How does keto fried chicken salad with olive oil and feta cheese for lunch or stuffed with pesto and cream cheese with vegetables for dinner sound? Inviting, right? You do not have to compromise your taste buds while on the ketogenic diet. Most people who are on this diet find that they not only lose weight at a consistent pace, but they also do so while still feeling both satisfied and energetic.
Nutritional value of chicken
While chicken is high in cholesterol, it is also nutritious and healthy and a good source of lean protein, selenium, an excellent source of vitamin B6, B12, D, zinc, and iron. Keto fried chicken thighs also contain potassium, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid.
It is no secret that protein is the key component in aiding weight loss because remember, as you continue shedding the pounds, not only is your body losing fat, but it is also losing muscle. Organic keto chicken provides 30% of your recommended protein intake.
B vitamins like niacin and vitamin B6 in chicken are important for lowering LDL cholesterol levels, for lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease, for treating diabetes, and for supporting the health of your brain.
Did you know that vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid present in chicken has been found to be beneficial in treating serious mental disorders like chronic stress and anxiety? It also helps in alleviating health conditions such as asthma, respiratory disorders, and heart problems. Vitamin B5 plays an important role in boosting the immunity, reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, signs of aging, and increase resistance to various types of infections.
Zinc and Iron deficiencies are prevalent in women, especially iron during that time of the month. Those with gastrointestinal disorder may develop iron and zinc deficiencies because their bodies can’t absorb nutrients adequately, including vegetarians, pregnant women, alcoholics, as well as those with sickle cell disease.
Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which causes among other distressing symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and rapid heartbeat. Iron deficiency can also lead to impaired growth and behavioral problems in infants. Keto fried chicken is one of the best food sources of heme iron and zinc that we need for normal growth and development.
Your body requires potassium for muscle strength, healthy nerve function, to alleviate high blood pressure (hypertension), to reduce the risks of strokes, and for a healthy cardiovascular system. You also may reduce the appearance of those dreaded cellulites by consuming potassium-rich foods and improve the health of your bones and ward off osteoporosis while at it.
Symptoms of potassium deficiency or a drop in potassium levels are generalized fatigue, nausea, weight gain, constipation, high blood pressure, muscle weakness or cramping. As well as heart palpitations, feeling faint or dizzy, cellulite build-up, and bothersome pins and needles sensation in your extremities. It is also not uncommon for people with a potassium deficiency to exhibit abnormal psychological behavior such as hallucinations, confusion, anxiety, and depression.
Selenium is an essential mineral, which can only be obtained through the foods you eat. It not only plays a key role in metabolism and thyroid function, but it also is a powerful antioxidant that prevents cell damage caused by free radicals. Selenium is important for thyroid health and has been attributed to reducing the risks of certain cancers, in lowering markers of inflammation in the body that are risk factors for heart disease, and in the prevention of mental decline. Fortunately, chicken is one of the healthy food that is high in selenium. Keto fried chicken anyone?
Cooking keto chicken
Broiling, baking, roasting, grilling, and poaching are ideal ways to cook chicken, especially when you are trying to lose weight. While you can use all sorts of healthy keto marinades while roasting, baking, and grilling, poached chicken can also be mouthwatering and full of flavor by adding aromatics such as bay leaves, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and pepper. Keto fried chicken makes a great accompaniment for green salads, soups, and quick lunch sandwiches.
Keto Fried Chicken Recipe Videos
Check out this video. Keto Connect does an AWESOME job of going through all of the different keto fried chicken breadings and helps you figure out what is the best option for you.
Craig’s Keto Kitchen does an awesome job of showing you a very easy-to-make keto fried chicken that is just one net carb per serving!
Do you like Kentucky Fried Chicken? I can’t imagine anyone answering that question with a “no.” This recipe shows you how to make low carb fried chicken that is like KFC.
If you’re not sure what to eat with the keto fried chicken, we have you covered. Check out these delicious keto side dishes.
Keto chicken broth
It is time to ditch the packaged and canned chicken broth proxies and turn to the homemade chicken bone broth that’s packed with vital minerals, amino acids glutamine, proline, and glycine. Keto fried chicken is easy on the digestion and has a higher omega6 ratio and protein content that will cure anything from a simple cold to alleviating respiratory problems due to its anti-inflammatory activity. The gelatin in chicken broth has been found beneficial for treating a horde of ailments such as peptic ulcers, diabetes, muscle and joint diseases, tuberculosis, jaundice in babies, certain cancers, and digestive problems.
Provided you adhere to the ketogenic food recommendations, making chicken broth will be a breeze. Use fresh chicken bones, garlic, thyme, scallions, and whatever healthy ingredient that will add more flavor to your broth. You can drink it directly or add a few pieces of shredded chicken, a choice of low-carb vegetables like mushrooms, bacon, a dash of coconut or olive oil and make a delicious meal out of it.
If you find that you are not losing weight on the ketogenic diet, chances are you are probably making the following mistakes. You are not losing weight because:
- You are not following the dietary guidelines to a tee
- You are too focused on the scale
- You are eating the wrong fats or not eating enough fats
- You are not planning your meals according to the guidelines
- You are not eating the recommended vegetables
- You are eating pre-packaged foods
- You are consuming the same protein at each meal
Do not be discouraged, because you now have a chance to correct your mistakes and get back on the ketogenic diet wagon. Within no time, you will be that much closer to reaching your weight loss goal. Remember to alternate your meats and side dishes as they all offer different nutritional and health benefits. Additionally, not only will find your diet boring if it has too much repetition, eating the same thing means that you will suffer nutritional deficiencies.
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