Can You Drink Alcohol On Keto?

Keto Cocktails. Red Wine Sangria

Can you drink, imbibe, partake of a cocktail on the keto diet? Probably one of the more common questions. The answer to all questions is: you can do anything you want. But what are the consequences? Will it throw you out of ketosis? That, like all things, depends on your total carb count, your activity level, and your own unique body and biochemistry. But you know what? It’s cocktail-thirty, so let’s start with a Keto cocktail recipe!

Keto Sangria Recipe

Get out your blender, or make yours on the rocks!

Option #1: Blend 4 oz. red wine with ice, lime squeeze, 2 medium strawberries, 2-4 ounces of coconut milk and Pyure, a Keto friendly sweetener.

Note: The coconut milk I use has water, but it keeps it light and low carb. The brand is called “So Delicious.” I get mine at Costco, but it’s online as well. Pyure is a blend of stevia and erythritol, and it is my favorite sweetener.

Option #2: Use white wine instead.  It has slightly fewer carbs than red wine, depending on the brand, but I prefer the taste of red.  Also, vary your berry! Hmmm, how about blueberries or raspberries?

Option #3: For fizz, add in unsweetened, carbonated flavored water. I found a combo pack at Costco. The flavors are lemon, grapefruit, and raspberry lime. This does have a few carbs, maybe 2 per can, but you only need a splash to get that fizz that tickles your nose. And it’s cheap! Fifty cents a can. This is the brand.

Alcohol and the Keto Diet

Now, back to the questions about alcohol on keto. For you beer drinkers is, yep, beer is too high in carbs to be a consistent part of a strict keto diet. Wines are lower, but it will cost you 4-5 carbs per 5 ounce glass, depending on the type and brand. And hard alcohol is the lowest at 0 net carbs if it is unflavored, despite being made from fruits and grains, because fermentation and distillation converts that sugar to ethyl alcohol.

Cauliflower rice garnished with green onions
Keto Cocktail vodka in hibiscus tea

So while a vodka cranberry would be out because of the cranberry juice, you can do a lovely Vodka-Hibiscus Tea with a squeeze of lime, as pictured. Here is more info on Hibiscus Tea, which is super high in vitamin C. But beware that alcohol will affect you differently if you are fat adapted on the keto diet, meaning that your body is burning stored fat for fuel as opposed to carbohydrates. It’s a more complicated process than I am qualified to speak on, so for more on the science of  alcohol and ketosis as well as a fantastic reference for carb counts on alcohol, I refer you to a source I trust: Ruled.Me

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Keto Cauliflower Rice Recipe, So Much Yum!

This keto cauliflower rice recipe is a gluten-free, low-carb alternative to starchy rice grains. It can be altered with the shake of your favorite spice so you can make it your own! Perfect as a side dish, casserole, or bed for a savory mix of meat and veggies. Having a really good blender makes this easy, but there’s also nothing wrong with chopping it all up on a cutting board. Why not buy pre-riced cauliflower? One word: BUDGET. My favorite store Aldi sells a head of fresh cauliflower for under two bucks!

Cauliflower rice garnished with green onions
Cauliflower rice garnished with green onions

Having a really good blender makes this incredibly fast and easy, but there’s also nothing wrong with chopping it all up on a cutting board. This is the blender I’ve had for four years. I use it to pulverize nuts into flour, make incredible keto shakes, and of course, pulverizing cauliflower into lovely rice sized bites in about 3 seconds. This picture shows the remains after I threw about a half a head of cauliflower in, broken into ping-pong ball sized chunks. It also comes with serving size cups to blend directly in. If you haven’t fallen in love with bulletproof or fatty coffee, blending it might be just what you’re missing.

Cauliflower rice shredded in Ninja blender
Cauliflower rice shredded in Ninja blender.
Cauliflower rice ready to cook with celery, onion, spices
Cauliflower rice ready to cook with celery, onion, spices
Keto Cauliflower Rice is fast and easy with a Ninja Blender
Ninja Blender with 2 Single Serving Blending Cups

 Keto Cauliflower Rice Directions

  1. Pulverize 1/2 head of cauliflower. Mix with two stalks of chopped celery and one small chopped onion.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and your choice of spices. I used paprika, red peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper.
  3. Heat 1/4 avocado oil or Kerrygold butter in skillet, add rice mixture, 1 tablespoon liquid or coconut animos, 1/2 cup of bone sipping broth, and stir.
  4. Now it’s just like cooking hashed browns. Pat the mixture into the pan and let it brown. Flip it as best you can to brown on the other side. Once it’s cooked, you can stir it all back up to give it some fluff.
Cauliflower rice cooking with celery, onion, spices
Cauliflower rice cooking like hash browns

 

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Recipe Keto Meatballs

How to Make Low Carb Keto Meatballs

Making low carb keto meatballs without a starchy binder can be a challenge. Making keto meatballs with turkey instead of beef is even harder because of its lower fat content. But I find I like the less dense, less gamy flavor of turkey over beef. To each their own. The binder I use will work, whether you want to use beef, turkey, pork of any combination of those three. And Rao’s Marinara for dipping takes this over the top. It is a keto standard for being a very low-carb red sauce. Be sure to read labels! Rao’s Marinara is 4 net carbs for 1/2 cup while other sauces can be as high as 12-14 net carbs.

Keto Turkey Meatballs with Rao's Marinara
Keto Turkey Meatballs with Rao’s Marinara

Keto Meatball Ingredients & Instructions

Ground turkey (or beef or pork or a combo), egg, crushed nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), Kerrygold butter (if you’re using turkey), salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic, chopped onions, freshly grated parmesan cheese, avocado oil for frying, Rao’s Marinara.

  1. Use a food processor or blender to crush nuts. 1/4 cup is plenty. I used half almonds and half pecans.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine one (1) pound of ground meat, one (1) egg, the crushed nuts, 1 ounce of melted Kerrygold butter if you’re using a very lean meat, 1/2 t Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, 1 t minced garlic, 1 T parmesan, and 2 T chopped onions (optional)
  3. Shape your meatballs smaller than a ping-pong ball if you’d like to cook on stove. That is my preferred method during the hot summer months because it’s faster than the oven.
  4. Cook on medium high heat in avocado oil. Cover for 5 minutes and then flip meatballs over, cooking until they are nicely browned.

Serving Suggestions for Keto Meatballs

Making any meal pleasing to the eye is part of the fun, and it adds flavor. So chop scallions to top your meatballs. Or saute peppers and spinach serve them on a bed of vitamin-rich vegetables. Extra parmesan is never a bad idea. Heat up low-carb Rao’s marinara for dipping. And make sure you leave yourself room for dessert. How about a Keto shake. If you already have a great blender, then you can whip up some Keto ice cream in barely a minute!  This is the blender I have had for over four years…the single serving cups allow you to blend directly in them so you’re not having to wash the larger container.

Keto strawberry cheesecake shake
Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

Bon appetite!

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