You don’t have to ask Google or ask anyone’s permission what you can eat on your keto diet.
To be clear I am not talking about “is ice cream keto?” or “how many carbs are in Barefoot Red Moscato?” We definitely want to know how many carbs foods have when you’re on a keto diet.
I’m talking about the idea you need PERMISSION to eat a food. The idea that a certain food is taboo and if you eat it your keto card will be revoked. Or that you should feel guilty for “cheating” on your keto diet.
I could give you keto ice cream recipes or links to low carb frozen treats, but what I really want to give you is a zillion times more valuable. That is a reminder that YOU are the only one in charge of what you eat. And you never, ever have to ask anyone’s permission.
Maybe I get my keto knickers in a knot because I am DONE with diet rules and diet mentality and feeling guilty over eating a handful of fries with my bun-less cheeseburger because someone thinks it’s “not keto.”
I love eating keto, but I don’t love anyone telling me what I can and can’t eat.
There is one exception, and that is if your doctor tells you to never eat ice cream, or go over a certain number of carb grams, obviously listen to him or her. The rest of us have total freedom to eat whatever we want.
If I could give you a carb-free gift wrapped up in a pretty pink bow it would be this…. learn to think critically and do what is best for you and your body.
A sneak peek at the facts about keto and regular ice cream…
It’s really interesting when you take all the emotional drama about eating ice cream on a keto diet and just look at the facts. Let’s compare some nutritional information, shall we?
Armed with actual facts you can make a decision that feels good for YOU.
Breyer’s “real” ice cream has 14 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup serving.
A half-cup serving of my very favorite ice cream, Breyer’s Mint Chocolate chip, has 150 calories and 14 grams of carbs.
Also a fact, 14 grams of carbs will not throw you out of ketosis unless you’re eating a lot of other foods higher in carbs on a particular day.
Haagen-Dazs Mint Chip Ice Cream has a much higher carb count (25 grams) per half-cup serving, just as a comparison.
One vanilla keto ice cream recipe has 3 grams net carbs per 1/2 cup serving.
I am using the recipe from Wholesome Yum that sparked this whole blog post and you can find it here: Keto Ice Cream Recipe It is a vanilla keto ice cream made with cream, butter, erithrytol, vanilla extract, and MCT oil. A half-cup serving has 347 calories and 3 grams net carbs.
Just for fun I found a low carb mint chip ice cream recipe from Simply So Healthy for comparison. A half-cup serving has 255 calories, 6 grams carbs (3 grams net carbs).
There are tons of keto ice cream recipes on the web so, if making ice cream is your thing, you can likely find plenty of low carb recipes. Point is, carb counts will vary according to the recipe.
Keto Pint Brand mint chip ice cream has 9 grams net carbs per 1/2 cup serving.
I was a little flabbergasted when I checked out Keto Pint brand mint chip ice cream. It has 150 calories and 9 net grams of carbs (11 grams carbs total) for a half-cup serving. For me personally, I’ll take a few extra carbs and go with the real Breyer’s. It tastes better and is also way cheaper.
Halo Top, which many keto eaters enjoy, also has a mint chip ice cream. It has 14 grams total carbs per half-cup serving (11 grams net carbs). I have tried to like Halo Top but I can’t get past its protein powder aftertaste. So I’ll again stick to the real stuff.
These are just a few examples of “real”, keto homemade, and low carb purchased ice cream. If you like ice cream, just look at the facts and make a decision that is best for YOU. Or hell, don’t eat the ice cream if you don’t want to. YOU have all the power.
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