To the rejoice of keto dieters everywhere, a variety of low carb ice cream options have recently come onto the market. These include Halo Top, Wink Frozen Desserts, and ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream. Halo Top is by far the most popular. In fact, it has been outselling traditional ice creams in American grocery stores. The lowest carb flavors of Halo Top have only 6g of net carbs per 1/2 cup serving and can certainly fit into a keto diet. However, it’s hard to fit an entire pint into your daily macros even if you’re eating one of the lower carb flavors, and some flavors have as many as 8-10g net carbs per serving. To learn more, check out What Is the Lowest Carb Halo Top? Here’s Every Flavor Ranked by Net Carbs.
If you’re not thrilled by the carb content of Halo Top, you may want to check out ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream. Wink Frozen Desserts pints are even lower in carbs than both these brands, but they taste less like traditional ice cream than either. Keep reading to find out how ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream can fit into a keto diet and how it compares to Halo Top in terms of net carbs.
Is ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream Keto?
Most flavors of ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream can easily fit into a keto diet, especially with the lowest carb flavors containing 3g-5g net carbs per 1/2 cup serving. It’s best to be careful about calculating your daily macros if you plan to indulge in ENLIGHTENED and eat more than a serving. Continue reading “ENLIGHTENED vs. Halo Top Keto Ice Cream: Which Is Lower in Net Carbs?”
Missing breadsticks on the keto diet? With some mozzarella cheese and cauliflower (and a few other simple ingredients), you can make a tasty replacement that is way better than any bread! I’m not totally sure what I should call these. Are they cheesy keto breadsticks? Keto cauliflower sticks? Mozzarella sticks? Technically, they are sticks made with mozzarella, but I typically associate that term with breaded mozzarella.
The first time I made keto cheesy cauliflower breadsticks, I did it the lazy way after consulting a couple of recipes for inspiration and then totally winging it in the kitchen.
Here are some of the recipes that inspired me:
I’ve since perfected my recipe, though I occasionally change up the cheeses and spices.
Continue reading “Keto Breadsticks Recipe – Low Carb Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks”
Update 2/17/19: Keto Bars has changed the recipe of their Dark Chocolate Coconut Flavor to Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond since I wrote this review. There have also been small changes in the prices since this review, and the bars are now available on Amazon. See my review of the new flavor to learn more. My original review is below, but keep in mind that some information is now outdated.
Before I started the ketogenic diet, I was all about my energy bars. Clif Bars were my obsession, but they are full of sugar and have no place in my current keto lifestyle. Finding a keto replacement was vital. Like many before me, I first stumbled upon Quest Bars, which are readily available in pretty much every store. However, for a variety of reasons I’ll explore, Quest Bars are not ideal for keto, so I was excited to find Keto Bars. I was also excited because I’m admittedly obsessed with sampling and reviewing keto products, but I digress.
There are three flavors of Keto Bars, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Mint, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. When I received my first ever box of Keto Bars, I was delighted to see that the company gave me two stickers, one that read “Keto Warrior” and another saying “Keto Does It Butter.”
That was a nice touch, but what about the taste and the nutrition information? Keep reading my Keto Bars review to find out! Continue reading “Keto Bars Review: Quest Bar Alternative for the Keto Diet”
When I discovered the joys of Zhou Nutrition’s Keto Drive, I wasn’t sure I would ever need to experiment with another exogenous ketone supplement. However, the brand Perfect Keto was on my radar because I was using their ketone test strips, and I became aware that they produced many other keto products including exogenous ketones (more specifically, BHB salts). My curiosity eventually dictated that I needed to try Perfect Keto’s exogenous ketones. Now I’m reviewing the two flavors I sampled in case anyone else is curious about them!
If you’re new to exogenous ketones and aren’t sure what they do, I recommend reading When and How to Use Perfect Keto on the company’s blog. Anyway, onto the review!
Perfect Keto Exogenous Ketone Base Flavors
One thing I found intriguing about Perfect Keto base were the flavors, of which there are four:
- Chocolate Sea Salt
- Peaches and Cream
Continue reading “BHB Supplement Review: Perfect Keto Exogenous Ketone Base”
People often ask me what I eat on the ketogenic diet because they find it surprising that I’m able to follow it as a pescatarian, meaning I eat fish but not meat. I always explain I love my pescatarian keto lifestyle and that my food choices aren’t limited at all!
Check out the Pescatarian Keto Shopping List to see what fresh foods I buy and what I keep in my pantry.
I decided to write a post featuring seven simple keto meals that I eat regularly to quell curiosity and to give other keto pescatarians a few ideas. If you have basic cooking abilities, you shouldn’t have much trouble whipping up these meals. I often cook by just winging it rather than following precise recipes. This isn’t a true recipe post, though I will happily write complete, detailed recipes for any of these items if anyone requests it in the comments.
The majority of these are also vegetarian keto recipes, and they can be enjoyed by meat eaters as well. Anyway, here are my seven easy pescatarian or vegetarian keto meals!
1. Baked salmon with sautéed spinach
Salmon is one of my favorite fishes, and luckily it’s also ideal for the keto diet (especially a pescatarian one) because it’s high in good fats. See my article What Are the Best Fatty Fishes to Eat on the Ketogenic Diet? to learn which fishes have high fat content and which don’t. Continue reading “7 Quick and Easy Pescatarian Keto Meals”
Keto Drive BHB salts by Zhou Nutrition were the first exogenous ketones that I used to supplement my pescatarian ketogenic diet. I was new to keto and had heard that exogenous ketone supplements helped with the symptoms of “keto flu,” so I decided to give them a try.
As I review the three available flavors of Keto Drive, I’ll also discuss the effects I felt from taking these exogenous ketone supplements.
Keep reading to find out which one I liked best!
Keto Drive BHB Salts Orange Mango Review
I had heard that ketone supplements taste terrible, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I stirred my Orange Mango Keto Drive into a glass of water. One of my reasons for ordering this flavor first was an Amazon review that said Orange Mango was more enjoyable than the average ketone supplement. (My other reason was that Orange Mango was on sale.) Once the powder was all dissolved, I tasted the drink and was pleasantly surprised by its sweet and tangy flavor, which only had a slight weird aftertaste. It’s hard to identify what the aftertaste is. Maybe the issue is just that the flavors taste artificial to me, and there’s a slight chalkiness.
Continue reading “Zhou Nutrition Keto Drive BHB Salts Review”
Wink Frozen Desserts creates frozen treats that boast a number of diet-friendly traits compared to traditional ice cream. These pints are low calorie (100-240kcal for the whole pint!), sugar free, vegan, and most importantly for me, keto-friendly! Like ENERGYbits® spirulina algae tablets, this is a product I first discovered on Shark Tank but didn’t seek out until I started the ketogenic lifestyle. Also like ENERGYbits, Wink Frozen Desserts did not get a very positive review from the Sharks, but that did not stop me from being intrigued by it. Nor did some of the negative reviews of the taste that I read online, especially since I read a few positive reviews of Wink Frozen Desserts as well.
It goes without saying that Wink Frozen Desserts is very different from traditional ice cream made with dairy and sugar, and if you’re expecting it to be exactly the same, you’re going to be disappointed. Of course, if you’re buying keto ice cream, you already know what you’re getting into and are likely used to sweeteners like stevia and monk fruit.
Here are my thoughts on the Wink Frozen Desserts flavors I sampled, which are Cocoa Dough and Cake Batter. Continue reading “Keto Ice Cream: Wink Frozen Desserts Review (Cocoa Dough & Cake Batter)”
Halo Top Ice Cream is advertised as a low-sugar, low-carb, and low-fat ice cream with flavors that range from 240 to 360 calories per entire pint. Of course, if you follow the ketogenic lifestyle, what you really care about is just how low carb this ice cream is. When I searched for the lowest carb Halo Top flavor, I didn’t find an immediate answer, so I looked at every single nutrition label of the dairy flavors. My hope with this post is to make information about the carb content in Halo Top easily accessible. Keep reading to find out how safe it is to eat Halo Top on keto and which flavor has the lowest total carbs and net carbs!
Is Halo Top Ice Cream Keto?
The short answer is yes. You can make room for Halo Top in a ketogenic/LCHF diet, so it’s safe to call Halo Top a keto ice cream. However, while the premise of Halo Top is that you can eat the whole pint (four servings) without guilt, that’s not generally the case if you’re keto. Sticking to one or two servings is ideal. That said, it’s not impossible to eat the whole pint and stay in ketosis, but you may have to eat close to zero carbs for the rest of the day because an entire pint of dairy Halo Top has between 24g and 40g net carbs (6g-10g net carbs per 1/2 cup serving).
Continue reading “What’s the Lowest Carb Halo Top? Here’s Every Flavor Ranked by Net Carbs”
Update 12/2/18: KNOW Foods has changed the size of their cookies so they are now about half as big and only 190 calories. They are still delicious and probably a more reasonable serving size now although I loved how giant they were before. The links to products in this article are likely outdated. Here is a link to the new KNOW cookies on Amazon. There is also a new flavor, which is peanut butter. I initially disliked it compared to the other flavors, especially since it was 1g higher in net carbs, but it’s starting to grow on me and become a favorite. It’s nice and gooey, but it has a strong peanut butter taste that I didn’t expect. Now I enjoy that aspect of it.
I learned that keto cookies exist while listening to Joe Rogan Experience #994 with Dom D’Agostino, the same episode I referenced in my ENERGYbits® spirulina algae tablet review. Dom brings keto cookies to the show, and he says to find them by searching “keto cookie.”
He was referencing the brand Nui, which used to be called Keto Kookie, and their cookies aren’t on Amazon and were out of stock when I was working on this review. However, my own searches on Google and Amazon brought me to KNOW Better Cookies by KNOW Foods and Fat Snax keto cookies.
I originally wrote this review as a comparison of KNOW cookies with Fat Snax, but that was when I’d only tried one flavor of each. I’ve since revised this review to focus on all four flavors of KNOW cookies, and I posted a separate Fat Snax review that includes the comparison. I’ve also published a review of Nui cookies. Anyway, onto the KNOW Better Cookie review!
KNOW Better Keto Cookie Review – Chocolate Chip
KNOW chocolate chip cookies have only 4g net carbs per cookie, and the cookies are large and 395 calories each, so that’s not bad! They also have 32g fat (288 calories from fat) and 18g protein, making them an amazing keto dessert (or meal replacement). The sweetener used as allulose, which is noted to have zero glycemic index on the KNOW Foods website. Continue reading “Keto Cookie Review: KNOW Better Cookies”
Many people associate the ketogenic diet with eating lots of meat and are surprised to hear that it’s possible to follow it while being meat-free. One variation of the meat-free ketogenic diet is the pescatarian keto diet. Being a pescatarian (also spelled “pescetarian”) is very similar to being a vegetarian except that you eat fish. Pescatarian keto is not nearly as restrictive of a diet as you might imagine, and there are a variety of benefits to following it. Here are five of them.
1. Following a meat-free keto diet is easier if you add fish.
Vegetarian keto is entirely possible, and many people are able to achieve ketosis without eating any meat. Just check out the subreddit r/vegetarianketo, and you’ll see how many people have vegetarian keto recipes and tips to share. You may also want to consider ordering the book Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation. Vegan keto is possible too (see meatfreeketo.com for tasty recipe examples if you’re skeptical) although more challenging, and it’s vital to be somewhat savvy in the kitchen. Continue reading “5 Reasons to Follow a Pescatarian Keto Diet”