The Ketogenic Diet has grown massive popularity over the past year. We’re finding more and more of our customers asking about keto-friendly Mediterranean dishes. So we decided to breakdown a list of the keto-friendly options on our menu.
What is a Keto Diet?
The Keto diet, essentially, follows a strict doctrine of meals high in fats, adequate in proteins, and low in carbohydrates. The purpose behind this method of dieting is to force the body into burning fats for energy, rather than carbohydrates.
Generally, when the body receives nutrients and minerals from a meal, it will break down the carbohydrates first, turning them into glucose, which is the body’s preferred source of energy. It is not until the stores of carbs have been depleted and converted that the body then begins to break down fat cells for an alternate energy source.
In a Keto diet, you’re attempting to force a reverse situation, in which the body is essentially deprived of carbohydrates. This is done by either by limiting your overall carb intake and introducing healthy fats in their place.
This process of glucose deprivation sends the body into what is known as a ‘ketogenic’ state, which is the foundation for the Keto diet.
Taking all of this into account, it is interesting to note the many already existing, though generally unintentional, cultural adaptations of this diet. As a prime example, many Mediterranean dishes have inherent Keto dieting qualities about them. Following is a closer look at the reasons why one can find a lot of Keto friendly Mediterranean food.
Keto Friendly Mediterranean Food Options
Here are some Keto-friendly Mediterranean dishes that are sure to satisfy both your appetite and diet.
Grab a mouth watering Steak Shawarma Salad!
Steak Shawarma is served over a fresh Mediterranean salad and a tasty tahini dressing.
Dig into a delicious Beef Kabob Salad!
A perfectly seasoned ground beef kabob is served over a Mediterranean salad with a tahini dressing or tzatziki dressing.
Chow down on a Chicken Shishkabob Salad!
This perfectly seasoned chicken shishkabob comes served over a Mediterranean salad with a choice of delectable tahini or tzatziki dressing.
Choose a fresh Chicken Shawarma Salad!
Chicken shawarma is served over a Mediterranean salad with a choice of tahini or tzatziki dressing.
Keep in mind that certain salad toppings like carrots, chickpeas, and cucumbers contain a small amount of net carbs, but can be enjoyed in moderation.
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Keto-friendly Mediterranean food is not difficult to come across as both the Mediterranean culture and the Keto diet regime follow a similar rhetoric.
When deliberating on meal plans and deciphering the pros and cons of any food choice, it is essential to remember the key points and goals of a Keto diet – that being the change from a body which relies on the conversion of glucose energy from carbs, to fat energy from monounsaturated foods.
The benefits of following a Keto diet, especially when paired with Mediterranean influences, surpass merely creating delicious, mouth watering recipes – though that is certainly a big plus when speaking in terms of diet-approved foods.
With the advent of modern technology, it is easier than ever to monitor your nutritional intake. Becoming educated on how foods we’re eating affects our bodies and how those nutrients are processed and converted will only serve to enhance the ways in which we take care of our overall health.
If you’re looking for Keto-friendly restaurants in Las Vegas, come visit Parsley Modern Mediterranean! We have three locations in Las Vegas and serve only the freshest mediterranean dishes prepared daily.Filed Under: Blog