BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK
Summer’s Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Nothing evokes memories of childhood like eating fresh watermelon at the family picnic table. Who doesn’t love the anticipation of the fresh fruits of summer – juicy strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, cantaloupe and, of course, watermelon.
All those sweet and savory flavors that bring back memories of picnics on long hot days or sunset barbeques. They are wonderful eaten just as they are, or lightly steamed, but they are so versatile that they’re not just great for a full meal – avocados, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes also go brilliantly with meat and fish to create really light salads and refreshing “outside dining”.
Unfortunately, if we are Keto we tend to think we need to stay away from the Farmers Market because our choices will be limited. This is absolutely not true. There are plenty of fresh fruits and veggies we can purchase at our local farmer’s markets.
What Are Good Keto Items To Get At A Farmer‘s Market?
These keto items can be purchased that are low carb vegetables like Zucchini, squash, salad greens, cauliflowers, bell peppers, radishes, Eggplant, Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, spaghetti squash, cucumber, asparagus, celery, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, green beans, onions and more.
Apart from vegetables, there are also some other items which are suitable for a keto diet at the farmer’s market.
Items like meat, shellfish, eggs, locally made cheeses, goat cheeses, etc. There are more farmers’ market with an increased level of keto items on sale.
Keto is gaining popularity because of the multiple benefits of keto fighting off major deadly diseases like epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension. Doctors and nutritionists are beginning to use the keto diet as a means of curing these illnesses. It has been widely welcomed because it is an all-natural method of healing yourself…so no wonder Farmer’s Markets are providing nature’s best keto foods.
List Of Safe Keto Food Items You Can Get at A Farmer’s Market
Meat is a very good keto food and even better if you can find it organic. The best beef from the farmer’s market is grass-fed. Therefore, it contains all the nutrients gotten from the grass.
- Seeds and Nuts:
Whole nuts and seeds are very good keto foods. Although the oils are not so keto-friendly. These nuts are to be taken in limited quantity because of their carb contents.
Examples of some nuts to go for are pecans, pumpkin seeds, macadamia, almond, peanuts, pistachios, and sunflower seeds. These nuts and seeds also have their butter which is low in sugar and high in good fats. A good example is walnut butter or almond butter.
As stated above, green and leafy vegetables are good for the keto diet. You can never go wrong with these in your diets for those times you feel like taking something high in carbohydrates, you can take some yams, or carrots, but in low quantity.
Any variety of high fat cheeses, yogurt, cream or butter are great options.
A good example is snack foods is cucumbers, celery, flax seed crackers, pork rinds, meat sticks, cheese sticks.
Eggs are very good keto foods and there will be a large variety of fresh options.
There are certain fruits good for a keto diet. Fruits like avocado, olive, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. are staples. However, when taken in moderation, you can add the specialty summertime ftruits we all love like cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit and peaches.
Make a Trip to One of Our Local Farmer‘s Markets
Farmers markets are a great way to stock up on fresh local produce, discover new foods, and have a fun family outing too. If you haven’t made a farmer’s market visit part of your regular shopping routine, you may just want to add it in. You’ll enjoy the quality of the fresh produce and be able to Keep it Keto! Hope to see you there!
About Michelle Borthwick: Michelle is a Keto customization expert and lifestyle coach. Keto weight loss results can be greatly improved with Coaching, Customization, Accountability, and a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. Michelle offers private sessions, proven Keto diet hacks, goal setting, ongoing support and more. Follow Keto is Easy coach on Facebook and Instagram or go to Ketoiseasycoach.com.