Five Keto-Friendly Lunch Ideas
mbarking on a particular nutritional path takes planning. Prepping meals that you can take to-go will help you avoid pitfalls and stay more easily on track with your program of choice. Many customers who come into Rebecca’s are curious about the ketogenic diet, which has become an incredibly popular method to enhance cognitive health and weight loss. It’s been proven effective as a way to drop fat quickly and is also associated with other health benefits. If you’re looking to try keto but are worried about staying on track due to a busy lifestyle, we’ve made it easy by assembling a few delicious keto-friendly lunch ideas.
How does it work?
The keto diet’s purpose is to help your body go into ketosis. Instead of relying on sugar (glucose) that comes from carbohydrates, the keto diet relies on ketones produced by the liver as stored fat. As the body switches from burning sugar, it will begin using protein and fat. This model of burning fat is called ketosis.*
If you’re considering keto, it may feel daunting at first. We’ve assembled some easy-to-pack keto lunch ideas from around the web. Read on and, as always, we highly recommend you screenshot these for your grocery lists.
Read on for several keto-friendly lunch ideas that are also highly portable.
1: Turkey-Cheddar Roll-Ups
Thinly-sliced turkey stands in for the tortilla or other carbs in these simple cheese wraps. You can change up the cheeses throughout the week!
Recipe: Roll up 3 slices of hormone-free deli turkey with 3-ish slices of cheese.
Pack with: avocado, cucumber slices, almonds
2: Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups
Simply spread cream cheese on slices of smoked salmon, then hand-roll to create a hand-held roll-up.
Recipe: Spread cream cheese on slices of smoked salmon, roll them up, and slice! You may also add capers or squeeze lemon juice on them to enhance the flavor.
Pack with: Zoodles tossed with lemon juice and olive oil, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, almonds
3: Zoodles and Meatballs
This keto-friendly version of spaghetti and meatballs is also easy to make. Simply swap in zucchini noodles for the pasta and add in ready-cooked meatballs.
Recipe: Just pack up 3 cooked chicken or turkey meatballs and toss with the “zoodles.”
Pack with: Zoodles tossed with lemon juice and olive oil, cubed cheddar cheese, roasted almonds.
4: Bacon Chips and Dip
One of the blessings of keto is that you can still eat bacon (try Garrett Valley Sugar-Free Pork Bacon). These can become a snack or lunch staple. Bake a few slices of bacon until crisp, then use them as “chips” to dip into guacamole.
Recipe: Bacon chips and guacamole (homemade or store-bought!)
Pack with: 2 hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, almonds
Who says you have to give up grilled cheese to go keto? Zucchini really is your keto diet’s best friend.
Recipe: Make carb-free “bread” by mixing the zucchini with mozzarella and parmesan. Grill it with grated cheddar in the middle.
Pack with: avocado
If you’re taking your lunch to-go, consider going zero-waste with one of these tried and true to-go containers. Interested in trying the keto diet? Many of us at Rebecca’s have experience with it and are happy to answer your questions!
*As always, consult your doctor before making any major dietary changes.