Starting a ketogenic diet can be a bit confusing when you are first starting out. It can be hard to remember everything that is keto-approved and what you should steer clear from. On top of that, not everyone online seems to agree on this subject in the first place. That said, most of us can agree on one food item and that is cream cheese. So then is cream cheese keto-friendly?
Thankfully the answer is yes, cream cheese is certainly keto-friendly. In fact, it is loaded with dietary fats and is very low in carb. You would need to eat a whole lot of it in order to get kicked out of ketosis. For this reason, cream cheese is a staple in the keto community.
This is good news for me because I absolutely love cream cheese. In fact, almost all of my favorite keto dessert recipes are made with cream cheese. Not only does it tastes great but it also masks the negative effects of many keto sweeteners.
If you have tried some of the keto desserts online, you have likely come across some that taste minty or cool. This is due to the use of sugar alcohols and is known as the cooling effect. By adding liquids and fats you can greatly reduce this effect. That said, when I use cream cheese in my recipes I do not notice the cooling effect at all! For this reason, cream cheese is one of my favorite ingredients to use in my recipes.
How Many Carbs Does Cream Cheese Have
Though cream cheese is not the lowest carb cheese out there it is still low in carbs compared to many other foods. In fact, one ounce of cream cheese just over 1 carb. That said, one once of cream cheese is a good amount for most of the things you would use it for. On top of that, it also contains a whopping 10 grams of keto-friendly fats.
It is important to remember that keto is not simply a low-carb diet but also a diet that is high in dietary fats. In fact, I would recommend that at least 70 percent of your total calories come in the form of dietary fats. That said, almost 90 percent of the calories from cream cheese come from fats.
Most people on keto are trying to keep their net carbs to 25 or under. With that in mind, you would have to eat thousands of calories worth of cream cheese to hit those numbers. So as you can see, cream cheese is definitely on my list of keto-approved foods.
Cream cheese is very low in carbs, loaded with fats, and has a moderate amount of protein. This perfectly fits the bill of the keto diet. However, it is usually used as a topping or spread certain foods. Since most of those are off-limits, let’s look at some ways we can enjoy it with other keto-approved food choices.
How To Eat Cream Cheese On The Keto Diet
It’s great and all that cream cheese is keto-friendly, however, most of the foods you put cream cheese on are not. After all, you can’t exactly spread it over a carb-loaded bagel. Thankfully, however, there are some great ways to incorporate cream cheese into your eating plan. One of my favorite ways is with low-carb veggies for a quick snack.
I like to whip up some cream cheese and put it on veggies such as celery, broccoli, and cauliflower. Adding some herbs and spices to your cream cheese can make these foods even more enjoyable. Try whipping it up with some rosemary, garlic, and chives. Then spread this into the grooves of a celery stick for a quick keto snack.
Another creative way to eat cream cheese is with your favorite meats. One of my favorite things to make is bacon-wrapped jalapeno cream cheese poppers. Since my focus is keto dessert recipes I will refer you to a great jalapeno popper recipe here from houseofnasheats.com. These are perfect to bring to a bbq or to enjoy while watching your favorite sporting event.
You can also make chicken thigh bombers and many other great recipes using cream cheese. Or perhaps you could enjoy some cream cheese and capers on top of some delicious smoked salmon. Needless to say, there many ways to add cream cheese to many meat-based dishes.
Though Boursin cheese is not cream cheese, I still want to mention it because my favorite meal of all time is a grilled ribeye steak topped with Boursin cheese. The garlic and chive kind to be exact. It really is amazing on top of steaks without adding the carbs Of course, you can make your own cheese spread similar to Boursin using cream cheese. However, I would rather just buy it already made.
My last and favorite way to use cream cheese is in keto desserts. Like I stated earlier, keto desserts made with cream cheese seem to just be better than the ones that are not. So here are some of my favorite desserts to make with cream cheese.
My Favorite Cream Cheese Keto Desserts
Cream cheese keto desserts are amazing! This is why I created a blog post titled 15 Amazing Keto Desserts Made With Cream Cheese. In this article, I go over my top 15 low-carb cream cheese desserts and I highly recommend you check them out.
That said, 15 desserts is a lot so let us just cover a few of my favorites here in this blog post to keep it short. My favorite is probably my keto chocolate cheesecake. One slice is loaded with cream cheese and contains just over 5 net carbs.
Another great recipe that is featured above is my low-carb chocolate chip cheesecake recipe. It tastes great and is loaded with keto-friendly fats and tasty chocolate chips. It also contains just over 5 net carbs per slice. In addition, it is made on top of a chocolate chip cookie crust.
If you are looking for something a bit more personal-sized I also have a recipe for a mini keto cheesecake and of course my mini keto cream cheese tart. Both of which are better sized when cooking for just one or two people. There is no end to the number of ways you can use cream cheese in keto desserts. With all the ways you can use cream cheese, you can see why its a staple on the keto diet.
Not only is cream cheese keto-approved, but it is also one of the best ingredients you could possibly use. It goes great in so many recipes and tastes amazing. Since cream cheese is loaded with fats and is low in carbs, you can enjoy quite a bit of it on the keto diet.
Enjoy it with some low-carb veggies or on top of a nice juicy steak. Either way, you can rest assured that cream cheese will only complement your low-carb lifestyle. Anyway hope you enjoyed this article. Comment below to let me know if you have any questions about other foods on the keto diet.