Sticking to the Keto lifestyle requires some will power and sacrifice. The good news is that it pays off in the form of shedding some extra pounds, but it's hard to commit knowing you'll be missing out on some of your favorite treats!
If you're a treat-eater like me, it might be hard to go for long periods of time without some sort of dessert like you're used to. However, I've learned from my own Keto journey that there are plenty of desserts you can have that satisfy that craving and allow you to maintain a lifestyle closer to what you're used to without losing your body's ability to burn fat in ketosis! (In fact, that's the whole reason I started this business!)
Keep reading to learn the basics of dessert-ing on keto and what your dessert options look like when you're going no sugar, low carb for an extended period of time.
The whole point of keto is to severely limit your carb intake so your body switches to start burning fat instead of carbs for fuel or energy. That whole goal can be completely disrupted by giving into the temptation of a regular treat just once, and it would completely wreck your progress (and you probably wouldn't feel very good if your body had been adjusted to the keto lifestyle for a while!).
Alternatively, there are several forms of "dessert" you can consider to still treat yourself without compromising your efforts to stay in ketosis:
Start with the special occasion snacks
While keto is pretty strict about no fruits (too much sugar = too many carbs!), there are some that are okay on occasion because they have the lowest net carbs, like raspberries and blueberries. You can treat including these rare treats in your diet at the end of the the day as a dessert of sorts.
Whipping up some heavy cream is also completely keto-approved, and it makes a good addition to top off a keto waffle or some fruit for an added dessert appeal, even if it's not as sweet as normal whipped cream (can you believe how much sugar we intake on a day-to-day basis as part of a normal diet!?)
Don't sleep on the fat bombs
Fat bombs are a great way to keep your macros in balance and stick to the low carb, high-fat diet and still treat yourself without compromising your efforts to get into ketosis. You can find recipes for both dessert + savory fat bombs all over Pinterest, and they're pretty fancy! Some of my favorite dessert-type fat bombs are peanut butter cup, cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing, red velvet with cream cheese icing, fudge browning, and cookie dough.
While my favorite is cookie dough, they're all by far a much better way to end your day than a high-carb sugary treat, especially when you're committed to keto.
Buy ready-made keto-friendly treats
As I mentioned, my desire for treats on my keto journey is what started this whole business. I loved the idea of still getting to treasure my donuts, brownies, and cookies without it pushing me out of ketosis and compromising my efforts to eat low carb.
You can buy all kinds of keto-friendly manufactured treats at most grocery stores these days, and it's wonderful to have some things ready-to-go. If you're in the market, all our products on this site are keto-friendly, with the net carbs listed on the product listing for you to reference as you're planning your daily intake.
Some of our products, like our funfetti cookie, are even just 1 net carb!
Keto doesn't have to mean the end of treating yourself or saying goodbye to delicious cookies, brownies, and donuts for the length of time you're committing to the keto lifestyle. Check out all our delicious keto-friendly products in our shop today!