Have you at anytime felt depleted with your low carb diet? Perhaps worn out on eating veggies and eggs for breakfast? Each. Damn. Day. Then again perhaps you can’t bear another day of blended greens in with avocado and bacon for dinner?
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Maybe it’s not the keto food that’s boring. Maybe you get wear of meal planning. And shopping list making. And grocery shopping. If so, I feel ya!
Tracking macros every day or testing for ketones can be tiresome.
A certain level of boredom with your keto diet is to be expected.
I like to call it “ROUTINE,” lol.
Whether you call it boredom or routine or just “I can’t bear the thought of another fat bomb,” it’s also perfectly normal. Life isn’t always exciting, after all. You can get in a food rut with any diet or even no diet at all.
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If dinner is always roasted chicken or beef, steamed veggies, and a salad, add seafood more often, or roast your veggies. Add interesting toppings to your salad.
I get into the “hunk o’ cheddar and handful of nuts” snack doldrums all the time. I have to remind myself I could munch on a keto bar, have low carb veggies and dip, or eat a tasty coconut fat bomb.
Making your keto diet more interesting can be as simple as just changing up the foods you normally eat. Make a list of your favorite meals and then rotate them.
Create your diet around foods that are in season where you live. Roast veggies in the winter and make nourishing, comforting soups.
In the summer have lighter meals, like fresh salads with grilled meats and veggies.
On the off chance that you rehash the equivalent keto food sources again and again, you’re either a moderate who adores exactly the same thing, or you need extend your culinary skylines! Attempting various kinds of food varieties will help dispose of keto weariness.
They are generally high in fat and there are lots of yummy nuts and nut butters. Branch out from the usual almonds, pecans, and walnuts, and enjoy macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts, and pistachios.
Look for fresh or frozen blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
Think venison, frog legs, antelope, bison, goose, elk, wild turkey, and yak. You may find interesting cuts of meat and sausage at farmer’s markets and local butcher shops, or order online.
There are tons of keto options at local grocery stores, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, health food stores and, my favorite, Amazon. I love being able to read reviews before I buy something new.
One of the best ways to find new keto foods to try is to visit your local farmer’s market. See vegetables and low carb fruits grown by farmers in your area. Ask them for ideas on how to prepare the foods. Look at the meats and poultry offered by farmers. Many times you will find grass fed beef and bison, and free range chicken and eggs.
If you’re in the USA, just click to find farmers markets in your area: Where to find a local farmer’s market.
Eating off of paper plates is extraordinary for occupied evenings, yet consider making your keto dinners special.
You don’t need to have fancy china, silver salt shakers, and cloth napkins to set a beautiful table. But creating a visually pleasing table setting makes your keto dining (or any eating) experience more pleasurable.
A beautifully set table says that you (and your family or guests) are important. It influences how you feel about the food on your plate.
Setting the table doesn’t have to be formal or like Thanksgiving dinner at your grandma’s when you were a kid, sitting on plastic-covered dining room chairs.
There are lots of ways you can make your keto meals a special (i.e., not boring!) time:
- use fun plates and bowls that make you smile
- artfully plate your meals and use garnishes (or throw a sprig of parsley)
- buy funky napkins, either cloth or paper
- light candles and dim the lights
- play music
- treat yourself to fresh flowers on the table.
Every meal and snack doesn’t have to be a spectacle, but make setting the table and creating a fun dinner environment a new habit.
HGTV has some really creative “elegant everyday” table settings you can look at for inspiration.
- #1, they help prevent keto from being boring because once a week you can eat anything you want so you never feel deprived.
- When you don’t feel deprived, it’s easier to stick to your keto lifestyle long term.
- It allows you to eat carbs and stay in ketosis or
- When you carb up at night, it helps improve sleep and boost serotonin, exercise recovery, and immune function. (I learned this from the Happy Keto Body program which is how I learned to eat keto in a way that works best for my body.)
- Carb ups help balance your hormones and women may find this practice particularly helpful.
In a perfect world we would all carb up with wholesome carbs like sweet potatoes, white rice, fruit, or butternut squash. But in reality you can eat whatever carbs you want. A carb up meal could be a gourmet burger on a bun with French fries, mushroom risotto with a glass of your favorite wine, taco Tuesday including the chips and queso!
When you’re bored of keto foods, it might be time to try new recipes! Channel your inner Bobby Flay and experiment with new dishes. Challenge yourself to try one or two new recipes each week and make it a game. That will definitely make your keto diet fun again!
There are tons of wonderful keto cookbooks on the market. Some designed for beginners, and some for more advanced cooks.
Two of my very favorite cookbooks are:
Pinterest is a great way to discover new recipes. Consider having one board where you save all the keto recipes you want to try some day. And another for the recipes you tried and love. That way you don’t have to sort through a ton of pins to find the keto recipe winners.
I use the Plan to Eat app for all my keto meal planning. (You can use it use it on a desktop, a tablet, and your phone.) I save all the recipes I’ve made and love to Plan to Eat and then I can drag-and-drop them on my weekly meal plan and generate a shopping list.
You can check out Plan to Eat free for 30 days (no credit card required): Try Plan to Eat
If you’re a minimalist like I am, streamlining your eating, meal planning, and food prep is not boring, it’s refreshing. Also fun.
Are there ways you can make keto easier for you?
Maybe check your keto strips every other day instead of every day. If you eat the same types of foods, just track your macros once a week to see if you’re on track.
Plan a month’s worth of meals at one time? (And definitely save your meal plans so you don’t have to recreate the wheel every week.)
Play with intermittent fasting and eliminate the need to prepare one meal a day?
Some people may find a simplified keto lifestyle boring, so if this is you skip this tip. But for me, and other minimalists, we are happiest when things are simple.
Drinking water is super important on your keto diet. Try adding a few slices of lemon, or frozen berries. Or fruit infused water.
You can add water to a pitcher in the fridge or make your own flavored water in an individual water bottle.
I have a big, 32 ounce fruit infuser water bottle. It has the ounces listed on the outside so I know exactly how much H2O I’ve had, and how I have left to drink! I just add fruit to the infuser basket (my favorite combo is strawberries and mint) and I have delicious, refreshing water to sip on all day.
Use one type of fruit in your water, like lemon, or berries, or combine fruits with herbs for a tasty treat.
Here are some delicious flavored water combinations:
- lime and pineapple
- peach and blackberry
- cucumber, mint, and lime
- blood orange and vanilla (use a tiny bit of vanilla extract)
- watermelon and basil
- pear, apple, and cranberry
- blueberry and pear
Not only does flavored water taste amazing, helps to eliminate keto boredom, but the fruit and herbs add a touch of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to your diet.
Meal kit services, like Green Chef, will delivery ingredients and recipes right to your door to create simple, low carb, gluten-free dinners. Using a meal kit service will definitely make your keto diet less complicated AND not boring!
I love using Green Chef when I’m bored with my keto diet or when I’m too busy or tired to cook. The meals are simple to prepare, have high quality, fresh ingredients, and I never set foot in the grocery store. They also have meals way more exciting than the ones I plan. Recent meals have been:
- Sesame-crusted tuna with sautéed mushrooms, snap peas, bok choy, and cashews.
- Mustard-crusted pork with cauliflower, fennel, cremini mushrooms, and sauerkraut sauce.
- Italian shrimp and veggie bowl with lemon-herb sauce, bell pepper & cabbage, toasted walnuts.
- Steak with sun-dried tomatoes, creamy mushrooms, chard salad with hazelnuts.
Coffee is one of those morning staples that we don’t really think about changing, right? Coffee is totally keto if you watch what you add to it, so get rid of keto boredom by altering your coffee routine.
I use a Keurig most days for convenience, but it feel extra special to pull out my French press and coffee grinder for a luxurious cup of java. What different brewing methods can you try?
- Traditional drip coffee maker
- Keurig or other k-cup machines
- French press (don’t forget your coffee grinder!)
- Percolator coffee maker
- Pour over coffee maker
- Espresso machine
Check out local coffee shops or your favorite grocery store. Often they have specialty blends which you can purchase whole or ground. If you usually get a light roast, try a medium. If you buy ground coffee, try whole beans and grind your own.
Just don’t use instant, lol.
- MCT oil or MCT oil powder
- full-fat coconut milk
- collagen (I use Sports Research Collagen Peptides)
- grassfed butter
- organic heavy cream
- a sprinkle of cinnamon. nutmeg, or cardamom
It’s all about the experience and a cute and colorful mug, or one with a snarky saying, or even an insulated travel coffee mug will definitely eliminate coffee (and keto) boredom.
I have been using this stainless steel travel mug for years and it keeps my coffee deliciously hot for hours: Thermos Stainless 16 oz Travel Tumbler I even take it with me on vacation, that’s how much I love it
It is easier than ever to enjoy a keto meal at most restaurants. The variety you can get while dining out will definitely help if you’re bored of keto food. (Or bored of grocery shopping and cooking!)
You know that, duh. But many meals come with starchy, high carb sides like French fries, mashed potatoes, or rice. So ….
Most restaurants really want to please their patrons. Just ask if you can substitute extra veggies for the fries, or for extra dressing with your salad, or if their special sauce contains sugar.
If you see something on the menu (like a burger with avocado) and you’re ordering chicken and a salad, don’t be afraid to ask for avocado on your salad since you know it’s an ingredient they have on hand.
Obviously avoid carbs and sugars that are commonly served in restaurants, like breads, rolls, bread sticks, and tortilla chips.
Avoid sides with potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, or beans.
I talk about this in the Keto Restaurant Guides, but be on the lookout for hidden sources of carbs in:
- breading or batter
- salad dressings
- sauces and condiments (BBQ sauce is typically loaded with sugar!)
- fried foods
If you’re unsure about any menu item, just ask your server. If they don’t know, they can always check with the chef.
Herbs and spices are used to flavor food and can turn a bland meal into something special! Best of all, herbs and spices are incredibly healthy.
Depending on which herb or spice, they may help:
- lower inflammation
- lower blood sugar levels
- boost the immune system
- improve brain function and memory
- reduce appetite
Herbs are the leaves of certain plants and give delicious flavor to your meals..
Try fresh, frozen or dried herbs. In the summer I grow my own, and in the winter I splurge on one or two fresh herbs each week, usually basil and cilantro.
You can even grow your own herbs indoors.
Try these popular herbs, and others:
Spices come from the bark, buds fruit, roots, seeds or stems of plants or trees. They add lots of flavor and aroma to your keto cooking. If you are unsure how to use a particular spice, google it! Here are some common spices:
- cayenne pepper
- fennel seed
- curry powder
I kept a journal for the first 12 weeks when I began my keto journey in earnest and reviewing it now is super helpful and inspiring. I could see how I white-knuckled through the first week or so when it was hard going from a carb-heavy diet to low carb eating. I wrote about how my food cravings went away. I journaled about how I felt lighter and healthier and not obsessed with food.
These are the things you want to re-read when the going gets tough! Or when keto gets boring.
It’s way more powerful to read your own success story than to compare yourself to anyone else’s.
I used this 12 week keto journal to track my food, plan my meals, and journal about my experience. It’s a printable planner you can download and start using right away: Printable 12 Week Keto Journal, Food Log, and Meal Planner
— The Keto Minimalist
Your reason why is deeply personal. Maybe it’s to lose weight so you can comfortably play with your kids. Or maybe you’re trying to kick pre-diabetes. Or maybe you want the food cravings OUT of your life. (That’s my reason why.)
Whatever your reason, be sure to right it down and reflect on it often. It will keep you motivated and inspired, and fight keto boredom.
- pick a date and time
- Decide on a theme (dinner, keto tailgate, appetizers, brunch) or no theme at all
- Invite everyone to bring a keto dish to share — and to bring the recipe.
- If you won’t want to deal with dishes, get some study paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery (I love these eco friendly paper plates).
- If you have room for everyone to sit at a table, buy or make a fun centerpiece (it can be as simple as a bowl of totally keto avocados, with lemons, oranges, and springs of fresh herbs).
- Provide a few keto drink options such as flavored waters (see #7 above!), unsweetened ice tea, or keto lemonade. Don’t forget about ice!
- If you or your friends want alcohol, definitely make the party BYOB.
- Do a quick declutter of the kitchen (especially countertops) so you have room to display your keto goodies.
- Don’t stress about what your friends bring, or if you have more desserts than main dishes. That’s the fun of a potluck!
It’s hard to be bored with keto when you’re feeling highly motivated!
If you find keto before-and-after photos and success stories highly motivating, seek them out on social media. But caution…. some people — ME! — get caught in a comparison game. If you look at other’s successes and feel discouraged, this tip is not for you.
Have you lost weight? Eliminated your prediabetes? Went down a dress size? Improved your eating habits? Feel more confident and strong? Have you inspired others on their keto journey?
Find encouraging or motivational or funny messages and set them as alarms on your phone. Or copy keto quotes onto sticky notes and post where you will see them.
Take progress pics — and calendar to take new pics every month. (Bonus for hopping on the scale and tracking your measurements too.)
Sometimes the scale doesn’t tell the whole picture. It’s fun to look at photos to see the amazing changes keto has made in your body. And if you’re still working on those changes, you’ll be glad to have pictures from when you started!
It’s hard to be bored with keto when you food prep with a buddy. Put on your favorite music and share chopping, cooking, and assembling chores.
Decide in advance what meals or proteins, fat bombs, or side dishes you will prep and assemble.
Have each person in charge of bringing the recipe and ingredients for their dishes.
Be sure to have enough containers for your meals! I love these glass storage containers!
Chop, bake, grill, roast, and assemble together. Then split the meals.
These are some of my favorite books for keto meal prep. They include recipes, shopping lists, assembly, cooking, and storage instructions.
- Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity: 125+ Low Carb Recipes That Actually Taste Good
- Easy Keto Meal Prep: 4 Weeks of Healthy Ketogenic Meal Plans with 100+ Simple Recipes for Any Day of the Week
- The Complete Keto Meal Prep: 850 Easy & Delicious Recipes-1000-Day Meal Plan-10 Proven Tips for Success- Lose Up to 30 Pounds in 3 Weeks
Following a keto lifestyle is one type of self-care, but be sure to include others if you feel bored or stressed about your keto diet. A calmer, more peaceful you, is less likely to rebel against your keto diet and run to carbs for relief!
Try adding one or two of these self-care ideas into your week:
- meditate (I use the free Calm app) or pray
- take a bubble bath
- light scented candles
- stretch or do yoga
- call a friend, your mom, or your sister
- get enough sleep every night
- keep a gratitude list
- go for a walk, bike ride, or hike
- sit in a comfy chair and close your eyes
- watch a funny or inspirational video on YouTube
- listen to a podcast
- clean and declutter your desk
- read a book just for fun
- binge watch your favorite Netflix series
- sing in the shower (or in your car, or anywhere that makes you happy!)
- declutter your social media — unfollow or mute people who bring negativity to your life
- get a massage
You deserve to look and feel your best NOW, not just when you hit goal weight. Buying a fun (or practical) new outfit is one way to stop keto boredom AND increase your confidence.
You can also donate old “fat clothes” that are too big. This article is great for clarity if you’re having trouble releasing your wardrobe: Should I Throw Away My Fat Clothes?
It’s fun (and free!) to plan your goal-weight wardrobe. Just create a Pinterest board for clothes you want when you hit your goal.
If you love the keto-friendly recipe, be sure to save it to Pinterest or Plan to Eat so you can find it in the future.
Thanks for reading and and i hope you enjoyed it and it was somewhat helpful!
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