Changing your diet and ultimately your lifestyle is no easy task – especially when you are eating a low carb high fat diet. Not only are you swimming against the tide of conventional wisdom, but you are also battling against your self. In the beginning you have to re-educate yourself on what is good for you, but you also have to re-educate your body to stop craving all that rubbish that you have been eating your entire life time. This is tough!
We have all been there, and I am sure we have all developed our own strategies to help ourselves succeed, but I thought I would share with you some of my kitchen strategies that helped me stick to the LCHF diet and continue to do so two years later:
My LCHF Kitchen Hacks!
1. Meal Plans
Incredibly important in the beginning. In the first year of eating LCHF I planned weekly what I was going to eat for my main meals, and I also included what snacks I was going to eat. This not only ensured that I had all the appropriate food at home, but there was never the excuse ‘Oh, I don’t know what to make for dinner – I guess I will just make some pasta!’
Today I am not so strict about making a meal plan – I have a good idea of what we eat during the week, and going shopping now buying LCHF food is second nature.
2. Clean out your pantry and fridge.
Again, incredibly important in the beginning. Throw out EVERYTHING that is not part of the LCHF diet. You can have all the good intentions in the world, but if you know that you have a packet of chocolate covered hobnobs (my favourite UK biscuit) sitting in your pantry, that intention will crumble pretty quickly in the face of a sugar gremlin!
3. Homemade Greek Yoghurt
We always have homemade Greek Yoghurt in our fridge. This not only is a delicious breakfast food, but it is so versatile, it can be used in so many different ways. It is also a great way of upping the fat content of your meal.
- Dips: Great for dipping chopped up veggies in for a snack.
- Sauces and dressings: Something like Tzatziki pairs really well with meat or grilled veggies.
- Marinades: I make a lovely tandoori chicken which is yoghurt based (recipe coming soon)
- Plain dollop of greek yoghurt on your plate! It goes exceptionally well with chili con carne, stews, soups as it brings a nice little kick to the meal (almost like a sour cream)
I say homemade because I have never been able to find a greek yoghurt here in Brazil which does not have sugar added to it. However if you can find a store bought greek yoghurt which you trust – make your life easier and go for it!
4. Garlic & Herb Butter
We buy a lot of butter in our household. What I usually do, is melt down one packet of butter, add crushed garlic, salt and whatever fresh herbs I have at hand, whip it all together and put it in a tupper.
I add this butter to everything throughout the week – this brings instant flavour to any meal, as well as up the fat content. Steamed/boiled veggies= dollop of garlic butter. Steak = dollop of garlic butter. Boiled Eggs = dollop of garlic butter. Snack = dollop of garlic butter.
My favourite flavours are:
- Garlic & Parsley
- Garlic & Rosemary
- Garlic & basil
- Just garlic 🙂
Having this ready made in your fridge is such a time saver!
5. Grated cheese
This is another way to save time and add great flavour and extra fat to your dishes. I tend to add grated parmesan or grana padano to dishes such as broccoli/cauliflower/kabocha mash, scrambled eggs or over salad. By grating the entire cheese and keeping it in a tupper in the fridge, it makes it so easy to throw it in to whatever you are cooking and preparing.
6. Plan for Left Overs!
I would say this is the MOST important ‘hack’ that keeps me on the LCHF diet. I always make enough so that I have leftovers in the fridge or freezer for another meal – or in my cases many meals! No matter how much you like cooking there are some days you neither have the will nor the time to prepare something from scratch, but having a good meal minutes away can be paramount to keeping on the straight and narrow!
7. LCHF friendly snacks
If you are eating enough fat in your meals the desire to snack should decrease, however we all love to snack every now and again, yet snacks can be the most difficult on LCHF. This is what I usually have at hand, when the tummy starts to rumble.
- Handful of nuts – incredibly boring, but better than nothing!
- Cubed cheese
- Good quality cold cuts (ham, salami, pate)
- Beef jerky – not always the best snack food, as it can be high in sugar – but look for a quality brand.
- Pork rinds – incredibly satisfying especially due to its crunchiness, feels like crisps!
- Beef/Chicken broth – I make my own stock and freeze it it ziploc sandwich bags.
- Crunchy veggies, like cucumber
So there you have it – here are a few of my kitchen strategies that helps me on the LCHF diet! I hope that they may help you too! Do you have any other ‘LCHF hacks’ in the kitchen? If so I would love to hear about them in the comment section, hopefully we can inspire each other 🙂