Whether it's due to the New Year or just the normal ebb and flow of health and wellness trends, the ketogenic diet seems to be on everyone's minds as of late. Defined as a "low-carb diet that drastically reduces the foods that turn into sugar in the body" by Maria Emmerich, author of The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse, the keto diet has continued to amass a fan base into 2018.
Keto devotees subsist on a diet of non-starchy vegetables, wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, and healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and nuts so that their bodies start to use fat as the primary source of fuel (as opposed to carbohydrates). This switch puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis, which can reportedly control food cravings, help with weight management, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
If you're trying out the keto diet this year and are currently looking for ways to spice up your weeknight meals, look no further than Hey Keto Mama's broccoli cheddar soup. The recipe has been shared over 100,000 times on Pinterest and roughly 104,000 times total, so you know it's good. "This soup is creamy, delicious, and very low carb," writes recipe creator Sam. "[It] is very filling, with 24g of fat per serving. Remember: Fat keeps you full!" Find her recipe below:
White onion, chopped
Garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
Heavy whipping cream
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
Xanthan gum (optional, for thickening)
In a large pot, sauté the onions and garlic with butter over medium heat until onions are softened and translucent.
Add broth and broccoli to the pot. Cook broccoli until tender. Add salt, pepper, and desired seasoning.
Place the cream cheese in small bowl and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds until soft and easily stirred.
Stir heavy whipping cream and cream cheese into the soup, and bring to a boil.
Head over to Hey Keto Mama for the full recipe.