KETO LOW-CARB BBQ PORK (HEART HEALTHY)
Ever tried Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork? It’s also called Char Siu. When my husband Shawn and I were dating, I insisted we head to Toronto (1.5 hours away) for Chinese BBQ pork called Char Siu sold at my favorite Asian restaurant in Toronto’s China Town called King Noodle (296 Spadina Avenue). If you’ve been to China town chances are you’ve seen Char Sui with its red and gold shimmering skin hanging side by side alongside roasted ducks and soy sauce chicken, visible through the restaurant window. The most traditional version uses 4 obscure ingredients only found in Chinatown — fermented brown bean sauce, red fermented bean curd cubes, rose cooking wine, and Maltose sugar.
In ancient times wild boar was used to prepare this delicacy. Today domestic pork is used. The term ‘char siu’ refers to meats marinated in char siu seasoning. The meats are prepared either from scratch or from store-bought version, then roasted in the oven, over a fire, or on the BBQ.
Shawn always agreed to head to Toronto, no doubt, for no other reason that I seemed super excited to introduce him to one of my favorite culinary dishes. When he tried the Chinese BBQ pork for the first time, he moaned in delight. His pound of pork disappeared within minutes. Since this early introduction to King Noodle’s Char Siu, Shawn and I have been indulging ever since — when I choose to vacate my sugar-free lifestyle. Char Sui has a sweet and salty taste. The sauce is often used in Cantonese cooking. The meat is often served in a bun or with noodles or rice.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO LOW-CARB BBQ PORK?
The nutritional value for Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork is positive. I think pork continues to get a bad rap. I am a fan of this protein but do eat it in moderation. Pork offers a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals. Three ounces of pork provides a third of our daily requirement for thiamine, niacin, selenium, and vitamin B6. This meat is also rich in B12, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Three ounces of pork also gives you approximately 22 grams of protein. Did you know that pork contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for your body’s growth and maintenance?
Yes, pork is saturated fat. The good news is that some cuts are leaner than others. The nutritional value of pork varies greatly, depending on the weight and cut. The most lavish cuts are bacon, ribs, and butt. Three ounces of pork ribs have about 232 calories, 22 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fat.
The cuts that have ‘loin’ in their name tend to be the leanest. A three-ounce portion of pork tenderloin generally offers about 163 calories, about 21 grams of protein, and only about 2.98 grams of total fat. (This is as lean as a skinless chicken breast.)
WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB BBQ PORK?
The predominant flavour of Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork comes from the Chinese 5 spice seasoning. This spice blend adds warmth, complexity, and spiciness to the pork. Due to 2 of the 5 ingredients offering licorice notes, the spice blend works incredibly well with the sweetness. Pork is considered sweet-tasting meat, so the spice is highly complementary.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHINESE 5 SPICE?
This Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork seasoning on the pork is full of health benefits. The seasoning possesses two compounds called cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin that help prevent clumps of the tau protein from occurring in the brain and therefore is believed to help prevent Alzheimer’s. Cinnamon also helps to regulate insulin levels for diabetics. And for this reason, studies suggest that it may also contain anti-Alzheimer’s properties.
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB BBQ PORK?
Due to the predominant flavors of spiciness and licorice, this Chinese spice blend on the Keto Low-Carb BBQ Pork makes it compatible with wines offering some sweetness. The spice has sweetness and heat and spice. For this reason you’ll need a white with some sweetness to match and to off-set the heat and spice. In following a Keto diet or in living a low-carb lifestyle, we don’t want to use up your carbs on a glass of wine. Why add the extra carbs to your meal when you can find zero carb wines! You have a couple of options:
- Drink whatever wine you like (as long as it’s bone dry) and don’t worry about pairing the wine to dish. Enjoy your wine the way you like it.
- If you like to create harmony between the wine and the food, you’ll need some sweetness in the wine to match the sweetness and offset the heat and spice. Add a pinch of Stevia or monk fruit sweetener to your glass of wine. Choose a white like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rose. These varieties taste great when bone dry or sweet. So they taste great with the added sweetener. The wine’s sweetness will nicely match and offset the heat and spice.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB HEART HEALTHY RECIPES CAN YOU ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
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With the Ninja Creami you can enjoy healthy treats that taste just as good as regular ice cream loaded in bad saturated fat, sugar, and preservatives.
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