To bant or not to bant: Tips on getting you started

An introduction to banting

The word “banting” can be heard at every local food market, read in almost every recently published recipe book and is even considered to be a serving option at some restaurants, with the waiter asking, “Would you like your beef burger rare, medium rare or banting?” Ever since Tim Noakes revolutionised the culinary world with this way of eating meals to cut down those extra pounds, dieting has never been the same in South Africa.

Basically, the banting diet means that you cut out carbs completely and say embrace a plate filled with the fatty foods. Plus, with cutting out snacking and only eating when your tummy growls, you are bound to slip right back into that pair of skinny jeans you bought last Christmas. This sounds too good to be true right, upping the fat and killing the carbs in your diet? Carbs have long been our food nemesis and so has fat, but what makes the latter so special this time around?

There are a couple of things to keep in mind if you decide to take up the banting diet however, like stifling those binge eating habits and trying to stay away from sugar, that includes fruit. You will soon learn that eggs will become your best friends too, since they contain more fat than you think.

So when you ask for a banting burger at a restaurant next time, expect your golden-brown burger bun to disappear and say hello to a crisp leaf of lettuce instead. To ease you into the banting way of life, try this scrumptious breakfast that is high in fat (try to get used to that) and low in carbs. This is definitely the right way to start your morning and the diet; let the banting begin!

Coconut French toast


  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 slices low carb coconut bread
  • 2 tbls butter
  • ¼ cup of berries of your choice
  • 2 tbls of xylitol



  1. Whisk the eggs in a flat bowl.
  2. Add butter to a medium hot frying pan.
  3. Soak the bread in the egg mixture on both side.
  4. Fry the bread until golden on both sides.
  5. For the berry sauce, place the berries in a pan with the xylitol and allow to simmer until desired thickness is achieved

Serve your coconut French toast with the berry sauce; add chopped almonds and yoghurt


Article By Alana Lane