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The Keto Diet. It seems to be trending right now but that is because it works! In the month of January alone, I lost 11.5 lbs. As someone whom losing weight is almost impossible due to a myriad of issues, this is an incredible achievement.
The Keto Diet
The Keto Diet is a high fat, low carb diet in which the participant aims to eat around 20 net carb (total carbs minus fiber) a day. It can be difficult to get over the initial week or two of eating a keto diet but once you do your energy will skyrocket and you will start feeling pretty good.
I am going to share with you what I eat in a typical week on the keto diet. There is not a lot of fancy recipes here. I am a simple girl when it comes to making my own food. The easier the better. I occasionally make something more involved but only after I get bored with the other. Keep in mind, I also worked out 4x/week, give or take, in addition to the diet.
My Typical Week
I tend to eat a lot of the same things over and over again during the week until I’m sick of them and change it up. This example is not for someone who wants a ton of variety in their diet or needs everything to be homemade. This is a simple, basic menu.
I don’t always eat breakfast and find I don’t usually need to on the keto diet. However, at the beginning, when I did eat breakfast, I would eat 6 turkey sausage links. These are pre-cooked and microwavable. I like the Butterball Turkey Sausage Links. These are my go-to breakfast when I need it. My other frequent option is fried eggs. 3 eggs fried in butter with a little salt and pepper. They are delicious.
Lunch is usually whatever is left over from dinner the night before. I always make a double recipe at night so we can leftovers the next day. This isn’t difficult as it is just me and my husband. My daughter is too young to eat very much. Occasionally, we will get something out. You have to be careful to check all the nutrients, thought, to ensure that you don’t overdo your carbs. My go-to is Chick-fil-a. I can get a 12-count grilled nuggets meal with a side salad, ranch dressing, and an unsweet tea and stay well within my carb limits.
My go-to dinners include steak, pork chops, or a crockpot roast. We love a good steak. We buy thick sirloins and cook them on the stove. I always use a meat thermometer and check the temperature often to make sure they are perfectly medium rare, about 135, and not overcooked.
For pork chops, I like to buy thicker cuts and cook them in the oven. Just sprinkle them with salt and pepper and place them on a foil lined cookie sheet. Put them in the oven at 375 for about 20 minutes and they will be perfect. Once again, I like to use my meat thermometer to check them. Make sure they are at least 145 for safe eating. If you take them out about 140 to 142 and let them sit, they should cook the rest of the way without becoming too done.
Along with our meat, we usually have a big salad or roasted vegetables. I buy the bags of broccoli and cauliflower mix and roast those in the over with a little avocado or olive oil and salt and pepper. And, of course, we always make enough for lunch the next day.
There are a couple of favorite snack options. First, cheese. I like to buy the bags of cheddar cheese sticks that are individually wrapped for a quick snack or even a block of something a little more fancy like aged gouda. Oh my, aged gouda is so good! If you want something with a crunch and you are missing chips and crackers, Whisps are awesome. These are 100% cheese “crackers” that you can find in the deli section of your grocery store. So good!
I also like have a cup of coffee or two in the afternoon with 2 oz. of half and half.
That’s it. Super simple. Nothing fancy. Sometimes you just need a simple list of quick items you can eat each week. I love to try a new recipe on occasion but I just can’t cook multiple times a day. I hope this helps you try out the keto diet and, perhaps, helps you shed a few pounds.
If you have some other great tips and suggestions on simple things to eat, please let me know below!