Keto Chow – Keto Meal Replacement Shakes, Engineered Staple Food 2017-05-22T19:55:21+00:00

Keto Chow is complete nutrition for Nutritional Ketosis. It’s a drink mix that quickly and easily makes a complete keto meal. It’s not meant to replace your bacon and steak. Rather, it’s targeted to replace the mundane meals; running to a meeting, breakfast in the car, stuck in class, etc… By design, a serving of Keto Chow provides 1/3 of your daily needs of electrolytes, vitamins, protein and more. The aim is that you could replace all your meals without ill effect if you are so inclined, but most users replace 1-2 meals a day and have a fantastic keto meal with family or friends for the 3rd. It’s also quite tasty with a range of great flavors. You combine the powdered mix with your own personal amount of heavy cream to get the calories you want, anywhere from 800 calories a day, up to 2200 calories. Many liken the taste and texture to melted ice cream or a milkshake. The full-flavored mixture of Keto Chow does contain whey protein and artificial sweeteners; if those are a concern for you there’s also a “Base Powder” option that has the electrolytes and vitamins but not the flavor/protein/sweetener.  You can mix our base powder with a protein powder and sweetener of your choice. Want easy, complete nutrition give Keto Chow a try!

People love Keto Chow over on Reddit! We even have our own subreddit at /r/ketochow. Check out This review, or this one, or this review. You can also search Reddit for “Keto Chow” or “KetoChow” (both sorted so the newest posts are always at the top).

Keto Chow scales easily for people with different caloric requirements. Without any cream, it’s right around 500 calories/day , you can adjust it to 1200 calories or 2000+ calories, whatever level you want, by increasing the heavy cream. It’s super flexible.

All of these are unsolicited messages from users of Keto Chow (except that last one which is my own experience). All gave permission after sending them for me to use on the site.

Actual User Testimonials

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your product. I have struggled my entire life with yo yo dieting and binge eating. I started out using Keto Chow for a couple of meal replacements per day and did start to see results and liked the way I was feeling.

I decided to up my game and switch to your shakes only, 3 times per day. I had planned on doing this for 2 weeks just to see how it would go. Well, I am now on my 21st day. For me, it takes all of the guessing out of what to eat, and it tastes amazing. Eventually I will incorporate food back into my life following the keto diet, but for the moment, this is working and I have never felt better.

I wish you nothing but success, you have a great product.

Heather W.

As I drink my gourmet vanilla, I wanted to share gratitude to you for Keto Chow. My husband and I have released 30lbs and 25lbs, respectively. Our continued results have been noticed by our friends and family and we have referred over 10 new customers to Keto Chow. They check in to let us know their progress all the time, we are finding it to be a results driven conversation topic. Everyone wants their high school energy back, save time, and to release unwanted fat! I was a former collegiate athlete and all of the years of coaches and diets I have been encouraged to use or try, nothing has compared to the energy and overall physical change as being in ketosis. We love it and we will continue to share Keto Chow.

J
AWESOME product! I’m still digging having a shake for lunch each day instead of grabbing a salad + re-heating leftovers, and having never done any sort of “meal replacement shakes” or soylent-type thing before I’ve been pleasantly surprised at a) how good everything tastes, b) how full I’m left, c) that I can still work out and not have diminished stamina and d) how dang easy it is now to “eat” lunch.. not even joking that it usually takes me hours in between meetings and tasks to eat leftovers or a salad, and cold leftovers are THE WORST.
Plus, losing a few lbs in the first week and maintaining in the 2nd (even with some extra cals over the weekend!) is an extra win 🙂
Katie
I’m really enjoying my keto chow. Since the beginning of the year I have lost 30 pounds but my weight loss stopped for 2 weeks before I started keto chow. I don’t like a lot of foods and am a very picky eater so I would only eat junk but calorie count which does not work well after a while. Since starting keto chow 3 days ago I am finally losing weight again. Down 5 pounds since the first day.

So anyway, thank you :). I am honestly shocked at how much I enjoy the taste and feel a lot better now that I’ve killed a few nutrient deficiencies I know I probably had.

Bradley D.
I lost a ton of weight on keto a few years ago and through slips and cheats gained it all back. Keto Chow 3x a day got me back to losing. Now I just do it for lunch but I freaking love it — instead of driving out from the office to go try and find some keto fast food, I chug my chow and walk for an hour. I used to go to the gym after the kids were in bed, now I have so much more time.

Down 30 in six weeks.

Many more to go, but thank you and bless you. My “month’s” supply is lasting forever since I am just one shake a day but I will be back for more. You are making the world a better place and that’s awesome. Good on you.

Dave J
Your product has helped me to lose over 40lbs, and my friend that has been doing this with me has lost over 60 lbs and is no longer diabetic this month!

Just wanted to let you know that I stand by your product and will continue to keep ordering and recommending to friends / family.

Patrick R.

I started Keto on October 20, 2014 by the end of the first year I’m 77% the man I used to be.

Chris Bair, See the full post

What is Keto?

“Keto” (more properly known as “Nutritional Ketosis” but generally referred to as just “keto” or a “ketogenic diet”) essentially involves restricting your diet to moderate protein, very low carbohydrates and high fat. If you’re familiar with the Atkins diet, it’s what Atkins is based off but with more solid science. The basic premise is your body is perfectly capable of functioning without carbohydrates, the little glucose that it absolutely needs can be synthesized by the liver, the rest of the energy is made from fat into ketone bodies you need  When you restrict carbohydrates, your body can lay-off the insulin and usually you’ll lose weight! (I certainly did). Strangely most come out with MORE energy and vitality as their muscle cells are finally getting energy instead of all of it getting stored away in fat cells by too much insulin.

It’s highly recommended that you check out /r/keto over on Reddit for additional information. In particular, check out the “Keto in a Nutshell” and the “Keto FAQ“.

(the molecule is Beta Hydroxybutyrate – one of the ketone bodies you live on while in ketosis)

Buy Keto Chow

Keto Chow comes in various sizes:

  • 21 meal “Week” bulk pack, this is the most economical way to get Keto Chow.
  • 1 meal “Sample“, for trying out many (or all) of the flavors.
  • Samples in a “Sample all the things!” – one of each flavor we have.

There are quantity discounts  4 “weeks” – just add them to your cart and see the price change!

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 pillsfor 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.

Handy accessories

Blender Bottles
Hydro Flasks

Nutrition Information

With Keto you want the smallest amount of NET carbohydrates as possible. Net Carbohydrates are the total carbohydrates with the amount of the dietary fiber removed, hence the “net”. Since you can adjust Keto Chow to different calorie targets, above are the macronutrient breakdowns for the 2000 calorie version or Rich Chocolate, per meal.

Along with giving you low enough carbohydrates to maintain ketosis, Keto chow also gives you protein to maintain lean body mass (muscles), quality fats that curb hunger along with all the other vitamins and minerals proven to be necessary for human life (along with a few others that look like they’re beneficial). The electrolytes are especially important for keto to avoid the “keto flu” that gets you if you don’t have enough electrolytes.

Each of the different flavors has slightly different values but they’re all quite close. You can visit our Nutrition Information page for the details on each individual flavor.

Custom Calorie Calculator

Ingredients

The exact recipe for making keto chow is open source and you’re welcome to do that. Or if you don’t want to be bothered with the mess, hassle and start-up costs you can buy from us =)

Here’s the short version of the ingredients:

Protein Powder, Acacia Gum, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Custom Vitamin/Mineral Pre-Mix, Xanthan Gum, Flavor, Sucralose.

Here is the long, complete, ingredient list for the Vanilla flavor, other flavors will have slightly different flavors or colors:

Whey Protein Isolate, Acacia Gum, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin Blend (Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline L-Bitartrate, Magnesium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cholecalciferol [D3], Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Gluconate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Ferrous Gluconate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Gluconate, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Potassium Iodide, L-Methylfolate, Lutein, Lycopene, D-Biotin, Chromium Picolinate, Selenomethionine, Boron, Menaquinone [K2], Molybdenum, Vanadyl Sulfate, Methylcobalamin, Nickel Sulfate), Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavor, Sucralose, Soy Lecithin.

Contains Milk and Soy (Lecithin); Peanut Butter flavor contains peanuts.

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Sale July 17-July 23: 30% off sale on all remaining Keto Chow 1.9*

We're continuing last week's sale on v1.9 - it's all 30% off. We have a few "Samples" in various flavors, we also have the large "Base Powder" on sale - 30% off at $175 compared to the old price of $250. *while supplies last - once we run out of the 1.9 it isn't getting restocked.

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 pretty low in lactose, it has 0.4185g of carbohydrates per tablespoon (15ml) and many people who have problems with lactose are able to handle the relatively small amounts in Keto Chow, 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:

  • 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
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