Fries taste great in the moment, but in reality, high-carb potatoes dunked in unhealthy oils can lead to poor health. Not only will they knock you out of ketosis, but they’ll also contribute to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. (1,2,3,4) Thankfully, this two-ingredient Keto Zone Bacon Pickle Fries recipe will satisfy your fry craving. Eat them as a side or serve them as an appetizer. Either way, Keto Zone-dieters don’t have to worry about a laundry list of cons, because these low-carb, savory bites encourage fat-burning all while offering the sneaky benefits of pickles.
Keto Zone Bacon Pickle Fries
Bacon pickle fries are just how they sound: pickles wrapped in bacon. These low-carb ingredients make for a great combo, especially when dipped in a keto sauce or topped with cheese.
12 organic dill pickle spears
12 slices organic, uncured bacon
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Wrap each pickle spear in a slice of bacon and place seam-side down on a large baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning each bacon pickle fry over at the halfway mark. Remove from oven when bacon is cooked through and crispy, then transfer to a serving plate.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Fat: 11 g
Total Carbohydrates: 6.5 g
Fiber: 3.2 g
Net Carbs: 3.3 g
Protein: 2.8 g
Recipe adapted from dinneratthezoo.com
5 Health Perks of Pickles
Fermented pickles have amazing benefits. However, most of the pickles you find in stores aren’t fermented. Instead, they use vinegar and spices to reach that classic pickled treat, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have benefits, too! With the help of the vinegar and cucumbers, there are quite a few advantages to consuming typical pickles.
1. Helps Blood Sugar Control
2. Treats Physical Conditions
3. Lowers Cholesterol
In some reviews, the acetic acid in vinegar was also shown to reduce cholesterol and fat composition. (9) This in mind, those struggling with high cholesterol and obesity might benefit from including vinegar pickles in their meals. (10)
4. Eases Muscle Cramps
5. Contains Antioxidants
While cooking can downgrade the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, pickling can preserve them. Thankfully, cucumbers have loads of antioxidants, and if you eat dill pickles specifically, you also get the many antioxidants found in the dill herb. (13)
Why Pickles are Great for Keto Zone
During the keto flu, your electrolytes are out of balance as your body secretes more water while phasing into ketosis. The high amount of sodium in pickles can help rebalance the minerals in your body, giving relief to those struggling with keto symptoms like headaches and fatigue. (You can also use Keto Zone Instant Ketones to rebalance electrolytes!) On top of that, one cup of pickles add up to only 2.1 grams of net carbs, making it a great addition to recipes like Quick and Easy Keto Zone Egg Salad or Spicy Keto Zone Chicken Salad. (14)
Which Pickles are Best & How Much to Eat
Overall, fermented pickles are the better way to go, because they have lots of probiotics to improve your gut health. You can either find them in stores or make them yourself. But vinegar-based pickles work well too, as long as they’re organic. Stick to including them in your meals, but don’t go out of your way to consume more than a few jars a week. Too much pickle juice can lead to bloating and high blood pressure from excess sodium. As always, everything in balance. Too much of anything can cause harm!
The Keto Zone Bacon Pickle Fries recipe above offers a lot more than just a tasty addition to the menu. Pickles have loads of extra health pros, especially if you’re on Keto Zone looking to enjoy the fat-burning benefits of ketosis. So, stock up on healthy fries and enjoy!