If you’re new to the keto diet and you’re trying to figure out how to incorporate more fats in your meals, you’ve come to the right place!
There are so many ways to add more fat to your diet when doing keto. And no, it does not involve eating only bacon and cheese every single day.
There are so many different and satisfying ways to bulk up your meals and increase your satisfaction. That's what I like most about the keto diet compared to other diets; you never need to go hungry and you eat till you are full!
If you're new to keto, it might seem daunting to get in enough fats while keeping your carbs low. But once you get used to it, getting your daily fats in will be a breeze!
What Happens If You Don’t Eat Enough Fat on Keto?
If you do not eat enough fat on a ketogenic diet, you'll end up feeling hungry and lethargic, rather than energized.
The keto diet is not a restrictive diet, like some other diets. For instance, other diets emphasize cutting calories and eating as little as possible.
On the keto diet, you are encouraged to eat whole meals that contain healthy fats, so you don't feel deprived. The keto diet will only work if it is sustainable for you.
If you’re ever out of ideas, use this as a guide that you can come back to for inspiration whenever you need it.
Eat high-fat meats
Go for cuts that contain more fat, like chicken drumsticks and thighs, turkey wings, sausages, goat, lamb, and steaks with good marbling like T-Bones and ribeyes.
For bonus fats, incorporate drippings into low carb gravies and sauces that you can smother over your delicious, tender meat.
Choose fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, cod, herring, and trout. They contain the highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids so they’re great choices.
Eat high-fat nuts
Incorporate more high-fat nuts into your diet. Nuts aren’t only great for afternoon snacking. You can add nuts to almost any dish, like this African peanut stew and peanut butter chocolate pudding. What’s not to love?
Go for high-fat nuts like pecans, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and pine nuts.
Sprinkle nuts on your salad, make nutty fat bombs, make a nut-crusted fish, or add nut butters to smoothies.
Eat more high-fat seeds
Various seeds like chia, flax, hemp, sesame, and sunflower seeds are higher in fat than others. They’re great additions to smoothies and salads, as well as in baked goods.
You can also incorporate them into fat bombs or salads for some added crunch.
Add avocados to (almost) everything
They’re a staple in keto diets for a reason. You can eat them on their own or in smoothies and dressings. Instead of mayonnaise in your tuna salad or egg salad, add mashed avocado! You can stuff avocados as well.
And of course, who doesn’t love guacamole or spicy avocado salsa? Avocados are so versatile and delicious.
Make creamy foods
Creamy soups and stews are also a great way to get in a lot of fat while keeping carb intake minimal. They are usually very filling ans satisfying due to the ingredients used.
Buy Omega-3 Eggs
If you have a choice, go for omega-3 eggs instead of regular eggs.
Make fat bombs and high-fat desserts
High-fat desserts, or fat bomb recipes, are a great way to load up on fats. These recipes usually incorporate high-fat ingredients like heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, coconut cream, nut butters, and coconut oil.
Buy the full-fat versions of foods
Buy full-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, yogurt, and cheese. Fat is your friend on the keto diet, so don't believe the hype about low-fat foods.
Low fat foods usually contain a ton of sugars and other preservatives to make up for the lack of flavor.
Make bulletproof coffee
Bulletproof coffee is basically coffee with butter and heavy whipping cream, blended together for a satisfying breakfast loaded with healthy fats.
It is very popular on the keto diet because it contains zero carbs but fills you right up!
Add fat to your veggies
If you get bored of bland vegetables, spruce them up with some healthy fats! This will not only make it taste so much more delicious, but it will make you feel a lot fuller.
Cook with healthy fats
This includes extra virgin olive oil, butter, ghee, coconut butter, avocado oil, and coconut oil. I like to fry chicken, beef, or even fish in healthy oils to increase the fat content and keep me full much longer.
I also like making a oil based sauce like this garlic chili oil, and I drizzle it on everything!
Looking for inspiration? Check out these high-fat mouthwatering keto recipes!