Carbohydrates, carbohydrates, carbohydrates! Some people think that Nigerian food is only carbohydrates but that's wrong. We have several meals that are low in carbs which you can eat and if you team that with portion control, can help you lose or maintain a healthy weight.
Low carb diet especially the Ketogenic diet is the latest trend in the Nigerian weightloss community. It is now very common for me to get questions like "Is this meal keto compliant?" and requests like "Flo, I am ketoing please can you upload a keto version?" or "How can I make this meal keto compliant?" whenever I share recipes on my Facebook page.
Mmhhh, I have always shouted it out loud that I am not a nutritionist neither am I a dietician. I wish I could help with making absolutely ketogenic meals. The only thing I know about the ketogenic diet is that it is a low carb, high fat diet just like the Atkins diet. Those on a ketogenic diet are expected to have 5% of carbohydrates (carbs), 20% protein and 75% fats in their meals. These percentages with portion control enable the body to go into what is known as ketosis.
But when it comes to the nitty gritty of the ketogenic diet such as the seasonings to use, the brands of ingredients that are keto friendly and the percentages of the macro nutrients on a plate, I do not know about those.
So you will find below, some Nigerian delicacies I believe can be turned into keto-friendly meals with a little bit of tweaking. I will also be adding requested recipes tweaks below. But for specifics, please do your own research about this diet so you will know what to eat and what not to eat. Good Luck!
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Below you will find Nigerian meals that have be modified to make it low carb by replacing the high carb ingredient in the original recipe with a low carb ingredient. These are tried and tested and they taste as delicious as the original. I have authentic Nigerian tastebuds so if I try it and it does not taste like the original, you will not find it in the list below.
Low Carb Nigerian Soups
Lots of Nigerian soups are already low in carbs. The culprit is the swallow or fufu that you eat the soup with. So find a swallow that is very low in carbohydrates, team it with the following Nigerian soups and you are a winner!
Low Carb Nigerian Snacks
Conventional snacks are loaded with carbohydrates because of flour. Below, you will find the approved snacks for those on a low carb diet.
Ingredients Suitable For preparing Low Carb meals
Low Carb Nigerian Stews and Sauces
Nigerian stews are already low in carbohydrates but high in fat. So watch out.
Low Carb Nigerian Breakfast Recipes
If you are on a low carb diet, you need to start loving eggs.
Low Carb Nigerian Drinks
Some of these drinks can serve as a meal for example the Coconut Avocado Smoothie is so filling, you may even forget to eat for the rest of the day when you drink it in the morning.
Low Carb Nigerian Restaurant Specials
You'll be surprised to learn that most of our Nigerian restaurant delicacies are low in carbohydrates.
Low Carb Nigerian Side Dishes
Do not be misled by the name side dishes, these are meals in their own right.
Low Carb Nigerian Fufu (Swallow) Recipes
The following are the swallow meals that are low in carbohydrates. I will be adding more as I prepare them.