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String avocado, tomato and mozzarella on kebabs and cover them in chimichurri sauce for a keto-friendly appetizer.

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When our friend or family member talks about being on the keto diet, images of bacon swimming in runny eggs, or a steak topped with butter often come to mind. In other words, "meatless" and "keto" don't really seem to go together.


Because the goal of the diet is to keep fat intake high (accounting for 70 to 80 percent of total calories) and carbohydrate intake very, very low (about 10 percent or less of total calories), the foods keto followers typically gravitate to are high-fat meats (think pork belly, bacon, sausage and burgers) along with avocados, whole eggs, butter, cream, oils and cheese.

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Eating so much red meat and high-fat dairy is one reason why so many dietitians aren't fans of this diet fad (along with the lack of scientific research, extreme carbohydrate restriction, excess of saturated fat and overall stringent food rules and tracking — but I digress).


If you are following the diet and finding success, you're likely consuming a lot of animal-derived protein and fat. But it is possible to cut back and do more meatless meals while still "keeping keto" — and you might just be better off for it.

Read more: 4 Reasons to Eat Just a Little Bit Less Meat

A growing body of research shows the health benefits of eating a more plant-based diet. In fact, in a review published June 2017 in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, researchers looked at more than 80 studies and found that, compared to omnivores, vegetarians and vegans had lower BMIs, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and glucose levels.


So whether you're a ketotarian or a meat-eater looking to mix it up, we've pulled together some of our favorite keto-friendly recipes for your next Meatless Monday — or any day of the week.

1. Keto Cacao Smoothie

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This keto cacao smoothie packs in a ton of healthy nutrients, but a good amount of saturated fat as well.

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Smoothies are great because you can sneak in tons of superfoods, oftentimes without even noticing a change in taste or texture. This smoothie combines avocados (hello, creaminess!), cacao butter, almond butter, chia seeds, collagen peptides, raspberries and cacaco nibs. Keep in mind, though, that it also calls for a cup of coconut milk and coconut oil, topping the saturated fat content off at 14 grams per serving, which meets the daily limit set by the American Heart Association (for a 2,000 calorie diet).



Get the Keto Cacao Smoothie recipe and nutrition info here.

Read more: Everything You Need to Know to Start a Plant-Based Keto Diet

2. Avocado Kebabs with Chimichurri Sauce

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Whip up these kebabs for a party or your average weeknight meal.

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Whether you're hosting a party and serving these as hors d'oeuvres or simply pulling together a meal for your fam, these kebabs are sure to be a hit. While the main components — avocado, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella — are simple (yet delicious) — the real culinary and nutritional winner that also helps bring it all together is the chimichurri sauce starring fresh herbs. According to the book "Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects," parsley, cilantro and arugula all contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals in our bodies.


Get the Avocado Kebabs with Chimichurri Sauce recipe and nutrition info here.

3. PestoZucchini Noodle Pasta with Avocado and Soft-Boiled Egg

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Zoodles are a great alternative to regular pasta noodles for anyone on a low-carb diet.

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Zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) can make a delicious, low-carb swap for regular pasta noodles come meal time. Swapping in the veg also bumps up the nutrition content as well. One cup of zucchini has just 30 calories but is an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C, manganese and potassium.



Get the Pesto Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Avocado and Soft-Boiled Egg recipe and nutrition info here.

4. Big-Ass KetoSalad

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This big salad is keto-friendly and filling.

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While salads can be kind of skimpy and unfulfilling, that is not the case with this one. Topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado , broccolini and Emmental cheese, along with dressing, the healthy fats and fiber will help keep you satisfied. This salad alone provides 10 grams of fiber, which is about half of the amount women need in a day and meets a little less than a third of men's needs, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Get the Big-Ass Keto Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

Read more: 8 Salads You Can Still Eat on the Keto Diet

5. Avocado CucumberGazpacho

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This twist on gazpacho is creamy and satisfying.

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Give traditional gazpacho a facelift with this delicious and equally-as-healthy soup that combines avocado, cucumbers, red onion, garlic, cilantro and spices. Using vegetable stock keeps this 100 percent plant-based. Avocado gives this soup its creamy texture and ups the satisfaction level. In fact, a 2013 study published in Nutrition Journal found that when half of an avocado was added to lunch, subjects reported feeling more satisfied for up to five hours post-meal compared to those who didn't add avocado.

Get the Avocado Cucumber Gazpacho recipe and nutrition info here.



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