This week's free keto weekly meal plan has a full range of new, delicious recipes. And this week includes our delicious Creamy Keto Chicken And Rice Casserole & Keto Parmesan Garlic Vinaigrette. You're going to absolutely love the variety of keto meals this week.
Let me know how you like it!
CLICK HERE to get this week's free keto meal plan.
Links To Keto Meal Plan Recipes
Below you'll find handy links to this week's keto recipes. You'll also find links inside the downloadable PDF above. Be sure and scroll down for more information.
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See our full article on MCT Oils & Supplements here.
Of the dozen's of MCT Oils we've tested, we find ourselves coming back to Bulletproof MCT Oil. We use their MCT Oil blend for cooking and their Brain Octane Oil in our coffee when we need an extra energy boost from MCT's.
MCT Powder Powder
MCT Powder is a great substitute for coffee creamers. Our favorite brand is Perfect Keto because they don't use fillers and they plate the MCT Oil to gut-healthy acacia fiber. You'll be boosting your gut health with the MCT's and the acacia fiber.
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Specialty Ingredients For The Keto Diet
There are a few specialty ingredients I recommend you invest in. These ingredients will go a long way in making the keto version taste much more like the real thing. Most of these specialty ingredients will last a long time and are a worthwhile investment for your keto kitchen.
Like many other gums, xanthan gum is a binder and an emulsifier that has been used for years in gluten-free baking. This specialty ingredient is used to hold food together or as a thickener. For a fun experiment to understand how it works, combine a tablespoon of water with a quarter teaspoon of xanthan gum. You'll be amazed at how rapidly the xanthan gum turns into a gel. It's this property that makes it shine in keto baking.
Acacia Fiber or Gum
This gentle fiber acts as an emulsifier and binder in baked goods. Unlike xanthan gum, acacia gum (or fiber) doesn't thicken and become gummy when too much is used. I use acacia fiber in recipes where I need more binding power. You'll notice this ingredient is in many MCT Powder products because it's such a great binder and doesn't thicken in coffee. Acacia fiber is also an excellent way to add more fiber to your keto diet without any carbs.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are popular for those on a keto diet because they are rapidly converted to ketone bodies. Unlike long-chain fatty acids, MCTs are absorbed directly through the portal vein and then rapidly converted to energy. Some say they notice a rush of energy when they first start using it.
You can substitute MCT Oil for any liquid vegetable oil. Use it for salad dressings or sauteing your favorite foods such as salmon, Brussels sprouts, or a hearty steak.
MCT Oil Facts
- MCT oil has been shown to increase the release of two hormones that can promote the feeling of fullness in the body: peptide YY and leptin (Link).
- MCT oil has approximately 10% fewer calories than long-chain fatty acids (Link).
- MCT oil may help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining, which could also help you lose weight (Link).
- MCTs are more rapidly absorbed than long-chain triglycerides. Due to their shorter chain length, MCTs do not require bile to break down like longer-chain fats do. (Link)
- MCTs can enter your cells without being broken down. This is how they are used by the body for an immediate energy source! (Link)
- Ketones can pass through the blood-brain barrier, which makes them a fast source of fuel for your brain.
The Best MCT Oil Brands
Like with many oils, you get what you pay for. Here are our recommended MCT Oil brands - brands we trust for quality & purity.
The Bulletproof brand is our top pick when it comes to liquid MCT oils. We've tried dozens of brands and always come back to this one. They have two different MCT Oils. Their basic MCT Oil is a blend of C8 and C10 oils of the highest quality. For those looking for optimal performance and brain benefits, choose Brain Octane Oil, which contains only C8.
C10 and C8 are both rapidly converted to ketone bodies as they are absorbed through the portal vein. However, as you may have assumed, C8 oil is a little more rapidly converted than C10. Some people notice a bitter taste with pure C8 oil and instead choose C10.
MCT oil is a powerful strategy to boost your energy on or off a keto diet.
When searching for powdered MCT oils, be careful of what the oil has been plated to. Read the ingredients list and make sure they are using acacia fiber or acacia gum. If the ingredient isn't specified, don't purchase it. We recommend the following MCT Oil Powder.
MCT Oil Softgels
We use Perfect Keto's MCT oil softgels whenever we're out and about and get an energy slump. They come in handy when traveling, while at work, or when running errands or visiting family. If our energy slumps or hunger strikes, we'll take 3-6 softgels and get the energy boost we need to keep going.