Disclaimer — if you’ve been following along for awhile you know I’m not a big fan of diets.
This encompasses diets, which target the masses and keep individuals focused on the rules of the diet itself rather than tuning into your body to see what actually works well for you.
That being said, there are certain pillars of diets that can be applied in helpful ways.
Take, for example the keto diet, which I do not personally follow (I’m not on any diet, as you can probably guess at this point). Strictly following the keto diet wouldn’t work well for me now as I’m breastfeeding and focusing on maximizing my calories and nutrients (instead of limiting certain food groups). I also know I feel my best when I eat a good mix of protein, fat and carbs derived mainly from plants like sweet potato and squash (which are considered too high in carbohydrates for the keto diet).
But, for someone has Type 2 Diabetes and is looking to improve insulin sensitivity or a person struggling with managing their epilepsy — following more of a keto way of eating could be a good fit.
Overall there are certain tenants I can appreciate about a keto approach (and some I even incorporate into my own lifestyle) but I think it’s very important that you consult a licensed functional medical practitioner or nutrition coach, get an update on your health biomarkers (hormone balance, cholesterol etc.) and consider how this would work and fit into your lifestyle (short and long-term) before following a strict protocol.
So why did I make a Keto Cauli Bacon Chowder then? It just happened to be a happy, healthy accident.
+ I had a bunch of cauliflower on hand, which is in season, rich in antioxidants that lower inflammation and promote detoxification, and a great thickening agent for soups that also happens to be low carb.
+ I love pairing organic bacon with cauliflower, as I think the taste really compliments one another, and this along with the ghee provides a good dose of healthy fat required on a keto diet.
+ I added in organic bone broth with is also rich in protein, collagen, amino acids and healthy fats, and omitted any beans as they sometimes cause me digestive distress (as much as I love them).
The chowder turned out thick, creamy, hearty and insanely flavorful while naturally being low-carb and filled with healthy fats. It’s also got plenty of fiber to keep things moving along (which is a common complaint on a traditional keto diet) and additional health benefits with the incorporation of fresh herbs like thyme (known for it’s immune and mood-boosting properties).
While it can be technically considered keto, you don’t have to be following a keto diet to enjoy this chowder. Anyone looking to incorporate more plants and fiber, healthy fat and gut-healing collagen into their diet could benefit from this soup. It’s also the perfect thing to make right now as it’s warming and cozy, and I seriously think it tastes even better as leftovers (meal-prep FTW).
Oh, and if you still had any lingering doubts, it’s also one of the ever-picky Meat-Lovin’ Hubby’s faves and I’ve never NOT seen him go in for seconds 🙂
Happy Keto-ish Cooking,
This chowder is thick, creamy, hearty and insanely flavorful while naturally low-carb and filled with healthy fats. It’s also got plenty of fiber to keep things moving along (which is a common complaint on a traditional keto diet) and additional health benefits with the incorporation of fresh herbs like thyme (known for it’s immune and mood-boosting properties).
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: entree, soup
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
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