“Your diet is your secret weapon.”
-Drew Manning, fitness expert
Keto and low carb diets are incredibly popular right now. And why shouldn’t they be? They help you lose weight faster than traditional diets, while some studies (such as the one linked above) show that ketogenic diets in particular can even reverse type II diabetes.
However, the most important reason so many people love them is that they suppress appetite and allow you to eat until you are full – while still losing weight! A ketogenic diet is a form of intermittent fasting.
But this doesn’t mean that low-carb or keto diets are super easy or that you can just wing it. Going on a low-carb diet means changing your whole way of eating and cooking as well as dealing with cravings and temptations.
This is why having the right kitchen tools to cook with can make your kitchen into a powerful ally in your weight-loss battle!
In this article, I will bring you the ultimate guide to low-carb and keto kitchen essentials that you might want to have on hand.
The Ultimate Guide To Low-carb Or Keto Kitchen Essentials- The List
1. A Food Processor
What It Does: Pine nuts, almond flour, flax meal, shredded cheese, butter and a lot more! This kitchen tool makes it easy to mix ingredients for keto-friendly baking. Also, you can grate vegetables with it or chop them into small bits for your salads.
Why I Love It: A food processor can be used for so many recipes, including just about every keto baking recipe you can find online. It is incredibly versatile and saves time when it comes to chopping veggies or making dough.
2. A Good Blender
What It Does: A blender can be used to mix ingredients for keto smoothies and shakes. You can whip up healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil and butter in it as well.
Why I Love It: Not only does a blender make it quicker and easier to whip up something like avocado chocolate mousse, but it is also a lot healthier as most blenders have a much stronger motor than regular mixers.
3. A Flexible Cutting Board
What It Does: Allows you to chop your veggies on it (keeping the juices contained) and then bring it over to the stove or oven for cooking. This is great if you are making a meal that requires ingredients to be cooked in different ways.
Why I Love It: A large cutting board takes up more room in the dishwasher and is harder to store, not to mention it is very inconvenient when cooking a meal that requires several different cooking tools.
4. A Good Knife Set
What It Does: Lets you chop your veggies with ease while keeping them contained on your cutting board (no more veggies flying around your kitchen!)
Why I Love It: A good knife set is definitely invaluable in the kitchen. I recommend getting a high- quality 8-piece knife set for under $100.00 that has a sharpener as well. This way you don’t have to worry about buying a separate one and can just send your knives out to be sharpened when they get dull.
5. A Plastic Garbage Bowl
What It Does: This is a plastic or mesh container that catches your food scraps while you are chopping veggies, instead of them getting all over the counter, floor and even on your dish soap!
Why I Love It: Everyone has seen how quickly an avocado pit can roll off the counter and onto the floor where it is impossible to find! This tool saves you so much time when cleaning up.
6. A Cast Iron Skillet
What It Does: Allows you to cook almost anything in it, including meats, veggies, eggs or even low-carb pizza!
Why I Love It: A cast iron skillet not only produces food with amazing flavor, but it can also cook an egg or steak to perfection. Plus, it is pretty much anti- stick!
7. A Steamer Basket
What It Does: This tool is perfect for steaming veggies (and you can even throw meat in there too). You can use any sauce that you like and no liquid is actually needed!
Why I Love It: This tool allows you to add your favorite flavorings while steaming veggies. The best part about this low-carb cooking method (especially if you don’t like vegetables) is that there is absolutely no liquid added, which means the sauce never gets watered down.
8. Low-carb Bread Or Tortilla
What It Does: You can have your favorite sandwich or taco without missing out on bread or tortillas.
Why I Love It: This is the easiest low-carb substitute for regular bread you will find! Not only does it make a great hamburger bun, but some brands are delicious enough to eat plain.
10. A Rice Cooker (Or A Pressure Cooker Or Slow Cooker)
What It Does: This tool replaces your need for an oven and stovetop, allowing you to cook everything in one piece of equipment! Plus, it saves time and energy.
Why I Love It: I recommend having either a rice cooker, pressure cooker or slow cooker because they are perfect for cooking any type of meat/vegetable dish.
11. A Hand-held Potato Masher
What It Does: This tool makes mashing your own potatoes (or cauliflower) for side dishes or low-carb mashed “potatoes” super easy. You can also use it to mash the avocado in your guacamole.
Why I Love It: It is healthier, easier and less time consuming than using a blender. Plus, you can get the exact consistency that you like (I like mine to be chunky).
12. A Can Opener
What It Does: Lets you open your canned veggies without getting cuts on your hands.
Why I Love It: This tool saves you time and frustration when dealing with hard-to-open plastic lids.
The Ultimate Guide To Low-carb Or Keto Kitchen Essentials- Some Tips For Your Keto Journey
1. Don’t go out and buy all of these at once. Start off small with what you think you will need, then add the rest when you get comfortable cooking!
2. You can find some of these tools almost anywhere (Ikea, Target, etc.) while some are only available online (such as the cast iron skillet) or at specialty stores (such as the steamer basket).
3. The keto diet is not just for people who are trying to lose weight! Anyone can benefit from using low-carb alternative ingredients that taste the same, are healthier and are less expensive.
4. You should never be afraid of what you can’t eat! Remember that healthy eating is all about experimenting with new foods and recipes.
5. What you eat does NOT have to be boring! There are so many delicious options that can help replace your favorites. You just need to learn how to “veganize” them (usually by swapping out 1 ingredient).
6. Don’t let guilt take over your life. Instead, focus on the positive changes that are happening because of your new diet/lifestyle!
7. I recommend taking a “before” picture so you can document any changes to your weight or physical appearance over time. Plus, it gives you motivation to keep going!
8. You may have slip-ups, but don’t let them discourage you! Just pick up and keep moving forward.
For those of you who are interested in transitioning to a Ketogenic kitchen (and I think you should be!) there’s no doubt that it takes time and the first few weeks can feel like an uphill battle. Keto shopping lists can seem endless and confusing with countless ingredients that you’ve never heard of.
With time, though, you’ll learn which tools to use for certain recipes and why. You may even develop a love for cooking (like me) and learn how to enjoy low-carb keto snacks too!
Hopefully this article gave you the ultimate guide to low-carb or keto kitchen essentials.
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