Lazy Keto is arguably the top dog when it comes to dieting.
Sticking to a nutritional regime without spending hours upon hours a week tracking every calorie makes life so much easier.
This is even more true when you have to stick to a keto diet for a medical condition.
Now, you don’t have to give up the foods you love.
With small changes, you can eat pizza rollups, burgers, big breakfasts – anything you want without the guilt or fear of calories.
But, what if I told you I can make your nutrition even easier?
What if you had 8 lazy keto meals that were so simple that you could eat tasty food without needing to sweat in the kitchen all day?
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
This comprehensive guide includes my favorite meals that I eat regularly, even when I’m not on a keto diet!
Each and everyone has been specially chosen for their flavor and nutrition, helping you sit in a calorie deficit without even realizing it.
Let’s dive right into all you need to know about lazy keto.
What Is Lazy Keto?
Lazy keto is fairly similar to a normal keto diet, in which you limit the number of carbohydrates you eat per day to around 20-50g.
You then aim to eat foods with a large value of fats and proteins, with a limited number of calories, to encourage energy consumption from fat stores, rather than the carbs in your body.
With Lazy Keto, we miss out on the latter step. We do aim to eat foods that are high in fats and moderate in protein, but rather than tracking all of those values down to a T, we are getting on with the things that are important to us.
Remember, getting in shape is important, but enjoying life should always come first.
What Foods Should You Eat?
There really isn’t much of a limit when it comes to foods you can eat, as long as they are low in carbohydrates.
- Lean Meats: Chicken and Turkey
- Red Meats: Minced Beef, Steak
- Pork Products
- Nuts and Seeds: Walnuts, Cashews, flax seeds
- Dairy Products: Cheese, milk, yogurt
- Seafood: Tuna, Salmon, Cod
- Low-Carb/Low-sugar fruit and veg: Strawberries, raspberries, leafy veg
What Foods Should You Avoid
It is easier to remember the foods you can’t eat when it comes to a lazy keto diet. Usually, you should avoid starchy or sugary foods.
- Baked goods: Bread, Cookies, Cakes.
- High Sugar/High Carb fruit and veg: Potatoes, oranges, peaches
- Kidney beans
8 Lazy Keto Meals
Tuna & Egg Salad
Okay, I get it, a salad is not a favorite by everyone.
And kicking off this list with a salad is not the greatest start… but here me out.
Mixing boiled eggs and tuna with some of your favorite low-carb vegetables is one of the simplest, most nutritious meals.
And I would argue one of the tastiest.
It doesn’t have to be a whole bunch of lettuce.
It can be carrots, steamed broccoli, or even cabbage. Anything you want.
The tuna & egg salad has been one of my go-to lunches for the past few years, with the calories and carbs being so low that you will never have to consider them again – resulting in the perfect lazy keto meal.
By choosing tuna with sunflower oil, we can consume the precise amount of fats and protein needed for a great keto diet.
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Grilled BBQ Chicken With Steamed Brocolli
Chicken and rice is a staple in a gym-goers diet, with it providing all the nourishment you need for a healthy lifestyle.
Unfortunately, rice is far from a keto-friendly food and so finding a tasty substitute becomes a vital task.
Introducing the steamed veg.
Steaming tender stem broccoli, cauliflower, or any similar vegetable, with a gorgeous melted butter and parsley sauce is an excellent side to your tangy BBQ chicken.
You can have a go at marinating your chicken yourself or buy some pre-marinated breasts from the store if you find yourself pushed for time.
It doesn’t really matter as this meal will have plenty of protein and fats, with a limit in carbs either way.
Sausage And Mushroom Rollup
I’ve got bad news for pizza roll fans…
If you’re planning on starting a keto diet, you’re going to have to give them up.
Unfortunately, a pizza roll has a base consisting mainly of grains, which as we discussed earlier, is a large source of carbs.
Luckily, we have 2 methods to overcome this.
The first would be to use a low-carb tortilla as a base, which you can purchase from most local grocery stores.
On this tortilla base, add your tomato puree, cheese, sausage, and mushrooms, then fold it into a tight roll-up and bake in the oven at a low temperature.
The quicker option would be to use eggs.
By simply frying an omelet, adding your toppings, and then rolling it up, we have a high protein, high fat but very nutritious food item.
We have removed the carbs while keeping the rollup fairly authentic and tasting delicious.
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Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
When it comes to considering the most innovative inventions of the modern world, some of you may say planes, cars, or even a television.
But I would throw an air fryer into consideration as one of the most useful tools in the 21st century.
Okay, maybe that is a tiny bit of an exaggeration, but there is no doubt that this piece of equipment has served me well by providing a healthy frying alternative that is so versatile and so simple to use.
And it makes these awesome buffalo wings one of the easiest meals to prepare.
By simply marinating the wings in your favorite buffalo sauce and seasonings, and cooking them in an air fryer at 380 degrees Fahrenheit, you will have a tasty lazy keto meal in 15 minutes.
High in protein, high in fats, and low in calories and carbs. It’s perfect.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Bell peppers will easily become your best friend on a keto diet.
Until we start keto, we don’t actually realize how much carbs we eat through bread, such as buns or pasta.
It took me by surprise when I couldn’t eat spaghetti dishes and had no idea what to do with all of the ingredients I would usually use for a bolognese.
And then I discovered the stuffed bell pepper.
I could cut the top off the bell pepper and remove the seeds.
Then, after frying the beef mince and veg with some sauce and seasonings, I added it to the innards of the pepper, making an awesome low-carb replacement for grains.
After that, I sprinkled a bit of mozzarella cheese on top and baked it in the oven for a few minutes to create a delicious concoction that provides all the nourishment you need on a keto diet.
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Keto Melt-In-The-Middle Cheeseburgers
Again, bread is a big no-no on a keto diet.
So, that means cheeseburgers are off the list then, right?
I don’t think I could diet without a small alternative to this juicy meal coated in cheese melting over the meat.
Some keto fanatics have created the burger bowl, or the Big Mac bowl, which basically means a salad, with all of the contents of a Big Mac. Except for the bun, of course.
But that doesn’t feel the same to me.
My alternative to a cheeseburger is to get the perfect iceberg lettuce wedges that can contain all of the greasy satisfaction in a similar way to bread.
With lettuce, we can still feel like we are eating a burger, without the guilt of carbs.
My tip for cooking cheeseburgers would be to add mozzarella to the middle, which will ooze out as soon as you take a bite.
Then by including any condiments you like, you will probably forget the veggie replacement in your hands.
Keto Beef Fajitas
I love Tex-Mex cuisine.
Fajitas, enchiladas, tacos. Anything like that I will happily eat.
What’s the one food item they all have in common, though?
Tortillas. That’s right, another carb-filled grain.
Fortunately, this lazy keto list has plenty of alternatives for you to choose from so you can replace these pesky carbs.
With the beef fajitas, we have a couple of options.
First, we can bring out the low-carb tortillas again.
Then fry some thinly cut strips of sirloin with peppers and fajita seasoning and you have a brilliant alternative that feels exactly the same as eating a normal fajita.
If you are struggling to source some low-carb tortillas, then I have a very simple solution.
Just add the fajita mix to a bowl!
The food is already very nutritious and extremely delicious, meaning you can eat the contents of a fajita on its own, with a drizzle of hot sauce and a little bit of extra veg if needed.
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My Ultimate Lazy Keto Breakfast
The final lazy keto meal on this list is one of my favorite big breakfasts for when I am feeling extremely hungry, or I know I won’t have a lot of time to eat throughout the day.
It consists of replacing many of the household items of a big breakfast, with low-carb high protein items so you can lose fat and preferably put on some muscle mass.
So, the first high-protein items I like to include are turkey bacon and chicken sausages.
Now, you can use the usual pork versions of these in a lazy keto diet, but I prefer having lean meats for the extra protein.
We then include a bunch of eggs, including fried and scrambled, to replace the need for fried potatoes and toast.
Finally, I usually add some type of veg.
You must avoid beans on a carb diet, so the veg usually consists of mushrooms and tomatoes, but you can pick anything you fancy.
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Is Lazy Keto Effective
There are two mindsets when it comes to lazy keto.
It’s the perfect option for those of us who want to eat healthier, or need to eat fewer carbs for medical reasons.
With lazy keto, we are putting fewer restrictions on our diet, and living life.
We are not spending time meticulously counting calories and macros, and are instead making better choices.
And you can lose weight. As long as you do not go crazy with the calories and eat a lot of calorie-dense food, you may well just burn fat.
However, the aim of a keto diet is to reach ketosis.
This is where your body does not have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy, and instead must burn fat and ketones for fuel, and ultimately lose weight and get into better shape.
With lazy keto, we are unlikely to reach the point of ketosis.
Without tracking the macros in our diet completely, we are unable to determine the amount of protein and fats we are consuming.
Therefore, if we have a particularly large intake of protein, it could result in the prevention of ketosis.
So, if ketosis is your goal, then you should avoid a lazy keto regime.
So, there we have it.
A comprehensive guide on lazy keto meals you can choose to be healthy again, without restricting yourself from the foods you love.
While they aren’t the healthiest meals out there, these foods will provide you with a simple life, eating delicious nutrition without the need to slave away in the kitchen for hours a day.
If you are looking for a quick method to lose weight, then this isn’t your best option. You may find ordinary keto, fasting, or even just replacing your ordinary meals with these low calories options are your best bet.
But overall, it’s your body, and you should eat in a way that keeps you healthy but makes you happy.
What are your opinions on lazy keto?
Have you got any go-to meals that are low in carbs?
Let me know in the comments below.