By Kate Springer
Most store-bought granola isn’t keto-friendly since most are grain-based and include enormous amounts of sugar. Some granolas, however, such as our Nutty No Grainer Mediterranean, are. We’re proud to offer this keto gluten-free granola; it’s our first foray into making a savory variety, as well as taking our products from breakfast to dinner. This blend of almonds, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts works in harmony with pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and golden flaxseeds, with some olive oil, coconut and lemon zest in the mix. Not only is it keto, but it’s also heart-healthy, low carb, paleo, vegan, grain-free and gluten-free. Topped with our secret spice blend, this addictive mix has become a customer favorite.
Now, let’s take a step back and answer some basic questions about the keto diet.
What is the keto diet?
With all the diets out there, you’ve probably heard of the keto (short for ketogenic) diet. The keto diet is a protein-packed, fat-rich diet that can offer health benefits to those who follow it properly.
Those who are on the keto diet replace most carbohydrates with fats. By reducing carbs, your body goes into ketosis, when it becomes easy for it to convert fat into energy. Fat becomes ketone bodies, which are stored in the liver, and make their way to the brain. Essentially, these create energy for your brain and your body. In contrast, most cells use blood sugar, which is from carbs, to make energy. With the absence of carbs in keto diets, stored fat is broken down through ketosis, so energy is generated in an alternative way until carbs are reintroduced in your diet. Ketosis usually occurs less than a week after you begin to eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, but it varies.
Following a keto diet means avoiding easily-digestible foods, such as those that are high in sugar (like candy, cake and fruit juice), starchy and wheat-based, fruits (except for small amounts of berries), beans and legumes, root vegetables, “diet” products (low- fat and “sugar -free”), alcohol and unhealthy fats.Instead, people who are on the keto diet eat meat, fish, eggs, cream, butter, cheese, nuts and seeds, low-carb vegetables and condiments that aren’t high in sugar and fat, plus healthy oils (such as olive and coconut oil).
What are the major benefits of the keto diet?
The keto diet is meant to be followed over a short period of time, not be a complete diet change.
Over time, you should lose weight, and it can help if you have a medical condition such as heart disease, cancer or epilepsy.
As always, we recommend consulting with a medical professional before you begin this (or any) diet. They can discuss whether or not the diet’s right for you.
I love the look of Nutty No Grainer Mediterranean, but how can I enjoy it?
This staple is a winner right out of the bag, but it’s also great for spicing up roasted vegetables, pasta, salads, cottage cheese or anything else your foodie heart desires.
What do customers think of this product?
Following NNG Mediterranean’s rollout, we’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback.
“I use the Mediterranean Blend on salad every day and can’t think of a salad without it. It totally makes it ping!”– Carol Ross, loyal True North Granola fan
Since this is our first attempt at making a keto granola, we’d love for even more customers to try it and let us know how we did. Keto or not, we encourage you to experience the magic of NNG Mediterranean for yourself.