Cut the Carbs! 5 Keto Friendly Alternatives to Your Favorite Fall Eats
Written by Edinam Eshietedoho
Carbs, more formally known as carbohydrates, fulfill a very important role as the energy source that fuels our bodies; however, we must all be careful to moderate our carb intake, because too many can lead to unhealthy blood sugar spikes resulting in an increased production of insulin and ultimately fat. For those living the low-carb, keto lifestyle, sometimes it feels like our options are limited, especially around the holidays when those carby seasonal treats come around. But have no fear! The ChipMonks have compiled a list of 5 seasonal treats to avoid and their low-carb, keto alternative so that you too can indulge in all your favorite Fall foods. Come take a look!
Don't Eat: Starbucks Pumpkin Bread
Who doesn’t love a nice loaf of pumpkin bread as a sweet treat during the Fall season? Unfortunately, clocking in at 63g of carbs per slice, Starbucks is a less than desirable option for those of us watching our carbs.
Instead, treat yourself to ChipMonk’s seasonal Pumpkin Spice bite! With only 1 net carb per bite, these soft-baked, chewy, and delicious bites don’t break the carb-bank and still scratch that Pumpkin itch.
Don't Eat: Marie Callender’s Chicken-Pot Pie
On those brisk Autumn nights, nothing quite hits the spot like a warm and filling chicken pot pie; however, after finishing off one of these quick, frozen options you’ve also quickly polished off 43g of carbs!
Instead Try: Kasey’s Keto Low Carb Chicken Pot Pie
With just a little more time and effort, you can get the same delicious warmth of a chicken pot pie with only 5g of carbs! That’s over 8x the savings in carbs with the same great taste. Here's the recipe!
Don't Eat: Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Muffin
Every fall Dunkin Donuts rolls out its sinfully sweet Pumpkin Muffin to celebrate the turn of the season. But the taste isn’t the only thing sinful about this snack as it comes in at a hefty 77g of carbs per muffin.
If you’re looking for all the richness of a pumpkin muffin without the carbs, look no further than our friends at Sugarless Crystals. This amazing Pumpkin Muffins recipe is made with almond flour. Coming in at only 7.5g of carbs per muffin, it’s all the flavor of your typical Dunkin muffin with none of the guilt!
Don't Eat: IHOP Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
If you’re anything like me you grew up excited for any holiday or change in season because you knew that with those changes came a brand new pancake flavor to try at the International House of Pancakes. This Fall you may be tempted to try IHOP’s Pumpkin Spice pancakes but at 100g of carbs a stack we know a better option to get that pancake fix.
Instead Try: Sugarless Crystals Pumpkin Spice Keto Pancakes
Another awesome substitute from our pals over at Sugarless Crystals, this recipe packs the perfect pumpkin spice punch in just 12.3 carbs a serving.
Don't Eat: Pillsbury’s Salted Caramel Apple Cookies
Nothing screams Fall like a salted caramel apple, but at 21g of carbs a cookie, these little bites will quickly add up.
Instead Try: Keto Salted Caramel Butter Bars
While these are just a few of our favorite alternatives for Fall favorites, we encourage you to get out there and try out the countless amount of Keto substitutes and home recipes available to you!