Is a vegan keto diet possible? Looking around the Internet at various LCHF, keto and general low carb blogs, one might be inclined to think that the whole low carb movement revolves around animal protein. Most low carb sites seem to be a shrine to bacon, eggs and steak – with a little broccoli thrown in for good measure.
Well, my friends, there is a different side to a low carb lifestyle. A dairy- and egg-free side that doesn’t require a slice of ham with every meal. My name is Liz, and I’m here to say that yes, you CAN eat a vegan keto diet!
How? Well, let me share with you some of what I ate. I ended up eating about 30 net grams of carbs per day, as it was hard to keep that number down without just drinking oil, but it was certainly a delicious experience.
Vegan Keto Snacks
When I first started on the path to a low carb lifestyle, I was a card carrying vegan. There wasn’t really anything out there online to help find snacks for this kind of lifestyle, so I did some culinary exploring and found the following snacks to be pantry essentials:
- pecans, walnuts, etc. – basic, but yummy
- sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds – see above
- Brazil nuts – kind of pricey, but only 1g net carb per serving and lots of selenium – a heavy metal detoxifier and antioxidant!
- Macadamia nuts -$$$, definitely a treat
- Coconut, fresh – so tasty!
- nut butter packets – or jars, I just needed to limit portions!
- seaweed snacks
- chocolate – dark, dark, dark
Vegan Keto Meals
Most meals consisted of veggies (list of carbs in veggies here!):
- roasted vegetables in pesto, or with nut “cheese”
- Greens and garlic in lots of oil were another staple
- Avocado (I know I listed it as a snack!) was often breakfast, along with some nut butter
- Big salads with oil and vinegar.
- Sometimes, I’d cook up some soy noodles (you know, the super low carb ones) with some sort of soy sauce, or hot sauce
Vegan Keto Desserts
- Vegan Keto Waffles, served with lots of coconut whipped cream!
- Vegan Low Carb Shortbread Cookies – soooooo buttery, yet dairy free!
- Avocado chocolate pudding – Mash 1 avocado with 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp cocoa powder and stevia to taste
- Keto “fudge” – equal parts coconut oil & cocoa powder, stevia to taste