SOMERSET — When the goal of eating healthy meets the right ingredients, tasty things happen in the kitchen.
Chocolate chip cookie fat bombs and buffalo chicken pizza are a couple of those morsels that dive into healthy territory when their recipes are turned on their heads to become keto-friendly.
“If I didn’t tell you it was keto, you would never know,” said Jordan Murphy of Swansea, certified in keto, intermittent fasting and life coaching, as he proffered a mini keto strawberry cheesecake.
Murphy recently added meal preparation under his well-fitting belt through his Holistic Weight Loss business.
Now, through a partnership with Blend Café & Yoga, some of Murphy’s ketogenic diet meals and baked goods will be available at the cafe, 255 County St., starting Saturday, June 22.
“I feel like I’m offering preventative care,” said Janelle Chaves, Blend owner and a registered nurse.
Chaves said people just need “healthy options and encouragement,” and that’s something she wants to give her customers. “Basically, sugar and carbs are not good for your body. You can’t argue against that.”
The keto diet – or rather lifestyle – is a low- or no-carbohydrate eating plan that is said by some doctors and researchers to help the body burn fat, or ketones, instead of carbohydrates, leading to weight loss and increased health.
“Keto is up and coming,” Chaves said. “A lot of people are getting into it.”
Murphy said he has seen many weight loss success stories in his business, but said going keto is about a lot more than losing pounds. He said eating the right foods can actually heal the body and can help prevent chronic disease and regulate hormones and insulin.
“It’s not losing the weight to get healthy. It’s getting healthy to lose the weight,” Murphy said. “I feel like there’s such a need for it.”
Murphy said people on a keto plan eat a lot less because foods are more nutritionally dense and filling. For example, his pizza crust, made from a combination of cheeses and herbs, is more filling than traditional flour-based crust.
Other ingredient swaps used in keto plans are almond and other lower carb flours, stevia instead of sugar, and ingredients such as coconut oil, cheese, MCT oil, cream and nuts, to name a few.
Chaves said Blend will offer made-to-order keto pizza, desserts, smoothies a breakfast bowl, and prepared keto meals in the cooler such as lasagna and chicken Parmesan.
“We’re definitely going to be looking at more options,” Chaves said. “It’s exciting.”
Blend is open Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon.
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