Who hasn’t heard of keto, the sexy fat-burning diet that’s been trending since last year?
If you’re thinking of going strict keto or simply eating clean to detox, here’s a bite-sized primer on how it works, and what you should (and shouldn’t) be eating.
For the experienced carb-ditchers among us, skip right down for keto-friendly food options in Singapore.
HOW DOES THE KETO DIET WORK?
In a nutshell, the keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat eating plan for healthy weight loss.
It may sound a little zany to burn fat by eating fat, but here’s how it works.
Our bodies usually convert the unused sugar we consume into stored fat – cue those pesky love handles.
By drastically cutting carbs, you induce your body to enter a state of ketosis, such that it burns fat – including stored fat – for energy in place of carbs.
Keto fans espouse this diet for its speedy and sustainable weight loss.
Not only does reaching ketosis take a mere few days, the ketones produced in this state also suppress production of ghrelin, the hormone which signals hunger to your brain – that means fewer hunger pangs to test your resolve.
Some studies have also shown possible links between the keto diet and healthier cholesterol levels.
WHAT DO I EAT ON A KETO DIET?
The keto meal plan is based around high-fat, protein-rich stuff like grass-fed meats, fatty fish, eggs, and nuts.
You should get plenty of leafy green veggies on your keto plate, along with non-starchy veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers.
Fat-rich dairy products like butter, cream, cheese, and yoghurt are also keto-approved.
On the other hand, these are what ketos veto: grains like rice, pasta, and bread, along with root vegetables like potatoes and carrots.
Steer clear of beans, legumes, and most fruits, as well as alcohol.
And it goes without saying that sugary stuff gets the axe too.
KETO-FRIENDLY FOOD OPTIONS IN SINGAPORE
Carbs are everywhere, so dining out as a keto dieter can feel like picking through a minefield.
Luckily for us, there’re more and more clean-eating concepts popping up, with well-labelled menus that take the guesswork out of keto eating.
Here’s our roundup of the most wholesome keto-friendly restaurants, cafes, and even bakeries in Singapore that’ll have you keeping up with ketosis.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS
KITCHEN BY FOOD REBEL
Kitchen by Food Rebel prides itself on using produce with no hidden sugar or preservatives – think fresh local greens, grass-fed meats, and organic nuts and seeds.
For a breakfast of champions, check out the 3 Egg Omelette ($6) or the Ultimate Breakfast ($15) of beef, cage-free eggs, and avocado.
And for a power-packed lunch, a Chicken Protein Bowl ($19) or a Zoodle Beef Bolognese ($18) is just the ticket.
Kitchen by Food Rebel is located at 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737, p. +65 6224 7088.
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-3pm. Closed Sun.
THE LIVING CAFÉ
From refreshing soups to lettuce buns, The Living Café offers a plethora of raw food goodness for the low-carb diner.
Keto-friendly picks on the menu include the Cauliflower, Almond & Mint Salad ($22.50), a Middle Eastern treat tossed with fresh herbs and pomegranate, and the creamy Veggie Nori Roll ($13.50), which comes with an optional meaty boost of free-range chicken or salmon.
The Living Café is located at 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758, p. +65 6468 4482.
Open Mon-Tues 10am-7pm, Wed-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm.
You’ll find keto fuel aplenty at Plentyfull, where all dishes are made from scratch with wholesome ingredients like grass-fed beef and preservative-free produce.
With a market table-style lunch spread to pick from, along with a juicy array of small plates like Charcoal Grilled House Bacon Cubes ($10) and Grilled Prawns in Spicy Garlic Oil ($14), it’s easy here to mix and match your proteins and fats.
Plentyfull is located at 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, p. +65 6493 2997.
Open daily 10am-10.30pm.
This Keong Saik eatery is big on clean, plant-based foods which give you that healthy afterglow.
While you won’t get your meat fix here, you’ll find plenty of keto-friendly veggie options on the menu.
The signature Afterglow Kimchi Avo Rolls ($14) is filled with healthy fats like almond sushi ‘rice’ and avocado, while the Zucchini Linguine with Walnut ‘Minced Meat’ ($20) will satisfy all your carb-less pasta cravings.
Afterglow is located at 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, p. +65 6224 8921.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-10pm. Closed Sun.
HANS IM GLÜCK
Get naked with bunless burgers at Hans im Glück.
This charming burger hotspot is known for its beefy, delightfully messy burgers, which you can have on sourdough, multigrain bun, or sans bun if you’re ditching the carbs.
Pack in the good fats with the Avocado beef burger, topped with aged cheddar cheese and luscious avocado cream, or the Sommernacht, dripping with brie and grilled vegetable tartare.
Hans im Glück has outlets in Vivocity, Raffles Place, Boat Quay, and Orchard Road.
Click here for more location info.
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