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3 unique and Keto friendly veggies to grill this Memorial Day

Many current Keto dieters aim for less than 50 grams of total carbohydrates or 20 grams of net carbs (total carbs–fiber) as a reliable way to enter ketosis. Ketosis is a process that happens when your body does not have enough carbohydrates to utilize for energy for simple tasks such as walking, talking and even breathing. Instead the body begins to rely on fat currently stored within the body for energy and overall function. 

Due to this, nutrient-dense foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds (anything that is recognized as a carbohydrate by the body) must be avoided or restricted.

Memorial Day is usually a Keto dieters dream holiday. In 2018, data reported by statistica.com revealed just how much money Americans (who were engulfed by the keto diet trend during this time) spent on meat during Memorial Day weekend.

Over $775 million dollars was spent on beef products such as burgers or steak; and nearly $200 million was spent on pork hotdogs alone. Ironically (or not) the sale of anti-acids and digestive enzyme supplements also reflected a $50 million dollar increase in sales.

We at Peter Rubi are determined to help our Keto family members achieve their weight loss and health goals without the sacrifice of real fiber this Memorial Day weekend. We encourage you to throw away your fear of vegetables and enjoy some of our favorite Keto friendly grilling go-to's. We know you (and your taste buds) will not be disappointed by these simple and delicious recipes.

Grilled Asparagus

Tossing some of these delicious spears in avocado oil and seasoning them with fresh garlic is a fantastic way to indulge your taste buds and your gut health this Memorial Day weekend. Grilling your asparagus spears will result in a delicious crunchy exterior and a soft and smokey interior (just like your favorite french fries!) One cup of asparagus is only 5g of net carbs. Each spear of asparagus is less than .03g of carbs. We highly recommend dipping your grilled asparagus in our freshly prepared hummus for added flavor and fiber (and minimal carbohydrates!)

Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes rank among one of the most antioxidant rich vegetables currently on the market. Artichokes are also rich in insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is like gold to the digestive system. Insoluble fiber does not rely on water to flow through the digestive tract. Insoluble fiber actually has the ability to bulk toxins in the body and excrete them effortlessly. Skip the chips this Memorial Day weekend and grab a medium sized artichoke. Simply break apart the leaves and lightly rub each one with coconut oil and sea salt. By lightly grilling the leaves (for 2 minutes or less) you can create the perfect fiber rich chip to dip into our famous plant based queso or fresh guacamole. With only 5 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup serving, artichokes make an excellent low carb and Keto friendly vegetable to enjoy all summer long.

Grilled Green Peppers

If you want to impress your guests in 5 minutes or less, grab a fresh green pepper from your fridge. Simply slice the pepper and drizzle it with olive oil and a touch of your favorite taco seasoning. Place your pepper slices on the grill for a couple minutes and allow the ends to slightly char before serving. They also pair well with our fresh mango salsa for a sweet treat with a savory crunch. Green peppers are overloaded with vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. With just 7 grams of carbs per cup, they can also make a great addition to your Keto stir fry dishes.