By Jessica L.
It won’t be long before the leaves begin to change color and pumpkin-everything takes over! With changing seasons, from warm to cool, comes a new set of produce you’ll see readily available in grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Late summer to early autumn brings us more flavorful above-ground vegetables, spicy peppers, and the arrival of some root vegetables.
Unfortunately, the keto diet excludes some of these iconic fall foods from our plates, but that’s okay! There are many ways to enjoy what this transitional season has to offer without ruining states of ketosis.
Listed below are three selections of seasonal produce: foods that are perfect for the keto diet, foods that are okay in moderation, and foods that should be avoided. If you’re not sure what to do with some of these ingredients, check out the Carb Manager Premium Recipes for suggestions, nutritional info, and delicious flavor combinations.
Here are a mix of late summer and early fall veggies that you can jive with! Once you’ve portioned your fat and protein you’ll eat in a meal, you can fill up any remaining hunger with the produce listed below. You’ll find a lot of Vitamin A, C, K, and Folate in this list. These are great vitamins and nutrients for fighting off the cold-weather flu!
Okay In Moderation
Listed below are vegetables, berries, and nuts that can be consumed in occasional, small portions. Nuts will be your healthiest option, since most nuts are still very nutrient-dense. This means you can get a full nutritional serving from consuming a small amount, such as B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Nuts also have varying degrees of healthy oils!
These are the foods that should be avoided at all times. They are high in carbohydrates, especially sugar. Unfortunately, you may have to skip out on the apple pie at Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of dessert alternatives that you can still enjoy on the Keto diet! Check out the Dessert section in the Carb Manager Premium Recipes for ideas.
Hopefully this handy guide can help you explore the possibilities of your keto diet and find creative ways to enjoy what late summer and early autumn have to offer. Sound off in the comments below, and let the Carb Manager community know what your favorite keto seasonal foods are!
As always, the Carb Manager team is available to answer questions or provide cooking tips. You are welcome to ask our team in the comments of specific recipes as well, and we will be happy to help!
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