Belly fat, also referred to as visceral fat, is also nicknamed “heart attack fat”. This sounds like a threat, right? If it isn’t, then it should serve at least as an encouragement for you to make that healthy switch to Keto diet. Studies have proven that indulging in Keto diet recipes can lead to a significant reduction in waist circumference.
If you are not sure where and how to start, we have listed top 5 Keto recipes to help you lose belly fat. So, keep reading.
1. Garlic Butter Steak Bites
Choose your most preferred part of steak. Although the most ideal for this recipe is the filet or tenderloin, sometimes it can also be the most expensive option. You may opt for sirloin if you are on a tight budget. It is very important to season your steak well to ensure it tastes good once served. Note that this recipe says “bites” which means you have to cut the meat in bite sizes.
For this recipe, you will need olive oil, butter and minced garlic. Put your large skillet over medium high heat and pour in enough olive oil. Make sure your steak has been seasoned with salt and pepper. Cook the meat for up to 3 minutes on each side or up to your desired level of meat. Avoid moving the steak but just let it sear on one side until it is well cooked.
Lower the heat while you add the garlic and butter. Stir it well until the butter is completely melted and then voila! You now have a delicious addition to your list of Keto diet recipes.
Keto Diet Trivia: Butter has been linked to reduced risk of obesity and heart problems. Enjoy it in moderation and always eat it along with high-fiber foods.
2. Barbecue Pork Salad
Pulled pork is very common in traditional Mexican barbecue, as well as in Mexican dishes. But for this recipe, we’ll take pulled pork to a much more exciting level by adding crisp salad. Top it with a barbecue sauce, Thai style. Who says Keto diet recipes are boring?
First, you have to roast a slice of pork, with its skin. Once you’re done roasting it, prepare your sauce. The sauce is made of tomato paste, soy sauce, peanut butter, zest of lime, cilantro, red curry paste, fish sauce, red pepper flakes, mango extract and liquid stevia. Combine all your sauce ingredients except for the lime zest and fresh cilantro. When all of these have been mixed well, it’s time to add in the chopped cilantro.
By this time, your roasted pork is probably not too hot anymore so you can pull it and then get it ready for plating. Spread the sauce on top of the pulled pork. The creamy peanut butter, mixed with cilantro and lime zest will definitely make this recipe irresistible. Not to mention that those crispy pork skins will keep you coming back for more sumptuous Keto recipes.
Keto Diet Trivia: The protein content of pork meat is rich in amino acids which will serve as a foundation for muscle-building.
3. Keto Cabbage Soup
Once you’ve decided to make the switch to Keto diet recipes, your soup must be eaten along with a high protein dish. Prepare your base, which will consist of non-starchy vegetables. Sauté first your carrots, celery, garlic and onion using olive oil.
Use a large pot when sauteing to make it easier for you to add the water. You can also add a bit of parsley and more cabbage. Put as much cabbage as you want. Let it simmer for 30 minutes and then you’re done.
Keto Diet Trivia: Cabbage only has 2 grams of net carbs per cup. This would mean you can eat a lot of it without the need to worry about falling out of your Ketosis.
4. Low Carb Sesame Chicken
The key ingredient to this recipe is toasted sesame oil. A tiny drop of it is enough to add a huge amount of flavor to your chicken recipe. You may have tasted those sesame chicken recipes in Chinese restaurants. However, for the sake of sticking to Keto recipes, forget about eating it with starchy batter.
Instead, use an arrowroot powder mixed with beaten egg so you can imitate the soft battered texture you usually get from that breaded sesame chicken in Chinese restaurants. Fry your battered chicken in toasted sesame oil.
Once your battered chicken is ready, pour in your sesame sauce. This sauce is a combination of soy sauce, toasted sesame seed oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and xanthan gum. Let this cook for another five minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, it is ready to be served.
Before serving, you may also add some slices of onion springs and steamed broccoli to make this one of the best Keto recipes.
Keto Diet Trivia: Sesame seeds have been found beneficial in burning belly fat. So, keep adding them to your Keto recipes whenever you can!
5. Herbed Balsamic Chicken
This is one of those satisfying yet so easy to prepare Keto recipes. You will need balsamic vinegar, fresh basil, fresh chives, grated lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, toss your boneless chicken thighs in a ⅓ cup vinegar mixture. Leave this chicken in this vinegar mixture for 10 minutes.
After ten minutes, it is time to grill the chicken over medium heat, up to eight minutes per side. Do not forget to cover it. For added flavor, drizzle the chicken with the remaining mixture of vinegar just before serving it.
Keto Diet Trivia: Vinegar contains acetic acid which has been found by experts to be helpful in fat reduction.
These Keto recipes are not only easy to prepare. They are also packed with flavor which will make you more likely to stick to a Keto diet. Whatever Keto recipes you plan to prepare, always remember the basics of Keto diet – focus on high-fat, low-carb foods.