5 Keto Hacks to Make Life Easy
Have you wondered if you can make Keto fit into your already hectic schedule?
Let me guess, on a day like this, you’re not going to want to be Martha Stewart in the kitchen.
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
You get home from work after a long day, the commute was terrible and you have to….
- get the kids to football/band/dance
- help with homework
- and somehow figure out what to do for dinner
- cook it
- eat it
- and clean up afterward
- Not to mention maybe a workout
- a shower
- and a little downtime before bed.
I know the feeling
When I started on my Keto journey (and until only very recently) my husband and I both worked full-time jobs with an hour commute each way.
We also have a teenager who is very active in sports and extra-curricular activities, so it took some creativity to make it work, but we did it because we wanted to make health a priority.
I’ve dialed in my game plan, and I’m going to share it with you. Check it out:
The most helpful thing when you’re busy, is to plan meals ahead of time.
Plan on cooking stuff that takes longer on shorter working days or days off,
and having leftovers or a “grab n go” aka Keto fast food (not Micky D’s!) on days when you just don’t have time to cook.
On the in-between days when you do have a little time, you can cook up something quick.
Things are going to come up, so don’t make your plan so rigid that you can’t wing it sometimes. It is a good idea to have several options available from the Grab N Go section.
Prepare extra ahead of time
Double and triple recipe batches.
I triple stuff a lot because I also have a bottomless pit teenager to feed!
I do this with some of the dishes that may take a bit more effort to make.
We always have leftovers, and I often end up eating it for lunch the next day or dinner again.
I mostly do this with our favorites that we can’t get enough of, like Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Casserole, Eggroll in a Bowl, and Zuppa Toscana. (Recipes soon!)
Make up some extra bun-less burgers to have throughout the week or throw a couple extra pieces of chicken on the grill over the weekend to add to a salad and have with the easy Keto ranch dressing.
Hard boil some eggs – you can make an egg salad to have in a lettuce wrap or bowl, or just have them with salt! Eggs are pretty much the perfect Keto food!
Grab n Go – AKA Keto Fast Food
It may not feel like a glorious meal, but I have fallen in love with what I call Keto Fast Food.
I have these handy little trays that I got on Amazon, and I load them up with my favorite Keto “snack” foods and have it for lunch (or sometimes even dinner!)
Have items like the following on hand to eat in a hurry or to be able to throw together a quick no cooking meal:
Almonds (2.3 net carbs per oz.; about 23 almonds)
Pecans (1.23 net carbs per oz.; about 15 pecan halves)
Macadamia Nuts (1.52 net carbs per oz., about 12 nuts)
- Veggies (dip in some easy Keto ranch!)
Celery (1 net carb per 3.5 oz serving; 2 medium stalks, about 8″ long)
Cucumber (3 net carbs per 3.5 oz serving; about 1/3 of a large cucumber about 8″ long)
Green bell pepper (3 net carbs per 3.5 oz serving; about 1/2 of a large 3-3/4″ long, 3″ diameter pepper)
Most of these are going to be processed meats.
Some strict keto peeps will avoid all of this stuff, and it may be a good idea to eliminate them in the beginning just to gauge how they affect you.
Read labels carefully, there are often WAY more carbs in stuff like this than we think.
Some of these items contain minute amounts of sugar, which again, some keto folks will avoid 100%, but others indulge.
I’m of the mindset that I’d rather have a minute amount of cane sugar than a list of processed ingredients that I can hardly pronounce.
Beef jerky (Varies – I like Duke’s, but it does contain cane sugar. Duke’s Original Recipe Smoked Shorty Sausages >1 net carb per 2 links)
Cold cuts (Varies, should be around 1 net carb depending on the ingredients. )
Pepperoni (Varies, should be <1 net carb per serving)
Summer sausage (Varies, should be around 1 net carb depending on the ingredients. )
Not a comprehensive list of cheese you can have, just some suggestions:
Sharp Cheddar (0.5 net carbs per oz.)
Pepper Jack (1 net carb per oz.)
Mozzarella (0.8 net carbs per oz.)
Cream cheese (1.6 net carbs per oz.)
Garlic Cheese Curds (>1 net carb per oz. – I LOVE these things with almonds!)
Cheddar Cheese Whisps (1 net carb per serving which is 23 crisps. There is a variety of flavors.
I find them at Wal-Mart in the produce section or on amazon Aldi has their own brand that is good too.)
In moderation! As you can see, these are higher in carbs than the other items on this list.
Strawberries (1.6 net carbs per oz.; about one extra-large berry, 1 5/8″ diameter)
Blueberries (3.4 net carbs per oz.; about 20 berries)
Raspberries (1.6 net carbs per oz.; about 15 berries)
Blackberries (1.2 net carbs per oz.; about 5 berries)
Other awesome Keto Grab n Go options-
Pork Rinds (0 net carbs per serving – watch for added ingredients, especially in flavored versions)
Green Olives (0.3 net carbs per 10 olives)
Dill Pickles (1 net carb per 2 spears)
Hard-boiled eggs (0.6 net carbs per egg)
Guacamole cups (2 net carbs per a 100-calorie cup)
Cook a Quick Meal!
It doesn’t always have to be uber duper awesome and or fancy, if you have time to cook, but not enough to slave over the stove you can keep it simple!
Bacon and Eggs is a perfect example and the simplest and easiest of KETO friendly meals to make in a hurry.
Any protein plus a veggie and good fat can be a quick and a perfect quick meal. It doesn’t have to be extravagant!
Try an Instant Pot, seriously!
I LOVE my Instant Pot!
It has been a huge time saver for me! It can cook meats from frozen to ready to eat while you prep side dishes, or workout, or whatever else you must get done instead of babysitting your dinner. Usually in under 45 minutes.
I will be posting some recipes that I use mine for, look for them in the future!
There you have it, the basic outline of how to get Keto to work for your busy life. It will get faster and easier as you hit your stride and find your groove.
You’ve got this! Keto on!
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