A ketogenic diet is defined as a strict diet that focuses on high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carb meals. It involves the reduction of carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams a day, but at the same time, increasing fat intake. The ultimate goal of a keto diet is to enter a ketosis state. During this state, your body burns fat instead of carbohydrates from food. This leads to the production of ketones, a type of acid that can be converted as fuel. Generally, a keto diet is made up of non-starchy vegetables, animal products, fats, and other low carb foods like avocado and coconut. These foods can be expensive, so here are some useful tips to follow on a budget.
1. Buy in bulk
Buying foods in bulk for your keto diet can help you to save up. A keto diet does not always have to be costly. Bulk purchases are ideal when you are budget-constrained as they tend to cost much lower. First of all, choose the foods you buy wisely. Be sure that you have sufficient and proper storage capacity to contain your purchases. Some items you may stock up on include keto snack foods, sugar alternatives, flour alternatives, condiments and oils, to name a few. In addition, buying in bulk makes meal prep a lot easier! Leveraging the convenience and wide variety of keto food delivery in Singapore is ideal, but batch cooking is also a great option to save money and time. Meal prep can be done on a weekly basis. Just choose a day to cook the foods and make sure there are enough containers.
2. Opt for cheaper cuts of meat
Switching up your meat cuts provides more variety for your keto meals. Better still, you get to save money as some of these cuts are relatively cheap, or sold at a great price during sales. Without compromising the essential nutrients, you can still enjoy tasty, quality meat at a reasonable price. Still learning to do it in the right way? Here is a list of the most affordable meat options curated for you.
7-bone chuck and chuck eye steaks
These low-cost cuts of meat can be grilled or cooked in the oven. Adding them to your weeknight meal plans is simple.
The price range may vary depending on the type of ground beef you choose. Usually, those with higher fat content costs lower. Lacking meal ideas? How about some ground beef sandwiches? Choose your favourite low carb breads available in Singapore and fill them with ground beef.
Ground turkey is tender and delicious, derived from big, tougher chunks of turkey meat. Despite the time and effort required on the butcher’s end to produce ground turkey, the price will still be lower than that of a rib-eye steak.
3. Choose eggs as an affordable option for healthy fat
Keto diets require high fat intake and meat is one of the major sources of fats. Nonetheless, constantly purchasing meat for your keto diet may cost you a significant sum over time. Fortunately, you may still go for a healthy-fat alternative, eggs. Eggs contain next to zero carbs but provide fat and protein. They can be a quick go-to if your budget is tight. On top of that, there are plenty of ways to prepare eggs, adding more variety to your daily keto meals.
Keto diets should nourish your body and soul so don't let financial constraints stop you from getting out there and living your best keto life. Follow the tips above to eat healthy in an affordable way.
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