1-week vegan keto diet plan for beginners!
Chances are, you heard of the keto diet or read some raving keto diet reviews on how fast people are losing weight.
Feeling enticed to try this high-fat, low-carb diet yourself?
But there is one problem. The conventional keto diet is full of bacon, cheese, meats, and cream.
You are a vegan and wonder, can a vegan eat a keto diet? If so, what can you eat on a plant-based keto diet?
How Can You Do Keto Dairy-Free?
The good news is, that you can absolutely eat a ketogenic diet that’s completely vegan.
And that means it’d be dairy-free, meat-free, and even void of sea vegetables.
They can even experience the same keto benefits as following a typical keto meal plan.
But I know, you’re probably thinking how do vegans get low carbs?
With a bit of tweak and careful planning! But with a list of high-fat vegan keto foods and low-carb keto foods, it gets far easier than you think!
So that leads us to this post which fully lays out what you can and cannot eat on a vegan keto diet. It also includes a 7-day keto vegan meal plan and menu for you to get started!
What Is a Vegan Keto Diet?
A vegan keto diet is a very low carbohydrate, high-fat diet that is solely based on plant-based foods.
Vegan diets are free from any animal products including dairy and seafood. They are relatively clean diets, thou they tend to be high in carbohydrates.
To eat a vegan keto diet, it’s essential that you reduce your carb intake. And fill the rest with high intakes of fats and adequate amounts of plant-based protein.
As for the macronutrient ratios, the same keto ratios apply to the vegan keto. Here are the breakdowns:
- Fat: 65-75%
- Protein: 20-25%
- Carbohydrates: 5–10%
This equates to about 25-50 grams of carbs a day based on a 2,000 calories a day diet.
To create a vegan keto diet plan, you need vegan meals that line up with these macro portions.
This is particularly essential for any keto diet to achieve the goal of a keto diet, which is to reach ketosis.
In this state, your body burns fat rather than carbs or glycogens to fuel your body. By switching the body’s energy sources to ketosis, many people achieve fat and weight loss.
Going low carbs on vegan keto is essential in getting your body to this state to lose weight and burn fat.
Benefits of a Vegan Keto Diet
There are no studies directly examining the benefits of a vegan keto diet.
However, a study from 2014 explored the effects of an Eco-Atkins and low-carb vegan diet.
Eco-Atkins is similar to keto vegan in a way that they both restrict carbs and only eat plant-based. Both diets also induce ketosis.
In this study, they compared the effects of a low-carb vegan diet and that of a high-carb vegetarian diet.
Participants on a low-carbohydrate vegan, Eco-Atkins ate a diet based on 26% carbs, 31 % protein, and 43% fat.
All while, those on a high-carb vegetarian diet ate a diet that takes energy from 58% carbs, 16 % protein, and 25% fat.
The researchers of the study found that those on an Eco-Atkins reported benefits such as:
- Significant weight loss
- Reduction in total cholesterol
- A decrease in triglyceride level
- Lower density LDL cholesterol
- Improved risk factors for heart disease
Benefits of a low-carb vegan diet, Eco-Atkins.
One main benefit dieters often seek when going on a keto vegan diet appears to be rapid weight loss.
The Keto diet, in particular, is known to cause drastic and rapid weight loss and fat loss.
One study done on the effects of a keto diet had findings that back this benefit. In their study, obese participants saw a reduction in their weight and BMI following keto.
Furthermore, the diet led to a lower level of LDL and HDL cholesterol, and blood glucose.
To read more: the keto diet’s weight loss benefit backed by science.
A recent study on a plant-based diet also links weight loss and a vegan diet.
In a 2017 study, it was reported that those on a vegan diet tend to have lower BMI than those on a non-vegan diet.
Moreover, they indicated that those on a vegan diet lost 2.02 kg more than those on a non-vegetarian diet.
To sum up, studies done on similar subjects as the keto vegan diet suggest many of its benefits.
Weight loss, fat loss, lower BMI, and total cholesterol are some of the main benefits of a vegan keto diet.
Keto Side Effects
High-fat, low-carb Keto diet is said to have its own health benefits.
They include fat loss, weight loss, better brain functions, to better overall health.
But the Keto diet is also known to be effective in managing blood sugar and lowering heart disease risks.
Nonetheless, transitioning and adapting to a ketogenic diet can be challenging.
As your body transitions from a carb-based diet to a low-carb, high-fat diet, you may feel side effects.
It’s often referred to as Keto flu, and it’s typical for first-timers to go through this period.
Side effects of the Keto vegan diet you may experience include:
- Poor concentration
- Muscle cramps
- Difficulty sleeping
When you are experiencing Keto flu symptoms, there are a few tips you can use to remedy and ease the experience.
Staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and eating a lot of fiber-rich foods are known as the Keto flu cure.
If your condition allows it, light activity like walking is also said to help.
If you experience any severe keto flu symptoms, be sure to see your local health professional.
What Foods Are Not Allowed on the Vegan Keto Diet?
- Grains: corn, wheat, cereal, rice, etc.
- Legumes: peas, black beans, lentils, etc.
- Sugar: agave, maple syrup, honey, etc.
- Fruit: bananas, oranges, apples, etc.
- Tubers: yams, potatoes, etc.
Think of it like this. Starchy and sugary plant foods are high in carbs. Omit them from your Keto diet.
Now let’s look at low-carb foods that you can eat on a vegan keto diet:
Food You Can Eat
- Vegan proteins: tofu, tempeh, seitan, and other low-carb vegan “meats”
- Low-carb greens: spinach, mizuna, kale, watercress. Other low-carb vegetables – cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, asparagus, etc
- Mushrooms: enoki, shimeji, shiitake, king oyster, etc.
- Plant-based “dairy”: full-fat coconut milk, unsweetened coconut yogurt, coconut cream, vegan cheese, unsweetened nut milk, etc.
- Nuts: pistachios, macadamia nuts, almonds, etc.
- Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.
- Low-carb, low-glycemic fruits: avocado, blackberries, raspberries, and other low glycemic berries
- Sea vegetables: kelp, dulse, etc.
- Fermented foods: Kim Chi, natto, sauerkraut, etc.
- Sweeteners: monk fruit, erythritol, stevia, erythritol, and other plant-based keto sweeteners
- Oils and fats: coconut oil, avocado oil, MCT oil, truffle oil, olive oil, etc.
For a more detailed guide on these low-carb foods and their nutritional breakdowns, we have a page for it. Check out our Ketogenic Diet Food List to get the comprehensive list and their macro info.
By eating foods from the “Do Eat” list, you can follow a vegan Keto diet and meet most of your nutritional bases. They provide all macronutrients (carbs, fats, and proteins) without packing up carbs.
Also, most of your foods while on a vegan Ketogenic diet come from this list, so have this list handy.
I admit. Making every Keto recipe without animal products vegan takes some effort.
But with some easy food swaps and some careful planning, you can veganize most keto recipes out there!
7-day Vegan Diet Plan
- Breakfast: Chocolate-Covered Macadamia Smoothie
- Lunch: Low-carb avocados salad with almond
- Dinner: Tofu stir-fry served over cauliflower rice
- Breakfast: Baked Tofu, avocado, and vegan pesto
- Lunch: Zucchini noodles with pesto and vegan cheese.
- Dinner: Grilled Zucchini avocado salads with walnuts and a drizzle of MCT oil.
- Breakfast: Chia almond pudding made with full-fat coconut milk.
- Lunch: Broccoli creamy coconut soup.
- Dinner: Baked asparagus with tofu drizzled with avocado oil
- Breakfast: Coconut yogurt topped with crushed nuts, seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut.
- Lunch: Crispy Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry
- Dinner: Seitan Negimaki
- Breakfast: Tofu scramble with vegan cheese, mushrooms, and spinach.
- Lunch: Vegetable and tofu salad with avocado dressing.
- Dinner: Eggplant lasagna made with vegan cheese.
- Breakfast: Peanut Butter avocado smoothie
- Lunch: Green curry kale & crispy coconut tempeh
- Dinner: Cauliflower tofu fried rice.
- Breakfast: Coconut almond chia pudding.
- Lunch: Green salad with tempeh avocado, vegan cheese, and pumpkin seeds.
- Dinner: Vegan cauliflower mac and cheese.
Vegan Keto Snacks
Here’s a list of vegan, low-carb Keto snacks to keep your appetite in check between meals.
- Macadamia Nuts
- Crude Coconut Butter with vegetarian saltines.
- High-Fat vegetarian protein bars
- Nuts and Nut Butters.
- Dim Chocolate
- Cacao Nibs.
- Nut and coconut bars
- Vegetarian cocoa smoothie
- Trail blend with blended nuts, seeds, and unsweetened coconut
- Dried coconut drops
- Simmered pumpkin seeds
- Celery sticks finished with almond margarine
- Coconut drain yogurt finished with slashed almonds
- Guacamole and cut ringer pepper
- Cauliflower potato tots
Supplement with Vitamins and Minerals
Though a vegan Keto diet is totally doable, it comes with its own set of challenges.
One is to meet all your nutritional needs solely from vegan food sources. In particular, vitamin D, K2, B12, omega-3s, iron, calcium, and such tend to be low in vegan diets.
To be well-nourished nutritionally, consider taking supplements for ones you may lack.
The Final Word
To sum up, the vegan Keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet based on whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods.
It’s simply a combination of vegan and ketogenic diets.
A vegan keto low-carb meal plan may lower your risk of obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
It may be challenging following such a strict diet, especially in the beginning. But certain benefits may make the efforts worth a while.
But as always, consult with your local physician before starting any new diet.
GREAT INFORMATION & RECIPES!, MAYBE IN THE FUTURE HAVE A KETO AIP MEAL PLAN AND/OR A PALEO AIP MEAL PLAN.
Thank for reading and for your nice comment.
Are there links to these recipes?
Thank you for the comment. The keto vegan recipes are underway. I will add all the links once they become available.
Awesome information! Good foundation for a vegan keto beginner! Thanks
Thank you for the nice comment. I’m glad you find the information useful.
I didn’t know this was possible thank you so much I look forward to the recipes what is sriram negimaki
Thank you for reading and commenting. The keto vegan recipes are coming soon.
Greeting of the day!
Too much Tofu which gives me migraines.
Growing up in Japan, perhaps I’m too used to having tofu all that time!
Sorry about that.
Let me see how I can change things around a bit.
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Great Article! Just wondering where these recipes are?
This meal plan is fantastic! I’ll absolutely follow this. Thanks for sharing!
can all these nuts be replaces with something else? what can I substitute almond flour with for keto bread? Allergic to all tree nuts and peanuts.
hi. where do i find the recipes for the ones you list in the 7-day menu? thanks!!
All the keto recipes for the 7-day meal plan are listed on the site. The printable version will be available soon for purchase. Let me know if you were referring to something else.
Great article, thank you! I have been a 90% vegan for the last 5 years, and although I am slim I have never been able to burn the fat. The fat has stuck to me permanently and I could not figure why? I eat planted based, clean, organic and home cooked meals and I still have a gut and back fat. I had no idea that my vegan diet was all carbs- I am dumb founded that is only now that I realize it. I was eating everything on the do not eat list because to me they were natural plant based good for you foods-but they were making fat, tired and clouding my mind. Thanks for clarifying and for the recopies-I will try them.
The meal plan looks great, where are the recipes? I’d love to try this.
Where are the recipes for the weekly plan?
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. All of the 7-day weekly keto diet plan recipes are here in this section. Please search for the specific recipe in the search box. We’ve have been working on a printable version and it should be available for purchase soon.
I hope this helps.
Tofu and tempeh are made from soybeans. Soybeans are a legume. Therefore, shouldn’t tofu and tempeh be avoided when doing Keto?
Tofu I would say is certainly a grey area where some Keto gurus would say yes, while others would say no.
Nutritionally speaking, half a cup of tofu about 124 g contains 94 calories, 10g of protein, 6g of fat, 2g of carbs, 1.5 g of net carbs.
It would fit many vegetarian keto followers’ carb budget.
With that said, tofu and other soy products you mentioned would come with some valid concerns like them being highly-processed foods.
And of course, they are made out of legumes which are not typically considered keto.
It’s sad but some soybeans are also genetically modified, and to some, that raises a red flag.
I would certainly encourage everyone to do their own research on food products they ultimately decide to include in their diet and follow their own set of rules that feel right to them.
You have a valid point, and thank you for bringing this up here.
I hope this helps everyone here who felt unsure about tofu and other soy products.
Can you stay on. Vegan Keto diet indefinitely?
Great info, just ehat I’ve been looking for!
Thank you for your sweet comment!
I’m glad you find it useful!
Hi! Thank you for all the information, they are very helpful. Where can I find the recipes for the meal plan?
Waiting for the recipes!?
And a keto ovo lacto meal plan is not featured on your site but a vegan one is? Been doing ovo lacto vegetarian keto thing for 1 yr and 2 mos. I’m down more than 115 pounds.. Youshould discuss that the veggie keto diet does allow you to greatly exceed regular carb limits and still stay in ketosis (as long as those carbs are bound to fiber). I would have emailed you but I couldn’t find a contact area on your site.
The picture which looks like the zuchinni dish. where can that be found?
Which zucchini picture are you referring too? Is it this one here? Parmesan Zucchini chips?
Great plan. The only thing I don’t get is a plan with out recipes? I didn’t read any of the comments. I’ve looked up and down on this post and I can’t find any recipes. Sorry if there is a link and I’m just too blind to see it for some reason?
Where are the recipes??
Are there recipes to go with the meals?
Are their recipes to go with the meal plan? I didn’t see anything
Where do i find the recipes?
Where do we find the recipes?