Banting has become a way of life for me and the way I eat and cook. I am not very adventurous in my cooking and tend to go for very simple foods. I have a list of favourite foods that I use daily.
What is banting you might ask? It is a way of eating and lifestyle that applies principles that are simple to follow: eat real foods that are low in carbohydrates, have good fats and medium protein. Only eat when you’re hungry and stop when satisfied.
Here are some of my go-to favourites to cook with while on my Banting journey/ lifestyle;
Cauliflower– so versatile. I have it riced, mashed, roasted, steamed, fried like a steak and made into pizza, rostis (without the potato), bread and in soup.
Cauliflower is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich and has high levels of vitamins and minerals (especially Vitamin C and Vitamin K) and beta-carotene.
Cheese– feta, mature cheddar, haloumi and cream cheese. All my favourites. I will have cheese on a seed cracker, in a frittata, as a creamy sauce, in a salad of course and on a banting burger.
Like all dairy foods, cheese provides calcium and protein, as well as some vitamin A, B12, riboflavin, zinc and phosphorus.
Eggs– I have eggs almost every day, fried, poached, scrambled, baked and I include them in my banting baking, they are filling and nutritious.
Eggs are a very good source of inexpensive, high quality protein. They also provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, beneficial fatty acids and other important nutrition compounds.
Avocado– Dreamy, creamy and delicious. Avos just eaten on their own are so good. I also have them as guacamole, with eggs, in salads, on banting toast and as a sauce.
Avocados are actually very high in potassium and loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
All the Berries– of all the fruits berries are the best and the lowest in natural sugars. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, I have them as a snack on their own or in yoghurt with banting granola or a sauce or made into jam.
All berries are a great source of fibre, have high levels of phytochemicals and loaded with antioxidants.
Chicken– so easy to prepare in so many ways, I have chicken roasted, baked, fried, on the braai, and of course I salads, soups, sandwiches and just eaten on its own.
Chicken provides a good supply of protein, minerals and essential vitamins including E, B6 and B12, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and pantothenic acid.
Spinach– who knew that I would learn to love spinach. I love it fried in coconut oil, or with creamy feta and plain in a salad, in an omelette or on my banting pizza.
Packed full of goodness and high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fibre, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese and the list goes on…
What are your favourite banting, low carb, keto foods?
Here are some other Banting Resources-
Banting, Why Is It So Popular?
Prof. Tim Noakes on Banting and LCHF