Keto With a Sweet Tooth
For most people who have a sweet tooth, the keto diet, which is restrictive in terms of carbs and encourages consumption of healthy fats and protein, often seems impossible. Since sugar is completely and absolutely prohibited, dessert is usually a sore topic for people on keto.
Sticking to keto with a sweet tooth
But there is some good news yet. Thanks to the fabulous people on the internet, who experiment with foods and recipes and make their findings public, there is an increasing number of sweet recipes now available like 3-ingredient keto desserts that allow you to have a quick and easy dessert fix without throwing your macros out of whack.
Just head on over to your favorite search engine and look up recipes for keto desserts. As long as you strictly follow the four simple tips listed below, you can satisfy your sugar cravings without compromising your diet.
Berries are berry good
Fruits that are overtly sweet like apples, peaches, bananas and mangoes are strictly off limits when you’re on keto since they have a high sugar and carb count. However berries are a great way to satisfy your sweet cravings.
There are only 8 grams of sugar in one whole cup of raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. So as long as you watch your portion size, berries are a great sweet snack.
Use keto alternates to flour
Almond and coconut flour can be substitutes for regular wheat flour in most recipes. Almond flour has 50% more protein and 75% fewer carbs than white flour.
Similarly coconut flour has 300% more fiber and 25% fewer carbs than as whole-wheat. These replacements may affect the texture and sweetness of your baked goods.
Cocoa for the win!
Chocolate may be the number one flavor choice for desserts worldwide, but seeing as how regular chocolate has almost 43 grams of carbs and 26 grams of sugar in ONE tablespoon, it’s almost impossible to enjoy it as is in a keto lifestyle.
But you don’t have to give up chocolate entirely. Cocoa powder or unsweetened dark chocolate can be used in many keto friendly recipes.
Be wary of your choice of sweetener
Many people wrongly believe that sweeteners like honey, fruits, agave and maple syrup are okay for keto just because they are all natural. That is false. Even though they do not have table sugar added to them, they are still sugar and this strictly off limits if you are serious about keto.
You must choose a sugar and calorie free sweetener for your drinks and baked treats like Stevia or monk fruit. Stevia is a sugar alternate made from the Stevia rebaudiana plant and monk fruit grows on the Asian lo han guo plant.
Monk fruit is said to be around 200 times sweeter than regular sugar, so you must use it accordingly.
However, you must keep in mind that artificial sweetener may cause serious health issues if used extensively, so non calorie sweeteners shouldn’t be something you use on a daily basis.
So, can you stick to keto with a sweet tooth? Put these tips into action and get started today!