Maybe you’re just looking to improve your health, revamp your diet, or you want to meet new fitness goals. But if you’ve considered a keto diet before and aren’t sure where to start, you’re not alone. In fact, not knowing how to start a diet is one of the main obstacles for anyone looking to change the way they eat.
But with subscription services for healthy eating like Keto Krate and Keto Delivered, it’s no longer so hard to get a hold of keto friendly food. Both Keto Krate and Keto Delivered offer home delivery for keto snack foods and take the guesswork out of shopping.
But which one is more worth your money? And is a keto diet, or even a delivery service, right for you? We’ll tell you everything you need to know.
- 1 What is a keto diet?
- 2 What is ketosis? Is it good for me?
- 3 Are Keto Krate and Keto Delivered meal services?
- 4 Keto Krate vs Keto Delivered Comparisson
- 5 Final Verdict
What is a keto diet?
Keto is a way of eating that has made waves and risen in popularity over the years. Keto is a way of eating that emphasizes a higher proportion of healthy fats and lower carbohydrates. Though plans and interpretations vary, in general followers of a keto diet limit total grams of carbohydrates to twenty to fifty grams a day, which goes very much against the typical American diet which emphasizes a balance of different food groups but places an emphasis on carbohydrates.
Though it’s gained popularity in more recent years, the keto diet can be traced as far back to the 1920’s, when it was first used to treat patients with epilepsy. In fact, such a diet is not just speculative: though it is normally used when traditional medicines don’t work, following a ketogenic diet may potentially help reduce seizures; evidence is still mixed.
But now keto has earned the biggest name for dieting and eventually maintaining a healthy weight, not unlike other specific dietary plans, like, for instance, the raw food diet.
Is there a difference between the keto diet and another low carb plan like Atkins?
To be sure, there are many similarities between a keto diet and a diet like Atkins. Atkins, like keto, emphasizes a diet low in carbohydrates, emphasizing non-starchy vegetables and fruits only in moderation, with the goal of sustainable weight loss.
But keto is a bit different in a few ways. For one, it restricts carbohydrates even further than Atkins does and instead is higher fat. For another, to goal is not merely to reduce carbohydrates, but to set the body into ketosis.
What is ketosis? Is it good for me?
Ketosis is the state that occurs when your body does not have enough carbohydrates to digest to produce energy and burns fats instead. The idea is that, by depriving your body of carbohydrates, your body will instead be directed to burn excess fat. To get to ketosis, you normally need to stay under fifty grams of carbohydrates every day. For anyone without a special health condition, like diabetes, it takes about four to five days to enter ketosis.
Benefits of Keto Diet
In addition to potentially aiding weight loss, ketogenic diets have been linked with:
Lower risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome
Management with insulin levels
To be sure, when followed correctly, and if you’re in proper physical health, a ketogenic diet can have some health benefits. In fact, research suggests that following a diet is not only associated with weight loss, but also decreased cravings, regulation of appetite, and higher metabolism, in part due to the high-fat content of the diet.
There are, as with all diets, a few downsides–especially if a ketogenic is not the best for your body. Long terms risks include a possible increased risk for kidney stones, higher blood levels of uric acid, and, if not implemented properly, a higher risk of osteoporosis.
How do I make the best out of my keto diet and reduce any potential risks?
The key to making the best out of a keto diet and bolstering health benefits is including a large variety of food groups and nutrients. If you’re new to a keto diet, you might want to start off by incorporating a daily vitamin to make sure you’re getting basic vitamins and minerals.
But of course, the best way is to get a variety of nutrients from your food. Great foods to incorporate into your diet include:
Seafood, such as clams, mussels, octopus, oysters, and squid
Low carb vegetables, with as many colors as possible
Cheese and whole milk yogurt (plain)
Avocados, nuts, and seeds
Coconut oil and olive oil
Berries (tend to be lower in carbohydrates than most fruit)
The key? Make sure you mix up your diet so you don’t risk deficiencies.
Is there a way to make following a keto diet easier?
In fact, yes. One of the easiest ways to start a keto diet is to opt for a subscription service like Keto Krate or Keto Delivered. The reason? A snack service can help guide you to balanced snacks in between meals, or even supplement meals.
One reason many diets fail is that people get overwhelmed or don’t know how to put together meals. A delivery service can help sort that out, especially when you’re first getting started, and inspire you to follow through long term. It can also keep you inspired, focused and on track.
Are Keto Krate and Keto Delivered meal services?
No. Neither Keto Krate nor Keto Delivered are full meal subscription services. What they are, however, are quality snack subscription boxes that can keep you satisfied in between meals. Snacking is actually helpful in regulating blood sugars and controlling hunger levels, so long as it is healthy snacking and in moderation.
The idea behind both Keto Krate and Keto Delivered is to provide snack boxes to make sure you stay on track and stay invested in a keto diet. They can even inspire you for good meal ideas, and overall keep you from getting worn out or discouraged. Plus they’re a great option for people constantly on the go: if you have a keto snack with you, you’re less likely to stray away from your diet and take a trip to a vending machine for a candy bar.
How to Decide on Delivering Service for Keto?
Deciding what service to use for your keto diet can be tricky. That’s why we’ll be comparing two leading competitors- Keto Krate and Keto Delivered. But we’ll also be looking at specific criteria to distinguish the two and decide which one is your best bet. Factors we’ll be looking at include:
Pricing and Plans: Is there a variety in terms of pricing and plans, with options that fit your budget, personal tastes and lifestyle? What does the price include? How much are you able to customize plans? & Overall Value
Delivery: Is shipping free? Are there options for flexible delivery? How often does delivery occur? Can you skip months, and how do you cancel?
Variety: What is the variety like? Does it support a balanced keto diet? Do the snacks provide a variety of tastes and products? How often is the variety changed?
Products Themselves: What about the quality of the products themselves? What do they offer in terms of taste and nutrition?
Customer Service: What if you’re not one hundred percent satisfied? Is there an option for exchanges? Is there someone you can directly contact should you like to see something changed?
Customer Reviews: Are customers pleased with the service? What complaints do they have? What do they like best?
Keto Krate vs Keto Delivered Comparisson
1. Pricing and Plans
Keto Delivered costs forty dollars per month for five to seven keto-friendly snack products. There is a single plan with Keto Delivered, whereas Keto Krate offers two plans: the Nibbler and the Muncher. The Nibbler costs twenty dollars a month for four products, whereas the more substantial Muncher plan costs forty dollars for eight or more snacks per month.
As far as customization goes, there doesn’t seem to be much. The idea of both Keto Krate and Keto Delivered is to provide snack services that surprise you and change every month. The only consistency is that all products fit into a ketogenic diet.
One thing to note: Keto Delivered also comes with monthly recipes, while Keto Krate does not.
Most Budget Friendly: Keto Krate. With two plans, you get to pick your price point and also adjust how many items you want to receive per month. It’s far more budget-friendly in terms of a number of items. However, we’ll reserve our judgment on overall value until after we examine the actual products.
Both Keto Krate and Keto Delivered are shipped via USPS mail to all states, including Canada and Hawaii, at no additional costs. Keto Krate does also ship to Canada for an additional fee; Keto Delivered does not. While there is no way to simply skip months, you can sign up again. Both Keto Krate and Keto Delivered automatically renew every month, and you have a small window to cancel before the next shipment is sent.
Winner: Tie. Unless you have you or someone you want to ship to is living in Canada, there is virtually no difference in terms of how subscriptions are renewed or snack kits delivered.
3. Variety and the Products Themselves
One of the most important distinguishing criteria, of course, is the actual products you’ll receive. Both change their products every month, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how much you like getting new products vs finding ones you love. Both Keto Krate and Keto Delivered offer a decent variety of product types, including both sweet and savory choices.
Keto Krate shows sample past boxes, which include products such as protein shakes, energy bars, nut mixes, and keto friendly foods like cookies and brownies. They have also included beef jerky. In general, all products are nice pick me ups, but these boxes definitely lean more towards the sweet end of things, usually with one or two savory snacks per every five or six sweet ones. Protein shakes and energy bars are the most common theme from box to box, in a nice variety of both brands and flavors. All products are certified not only keto friendly but also gluten-free.
In contrast, Keto Delivered is a bit less transparent in terms of what products you’ll receive in part because it’s difficult to view past snack boxes. The best you can do is go to their FAQ page, where you’ll get an idea of what kind of products you’ll get. The contrast is rather dramatic: while Keto Krate gives you packaged energy shakes and protein mixes, Keto Delivered is more focused on what they call “artisan products,” including spices, condiments, jerky, and baked artisan goods, and even keto drinks.
Winner: Draw, with an edge to Keto Delivered. While we wanted to declare a clear winner in this category, it does depend on what you’re looking for. Keto Krate without a doubt offers a nice supply of snacks to keep you satisfied, and ones that are highly portable, it also tends to lean towards products that perhaps are easier to find on your own, maybe a bit lower cost, and with a slightly too heavy of an emphasis of sweet vs savory. Keto Delivered mostly has snacks that are far less portable, but also products that are more helpful for incorporating into your overall keto diet.
4. Customer Service and Reviews
With Keto Delivered you can access your account at any time. You can also email directly, and expect a reply within one to three business days. Keto Krate provides an option to access your account at any time online as well, but you must fill out an online form to contact, with no central person to specifically contact.
As far as customer reviews, there are few for either, and it’s hard to draw specific conclusions why. Perhaps it’s simply because both are niche services and relatively small companies. There are a handful of customer ratings on Facebook for Keto Delivered, where customers gave it just shy of three out of five stars. The reviews did report issues with customer service and not having shipments canceled in time, receiving products past their prime, and issues with consistency. While most customers liked their first package, it seemed the most common complaint is that quality went down afterward, or communication with customer service wasn’t adequate.
The best source for Keto Krate is CrateJoy, with a total of just twelve reviews, but a slightly higher average of three and half stars out of five, with the majority of customers providing four and five-star ratings. The biggest complaint seemed to be that some customers did not think the amount of products was worth the price.
Winner: Keto Krate, by far. In this category, it was a bit difficult in terms of finding ratings, but when we did find them, they were rather decisive. Keto Krate may have had some lukewarm reviews, but most negative comments centered around not feeling the products were worth the value. With Keto Delivered, on the other hand, complaints were rather serious and involved poor quality products, inability to cancel and even shipments that were not received.
5. Overall Quality: Keto Crate, without a doubt
In many categories, Keto Delivered was actually quite competitive with Keto Crate. In terms of products, at face value, Keto Delivered seemed to have an edge. More expensive products and a nice variety of products, including beverages and even seasonings gave Keto Delivered a small edge over Keto Crate’s focus on packaged bars and snacks. Plus, incorporating recipe cards was an added benefit. But ultimately, lack of transparency in terms of the actual product you’ll get, coupled with rather troubling customer reviews, sold us on Keto Crate.
Plus, Keto Crate is more affordable brand and you have the option for a twenty dollar a month plan.
If you’re on the hunt for a keto snack service that helps you jumpstart or stay on your keto diet, we recommend you opt for Keto Crate over Keto Delivered. While both offer some potentially interesting products and snack options to help you stay on track, Keto Crate is at very least a safer bet. Should Keto Delivered accrue more reviews that are positive, address some customer service issues, and provide more transparency in terms of actual products, it could be a great pick. But for now, we have to recommend Keto Krate.
Erin Jamieson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in After the Pause, Into the Void, Flash Frontier, and Foliate Oak Literary, among others, and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Erin, once a varsity athlete and now a recreational runner, knows how important it is to get whole and quality nutrition. She hopes to help guide consumers to the very best products and plans to optimize their health.