After months of gratifying testing, tasting, and formulating, we’re beyond excited to announce Ample K, the first all-in-one keto meal that gets its nutrition from quality real foods.
Ketogenic diets can be a stellar way to eat, especially if you’re looking to lose a few pounds or increase your mental clarity. But keto also comes with its sticking points: lots of food prep, counting your macros, getting enough fiber, staying sane through the transition from burning carbs to burning fat, and a couple other unique challenges.
Those challenges were top-of-mind as we designed Ample K. It’s tailor-made to address the difficulties of ketogenic eating without sacrificing nutrition or food quality. We’re hoping to raise the bar for ketogenic food products. Here’s how.
- Healthy fat
- Custom micronutrients
Keto can be more cumbersome than a lot of other diets. There are plenty of great portable keto snacks, but if you want a full nutritious keto meal, you usually have to make it yourself, and it often doesn’t transport well.
Ample K skirts that problem. It’s fully powdered, so you don’t need to carry around extra oils or fats in your bag. That means no awkward glass containers, no risk of leaking coconut oil or ghee all over your laptop, and no shaker bottle that gets disgusting when you forget to wash it out.
And Ample K truly is a meal. It’s designed to fill you up for 4-6 hours and be as satisfying as eating a complete lunch – without the tupperware or reheating. Plus you don’t have to worry about your cauliflower rice making the office smell weird. That’s a win in our book.
2) Healthy fat
Fat is the heart of the ketogenic diet, and when you’re getting 70% of your calories from fat, it’s all the more important to choose the healthiest fats around.
You won’t find any canola or soybean oil here. We made Ample K with an optimal balance of cold-processed monounsaturated, saturated, and omega-3 fats. Ample K has very few inflammatory omega-6 fats and, of course, no artificial trans fats. We source all our fat from:
- Macadamia nut oil
- Coconut oil
- Chia seed oil
- Sunflower lecithin
The balance of fat in Ample K offers a stable source of energy, without promoting inflammation. Check out this article if you want an in-depth explanation of why we chose each of the above fats. They have some pretty cool benefits.
3) Plenty of fiber
It can be tough to come by fiber on very-low-carb diets like keto. Fat sources generally don’t contain any fiber, and low fiber is one of the biggest issues on keto diets. Fiber does a lot for you:
- Fiber slows down digestion so you absorb nutrients more completely .
- It also increases satiety. Fiber is a big reason you feel full after a balanced meal .
- Eating fiber can lead to meaningful fat loss over time .
- Fiber feeds good gut bacteria and can curb inflammation in your GI tract, leading to better digestive health [4,5].
We made sure Ample K has plenty of fiber in each bottle, to help fix the problem a lot of keto dieters face. All that fiber makes Ample extra satiating, too.
4) Custom micronutrients
Your micronutrient needs change when you’re eating keto, and we’ve customized Ample K to fit those needs.
When you’re running on carbs, your body uses water to store them as energy. Each gram of carbs you store gets packaged with 3-4 grams of water. In keto, this system changes:
- Fat doesn’t require water for energy storage, which means you start getting rid of water as you transition to burning fat.
- You lose a lot of sodium in that water.
- As sodium drops, your cells begin to get rid of potassium as well, to maintain the proper sodium/potassium balance that allows them to function .
- On top of that, your kidneys excrete a lot of ketones during your first couple weeks transitioning into keto, because your cells doesn’t know how to use the ketones for energy yet. Ketones pull even more sodium and potassium with them .
Low sodium and potassium can lead to dehydration, headaches, fatigue, and muscle cramps – all the symptoms of the “keto flu” a lot of people get when they first try eating keto.
Basically, you need more sodium and potassium on keto. We added meaningful doses of both, to help combat keto flu and keep you hydrated as you burn fat.
5) Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)
MCTs are an unusual class of fat. They’re naturally occurring fats in coconut oil that convert to ketones almost immediately after you eat them, even in the presence of carbs. MCTs can help smooth the transition into ketosis. They’re also great for quick energy with no crash, which makes them useful before a workout or in the mid-afternoon, if you start to fade at work.
On top of that, MCTs increase energy expenditure enough to lead to meaningful fat loss over time . The circulating ketones from MCTs also regulate the hormones that make you hungry, keeping you satisfied for several hours [10,11].
Ample K has several grams of MCTs in each bottle. They’ll help you transition if you’re just getting into keto, and they’re great for a little extra energy if you’re already in keto.
And, of course, there’s taste. Food should be a pleasure to eat.
Taste is a particular challenge with keto products. Many products contain ketone salts, which are (you guessed it) very salty. Another option is adding ketones themselves, which taste almost exactly like gasoline. Then there are MCTs, which have a strange, oily mouthfeel. Artificial sweeteners, thickeners, and flavors are dubious ways to cover up the problem.
It took a lot of tweaking, but we’ve made Ample K absolutely delicious without any questionable additives. It has a rich, milkshake-like texture with hints of cinnamon and fresh cream.
We think Ample K is the best – and most complete – portable keto meal on the market. To be fair, we’re probably a little biased. And there’s no accounting for taste, so you’ll have to be the judge for yourself. Sign up here to be first to hear about Ample K. It’s coming soon.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!