You know you want to Go Keto. You’re aware of the pitfalls and the potential. Your first week at home ideally went flu-free. But if it’s your first trip down the high-fat road, it’s easy to hit a wall in mixing up your meals and finding real variety. Time to expand the menu, but beware of the slippery slope of falling back into carb territory. Here are eleven tasty recipes from some Keto Masters, accomplished bodybuilders who have found ways to gain mass while staying shredded on dishes that will wet your appetite and make Keto a breeze (if not a total luxury). When all your Keto cooking creative juices are depleted, reference these two on Instagram for an ever-expanding edible arsenal and learn the tricks to “fatifying” everything from salads to donuts.
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Don’t limit scrambles to just breakfast. Keto has the potential to taste amazing at every meal, but we’re admittedly hamstrung by limited options and balancing it all out in prep. Plus, if you’re fasting intermittently along the way, you’re likely skipping a fair amount of early meals. Time to embrace the late brunch.
Most greens are all fiber, so meet your new brown rice! Start with a crunchy, fresh, carb-free canvas and add on all the Keto-friendly foods you can think of. It seems @keto_head is a big fan of seeds and nuts for their high fat content.
Some of the best protein shakes are made by just adding water. The same can be said for fat snacks! Mix up some MCT and Coconut Oil Powders, a scoop of your favorite protein powder for some flavor (and, you know… more protein), then a dash of cinnamon to liven it up. Pour in a little bit of water, stir with a spoon, and scoop your way into deeper ketosis.
When was the last time you had soup made with a pound of BONES? If nothing else, it sounds a lot more badass than “Keto Soup.” But no, you don’t actually eat the bones… strain them out with a cheesecloth, then refrigerate. Prepare with a sandwich made with Keto Bread and lunch is ready.
Alcohol is almost a carb, so you know what that means. Elevate the conversation around you from Bud Light and pro-wrestling to ketogenics and getting shredded. You can even put it in a rocks glass over ice if you want to look classy. Should anyone pester you about the drink, give them a straight shot of the exogenous ketones and it’ll shut them up. Then while others slowly decay into a hangover you can enjoy the ketogenic heightened sense of awareness, a touch of euphoria, and suppressed appetite to steer you away from the 3AM drunken munchies.
Your instinctive reaction to making a full Keto Breakfast is probably just slapping a full bacon package onto the stove, scrambling eggs in the grease, then topping it all off with butter. But if you’d like to start one day a bit less carnivorous than the last, try this well-rounded version instead.
Make it yourself and bread isn’t entirely off limits. So gather up everything else in your dream Keto sandwich and stuff it between two thick slices of rich Keto Bread! Bake in a loaf tray for easy-to-cut slices later, or dollop big globs onto a baking sheet for Keto Biscuits. If it’s too dry, add more heavy cream till you get a gooey and sticky dough (but not runny). Bake at 375 for 35 min.
"No chocolate" could be a deal-breaker for some Keto-curious readers. The darkest of the dark high-cacao chocolate isn’t a safe standalone snack, even under the leanest of Keto macro ratios (it’s still an awful lot of sugar). Don’t cut those Keto dreams short, though, as you can still maintain your cocoa sensation of sweet snacking satiety. Mix the dough together until well blended and smooth. Use small ice cream scooper to portion out and hand-roll into balls. Drop each truffle ball into the chocolate coating, toss around until completely covered, and then freeze!
4 oz container Mascarpone cheese
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp heavy cream
3 tbsp erythritol (or zero calorie sweetener of your choice)
OPTIONAL - Add nuts (pecans, walnuts or Mac nuts)
OPTIONAL - Depending on your macros needs, add 1-2 tbsp of any nut butter
There is no item farther off the ketosis scale than run-of-the-mill donuts. But if you’re mastering your metabolism, there’s nothing that should prevent you from enjoying a tasty treat on your own terms. Enter the cream-filled Keto Donuts, with plenty of beneficial fats where you’d otherwise expect carbs and sugar. Preheat oven to 350 and mix ingredients together in a bowl. Spray donut pan with coconut oil cooking spray. Pour just enough batter to fill it almost all the way to top of pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Meanwhile, mix the filling together. Once donuts are complete, cut them in half and dollop frosting onto the center. Squish together and feast.
Prepping for a party but can’t have the carb-heavy cake? Celebrate ketosis and tease the guests with extra indulgent pieces of Keto Poundcake. Mix up in a bowl, place on low rack in oven, bake at 350 degrees for 30 min or till toothpick comes out clean.
There you have it! Now you're equipped to take your Keto meal-prep game to a whole new level. Try these recipes out to increase your nutritional diversity and keep the novelty factor fresh in your diet. With all of these recipes, and dozens more you can find online, there'll be nothing to stop you from using Keto to reach your bodybuilding and fitness goals.
Next month we’ll reveal some clever Keto hacks and outline 7 days’ worth of Keto-Friendly restaurant options for at-office lunches. In the meantime… get cooking.