KETO LOW-CARB FRESH RICOTTA (HEART HEALTHY)
Love this Keto Low-Carb Fresh Ricotta recipe! It’s Keto Heart Healthy.
Years ago I taught fresh dairy cheese making classes. Fresh ricotta made from our local milk was always one of the primary cheeses prepared for the class and enjoyed. This fresh cheese has so many wonderful uses in recipes from savory to sweet. This vegan version is just as delicious, although tastes different. While classic ricotta is clumpy, this vegan version is creamy. It’s one of my favorite cheeses to use in dinner recipes.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF THIS KETO LOW-CARB FRESH RICOTTA?
The base of this Keto Low-Carb ricotta is prepared with ground raw almonds (or raw cashews), which are nutrient-rich. Let’s talk almonds. Almonds are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin E, magnesium, and help to control blood sugar. If you are following a Keto path, you may consider this fresh cheese over the dairy version, especially when it is an added ingredient within a dish (meaning not served on its own.). Vegan ricotta contains healthy monounsaturated fat and is low in sodium. Nutritional yeast, an ingredient in this vegan cheese, is also super healthy.
Here is the overall comparison between dairy ricotta and vegan ricotta:
If you look at this chart you can see the benefits of both styles of cheese. For once ounce dairy ricotta has fewer calories than the vegan ricotta. The vegan ricotta is higher in fat, but that fat is super healthy, monounsaturated due to the nuts. The vegan version has 1 net carb more, but also more fiber and zero cholesterol. When making the vegan cheese you can leave out the salt altogether to lower the sodium to zero. So, in some ways the vegan ricotta is a healthier ingredient to incorporate into certain dishes.
WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB FRESH RICOTTA?
The predominant taste sensations of Keto Low-Carb Fresh ricotta slight tanginess from the lemon and roundness and depth of flavour from nutritional yeast. The roundness and depth of flavour are the sensations derived from the 5th taste sensation called umami. Nutritional yeast is high in umami!
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB FRESH RICOTTA?
The slight tanginess of this Keto Low-Carb Fresh Ricotta cheese makes it a fabulous partner for crisp, dry white wines. If you are incorporating the cheese into recipes, take the other tastes and flavors into consideration when choosing a cheese. Ricotta is added more for its creamy texture than flavour.
*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 HEALTHY HEART RECIPES CAN YOU ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
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