When I first started a ketogenic diet, lean proteins such as chicken and white fish were not on the menu. These were the foods I had eaten as part of several high protein, low fat diets, but wanting to up my fat intake, I decided to swap them for fatty fish and meats. However, I have since reintroduced lean proteins with a few keto tweaks.
- Organic chicken breast
- Wild haddock
- Wild cod
- Grass-fed beef / lamb mince
- More variety.
- There are some instances where you might want to eat lower fat foods, such as after exercise.
- After exercising, I still eat fat, but less of it. This is an instance where lean protein sources are ideal.
- High quality sources of fatty fish / meat aren’t always readily available so opting for a lean protein, and adding your own healthy fat, might be the best option.
- When I changed my diet to a ketogenic one, I rarely ate the same as my family, but now I have learnt how to adapt meals to fit my macros.
- Add high quality fats. For example, with roast chicken I add some grass-fed butter, pass on the Yorkshire puddings and load up on green veggies. Alternatively, try my Keto Kedgeree.
- If eating lean protein after exercise, use herbs or lemon juice for flavour. Although fat always makes a dish more tasty, a meal low in fat does not have to be bland.