When you’re on the keto diet, you have to be mindful of everything that you will eat. The foods you have to consume need to be low-carb and low-cal yet high in fat at the same time. Because of this, you have to know which items you should include and remove from your diet.
The upside to going on a keto diet is that there are still many delicious foods you can eat even if they are limited. You can indulge in steaks, cheese, and butter and cream-based dishes. If you have a sweet tooth, you can satisfy your cravings now and then with your choice of delectable keto desserts.
And to get more benefits from your keto diet, make sure you add or include these fruits in your favorite desserts:
Avocados are one of the top staple foods in a keto diet. They are high in fat yet low in carbs and calories. Additionally, they are rich in fiber and potassium.
Aside from munching on them between meals and adding them to salads, there are plenty of desserts you can whip up with this versatile fruit. You can make avocado ice cream, smoothie, and popsicles.
You can also create your version of pot de crème with avocado as your base. Whip it with hazelnuts and dark chocolate, and you will have a luxurious, creamy dessert to indulge in.
Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries are must-haves in a daily keto diet as well. They are low-fat and low-carb yet high in various vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and K, folate, and potassium.
Berries are also rich in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that helps promote good heart health.
You can use these small but healthy and yummy fruits into smoothies for desserts or a refreshing snack. They can be added to various keto-friendly sweet treats as ingredients or toppings as well. Include them in cupcakes, cakes, tarts, donuts, and other kinds of pastries.
Although many do not consider coconuts as fruits, they belong to this food group. Additionally, since they are dry drupes, they can be a fruit, nut, and seed all at the same time.
Fresh coconut meat is an exceptional source of healthy fat. A half-cup of the fruit will keep you full for hours but won’t give you unwanted calories and unhealthy carbs.
If you are whipping up desserts with coconuts such as cupcakes, cream pies, puddings, and macaroons, it is best to buy a fresh, whole one and scoop out the meat yourself. You can then grate them or use a blender or food processor to have smaller pieces.
Don’t forget to save the coco water and drink it to get more nutrients from this healthy drupe. You can also add them to your go-to health energy drinks to make them tastier and more nutritious.
Lemons are also popular keto-friendly fruits. They are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free radicals.
Adding a wedge to your water will also help improve your digestion.
Aside from adding lemon to water, get more nutrients from this fruit by adding them to your savory and sweet dishes. Some keto desserts you can make using lemon are:
- Lemon coconut custard pie
- Lemon curd tart
- Lemon bars
- Lemon blueberry donut
Limes also belong to the same fruit family, which is citrus, so you can add key lime pie to your dessert menu.
Although some people find cantaloupes bland, it is a fruit worth adding to your daily keto diet.
A half-cup of raw cantaloupe contains only 5.8 g of carbohydrates. However, it is rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. Eating the recommended serving of this fruit will also help feel full longer.
Use cantaloupe to make delicious ice cream, popsicles, sorbets, granitas, and smoothies. You can also add this fruit to cupcakes, custard, and as filling for sweet pies.
When you can’t fend off your sweet cravings any longer, go for keto-friendly desserts. And whether you are making or buying your favorite treats, don’t forget to add the fruits above to stay true to your ketogenic diet.
About the Author:
Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.