When we mention fried green tomatoes, we might speak of two things. It can be your ordinary unripe tomatoes or an actually green variety, also known as Green Zebras.
Unripe tomatoes are firm and acidic, but all of these things mellow out when they’re cooked.
And frying is the most popular way to cook them since they hold up well to being sliced, dredged, and seared in a crunchy coating. And Green Zebras are just awesome in any way. (And actually way more healthy).
But how about keto fried green tomatoes? Is it even a thing?
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Are green tomatoes keto?
Ripe green tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and potassium. One cup of ripe green tomatoes is 41 calories and 7g of net carbs (9g of total carbs and 2g of fiber).
Unripe (traditionally red) tomatoes will not be as nutrient-dense since they are not fully ripe. And for those sensitive to acidic foods, I’d suggest avoiding it altogether.
But overall, even though relatively high in carbs, green tomatoes can be definitely integrated into a keto diet when planned strategically.
Fried green tomatoes nutrition
The total number of calories in fried green tomatoes depends on the recipe. It can vary. But let’s take a popular one from the cooking website allrecipes.com.
It uses cornmeal, milk, eggs, and bread crumbs as the main ingredients, and it ends up in quite a hefty 510 calories per serving. There are also 56.3 g carbs in fried green tomatoes, along with 95.4 mg cholesterol and 1136 mg sodium.
I’d say it’s not a healthy dish by all means.
Can you eat fried green tomatoes on keto?
If we are talking about conventional recipes, the answer is no. Those are super fatty, very carby, and high in cholesterol tomatoes. And they are usually served with some sort of dipping sauce that might potentially double high enough calorie count.
However, we can try to make those green tomatoes keto, leave the breading and think of a decent sauce to go with it. (For instance, keto mayo, I’ve raved about few posts earlier).
Recipe for keto fried green tomatoes
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