What Do Keto Kids Eat?

Ketogenic Foods by Ratio.

The classic ketogenic diet of a 3:1 ratio means that for every 3 grams of fat you eat, you can eat 1 gram of carbohydrate plus protein. So 3:1 means that for every 4g you eat, 3g of that are fat and the remaining 1g is carbs + protein. That works out to eating  over 75% fat. Wow, that is a lot of fat … and math! So where does all that fat come from? What do keto kids actually eat? Sticks of butter, slices of bacon, glasses of heavy cream? Well, yes and no.

There are three main types of fats in foods: saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Eating foods that are high in these fats (yes, even saturated fat) is the goal of the ketogenic diet. Eating enough fat in the right combination (or ratios) with carbohydrates and proteins, is how you get into ketosis. Eating low-carb foods is equally key, and sometimes one can get fixated on the question “how many grams of carbs are allowed for this meal???” But simply eating low carbohydrate foods is not enough to get into ketosis. This is why parents of keto kids need to be very specific about the foods their kids eat, and precise about calculating the macro nutrients. Continue reading “What Do Keto Kids Eat?”

Halloween Teal Pumpkin Project for Keto Kids

Teal Pumpkin Project for Keto Kids! Make Halloween special for kids on restrictive diets with non-food treats!

We actually didn’t pay too much attention to the Teal Pumpkin Project last Halloween (the first Halloween for Drake on the Keto diet) because I assumed it was solely for kids with severe food allergies to still be included in the trick-or-treating experience by having a separate candy bowl of nut-free and dairy-free candy.

But of course for Keto kids, all Halloween candy and chocolate is hands-off.

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Short Cuts

Top 10 list of sanity-saving short cuts for the Ketogenic diet. For the Keto Kid on the Go!

This post is dedicated to all the stressed out Mamas (and Papas and Grandparents) who are running around to three+ grocery stores in order to buy all the food on their keto shopping list. Who are reading the nutrition labels to find that one cream cheese with the most fat, who are scouring the Web for ideas, insights and new recipes, and who are looking for short cuts to this labor-intensive and super-expensive diet! There is nothing quite like the joy of finding a product in the store that your Keto kid can just simply eat!

I am writing this post on the one-year anniversary of Drake’s Keto diet hospital initiation experience ­(Facebook kindly reminded me of this memory in my newsfeed) and it got me thinking of how overwhelmed and confused I was at first. We had over a month between Drake’s diagnosis and the hospital stay and it took that whole time for Ken and I to process the implications of the Keto diet and to realize that every single food Drake ate needed to be adjusted or no longer eaten. Continue reading “Short Cuts”

TSA Approved Cooler Bag

Traveling by plane on a strict Ketogenic diet can be very challenging. But with a little bit of extra planning, preparation and work, the security check and flight can go relatively smoothly. Fingers crossed for no delays!

Traveling with young kids can be logistically taxing in the first place, and then adding in a restrictive diet can make it seem downright impossible, but it can be done with these tips.  Continue reading “TSA Approved Cooler Bag”