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What Are the Best Fatty Fishes to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?

Fish is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids on any diet, and it fits perfectly into a ketogenic diet. If you’re a pescatarian on the keto diet, you have an advantage over keto vegetarians: you get to eat fish as a source of fat and protein. It’s not uncommon for keto dieters to get bored with the constant chicken and bacon they end up consuming. However, some fishes are a better source of fat than others, and when your body is using fat for fuel, it’s important to know which fishes will be best for sustaining you.

This article explores different types of fish and determines whether each is considered a fatty fish and is beneficial on the keto diet. We’ll start out with the fattiest fishes and then discuss a few types of fish that have low fat content. Whether you’re a pescatarian or meat eater, you should find this article helpful when shopping for your keto groceries. Continue reading “What Are the Best Fatty Fishes to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?”

How to Tell When You’re in Ketosis

Ketosis is a metabolic state the body enters when it starts burning fat for fuel instead of glucose. Many people follow a ketogenic diet by restricting their carbohydrate intake because there are a variety of benefits of being in ketosis. If you decide to pursue the ketogenic lifestyle, chances are you’re serious about your health and want to be sure you’re doing the diet correctly.

There are four main ways to check whether you’re in ketosis:

This article discusses how long it takes to get into ketosis and ways you can enter ketosis faster. It also covers each way to test ketosis in depth so you can decide which ketosis testing method is best for your lifestyle. Continue reading “How to Tell When You’re in Ketosis”

Fat Snax Keto Cookie Review

UPDATE 2/23/20: Fax Snax has changed their packaging since my review, making the photos I use outdated. KNOW cookies also changed their packaging and the size of their cookies at some point, and currently, I am unable to find KNOW cookies anywhere. Please enjoy my Fat Snax review knowing that it was written in 2018!

It’s safe to say that I am a bit addicted to trying and reviewing keto cookies. I’ve written about KNOW Better Cookies and Nui cookies (formerly called Keto Kookies), and this review focuses on Fat Snax cookies. Like the other two brands, Fat Snax are high fat, low carb cookies formulated for the keto diet. Admittedly, I have only tried one flavor of Fat Snax cookies, which is the chocolate chip. Therefore, my Fat Snax review is not as complete as my other reviews.

At this time, I don’t have plans to order more flavors Fat Snax cookies, but I’m likely to try the variety pack at some point in the future and update this review. Anyway, keep reading for my reaction to Fat Snax keto cookies as well as a comparison with KNOW cookies! Continue reading “Fat Snax Keto Cookie Review”

Perfect Keto Pure MCT Oil Powder Review

I’ve written about a variety of products from Perfect Keto in the past such as their keto nut butter and BHB salts. They’re definitely one of my go-to brands for keto essentials! In this post, I’m going to talk about Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder. First, I’ll give a little background on MCT oil, and then I’ll answer every question you could possibly have about MCT oil powder.

Keep reading my review of Perfect Keto’s MCT Oil Powder to find out how it’s made, why you should use it, and how you can get 15% off your order! (Hint: Scroll to the bottom of the article if you’re looking for the discount code.)

What Is MCT Oil?

When you make the decision to follow a ketogenic diet and start reading about it on the internet, chances are you’ll encounter mentions of MCT oil. MCT is an abbreviation of medium-chain triglycerides, and MCT oil is a source of fat that is typically derived from coconuts, though it may also come from palm oil. It’s important to note that coconut oil is not the same thing as MCT oil because this is a common source of confusion. If you encounter these two oils in person, the difference is obvious; coconut oil is solid at room temperature whereas MCT oil is liquid. Continue reading “Perfect Keto Pure MCT Oil Powder Review”

Perfect Keto Nut Butter Review – Macadamia, Cashew, and MCT Oil Blend

Perfect Keto, a company that produces essentials for the keto diet including exogenous ketones and MCT oil powder, recently introduced a Nut Butter formulated for the ketogenic lifestyle. Perfect Keto Nut Butter is a blend of raw macadamia nuts, raw cashews, raw coconut butter, MCT oil, vanilla bean powder, and sea salt. These ingredients are awesome for powering a plant-based keto diet—or any keto diet.

Anyway, now that I’ve received my Nut Butter and have been snacking on it for a few days, it’s time to do a review! Read on for my reaction to Perfect Keto Nut Butter.

If you don’t need to read the review before you order, then use my discount code FISHYKETO for 15% off when you buy your Nut Butter.

How Does Perfect Keto Nut Butter Taste?

When I first went to taste the nut butter, I was surprised by how liquidy it was compared to a normal nut butter. This is the result of the MCT oil. A moment later, I read the side of the jar and saw the recommendation to store it in the fridge. Continue reading “Perfect Keto Nut Butter Review – Macadamia, Cashew, and MCT Oil Blend”

ENLIGHTENED vs. Halo Top for Keto: Which Is Lower in Net Carbs?

UPDATE 5/28/20: ENLIGHTENED has released a new line of keto-friendly ice creams that advertise the net carb counts on the pint. While the keto line is not as low in calories as the regular flavors, it is significantly easier to fit into your macros. I recommend the Red Velvet! Halo Top has also released a keto-specific line, and the pints are lower calorie than the ENLIGHTENED keto pints although they are higher calorie than regular Halo Top. Other brands that are intended to be keto-friendly rather than low calorie like Rebel Ice Cream have also emerged since I wrote this article, so I suggest looking beyond ENLIGHTENED and Halo Top for low carb ice cream options!

UPDATE 7/28/19: ENLIGHTENED has changed their packaging as well as some of their nutrition facts since I wrote this post. Flavors like vanilla and cold brew coffee that previously advertised 60 calories per serving now have 70 calories per serving. The differences are minor, but the reddit post that I embedded is no longer completely accurate, so I will need to revisit this most. Before buying any products, make sure you check the labels to confirm that you can fit them into your diet! Continue reading “ENLIGHTENED vs. Halo Top for Keto: Which Is Lower in Net Carbs?”

Keto Breadsticks Recipe – Low Carb Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

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”

Keto Bars Review: Quest Bar Alternative for the Keto Diet

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. Oh, and I also now have a discount code to share with you for the Keto Bars website. Enter PESCATARIANKETO10 at checkout for 10% off.

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”

BHB Supplement Review: Perfect Keto Exogenous Ketone Base

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
  • Coffee
  • Vanilla
  • Peaches and Cream

Continue reading “BHB Supplement Review: Perfect Keto Exogenous Ketone Base”

7 Quick and Easy Pescatarian Keto Meals

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! For more ideas, follow @pescatarian.keto on Instagram.

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”