You may have heard of the term ‘keto’ swirling around in the last several years. It’s been one of the most popular diets to emerge as of late, and it’s gone from being a bit of a fad to becoming mainstream. You can now find keto recipes, keto dishes at popular restaurants, and keto blogs galore. But what exactly is the ketogenic diet that everybody is raving about? And, if you are a cashew lover (like us!) can you still enjoy your favorite nuts on this diet? We’ll explore the ketogenic diet, and how delicious flavored cashews can still fit into this low-carb craze.
What Makes for a Keto Lifestyle?
Like any diet, you have people that adhere strictly, and you have people that follow general guidelines. The keto lifestyle has caught on as a weight-loss plan that doesn’t force anyone to sacrifice the delicious, high-fat foods they love. In the case of keto, more fat is actually encouraged over protein and carbohydrates in order to kickstart your body to reach a metabolic state of ketosis. Ketosis happens when your body starts to metabolize (burn) fat instead of carbohydrates to generate energy. For people looking to lose weight quickly, this process can be a godsend! It can seem like a win-win: you don’t have to give up your favorite foods, like flavored cashews, and you can live a healthy lifestyle that encourages you to lose weight.
Cashews in the Keto Lifestyle
We’re big fans of cashews around here, if you couldn’t tell. Our good quality cashews provide great jobs, delicious snacks, and a healthy lifestyle to many, many people! Cashews pack a huge punch when it comes to health benefits. These versatile legumes are heart-healthy, rich in the same oleic fat that you find in olive oil and avocados, and packed full of vitamins and micronutrients.
Raw cashews have 8 net carbs per ounce, so while not devoid of carbs, they are low enough in carbohydrates to still incorporate into your keto lifestyle in delicious, portioned ways. However, you want to modify the keto lifestyle to fit your needs, like gluten-free and vegan, for instance, delicious raw and flavored cashews provide the right versatility for any situation.
Delicious Keto Cashew Recipes
Whether you use cashew flour, raw cashews, or cashew butter, you won’t be able to get enough of these delicious cashew recipes. You don’t have to be a chef or a baker to execute these simple, delicious recipes.
Cashew Butter Fat Bombs
What could be more keto than a recipe for a fat bomb? These amazing no-bake snacks come in at 85 calories each, 7g of fat, and only 2 net carbs per ball. They’re also gluten-free and vegan, to boot. They use cashew butter, which you can make yourself, or buy already made. They can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a month, or frozen in a sealed container for up to 6 months. Did we mention they’re no-bake? What could be easier and more delicious than that?
Lemon Cashew Cookies
If you love baking, these low-carb cookies will have you in the kitchen constantly whipping up a batch to satisfy your cookie craving. These no-flour cookies are so easy to bake, and chances are you have all the ingredients on hand already. Also featuring cashew butter, these cookies will become a staple in your keto lifestyle.
Cashew Coconut Bars
If you’re looking for a sweet and savory bar, these cashew coconut bars, using chopped cashews, will leave you satisfied and licking your fingers.
Slow-cooker Cashew Chicken
If you’re short on hands-on time but still want to enjoy the satisfaction of a home-cooked, keto meal, this is the recipe for you. Utilizing cashews, chicken thighs, a delicious homemade sauce, and a slow cooker, this will have your whole family saying, “More please!”
Low-Carb Cashew Beef Stir-Fry
Enjoying the flavors of Thai takeout without the carbohydrates of that rice can be difficult. But, this keto-friendly recipe for a Thai beef stir fry will have you singing the praises of low-carb life. Tons of aromatic, fresh herbs, garlic, and onions make the beef and cashews sing in this decadent, keto-friendly recipe.