There’s no denying that for many of us, limes are an essential part of many of our favorite recipes, especially with how they add a deliciously tangy, sour, and acidic sensation that can easily enhance the flavor of essentially any food you add it to.
Despite how delicious the taste of lemons may be however, and with how often they’re used in so many dishes, when switching to a keto diet it’s not always obvious if the popular citrus fruit can still be enjoyed since many of us often ignore how nutritional limes actually are.
Here is everything you need to know about incorporating limes into a keto diet, along with how nutritional they really are and how to use them in a few healthy and delicious ket-friendly diets.
Can You Eat Lime On A Keto Diet?
The good news is that if you’re worried that you might need to keep the lime dressing away from your favorite meals in the future, there is no need to worry as lime is completely keto-friendly, as long as you consume it in moderation.
In comparison to limes, lemons have significantly more citric acid along with oranges which should always be avoided on a keto diet.
Four to five grams of net crabs are all that come with using limes as part of a meal plan so you can be sure they won’t be ramping up your daily calorie count if you mix them with your meals.
Both the lime juice and the peel and zest are extremely low in carbs, so you can still use limes as you would normally, just always try to keep it to no more than 2 or 3 at a time to moderate the amount you are consuming.
Lime Nutritional Information
When you switch to a keto diet it’s always important to check exactly what makes up the food you’re eating since it can come as a surprise to many of us just how many carbs and calories are in some fruits that we would consider much lighter and healthier.
Luckily, limes are on the healthier side and are incredibly low in calories, especially lime juice which only contains:
- 4 calories
- 0g fat
- 0.2g protein
- 1.3g total carbs
In terms of the lime zest and peeling, these are even healthier and are a deliciously juicy addition to any meal. A tablespoon of lime peels and zest contains:
- 3 calories
- 0g fat
- 0.1g protein
- 1g total carbs
Limes are also an incredibly rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, both of which have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, aid iron absorption, and improve our immune system overall.
In fact, one entire lime provides around 32% of our recommended daily Vitamin C intake. They are also incredibly rich in potassium and magnesium which can help to lower blood pressure while also promoting a healthy heart.
Keto-Friendly Lime Recipes
While many of us will immediately resort to spreading some tangy lime juice over our favorite main meals to make the natural flavors even more potent, there are many other much more exciting and delicious recipes that make full use of the sweetness of limes that are still keto-friendly while also being scrumptious to eat.
Here are a few fantastic keto-friendly lime recipes that you need to try out today:
1. Keto Key Lime Pie
It’s hard to imagine that a recipe so thick and creamy could be so low in carbs, however when using keto cookies to make the crust surrounding the pie and the lime juice mixed with a dash of cream cheese and heavy cream to make the filling, it makes for a delicious and healthy tangy pie which is a delight to enjoy as an evening appetizer.
2. Keto Coconut Lime Bars
These tangy treats are perfect for any occasion whether it’s as a solo treat or as a surprise for the family, the blend of coconut flour with sweet lime zest has never tasted so good.
3. Keto Harissa Chicken With Lime Sauce
We chose harissa chicken as part of this recipe because the nice crispy texture mixes incredibly well with the lime sauce which is made from a mixture of sour cream, lime zest and a few fresh cilantro to make for a creamy meat-based dish that is as healthy as it is delicious.
The good news is that you won’t have to leave the limes behind if you have switched over to a keto diet since they are incredibly low in carbs while also offering some amazing nutritional benefits.
Not only can you still sprinkle the lime juice over your favorite dishes however, but there are actually some lesser known but delicious keto-friendly recipes you can prepare that make full use of the zesty and sweet taste of lime that are all a joy to snack on.