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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

If you’re new to keto, please poke around the blog. I do things simply ’round here, from explanations to recipes. Need a meal plan or book recommendation? Click here. Want a virgin drink? I promise you that you cannot beat these 90-second keto shakes. I am pretty much a newbie, so I cook simply and explain the basics so as not to overwhelm. I am THRILLED with how much better I feel on keto: so much energy, reduced depression, drastically reduced body aches and pains, and a slightly smaller butt.

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Cheers to Keto Cocktails!

img_4617Can 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.

The bad news right up from 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.

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

Here is a lovely sangria or daiquiri type sumpin-sumpin. Get out your blender, or just stir it all up. Use 4 oz. red wine with 2-3 strawberries, a couple ounces of unsweetened coconut milk, Pyure sweetener, lime squeeze and ice.

If you’re new to keto, please poke around the blog. I am pretty much a newbie, so I cook simply and explain the basics so as not to overwhelm. I am THRILLED with how much better I feel on keto: so much energy, reduced depression, drastically reduced body aches and pains, and a slightly smaller butt.

Click the following links for some basics:

Stock Your Keto Kitchen

Make Ice Cream Shakes in 90 Seconds

Get your crunch on with a 1-Minute Keto Cracker

Check out the One Keto Book I Bought

If you don’t know Fathead Keto Pizza, You Must!

Why Bone Broth Sipping is a Thing

 

 

 

Bone broth sipping is making the news these days. I hear there are health clinics that charge outrageous amounts and serve only bone broth. Some of the weight-loss claims in association with bone broth are actually attributable to intermittent fasting, but bone broth does have many health benefits.

For one, it has collagen which is a big part of our connective tissues, so it is good for your skin, reducing wrinkles and cellulite. It’s not an overnight magic pill, but over a few months, studies have shown that it does lead to improvement.

Second, it contains two amino acids, glycine and proline, which help mitigate the effects of a diet with too much meat and dairy products, which leads to over consumption of two other amino acids, leucine and methionine, that have been linked to heart disease and cancer.

Third and fourth, bone broth is good for your gut. Our immune cells feed on glutamine, which is found in bone broth, and it has glycine, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.

And bone broth is a great vehicle to fight the keto flu, which is a transition period when your body is converting to fat burning for energy over using carbs for energy. We lose electrolytes quickly through the urine, and replacing them can fight the keto flu.

Incidentally, a loss of electrolytes is what causes hangovers, so if you are feeling bad the morning after, bone broth can help. It’s a perfect place to add salt as well as spinach, which contains the magnesium and potassium electrolytes that were lost. So salt generously and bottoms up! When you’re feeling better, make yourself a sweet keto treat!

For more in-depth science and stats on bone broth, click here.