The “Quick and Delicious” Keto BLT Recipe Halle Berry Uses, and It’s Approved by Her Kids

When it comes to health and wellness, Halle Berry's Instagram, specifically her "Fitness Friday" series, is one of our favorites. Every Friday, you can count on her to share the workouts she's doing, what she eats on the keto diet, and even her favorite keto-friendly wines.

During her most recent Fitness Friday post, Halle and her trainer Peter answered questions like how to boost your metabolism and quick meals she makes for her entire family. Halle said that it's a BLT on cloud bread, and she shared the exact recipe her chef Cristina Shabatian follows. It's approved by her kids, so you know it's good. Continue reading for the recipe.

Related: This Is the Intense 9-Move Ab Workout Halle Berry Is Doing to Prep For Her Next Movie

On Keto and Need Dinner Fast? These Picks From KFC Can Feed Your Entire Family

If KFC holds a special place in your heart, it's probably all thanks to the fast-food joint's world-famous fried chicken and buttery, flaky biscuits. If you're on the keto diet, you already know that flour-battered, fried foods are out - but that doesn't mean you have to pass up KFC entirely, if what you're really craving is some Southern comfort food. Just skip the breading (or if your family really insists, pick it off your own pieces) and try this perfectly keto combo, plucked straight from the menu:

  1. Order grilled chicken. Order a bucket of Kentucky Grilled Chicken and you'll walk out with a selection of thighs, breasts, drumsticks, and wings that are perfectly seasoned. Reach for the thighs first if you need a cut higher in fat.
  2. Have some greens. You'll have to skip the mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, but you can still fill up with a generous side of green beans or a house salad or Caesar salad (hold the croutons). Choose from any of the salad dressings on the menu, but go easy when pouring them - store-bought dressings can contain hidden sugars.
  3. Add some extra flavor. Ask for some butter to pour over your green beans or order a dipping sauce for your chicken. The Creamy Buffalo Dipping Sauce and Hot Sauce are relatively virtuous.

These Low-Carb Recipes Cook in Just 1 Pan, and What Else Could You Want, Really?

The problem with cooking is it just requires so much work. At the same time, making healthy meals at home is essential, especially when you're trying to stick to a strict plan like the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet. Here's the good news: weeknight meals don't have to be a huge hassle. Sheet pan recipes - like the ones you'll find here - require minimal prep and clean-up. Why? As the name implies, you simply throw your ingredients on a single pan (who doesn't love a one-dish wonder?), stick it in the oven, and, just as quickly, dinner is served. Keep reading to see the magic for yourself.

We’ve Got Your Friday Night Plans, and They Involve These Low-Carb Dishes at Ruby Tuesday

Eating out can be difficult when you're trying to stick to a low-carb plan like the keto diet - that is, until you know where to go and how to navigate the menu. As far as low-carb picks go, Ruby Tuesday is a pretty sweet stop. You'll need to skip the loaded potato chips and breaded shrimp (sorry), but in their place, you can find solid choices for appetizers, your pick of proteins, and even a burger (stay with us). Grab your keys and wallet - or that unused gift card - and dig into these tasty dishes:

  • Appetizer: Order the Bacon Deviled Eggs. The sriracha sauce gives this dish a nice kick while still keeping it at two grams of carbs. Plus, starting your meal with some protein is always a smart move.
  • Chicken: Choose from the Chicken Bella, Asiago Bacon Chicken, or Chicken Fresco. They're super low-carb, then all you have to do is choose your sides. The Fresh Grilled Zucchini, Fresh Steamed Broccoli, and Garden Salad are solid options.
  • Steak: Most of this section of the menu is keto-approved, so simply order the cut you prefer (rib-eye, sirloin) and the size (six, eight, or 12 ounces). Then pair your steak with the sides above.
  • Seafood: The Grilled Salmon is your safest bet at zero grams of carbs and 53 grams of protein. For something a little more indulgent, try the New Orleans Seafood - it doesn't get better than cajun seasoning and a parmesan cream sauce for only four grams of carbs.
  • Burgers: If you can do without the brioche bun and french fries, order the Avocado Turkey Burger or the Mushroom and Swiss Burger. The higher fat content of these dishes, along with the rich flavor profiles, is a pretty delicious substitute.

Yes, You Can Have Chili’s (and Even Some Barbecue) on the Keto Diet – Here’s How

At first glance, Chili's might seem like the opposite of a keto-lover's paradise. After all, the restaurant is best known for its burgers, ribs covered in sugary barbecue sauce, and fajitas piled high with rice, beans, and tortillas. (And have we talked about those drinks?) That said, you shouldn't let a few carbs keep you from dropping into your favorite spot. Here's how to navigate the Chili's menu, in low-carb and stress-free style.

  • If you're craving a refreshing salad: Try the Southwest Caesar Salad with either chicken or shrimp. You'll have to pass on the tortilla strips, but you can always ask for more avocado or queso fresco for some extra Tex-Mex flavor.
  • If you're just here for the barbecue: Order the Smokehouse Combo with the Jalapeño-Cheddar Smoked Sausage and the Smoked Brisket, and ask your server if you can replace the carb-y sides with Steamed Broccoli and a Fresco Salad. It's delicious and super filling.
  • If you're feeling fajitas: It's hard not to want rice, beans, and tortillas, but here's what you'll get if you order the Mix & Match Fajita Trio without them: steak, chicken, and seared shrimp, along with the traditional fajita toppings, including bell peppers and onions, guacamole, sour cream, pico, salsa, and shredded cheese. Now that's a meal.
  • If you're a fan of seafood: Look for the Ancho Salmon on the Guiltless Grill menu, and order it without the rice. For an equally satisfying dish, ask for a double portion of Steamed Broccoli or add Asparagus & Garlic Roasted Tomatoes instead.

If You Want to Lose Weight and Keep It Off, a Doctor Says to Skip Keto and Intermittent Fasting

It's no surprise that the low-carb, high-fat keto diet and intermittent fasting are the most popular diets of 2018. Both approaches have helped people lose weight and improve their health, but according to obesity medicine physician and scientist Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, they aren't sustainable for long-term weight loss.

"When I prescribe things to patients, I like for them to be scientifically sound, ,eaning there's been a study done that's been done well," Dr. Stanford told POPSUGAR. Specifically, Dr. Stanford looks for studies that show long-term benefits when it comes the keto diet and intermittent fasting.

"When we look at the ketogenic diet, the research or the literature that's been done long-term really points to the ketogenic diet being excellent for patients that have seizure disorders or refractory seizure disorders," Dr. Stanford explained. Experts have also found that people with type 2 diabetes benefit from following the keto diet, because it lowers blood sugar and insulin levels and enables their bodies to use fat as the main source of energy.

While the keto diet has been proven effective for people with specific medical issues, "With regards to long-term benefits for weight and weight regulation, the studies have not been supportive," Dr. Stanford said. Although the keto diet may work for some in the long-term, Dr. Stanford said to consider whether or not you'll be able to (or want to) sustain it for five, 10, 15, or even 20 years.

"When we flip over to intermittent fasting, there are better studies that have been done long-term," she explained. There are a variety of ways to follow intermittent fasting, with 12:12 (you eat in a 12-hour window, and fast for 12 hours) considered to be the easiest. While intermittent fasting beats keto on long-term sustainability, Dr. Stanford said, "Overall, there's a limited population that's able to really conform to intermittent fasting, or IF, over the long-term."

This doesn't mean that IF and keto won't work to help you initially begin to lose weight. But if your goal is long-term (we're talking longer than a few months) weight loss, Dr. Stanford advised finding a way of eating that you can commit for years to come. This will look different for everyone, but Dr. Stanford recommends beginning to eat lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits to help you achieve your goals.

Keto and Intermittent Fasting Dominated 2018 – Here’s Why They Are So Damn Popular

You couldn't open up social media or attend a family function this year without someone mentioning one (or both) of the biggest diet crazes: intermittent fasting (IF) and the keto diet. But it's not just your cousin or fitness instructor who practices them; they have major celeb followings, too. Halle Berry, Vanessa Hudgens, and LeBron James all credit keto for their fit frames, while Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, and Jimmy Kimmel all swear by intermittent fasting.

And they're not just buzzwords; these approaches to eating, which each have a fervent following, have helped countless people lose weight and transform their lives. While both diets can be done simultaneously, they are wildly different. We broke down the ins and outs of each diet, including what (and when) you can eat, what to avoid, and how to do it successfully.

As of now, it looks like there's no slowing down on these crazes into 2019. If either of them appeal to you, keep reading to find out how to incorporate keto and/or IF into your life.

Related: 15 Women Whose Bodies Completely Transformed From Intermittent Fasting

Forget the Fireplace: This Low-Carb Chicken Pot Pie Is All You Need to Stay Warm

If being on the keto diet has forced you to end your love affair with anything resembling chicken pot pie (looking at you, Chrissy Teigen, and your tasty pot pie soup), we have some very good news. It's possible to enjoy that rich and savory filling - and even add some crunch - without the extra carbs.

For this delicious take, you'll start with the ingredients for a more traditional filling, including heavy cream, fresh thyme, and a mix of vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, and green beans). But the real magic is in the low-carb crust, made with almond flour, eggs, and lots of cheese.

For the crust, you'll simply mix the ingredients in a bowl, and portion the dough so it can be shaped to fit over the top of each baking pan. Then, it's into the oven, where you'll bake the pie until the crust is golden brown.

The result? A keto-friendly pie with the same texture and taste as the classic you've always loved. It's everything you want on a cozy night in. Keep reading for the recipe, and add it to your rotation this Winter, right alongside those hearty, low-carb soups.

Keto Chicken Pot Pie

Original Recipe

Ingredients

  1. Filling
  2. 1 pound chicken breast, cubed
  3. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. 1 yellow onion, diced
  5. 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  6. 1 cup heavy cream
  7. 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  8. 2 cups mixed veggies (carrots, corn, green beans, peas)
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  11. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  12. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  13. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Crust
  2. 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  7. 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  8. 1 cup shredded cheddar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the onions in butter until soft and translucent. Add the chicken, along with paprika, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook until slightly browned. Pour in the chicken broth, heavy cream, and xanthan gum. Bring to a boil, and then reduce over medium-low heat. Add the veggies and continue to simmer until thick. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Prepare the crust dough by adding the almond flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, butter, and cheese to a large mixing bowl. Combine all the ingredients using a rubber spatula.
  4. Shape the dough to be a little larger than the size of your pan so the edges are sealed.
  5. Scoop the filling into your baking pan and fill 3/4 of the way up. Place the dough on top of the filling.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, then change the oven setting to low broil and watch closely until the top just turns golden brown (about two to three minutes).
  7. Cool for five minutes before serving.

Yes, You CAN Eat Pizza on the Keto Diet – Here’s the Doughy Secret

When you set out to do the high-fat, low-carb keto diet, you may be worried about all the delicious things you can't eat anymore, but fear not. There are so many options available to keto dieters, and one of them is fathead dough, which you can use to make keto-friendly pizza, bagels, and more. Unlike traditional doughs made with wheat and grains, this one is made with almond meal, cheese, and eggs.

Fathead dough can help you curb your cravings for the foods you miss most, which in turn could help you be more successful on the keto diet. By allowing yourself to find alternatives for your keto-forbidden favorites, you may not be as irritated with having to stick to a restrictive diet (at least this has always been my experience with dieting!).

However, just because you can have a keto-friendly pizza in your life, that doesn't mean you should be eating it all the time. Vanessa Fry, a registered dietitian at Detroit Medical Center's Harper Bariatric Medical Institute, told POPSUGAR that like with any food, fathead dough should be eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

And while this allows you to feel like you're cheating your diet (even though you're not!), it's important to still be conscious of everything you're putting in your body. Fry explained that you should pay attention to saturated fats when on keto so you're not harming your cardiovascular health. "Foods high in saturated fat can increase LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries) and increase the risk of heart disease. Lean protein sources such as turkey, chicken, and plain nuts should be consumed on a regular basis as they are low in saturated fats," she said.

So there you have it, keto dieters. You can still, indeed, indulge in some pizza from time to time as long as it's made the low-carb way. A quick search of the internet provides a whole host of recipes featuring this keto-friendly dough, so your options are practically endless. Just make sure you're sticking closely with what you can and cannot eat and reaching for whole, clean foods as often as you can.

Curious If Panda Express Can Be Keto? We Browsed the Menu For These 5 Dishes

When you're pressed for time, there's nothing simpler than Chinese takeout, and with its world-famous Orange Chicken and buffet-style ordering, Panda Express is a top choice. If you're on the keto diet, you already know classics like fried rice and spring rolls are off limits, but is there anything on the menu you can eat? Turns out, yes, as long as you watch your macros.

Still, you should only indulge on occasion. Those Chinese-inspired flavors often come with hidden sugars, and the restaurant's scoop-and-serve style means you can't choose how much of any one ingredient (like sauce) goes into your dish. When you do go, dig your chopsticks into these safer picks:

  • Chicken: Your best bet is to order from the restaurant's Wok Smart menu, which offers more complete meals for under 300 calories. Tossed in a ginger sauce with fresh-cut beans and onions, the String Bean Chicken Breast comes in at only nine grams of net carbs. You can also try the Mushroom Chicken at 10 grams - it's loaded with chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini, glazed in ginger soy sauce.
  • Beef: Also from the Wok Smart menu, the Broccoli Beef pairs tender beef with (you guessed it) fresh broccoli. It's a pretty filling meal for 11 grams of net carbs.
  • Fish: Order the Steamed Ginger Fish (eight grams of net carbs) instead of a deep-fried protein. You can pair it with the Super Greens - a mix of kale, broccoli, and cabbage - for five grams of net carbs or the Mixed Vegetables for 11 grams (less if you get a half order).
  • Vegan or vegetarian: For plant-based protein, order the spicy Hot Szechuan Tofu (eight grams of net carbs), and complete your meal with either the Super Greens or Mixed Vegetables.