In your first couple of weeks on the keto diet, bouillon is one thing that all keto-ers agree on. It will be your friend. And if it isn’t, it should be. Bouillon is the best keto snack for both taste reasons and healthy reasons. Bouillon does two great things for people who are getting inducted into keto:
- #1: Replaces the electrolytes you lose as you’re drinking all your water and peeing them all out.
- #2 (really): Helps you poo when you’ve protein’d yourself and can’t go.
Get it? #2? Woooboy I’ve got jokes.
It’s especially helpful when you have the keto flu, which you go through in the first 1-2 weeks of getting into ketosis.
I thought this explanation from Authority Nutrition was on point, so I didn’t attempt to re-word it:
Low-carb diets lower insulin levels, which makes the kidneys excrete excess sodium from the body. This can lead to a mild sodium deficiency.
So now that you’ve gotten sick of explaining to people that “fat doesn’t make you fat” (and to some, that the keto diet won’t kill you young), you can tell them that drinking excess sodium every day is helping you too! Joy!
Anyway, good bouillon should be organic and zero carbs, so it’s also a nice snack in that way. Vegetable bouillon typically has carbs in it, so I stick with chicken. In fact, I’d recommend reading the ingredients on any bouillon you buy because some get sneaky and add in things for fun.
Update: Bone broth is another substitute, one I’m relying on more and more lately.
I typically drink a cup a few times a week instead of one or two per day because I’m notoriously bad at drinking water and I don’t want my kidneys to seize up.
My answer there should have been I’LL START DRINKING MORE WATER.
One step at a time.
Although I do find that these keto drinks make drinking water much more pleasurable.
Anyway, sip, sip, sip yo’ bouillon!