Ketogenic Delicious Ground lamb

 

This delicious ketogenic ground lamb recipe makes a lot but it also freezes and keeps well. Serve it as a meal on it’s own or as a side dish. They are delicious in veggie wraps or for taco Thursday!!

Veggie wrap

Delicious Ketogenic Ground lamb: What is Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. Otherwise known as keto, the ketogenic diet has become quite popular recently.

It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts the body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

Delicious Ketogenic diet

When this happens, the body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. Fats turn into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.

Ketogenic diets cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. Combined  with increased ketones, creates numerous health benefits including weight loss. There’s also early evidence to show that it may be beneficial for certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases as well.

How does ketogenic diet Work

Fresh vegetables

At less than 50 grams of carbs a day, the body eventually runs out of fuel (blood sugar) it can use quickly. This typically takes 3 to 4 days. Then it starts to break down protein and fat for energy. Which can make you lose weight as the body goes into ketosis. It’s important to note that the ketogenic diet is a short term diet that’s focused on weight loss rather than the pursuit of health benefits.

People use a ketogenic diet most often to lose weight. But it can help manage certain medical conditions, like epilepsy, too. It also may help people with heart disease, certain brain diseases, and even acne. Although there needs to be more research in those areas.

Do you really lose weight on a ketogenic diet?

Weight loss on Keto

A ketogenic diet may help you lose more weight in the first 3 to 6 months than some other diets. This may be because it takes more calories to change fat into energy than it does to change carbs into energy. It’s also possible that a high-fat, high-protein diet satisfies you more, so you eat less, but that hasn’t been proven yet.

Ketogenic delicious ground lamb skillet recipe

Ketogenic delicious Ground lamb

 

Ingredients

  •  2bls ground lamb
  • 1 head red cabbage shredded
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup juliened carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper or both
  • Ground fresh ginger or powder
  • salt, garlic, black pepper, basil, pepper flakes/cayenne, dill to tasteIngredients for delicious Ketogenic lamb skillet

 

Directions

Salt season and cook lamb in a skillet with half the onion. 
Delicious ketogenic ground lamb
Add remaining ingredients and cook to desired readiness.
Add remaining ingredients and cook
If you like your veggies raw and crunchy, just cook long enough for flavors to blend.
Stir in red cabbage
However, If you like you veggies soft and well done, cover and cook longer on low heat.
Delicious Ketogenic ground lamb skillet
And voila!! Serve with sliced avocados
Is it carb cycling day on keto or taco thursday? Try them in veggie wraps. Alternately, serve with rice, yams, cocoyams potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava or plantains and avocados
cabbage and rice

A ketogenic diet typically limits carbs to 20–50 grams per day. While this may seem challenging, many nutritious foods can easily fit into this way of eating.

To reap all the health benefits of a ketogenic diet, consume these nutritious ketogenic foods on a regular basis.

  •  Seafood

Fish is very keto-friendly foods.  Oily omega-3 fatty acids containing fish like wild caught salmon and others are rich in B vitamins, potassium and selenium. Yet they are virtually carb-free (4).

Keto salmon spinach riced cauliflower

Salmon, sardines, mackerel and other fatty fish are very high in omega-3 fats, which have been found to lower insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese people.

In addition, frequent fish intake has been linked to a decreased risk of disease and improved mental health

Aim to consume at least two servings of seafood weekly.

SUMMARY:Many types of seafood are carb-free or very low in carbs. Fish is also a very good source of vitamins, minerals and omega-3s.

  • Low-Carb Vegetables
     spinach

Non-starchy vegetables are low in calories and carbs, but high in many nutrients, including vitamin C and several minerals.

Vegetables and other plants contain fiber, which your body doesn’t digest and absorb like other carbs.

Therefore, look at their digestible (or net) carb count, which is total carbs minus fiber.

Most vegetables contain very few net carbs. However, one serving of “starchy” vegetables like potatoes, yams or beets could put you over your entire daily carb limit.

Easy breakfast omelette

The net carb count for non-starchy vegetables varies. Ranging from less than 1g for 1cup of raw spinach to 8g for 1cup cooked Brussels sprouts (1415).

Vegetables also contain antioxidants that help protect against free radicals. Which are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage.

Veggies as a substitute for carbs

riced cauliflower with spinach and salmon

What’s more, cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli and cauliflower have been linked to decreased cancer risk. And reduced risk in heart disease.

Low-carb veggies make great substitutes for higher-carb foods. My 2 year old loves riced cauliflower. We hardly even eat rice anymore. Except when I make some delicioius African red stew that just won’t taste right with anything else.

We also love cauliflower mashed potatoes. Taste just like mashed potatoes.

“Zoodles” are zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash is a vegetable substitute for spaghetti.

zoodles-zucchini pasta

SUMMARY:The net carbs in non-starchy vegetables range from 1–8 grams per cup. Vegetables are nutritious, versatile and may help reduce the risk of disease.

Cheese is both nutritious and delicious. Especially from free range grass-fed goat, sheep and cow.

There are hundreds of types of cheeses. Fortunately, all of them are very low in carbs and high in fat, which makes them a great fit for a ketogenic diet.

1oz (28g) of cheddar cheese provides 1g of carbs, 7g of protein and 20% of the RDI for calcium (20).
Sliced Cheddar Cheese on the kitchen wooden board

Cheese is high in saturated fat, but it hasn’t been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. In fact, some studies suggest that cheese may help protect against heart disease (2122).

Linoleic Acid

Cheese also contains conjugated linoleic acid. Which is a fat that has been linked to fat loss and improvements in body composition (23).

In addition, eating cheese regularly may help reduce the loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs with aging.

A 12-week study in older adults found that those who consumed 7oz (210g)/day ricotta cheese experience increase in muscle mass. They also increased muscle strength over the course of the study (24).
Ricotta cheese

SUMMARY:Cheese is rich in protein, calcium and beneficial fatty acids, yet contains a minimal amount of carbs.
 Avocados

avocado Fresh vegetables

Avocados are incredibly healthy.

3.5 ounces (100 grams), or about one-half of a medium avocado, contain 9 grams of carbs.

However, 7 of these are fiber, so its net carb count is only 2 grams (25).

Avocados are high in several vitamins and minerals. Including potassium, an important mineral many people may not get enough of. What’s more, a higher potassium intake may help make the transition to a ketogenic diet easier.

Avocado an vegetables

In addition, avocados may help improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

In a study where people consumed a diet high in avocados. They experienced a 22% decrease in “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and an 11% increase in “good” HDL cholesterol (28)

SUMMARY:Avocados contain 2 grams of net carbs per serving and are high in fiber and several nutrients. including potassium. In addition, they may improve heart health markers.

Meat and Poultry

Meat and poultry are considered staple foods on a ketogenic diet.

Rosemary herb chicken

Fresh meat and poultry contain no carbs and are rich in B vitamins and several minerals, including potassium, selenium and zinc (29).

They’re also a great source of high-quality protein, which has been shown to help preserve muscle mass during a very low-carb diet.

Meat

One study in older women found that consuming a diet high in fatty meat led to HDL cholesterol levels that were 8% higher than on a low-fat, high-carb diet. (21).

Delicious ketogenic ground lamb

It’s best to choose grass-fed meat, if possible. That’s because animals that eat grass produce meat with higher amounts of omega-3 fats, conjugated linoleic acid and antioxidants than meat from grain-fed animals.

SUMMARY:Meat and poultry do not contain carbs and are rich in high-quality protein and several nutrients. Grass-fed meat is the healthiest choice.

Eggs are one of the healthiest and most versatile foods on the planet.

One large egg contains less than 1 gram of carbs and fewer than 6 grams of protein, making eggs an ideal food for a ketogenic lifestyle (33).

In addition, eggs have been shown to trigger hormones that increase feelings of fullness and keep blood sugar levels stable, leading to lower calorie intakes for up to 24 hours.
Pasture raised eggs

It’s important to eat the entire egg, as most of an egg’s nutrients are found in the yolk. This includes the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect eye health.

Although egg yolks are high in cholesterol, consuming them doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels in most people. In fact, eggs appear to modify the shape of LDL in a way that reduces the risk of heart disease.

Boiled eggs

SUMMARY :Eggs contain less than 1 gram of carbs each and can help keep you full for hours. They’re also high in several nutrients and may help protect eye and heart health.

 Coconut Oil

Ingredients for delicious Ketogenic lamb skillet

Coconut oil has unique properties that make it well suited for a ketogenic diet.

To begin with, it contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Unlike long-chain fats, MCTs are absorbed by the liver and converted into ketones or used as a rapid energy source.

Coconut oil is used to increase ketone levels in Alzheimer’s patients and other disorders of the brain and nervous system. (38).

The main fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, a slightly longer-chain fat. It has been suggested that coconut oil’s mix of MCTs and lauric acid may promote a sustained level of ketosis.

Coconut oil

What’s more,

coconut oil may help obese adults lose weight and belly fat. In one study, men who ate 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil per day lost 1 inch (2.5 cm), on average. From their waistlines without making any other dietary changes.

For more information about how to add coconut oil to your diet, read this article. You can also shop online for coconut oil.

SUMMARY: Coconut oil is rich in MCTs, which can increase ketone production. In addition, it may increase metabolic rate and promote the loss of weight and belly fat.
Coconut milk and coconut oil on wooden table

  •  Plain Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese
    Greek yogurt with blueberries

Plain Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are healthy, high-protein foods.

While they contain some carbs, they can still be included in a ketogenic lifestyle.

5 ounces (150 grams) of plain Greek yogurt provides 5 grams of carbs and 11 grams of protein. That amount of cottage cheese provides 5 grams of carbs and 18 grams of protein (4344).

Both yogurt and cottage cheese have been shown to help decrease appetite and promote feelings of fullness

Milk jug with cottage cheese and eggs on burlap

Either one makes a tasty snack on its own.

However, both can also be combined with chopped nuts and cinnamon.For a quick and easy keto treat.

SUMMARY: Both plain Greek yogurt and cottage cheese contain 5 grams of carbs per serving. Studies have shown that they help reduce appetite and promote fullness.

  • Olive Oil
    Olive oil

Olive oil provides impressive benefits for your heart.

It’s high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that has been found to decrease heart disease risk factors in many studies

In addition, extra-virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants known as phenols. These compounds further protect heart health by decreasing inflammation and improving artery function.

Virgin olive oil

As a pure fat source, olive oil contains no carbs. It’s an ideal base for salad dressings and healthy mayonnaise.

Because it isn’t as stable as saturated fats at high temperatures. It’s best to use olive oil for low-heat cooking or add it to foods after they have been cooked. You can find olive oil online.

SUMMARY: Extra-virgin olive oil is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. It’s ideal for salad dressings, mayonnaise and adding to cooked foods.

  • Nuts and Seeds
    Delicious Ketogenic diet

Nuts and seeds are healthy, high-fat and low-carb foods.

Frequent nut consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, certain cancers, depression and other chronic diseases.

Furthermore, nuts and seeds are high in fiber, which can help you feel full and absorb fewer calories overall (53).

Although all nuts and seeds are low in net carbs, the amount varies quite a bit among the different types.

Walnuts pistachios cashew almonds

Here are the carb counts for 1 ounce (28 grams) of some popular nuts and seeds. (5455565758596061626364):

  • Almonds: 3 grams net carbs (6 grams total carbs)
  • Brazil nuts: 1 gram net carbs (3 grams total carbs)
  • Cashews: 8 grams net carbs (9 grams total carbs)
  • Macadamia nuts: 2 grams net carbs (4 grams total carbs)
  • Pecans: 1 gram net carbs (4 grams total carbs)
  • Pistachios: 5 grams net carbs (8 grams total carbs)
  • Walnuts: 2 grams net carbs (4 grams total carbs)
  • Chia seeds: 1 gram net carbs (12 grams total carbs)
  • Flaxseeds: 0 grams net carbs (8 grams total carbs)
  • Pumpkin seeds: 4 grams net carbs (5 grams total carbs)
  • Sesame seeds: 3 grams net carbs (7 grams total carbs)
    Salad with pine nuts

SUMMARY:Nuts and seeds are heart-healthy, high in fiber and may lead to healthier aging. They provide 0–8 grams of net carbs per ounce.

  •  Berries

Most fruits are too high in carbs to include on a ketogenic diet, but berries are an exception.

Berries are low in carbs and high in fiber.

In fact, raspberries and blackberries contain as much fiber as digestible carbs.

greek yogurt with berries

These tiny fruits are loaded with antioxidants that have been credited with reducing inflammation and protecting against disease.

Here are the carb counts for 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of some berries (68697071):

  • Blackberries: 5 grams net carbs (10 grams total carbs)
  • Blueberries: 12 grams net carbs (14 grams total carbs)
  • Raspberries: 6 grams net carbs (12 grams total carbs)
  • Strawberries: 6 grams net carbs (8 grams total carbs)

SUMMARY: Berries are rich in nutrients that may reduce the risk of disease. They provide 5–12 grams of net carbs per 3.5-ounce serving.

  •  Butter and Cream
    Butter sculpture

Butter and cream are good fats to include on a ketogenic diet. Each contains only trace amounts of carbs per serving.

Butter and cream were believed to cause or contribute to heart disease due to their high saturated fat contents. However, several large studies have shown that, for most people, saturated fat isn’t linked to heart disease.

Some studies suggest that a moderate consumption of high-fat dairy may possibly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Like other fatty dairy products, butter and cream are rich in conjugated linoleic acid. The fatty acid that may promote fat loss.

butter

SUMMARY: Butter and cream are nearly carb-free and appear to have neutral or beneficial effects on heart health. When consumed in moderation.

 Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles are a fantastic addition to a ketogenic diet. You can find them online.

They contain less than 1 gram of carbs and 5 calories per serving because they are mainly water.

In fact, these noodles are made from a viscous fiber called glucomannan. It can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water.

Shirataki noodles

Viscous fiber forms a gel that slows down food’s movement through your digestive tract. This can help decrease hunger and blood sugar spikes. Making it beneficial for weight loss and diabetes management.

Shirataki noodles come in a variety of shapes, including rice, fettuccine and linguine. They can be substituted for regular noodles in all types of recipes.

SUMMARY: Shirataki noodles contain less than 1 gram of carbs per serving. Their viscous fiber helps slow down the movement of food through your digestive tract. Promoting fullness and stable blood sugar levels.

Olives
olives and tomatoes

Olives provide the same health benefits as olive oil, only in solid form.

Oleuropein, the main antioxidant found in olives, has anti-inflammatory properties and may protect your cells from damage.

In addition, studies suggest that consuming olives may help prevent bone loss and decrease blood pressure.

Olives vary in carb content due to their size. However, half of their carbs come from fiber, so their digestible carb content is very low.

A one-ounce (28-gram) serving of olives contains 2 grams of total carbs and 1 gram of fiber. This works out to a net carb count of 1 gram for 7–10 olives, depending on their size (82).

SUMMARY:Olives are rich in antioxidants that may help protect heart and bone health. They contain 1 gram of net carbs per ounce.

  • Unsweetened Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea are incredibly healthy, carb-free drinks.
Oolong tea

They contain caffeine, which increases your metabolism and may improve your physical performance, alertness and mood.

What’s more, coffee and tea drinkers have been shown to have a significantly reduced risk of diabetes. In fact, those with the highest coffee and tea intakes have the lowest risk of developing diabetes.

Adding heavy cream to coffee or tea is fine. But stay away from “light” coffee and tea lattes. These are typically made with non-fat milk and contain high-carb flavorings. I love bullet proof coffee. Adding coconut oil, coconut or almond milk, olive oil and avocado to coffee and blend till creamy. Yum!

SUMMARY:Unsweetened coffee and tea contain no carbs and can help boost your metabolic rate. As well as physical and mental performance. They can also reduce your risk of diabetes.

  • Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powder
    Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate and cocoa are delicious sources of antioxidants.

In fact, cocoa has been called a “super fruit.” Because it provides at least as much antioxidant activity as any other fruit, including blueberries and acai berries.

Dark chocolate contains flavanols. Which may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and keeping arteries healthy.

Somewhat surprisingly, chocolate can be part of a ketogenic diet. However, it’s important to choose dark chocolate that contains a minimum of 70% cocoa solids, preferably more.
health chocolate

One ounce (28 grams) of unsweetened chocolate (100% cocoa) has 3 grams of net carbs. The same amount of 70–85% dark chocolate contains up to 10 grams of net carbs (9293).

You can find dark chocolate and cocoa online.

SUMMARY:Dark chocolate contains 3–10 grams of net carbs per ounce. Is high in antioxidants and may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

The Bottom Line
Ketogenic diet

A ketogenic diet can be used to achieve weight loss, blood sugar control and other health-related goals.

Fortunately, it can include a wide variety of nutritious, tasty and versatile foods. That allow you to remain within your daily carb range.

 

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