The Keto diet is the latest in-thing. It is being promoted by many as a high protein diet like the debunked Atkins diet. Or as a complete elimination of the carbohydrates. In their eagerness to lose weight and to lose it fast many are falling for the online or ready made so-called Keto diets. The standard Keto diet however is actually a combination of all the three “ the carbohydrates, the proteins and the fats, having their percent content in the diet in the ascending order.
The Keto (ketogenic) diet was first introduced as a treatment to cure pediatric epilepsy. Over time it is now being used as dietary treatment for cancer, sclerosis and weight loss. The Keto diets are well calculated based on the calories requirement, the physical activity and intention of following the diet. They work on the principal that in the absence of available carbohydrates the body starts to burn the fat in the body for energy, thus aiding weight loss. But they have their own cons. Following a Keto diet for a longer duration increases your risk of constipation, electrolyte imbalance, reduced physical activity, raised heartbeat (palpitation) and in some cases raised blood cholesterol, renal stones and raised serum uric acid level. Not that I am a big advocate of the Keto diet. But for those who wish to go on a Keto diet, yes, I advise. But only for six weeks at a stretch. Being a non-vegetarian and following a Keto diet is easy as non-vegetarian food sources are lesser in carbohydrates. But if you are a vegan or a vegetarian your taste buds may go wary of eating the same boring soy products or popping the nuts. This made me cook up something for my vegan/vegetarian patients. The NUTTY PANCAKE.
Recipe Name: Nutty Pancakes
Duration: 20 mins + overnight soaking
Almond Flour â€“ 20 gms (soaked atleast 7 hours, and ground into a fine paste)
Flax seeds â€“ 15 gms (ground)
Pumpkin seeds â€“ 10 gms (soaked atleast 7 hours, and ground into a fine paste)
Chia seeds â€“ 15 gms (ground)
Cooking Oil â€“ 2 tsps
Salt â€“ as per taste
Soak the flax seeds in lukewarm water for 5 minutes, water level should be enough to soak.
Mix all the ingredients and stir well.
Add water if required. The consistency of the batter should not be very Â thick or watery. Just enough to drop from the spoon like a â€˜plopâ€™
Heat a flat pan (non-stick pan) and pour a ladle of the batter. Spread evenly. Flip over and cook well from both the sides.
Serve with coconut chutney.
Can add veggies into the batter as per your liking. But sautÃ© them before adding.
Can also microwave or bake it to make bread, I microwaved it for 5 mins and the flat bread was ready!