Is Reddi Whip Keto?
Written by Tony Lozzi
on February 15, 2021
Is Reddi Whip Keto?
Yes - sort of. Reddi Whip is a form of canned whipped cream that, although it's highly convenient, is made with natural, whole-food ingredients. While it's creamy and indulgent, it only has about 2g of carbs per serving. Admittedly, a serving is only 2 tablespoons, but that's enough to go on any keto dessert, or if you're a degenerate like me, right into your mouth in the middle of the night.
So although Reddi Whip is delicious and hits that sweet spot, it can be a part of your keto diet in moderation. Let's take a closer look.
Keto Rating: Ok
Like all things with sugar, the danger is in the dose, even for keto dieters. If you moderate your intake of Reddi Whip to 2-4 tablespoons a day and it fits within your daily macros, you're unlikely to stall or break ketosis. With that in mind, you can overdo it very easily, particularly because the 2 tablespoons serving is basically a puff of whipped cream. Being aware and disciplined is the key to success with keto, especially so when you're eating treats like this.
Examining Reddi Whip for keto dieters
Reddi Whip is an aerosolized spray whipped cream, and while there are plenty of these on the market, Reddi Whip stands apart because of its ingredients: sugar and cream. You could make your own whipped cream at home - it's very easy - but why do that when Reddi Whip is so cheap and available? The key to using these convenient whipped cream products is to ensure you're getting something that is simply cream and sugar, as there are many on the market that have hydrogenated oils and corn syrup.
Like all whipped cream products, Reddi Whip is simply cream that has a lot of air introduced into it. In this product, it's in the form of an aerosol, but if you were making it at home, you'd use egg beaters or a whisk. A little sugar for sweetness makes this delicious and easily overindulgent, but it's also extremely easy to meter your doses and have a treat without going crazy.
It can be used by itself as a dessert to cap off the day or on something like keto pumpkin pie or a Rebel Creamery keto ice cream sundae.
Reddi Whip on the Keto Diet
As we stated above, there are many uses for Reddi Whip in the keto diet:
- A quick treat when you crave something sweet. For many people, the hardest part of keto is the craving for sweet things. A little tip about curbing sweet cravings is to drink some pickle juice. Often, sweet cravings are the body's way of telling you it needs salt, and also pickle juice kind of kills the desire to eat in general. If pickle juice doesn't work, however, a small taste of creamy sweetness usually does the trick.
- Topping an otherwise fully keto snack, like a low carb ice cream or keto baked good.
- A little indulgence on top of a keto latte or hot chocolate.
- Top off some berries for an all-natural low carb dessert.
- On top of sugar-free Jello, which is probably the most classic keto dessert. It's important that you use a natural whipped cream like Reddi Whip and not Cool Whip because Cool Whip and products like it are fully just hydrogenated oil, corn syrup, and stabilizers. They're not really good for anyone to eat, let alone keto dieters.
The most useful part of Reddi Whip for keto is that it can prevent you from indulging in sugary food you'd otherwise avoid.
Reddi Whip Nutritional Facts
Per 2 tablespoon serving:
- Calories: 20
- Fat: 1.5g
- Protein: 0g
- Carbs: 2g
- Sugar: 1g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Sugar alcohols: 0g
Dairy-free Reddi Whip Options
While there are multiple kinds of Reddi Whip, including some made with almond or coconut milk, these have more ingredients and more carbs. Stick to the original - it's the cleanest and the best for keto.
Making Your Own Keto Reddi Whip Recipes
There are relatively cheap aerosolized whip cream dispensers on the market, and you can use these to make your own keto Reddi Whip at home. They require charging cartridges but it's unlikely you'll use so much that it becomes cost-prohibitive. Ultimately, there are not many keto whipped cream or Reddi Whip approximates on the market. Thankfully, though, it's incredibly easy to make your own.
- My Keto Kitchen has a superbly easy keto whipped cream recipe here. The fact is that you can use your favorite low-carb sweetener to make keto whipped cream and it's literally the same recipe as normal whipped cream, just without the sugar.
- Trina Krug has a delicious, wintery peppermint whipped cream recipe here that will satisfy your holiday keto sweet tooth.
- Check out this frozen keto chocolate whipped cream recipe over at Sprinkle Some Fun.
Okay Addition to Your Keto Diet Routine
While keto purists might balk at the fact that Reddi Whip has sugar in it, it's perfectly fine for a keto diet in moderation. There's nothing wrong with sugar itself - too much is definitely bad, but in small doses, it's fine, even on keto. In this case, "small doses" means 2 tablespoons at a time, per day.
You can use Reddi Whip or a keto version to top sugar-free Jello, low-carb fruit like berries, or just by itself to satisfy your sweet tooth. It's delicious, easy-to-dispense, and cheaply sourced at your local market. Conversely, keto whipped cream is extremely easy to make and if you have a favorite sugar-free sweetener, you can make it without any sugar at all.
Still, Reddi Whip - and whipped cream in general, keto or not - is very easy to eat. Moderating your intake and using Reddi Whip as a tool to curb your cravings and you'll be able to successfully incorporate it into your keto diet with no problems.
Author: Tony L
Tony Lozzi is a keto adherent who lost over 200 pounds cutting carbs and lifting weights. He has researched low carb eating for over 10 years and runs www.fit2father.com, a keto blog dedicated to helping others lose weight with keto. He lives in the US with his wife, kids, and various cats..