ice cream options out there, so luckily I never had to give it up after going Keto. Two of my favorites are Halo Top and Breyer’s Carb Smart ice cream. The Breyer’s brand has less carbs per serving, so most of the time I go with that. Halo Top is more of an occasional treat for me. Both are great options!
7.) Chips: There isn’t anything Keto friendly (that I have found yet anyway) that gives the same crunch as a chip! The closest thing I have tried are parsnip chips. They only have a few grams of carbs if you stick to ONE serving, which is hard to do because they are so good. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, try and find some! You won’t be disappointed.
8.) Rice: Two words… CAULIFLOWER RICE! I love this stuff, and I eat it almost every day!
9.) Pancakes/Waffles: Cream cheese pancakes or almond flour waffles. I have made pancakes with almond flour/coconut flour as well and they were great! Writing this reminds me, I need to buy a waffle maker…
10.) Tortillas: There are a lot of low carb tortillas out there, and I have tried some good and some pretty bad! The Mama Lupe’s tortillas are by far my favorite. They have the best taste in my opinion, and they have a low carb count at 3g per tortilla.
11.) Crackers: I have never been a huge cracker fan, so I haven’t tried any Keto options for crackers yet. But, chia seed crackers and flax seed crackers are both Keto friendly alternatives.
12.) Soda (or any other sugary carbonated drink!): La Croix. I can’t go a single day without drinking two of these! They are addictive and delicious! Best of all they are free of calories, carbs, sugar and artificial sweeteners.
13.) Sweets: There are endless options for Keto desserts! I have a serious sweet tooth, so I have tried quite a few. Mug cakes are my favorite. Keto chocolate mousse is great too, and it will kick your chocolate cravings! You can make fat bombs, cheesecake, etc. *mouth waters*
14.) Taco shells: All cheese taco shells are a great alternative to the real thing. I have only tried them out once so far, and they didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, so I need to give them another try. It was nice to eat an actual taco for once, instead of the taco bowl I usually eat on taco night.
Well, there you go! That is my list of great tasting Keto alternatives. If you are interested in seeing a recipe for any of the foods listed, let me know! 🙂