From paalak paneer to hummus: 5 foods you did not know are keto-friendly

Updated Aug 20, 2021 | 12:03 pm IS

Those on the keto diet know that bread, refined carbohydrates, rice, and refined sugars are big no-no’s, and foods like nuts, lean meats, fish, and other sources of protein and fat are becoming staples.

100 grams of the cottage cheese curry contains only 3.6 grams of carbohydrates, making it a ketogenic curry |  Photo credit: Instagram

Spinach paneer or paalak paneer is another popular North Indian dish that is extremely nutrient-dense but low in carbohydrates | Photo credit: Instagram | Photo credit: Instagram

Key highlights

  • Brinjal curry is a very nutritious, low-carb dish that is usually enjoyed with bread and rice
  • Hummus is an extremely healthy snack full of nutrients and healthy fats
  • If you’re feeling the need for fruits on keto – the low-sugar options – berries are a good choice

New Delhi: When it comes to weight loss, the ketogenic diet is the new fitness fad that everyone is obsessed with. Millions today are making the switch to carbohydrate-free diets for weight loss and long-term fitness goals. Even more so, for millennials – yes, Gen Z is obsessed with the protein and fat diet routine, and much of that motivation came from celebrities like celebrity “FRIENDS” Jennifer Aniston, who is a well-known keto diet fanatic.

Those on the keto diet know that bread, refined carbohydrates, rice, and refined sugars are big no-no’s, and foods like nuts, lean meats, fish, and other sources of protein and fat are becoming staples. Little, however, are these people realizing how some of their favorite foods – which they thought were incompatible with keto – are actually part of the diet fad. Additionally, some of these could be your favorite foods that you were afraid to give up.

Take a look at the top 5 foods you didn’t know were keto friendly.

  1. Baingan ka bharta: As surprising as it is, one of the most popular healthy and North Indian delicacies is Baingan Ka Bharta, a keto-friendly dish. The Spiced Brinjal Curry is a very nutritious, low-carb dish that is usually enjoyed with bread and rice. A 100-gram serving of this dish contains only 6 grams of carbohydrates, which is much lower than the carbohydrate content of other vegetables. Hence, it is an extremely healthy choice for keto practitioners.
  2. Hummus: Hummus with flatbread and flat chips is another popular dish that finds a prestigious spot on restaurant menus as well as on the dining table. The chickpea-based indulgence is also an extremely healthy snack, packed with nutrients and healthy fats. And the good news is, despite its calorie content, hummus can become a part of your keto routine while you follow portion control. A tablespoon or two of hummus should be enough for your daily carb intake.
  3. Paalak paneer: Spinach paneer, or paalak paneer, is another popular North Indian dish that is extremely nutritious but low in carbohydrates. 100 grams of cottage cheese curry contains only 3.6 grams of carbohydrates, making it a ketogenic curry. So if you’re craving a bowl of paalak paneer while on keto, don’t be shy about indulging in your favorite curry without feeling guilty.
  4. Berry: Raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are healthy sources of fiber, digestible carbohydrates, and antioxidants – making them great additions to your keto routine. If you feel the need for fruits on keto – the low-sugar options – berries are a good choice.
  5. Sarson ka saag: Indian cuisine is all about healthy leafy greens, which are low-carb vegetables. And in winter, sarson ka saag is one of the most popular dishes in northern India. 100 grams of this dish only has 4.7 grams of carbohydrates. With a touch of desighee, the dish gets a touch of healthy fats that make it the perfect keto delicacy.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in this article are for general information only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting any fitness program or changing your diet.

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