Women are willing to spend a lot of money and effort on gym memberships, skincare products, and cosmetics to achieve the perfect complexion and stay youthful. However, many don’t realize how much their bad diets can slow down their progress.
The standard American diet (SAD) contains a lot of processed sugar and unhealthy fats that aren’t doing any justice to your body. These aren’t just in the Big Macs you avoid, but in many of the packaged food you grab as you walk down the aisle. Often, we opt for these when we need to grab a quick lunch.
Fortunately, following and sticking to a keto diet can help you avoid these pitfalls, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Keto foods tend to be rich in healthy fats and protein, rather than processed sugars and refined carbs that have been known to cause inflammation.
Whether you’re trying to improve your skin complexion or lose weight with keto, you’ll quickly notice how a change in diet helps. In this article, I’ll cover some of the best food for you to prepare your keto meals at home so that you can have a super healthy lunch wherever you go!
Being one of nature’s superfoods, eggs are amazing for your hair and skin! Contrary to popular belief, the egg yolk is very healthy for us. Egg yolk is rich in lutein which helps provide hydration and elasticity on the skin. According to Dr. Elizabeth Johnson from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, the lutein from eggs is more readily absorbed by the body when compared to other lutein sources. Eggs are also filled with B-complex vitamins which are important for healthy eyes, skin, hair, and liver!
You don’t have to eat raw eggs for the health benefits. In fact, I would recommend having an easy-to-made egg salad for your Monday lunch.
Avocados are great on their own, but incorporating them in your lunch is a sure-fire way to keep you on track on eating healthy. This fat-rich fruit is full of vitamin C that is involved in the creation of collagen and elastin that maintains our skin’s elasticity and keeps it firm. Vitamin C also acts as antioxidants which protect the skin from radical pollution. Fresh avocados have lycopene and beta-carotene which, like vitamin C, are important antioxidants.
I love to incorporate avocados into this amazing grapefruit and avocado salad. Do note that the highest concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene can be found in the dark green flesh nearest to the skin!
Potatoes and rice aren’t exactly keto-friendly, so the community loves using cauliflower as a substitute. There are only 2.9 grams of carbs in a cup of this vegetable compared to 26 grams of carbs in a cup of potatoes. The great thing is that cauliflower is very versatile. You can have it boiled, braised, deep-fried, pureed, roasted, sautéed, simmered, steam, or even raw!
If your aim is to lose weight, cauliflower is a great choice. There are only 25 calories per cup, and it is full of fiber which slows digestion and makes you full faster. Cauliflower may be low-carb, but it is also low in protein and fats. I love adding some cream cheese and cheddar cheese toppings to complement the cauliflower like what they did in this great keto mac and cheese recipe for a complete keto lunch.
Though fats are the primary macro you would need on a keto diet, protein is very important as well. Chicken, especially chicken breast is rich in high-quality lean meat that you could fit in any dish. It makes bland dishes much more appetizing, especially when it has been lightly marinated and sautéed.
For a complete, ketogenic meal, I love having cuts of chicken in this delicious basil balsamic chicken salad, drizzled with olive oil and black olives which boost the healthy fat counts! If love your dairy, I highly suggest adding dashes of mozzarella cheese, parmesan, or even feta.
You don’t need to be pulling your hair out of frustration to enjoy the benefits of a keto diet. The food I listed can, in fact, be found in your nearest grocery store. This is just to get you started, and you should check out other keto-friendly food down the road!