No matter what type of diet you’re following, whether it be low carb, ketogenic or maybe you’re just trying to eat more nutrient-dense foods in general — they all share one common trait — you can guarantee that (most) fried foods are pretty much off the table. No pun intended.
While the ketogenic diet is a huge advocate of a diet high in fats, there are still some fats that you should steer clear from. Unfortunately, most of the fried foods you see in restaurants today are fried in oils such as vegetable or canola oil. These are two fats in particular that are extremely detrimental to your health. However, saturated fats and monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) actually have some key benefits in reaching optimal health. These fats can be found in grass-fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, mct oil, olive oil, avocado oil, avocados, eggs and red meats.
Some of the health benefits of saturated fats include the ability to improve good cholesterol, maintain bone density, boost the immune system and support proper hormone function.
So why is this classic fried food okay to ingest?
Instead of frying the poppers, this recipe calls for broiling them. And instead of being breaded, there’s yet another twist — being wrapped in bacon.
Did that get your attention?
With the main ingredients of this dish being jalapenos, cream cheese and bacon, there couldn’t be a better low carb or keto friendly dish to satisfy those crunchy, savory taste buds. Whoever said being on a low carb or ketogenic diet was sadly mistaken.
In fact, each of these poppers yields less than one gram of net carbs and three grams of protein per popper. But be careful — you don’t want to pop all of them in your mouth without checking your macro goals first.
Are you craving something crunchy with that perfect bacon flavor we all know and love, but don’t know what to make? Try these simple jalapeno poppers the next time you’re in a time crunch for the ultimate satiating side dish!
Poppers for kids (and meat lovers)
Just kidding– do a mild version without the peppers for the real kiddos! Instead of peppers, you can stuff hotdogs. Trim one end of the hotdog to imitate the taper of jalapeños.
For an even meatier version, you can also add sausages or franks to stuff into the peppers. If you do this, you may want to cut them up to make each serving smaller. 🙂
See our recipe for Jalapeno Parmesan Crisps for another crowd pleaser and tips on how to pick your peppers based on how HOT you like them.Print
Keto Jalapeno Poppers
Thinking you can’t have jalapeno poppers on a low carb diet? Think again. These keto jalapeno poppers are keto-friendly and delicious.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 16
- Category: Sides
- Cuisine: Mexican
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 8 jalapenos, halved, de-seeded
- 8 slices of bacon, cut in half
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place bacon slices on paper towel-lined plate and microwave for 3 minutes. Set aside to slightly cool.
- In a medium bowl, add cream cheese, shredded sharp cheddar, salt, and pepper and microwave for 15 seconds. Stir together.
- Carefully scoop cream cheese mixture into plastic baggie. With a scissors, snip off corner of baggie and pipe contents into jalapenos.
- Wrap bacon slices around jalapenos and pin with toothpick.
- Place jalapenos on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Increase oven heat to broil and broil for 2-3 minutes, watching to ensure cream cheese does not burn.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before eating.
Materials: 16 toothpicks
- Calories: 79
- Fat: 6.6g
- Carbohydrates: 1g (Net Carbs: 0.8g)
- Protein: 2.9g
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