The Keto Diet: What is it and How Can You Incorporate Your Baking Steel into a Keto-Friendly Recipe?
Thinking our beloved Baking Steel baking is for no other purpose than creating the ideal pizza?
For individuals starting a new diet like the ketogenic diet, the elimination of certain foods can be downright intimidating. But believe it or not, the Baking Steel is the perfect way to prep some killer keto-friendly meals without being overwhelmed with an abundance of directions or unnecessary amounts of clean up.
In this article we’ll discuss:
What is the ketogenic diet?
What is ketosis?
What are the top keto-friendly foods?
Keto-friendly dough you can make with your Baking Steel
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
Before we get into all the different high fat, low carb dishes you can make on the Baking Steel, we need to answer one question.
What is exactly is keto?
The ketogenic diet is more than a nutrition plan. It’s a complete lifestyle change, altering the actual state of your metabolism and in which way your body uses energy.
The primary source of energy for your body is glucose which you get from eating carbohydrates. Sources of carbohydrates include foods such as grains, starches, fruit, beans, bread and any other food products that contain sugar.
That takes up quite a good bit of foods the country consumes today.
However, when your body isn’t getting enough energy from its preferred fuel source, it reports to its second favorite source -- fats. When your liver begins to use fat for fuel instead, compounds called ketones are formed in the process.
Entering a State of Ketosis
Once your body starts to rely on ketones for fuel, you’ve entered ketosis (or a ketogenic state).
Being in a ketogenic state offers different benefits including:
The breakdown of fat stores in the body
More satiating foods, less cravings, less hunger
Improves your blood sugar levels
How that we know what ketosis is, what you do eat on a ketogenic diet to help you maintain a ketogenic state?
Eating a Keto Friendly Diet
In order to remain in ketosis, you’ll have to remain under 50 grams of net carbs per day (and oftentimes much less).
So what are the go-to foods to consume on a keto diet?
Some keto-friendly foods include:
Healthy fats such as grass-fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, coconut butter, extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, nuts and seeds
Fatty sources of protein and meat including beef, chicken, pork, seafood, organ meats, eggs
Fibrous, green veggies including arugula, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, onion, bell peppers, radishes, spinach and much more
Certain fruits such as avocado are fine on the ketogenic diet
Different variations of berries can be allowed in moderation considering their lower sugar count in comparison to other fruits
Now that we have a better understanding of what you can eat on the ketogenic diet, what are some go-to cuisines you can make with your Baking Steel?
A Keto-Friendly Pizza Dough Recipe
You can’t create a “top foods” list for Baking Steel without mentioning pizza dough. For those of you questioning whether or not pizza dough can be keto-friendly, think again.
Surprisingly enough, dough can be made into your next favorite low carb, gluten-free meal by switching out one main ingredient. Any guesses as to what that could be?
Yep, you guessed that right -- flour.
In order to make keto-friendly pizza dough, you only need four ingredients. The ingredients include:
1 ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp cream cheese (softened and cubed)
2 large eggs
⅓ cup of almond flour
This particular recipe includes 8 servings. One serving contains 119 calories including 8.6 grams of fat, 2.1 grams of carbs, 0.5 grams of fiber, 1.6 grams of net carbs and 9 grams of protein. To make this Keto Pizza Dough on your baking sheet, follow the instructions below.
Preheat the oven to 425 F with your Baking Steel on the top rack.
In a large bowl, combine the shredded mozzarella cheese and cream cheese together, melting them in the microwave. Stir occasionally (every 30 seconds or so).
Stir in the eggs and almond flour and mix well. Knead with your hands until dough forms.
Spread the dough onto parchment paper, using your hands or a rolling pin. Spread it out to about ¼ inch thickness. Poke holes throughout the dough. Launch the parchment onto the Baking Steel and bake for 10-15 minutes.
If you’re interested in starting a new diet like the ketogenic diet but you have fears of feeling deprived of your favorite foods -- no need to stress. The Baking Steel is a great tool to use in order to re-create some of your favorite high carb foods and turn them into keto-friendly treats sure to satiate those cravings all while keeping you in a state of ketosis.
Stay tuned for our series of more keto-friendly recipes you can make with your very own Baking Steel.
Stephanie Lodge is a writer, content developer, athlete and nutritional consultant with a passion for health and wellness. She is the founder of The Athlete’s Kitchen, a website dedicated to providing its audience with articles, recipes and the latest nutritional information on their favorite foods.