Living with epilepsy or caring for someone with epilepsy has its challenges, but there's hope in dietary therapies for seizure treatment. One of the therapies that many people with epilepsy have found helpful in managing the symptoms of epilepsy is the ketogenic diet.
Originally used in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy,the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet that is most widely known for its weight loss benefits. The keto diet has been found effective at reducing seizure frequency in children who have not responded to other treatment methods. If your neurologist or epileptologist has suggested following the ketogenic diet, here are ten delicious recipes from the Charlie Foundation to try.
This quick and easy recipe is also very versatile! Shape your deli ham slices into small cups using a muffin tin, fill with eggs and top with your favorite vegetables, seasonings and cheeses. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 7-10 minutes. These are easy to take on the go and fill you up to keep you moving all morning long.
Pancakes are a fan favorite and this version uses ground macadamia nuts instead of traditional flour. You can add vanilla extract to the mix for additional flavor, or leave it plain and opt for sugar-free maple syrup, berries, or whipped cream. These can be frozen for later and reheated in a toaster oven or microwave.
Fat bombs are great for when you're feeling like you can't make it to your next meal. They're 90% fat but low in carbs and protein which helps to keep your body in ketosis. These carrot cake fat bombs are also great as a dessert. You simply prepare the ingredients mixture in a food processor, roll into one inch balls, and sprinkle on a crunchy, walnut cinnamon coating.
These fat bombs are super simple to make with only one ingredient: coconut butter! All you have to do is melt the coconut butter so it spreads as easily as a nut butter, pour into candy molds, and wait approximately 10 minutes for it to solidify. These coconut candies can be kept in the fridge for several weeks and are a delicious treat during the day!
Pasta dishes are one thing many people miss when they begin the keto diet. This recipe can help fill the void and is sure to be a hit at Thanksgiving dinner! Simply add prepared zucchini noodles to a baking dish and top with the heavy cream, butter, and cheese sauce. Then bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Feel free to use your favorite seasonings or toppings to make this dish uniquely yours!
If the low-carb keto diet has you missing taco night, try these stuffed peppers instead! Cut Bell peppers in half, remove seeds, and fill with a shredded chicken mixture. You can also add your favorite taco fixings like cilantro, salsa verde, or jalapenos. Drizzle the peppers with olive oil and top with shredded cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes and enjoy!
7. Oopsie Rolls
This recipe combines egg whites, egg yolks, cream cheese, Cream of Tartar, salt, and sweetener to make a pita-like bread. It can be used to make sandwiches, wraps, or cut into slices to serve with your favorite creamy dip. Make this dough and get creative in the kitchen!
These crackers can be eaten on their own but also pair well with a spread, like cream cheese and cinnamon or nut butter. Simply mix almond flour, macadamia nuts, olive oil, and egg whites together and spread flat on a baking sheet. Then bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cut into one inch squares and keep in the fridge for up to three days.
This versatile recipe makes for a yummy dessert option, while helping you stay in ketosis. Using a food processor, combine avocado, coconut milk, MCT oil, lemon juice, basil, mint, and a pinch of salt until smooth. Then, pour into an ice cream maker and run until the mixture is frozen. Alternatively, you can use popsicle molds or ice cube trays and freeze!
This bark is perfect for the holiday season! Melt coconut butter and add peppermint extract and liquid stevia to taste. Pour onto a parchment paper lined pan, and top with chocolate chips, strawberries, macadamia nuts, and shredded coconut, spreading evenly. Allow to freeze for one hour before breaking into pieces.
Further Steps for Self-Management
Following a ketogenic diet may help you or your loved one experience fewer symptoms of epilepsy but another helpful tool in self-managing epilepsy is the SeizureLink System™. The lightweight device is worn on the bicep and responds to tonic-muscle activity, not movement - alerting your caregiver in a matter of seconds. The SeizureLink System™ may help you or your loved one to feel more independent, while feeling more at ease and confident. Learn more about SeizureLink today to see if it's right for you.
- The Charlie Foundation: Ham & Egg Cups
- The Charlie Foundation: Keto Pancakes
- The Charlie Foundation: Carrot Cake Fat Bombs
- The Charlie Foundation: Coconut Candy
- The Charlie Foundation: Keto Zucchini Noodle Gratin
- The Charlie Foundation: Chicken & Cheese Stuffed Peppers
- The Charlie Foundation: Oopsie Rolls
- The Charlie Foundation: Almond Crackers
- The Charlie Foundation: Avocado Ice Cream
- The Charlie Foundation: Peppermint Coconut Butter Bark