Keto Chow – Keto Meal Replacement Shakes, Engineered Staple Food 2018-02-23T11:00:54+00:00
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Keto Chow is a complete keto food designed to give you everything you need in a convenient, portable shake. Mix up a bunch, grab and go! No need to worry about electrolytes, carbs, vitamins, or macros. It’s dead-on every time with no fuss.

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Protein
0.9g
Total Carbs
0.58g
Net Carbs
0mg
Potassium
0mg
Sodium
0mg
Magnesium
0
Essential Vitamins
0
Amino Acids
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Ingredients
21 meal bags
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For those that want to use their own protein/sweetener/flavor (or just to save on international shipping) we have Keto Chow Base Powder, we also have fish oil pills for Omega 3s, Blender Bottles for mixing, and Hydro Flasks for keeping your Chow cold.

How to prepare Keto Chow

Here’s the short version: Add 79ml of heavy cream to a shaker/blender bottle. Add 1 scoop of the Keto Chow powder, then fill the bottle to 16 ounces. Shake it up until all the powder is wet. Stick in your fridge, it needs a few hours (overnight is best).

For more detailed instructions, please visit the How to Prepare Keto Chow page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Keto Chow Preparation

Keto Chow is a powdered drink mix. When combined with oil, heavy cream and water it creates a meal replacement that is nutritionally complete; meaning if you would like to, you can live off it all day, every day. The powder is made from flavored protein, fiber, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. People usually liken it to a “melted milk shake” though you can go full on “frosty” by blending it in a blender with ice.

There are a couple ways to prepare Keto Chow:

  1. Mix it up one meal at a time in blender bottles.
  2. Mix a couple meals in a blender (try adding ice!).
  3. 6 meals at a time in a gallon size pitcher with an immersion blender.
  4. Making pancakes or muffins out if it.

Mixing it and drinking immediately doesn’t hurt you or anything, it just won’t taste as good. Allowing it to sit removes a harsh vitamin/metallic taste (this takes about 30-45 minutes)  and eliminates quite a lot of the saltiness (2-3 hours). Not sure if the mechanism is crystals taking a while to dissolve or what but it significantly improves the flavor.

Yes, you can mix and match them, the macros on the different flavors are pretty close – within a few percent of each other. It’s a really good way to liven things up a bit. If you have the ability, I usually suggest getting several different flavors so you can pull from all of them at the same time.

I mix up 6 meals at a time in a big pitcher, then I mix up 6 more and it all goes into the fridge for my wife and I. Usually I’ll do 2 different flavors (yesterday it was chocolate and banana). For that matter a couple of the bottles I filled up to the 8 ounce line with banana and then added 8 ounces of chocolate.

There are 2 “consumable” supplies you need to get

  1. Heavy Cream
  2. Fish Oil

Heavy Cream requires refrigeration and the powdered form isn’t suitable for ketosis. I do sell fish oil in capsules, or you can get it from Costco or Amazon in the form you want (liquid or capsule).

You can see more information about what you need to make Keto Chow on the preparation page.

This depends on how fresh your heavy cream is. If you have just opened a fresh package, you may be able to keep mixed Keto Chow for 6+ days before it starts to get weird. Generally I try to keep mine 4 days at the most.

The best available option we have for this is the Keto Chow Base Powder – it includes all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the flavor/protein/sweetener. This allows you to use a protein powder of your choosing, it also costs a lot less to ship since it’s 1/6 the size of a full week.

Heavy Cream is comparatively low in lactose for the amount of calories it contains. It has 0.4185g of carbohydrates per tablespoon (15ml) – if you use 4oz of heavy cream (gets you around 600 calories per Keto Chow meal) you’ll end up with 3.27g of lactose (which is roughly comparable to 2.4oz of whole milk). Many people who have problems with lactose are able to handle the relatively small amounts in Keto Chow without problems, or by using a lactase enzyme supplement. See this post for details.

If you do want to eliminate Heavy Cream there are some options you can try but you’re going to need to do a lot of calculations. I recommend using a tracking app like Cron-O-Meter to figure out how the alternatives will impact your net carbs and other nutrients. Anyway, here are some possibilities you can try:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Cream
  • Coconut milk (doesn’t have very many calories and has many more carbs)
  • Cashew/Soy/Almond milk – again, lacks calories and may have high carbs – even unsweetened
  • Powdered MCT or Coconut oil
  • Melted coconut oil mixed with a liquid oil (maybe avocado or olive) so it remains liquid after refrigeration
  • Avocados (blender required)
  • One Keto Chow user uses (in each shake) 1/2 avocado, 1 tsp MCT oil, and 1 tsp olive oil

If you want to eliminate dairy entirely then you’ll need to use the Keto Chow Base Powder along with a protein powder that is dairy-free: Egg, Beef or even Soy protein would work.

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find shelf stable Heavy Cream in cartons. Australia has some from Devondale, the closest thing I’ve found in the United States is “Trader Joe’s Shelf Stable Whipping Cream” sold at Trader Joe’s. This is what I use when I travel.

There are “Powdered Heavy Cream” products but all of the ones I’ve looked at are not suitable for ketosis.

The vitamins in Keto Chow have enough “extra” to meet 100% RDI for up to 6 months before oxidation lowers the levels. If you’re doing Keto Chow 3x a day then this could be a concern for you, if you’re only doing 1 a day you’re likely fine with powder that’s a year old (or older).

I find it’s hard to find “Heavy Cream” and can usually only find “Heavy Whipping Cream”. Both are quite similar but the “whipping” has some additional emulsifiers that won’t matter. If you have to choose between the two, get the one you want or can find. Be sure to check the label to make sure it has 0g of carbohydrates. Be aware that even though it says it has 0g it actually has 0.48g per 15ml tablespoon.

If you want to use MCT Oil (which is completely optional and not recommended if you’re just starting) you can use liquid oil or take capsules, the capsules will be far more expensive.

MCT oil is cool stuff for a ketogenic diet. Your liver will convert it almost directly into ketones – this can give you an energy boost or more “keto clarity” (the enhanced mental state that accompanies deep ketosis). The extra ketones can also help get you into ketosis faster and potentially raise your tolerance for carbs. MCT oil does not directly help with weight loss though, it’s more of an added bonus if you’re already in ketosis.

MCT oil also is associated with… “the runs” – take more than your body likes and you will spend a lot of time on the toilet. Starting a ketogenic diet can often mess with bowels anyway so I do not recommend using MCT oil when starting Keto or Keto Chow, specifically. If you’ve been doing keto chow for a while then you can start incorporating MCT oil if you like. Most people don’t handle more than 40ml a day even after doing keto for years.

Versions prior to Keto Chow 1.9 had instructions to use MCT oil and you may still find traces of that on the blog and other locations.

Using MCT oil is optional (and not recommended for people starting Keto Chow). See “Should I use MCT Oil?” for more information about the benefits and challenges of MCT oil.

There is a LIQUID coconut oil (Walmart and Amazon links) that stays liquid when refrigerated, unlike normal coconut oil that solidifies when refrigerated (or even on the kitchen counter when it’s cold) since it solidifies at 76° F (24° C). The Liquid Coconut Oil is, frankly, about equally difficult to get and the same price as MCT oil; plus people confuse “melted solid coconut oil” with “liquid coconut oil”. You have to keep Keto Chow cold once it’s mixed so this poses a problem for regular coconut oil. Generally, there isn’t a really good way to mix regular coconut oil into suspension and prevent it from globbing together into big white chunks of solid oil. If you do have GI issues with MCT oil, the Carrington farms liquid coconut oil is a good substitute as many report little to no problems with it compared to MCT.

To get all your required nutrients from Keto Chow you also need DHA and EPA Ω-3 fatty acids. There are two ways to get this:

  1. Add liquid fish oil to Keto Chow as you mix it.
  2. Take fish oil capsules (usually at night).

Personally I prefer the capsule option but many don’t want to be bothered with that or don’t like taking pills so they mix it in. It’s really up to you to decide. As mentioned, if you are going to take it as pills I would recommend taking them just before bed to avoid the possibility of “fish burps”.

That’s the beta-carotene (vitamin A) – to keep it from oxidizing, it’s encapsulated. A few minutes after you mix it, the encapsulation dissolves and it releases the beta-carotene which is a dark orange/red color. It’s completely fine and will go away with a quick shake.

Whipping cream can work, it just has a lower fat content. Lower fat content means more lactose (sugar) which will make ketosis more difficult. Half-and-half has an even lower fat content and REALLY a lot of sugar that will likely guarantee you won’t get into ketosis. I only ever use “whipping cream” when I’m traveling and need to use the Trader Joe’s Shelf Stable Whipping Cream.

Here are the calories and carbohydrate content for a 15ml, 1 tablespoon “serving”:

fat % calories carbs carbs/400 calories
Half-and-half 12 18 0.71 15.78
Light cream 20 29 0.31 4.28
Whipping cream 35 44 0.44 4.00
Heavy whipping cream 38 51 0.41 3.22
Darigold “Classic 40 40 60 0.40 2.67

The ironic thing is all of these have less than 1g per “serving” so they will often label the package as “0g total carbs” even though the half-and-half has nearly 6x as many carbs per calorie. You have to muck around the USDA food database to get the accurate nutrition information.

Opened bags of Keto Chow do not need to be stored in the fridge… generally (I’ll get to that later). The primary factor determining how long it’s good for is humidity. If you happen to live in an arid climate, you may have bags that are still fresh and tasty after 4-5 months. If you live in Florida, the powder may get clumpy and funky after only a few days. There are a few things you can do to combat the humidity:

  • Use desiccant packets (the “DO NOT EAT” things you find in stuff)
  • Store your bags in the freezer, not to keep them cold but because freezers tend to be crazy low humidity, and the cold doesn’t hurt either
  • Get smaller bags or split up the large bag into smaller bags

The week packs of Keto Chow 2.0+ do indeed come with a scoop for quick and easy measuring. If you have a scale available I do recommend using that for higher accuracy, especially if you are recording your food intake in an app like Cron-O-Meter or MyFitnessPal – the scoop can be off by 2% or more, depending on how packed down the powder is.

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