Got a sweet tooth?

Here’s another one for the day. 🙂

I am not a fan of milk, never really have been – unless it’s chocolate or strawberry milk. 😀 I do love a cold glass of vanilla soy. Well, that is until they started coming out with all these reports about how bad it is for you.

Tried almond milk, plain, in recipes, nothing worked – couldn’t stand it. So I figured why not try coconut milk. Well, it’s not great. BUT if you add 1t of vanilla extract and a couple drops of stevia extract (ezsweetz, or another liquid sugar substitute) it’s quite delicious! Simply add all the ingredients in a basic shaker bottle, shake and drink. (Doesn’t even take 2 minutes out of your day.)

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So if you are on a low carb diet, trying to watch your intake, or for whatever reason want to try something new and sweet give it a try! Warning though, it’s hard to drink just 1!

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Books that are great for starting Keto

So I’ve struggled a bit with this new WOE (way of living) known as Keto. I have bad tendencies to cheat on the weekends. But even on my good days I struggle with what to eat.

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I struggled, that is, until I found an author by the name of Ella Coleman! I have purchased 3 of her 4 books and am about to purchase the fourth. (For me; however, I need to be careful of the whole fat fast concept as it appears I went through a period where I was actually doing that. Unintentionally of course. Fat fasts are designed to kick start ketosis or get you out of a plateau and are NOT intended to be used for more than a few days. Oops. LOL)

Anyway, you can find all of her books here. I highly recommend at least sampling them for ideas. Out of all the recipes I have tried, these were the ones that were widely accepted in our home. This was a first!

In all honesty, even if you’re not into #Keto these recipes are quite healthy; they could fit into any lifestyle.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Who doesn’t love a little whipped cream on some fresh berries or even a small bowl of J-ELLO?! My hubby and I have recently changed our eating habits to follow that of #Keto. My husband has lost 20lbs in about 2 months! I haven’t lost but that isn’t my goal either. 🙂

Anyway, whipped cream is very common in this lifestyle as it is an easy way to up your fat intake. The downfall to store bought whipped cream is that it has #carbs – no thank you! So here’s my recipe for homemade whipped cream!

All you need is 1) heavy whipping cream and 2) a bottle of EZSweetz(I prefer to use Stevia – as I steer clear of sucralose – but some don’t like the taste. EZSweetz gives a more natural sweet taste).

Take about 1c heavy whipping cream and put in a container that you can easily use a hand held beater or an emersion blender. Put a few drops of the EZSweetz and blend away. The longer you blend the thicker the cream becomes!

Once it gets to a decent consistency taste it to see if it’s sweet enough. If not, add another drop. Add 1 drop at a time as this sweetener can be pretty potent (in my opinion).

After it tastes the way you way you want, whip / beat away until the consistency is right. Spoon on top of your favorite dessert or eat it right out of the container! Easy go to for a sweet tooth or fat bomb!

Taking it one day at a time

I have been doing Keto for over a month now and haven’t seen any difference in my body. In all fairness, I have serious cheat days though; weekends tend to be my weakness – that and Freddy’s frozen vanilla custard! Bwahaha!

Every day I wake up I say “Today will be the day you get it right!” In all honesty it’s beyond frustrating as I am the only one stopping myself from losing this last 10 pounds. I LOVE the Keto lifestyle. And genuinely feel better when I’m doing it right. It only takes a good 2-3 days and I start feeling better. Then I let myself down; we are our own worst enemies.

Anyway, through this battle with myself I have read tons of books, recipes, etc concerning this lifestyle. And, in all honesty, do believe I have gotten a greater grasp of the lifestyle at a high level. This is very exciting to me! And each day does seem to get easier.

So, today is day #1 once again. 🙂 I wanted to share with you the meal plan I will be using this week. As long as I can stay satisfied, I really do think this just might work!

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The turkey roll-up is delicious! Here’s how I make it.

Ingredients:

  • Cracked Pepper Turkey (fresh Deli meat)
  • Baby Swiss (also fresh from the deli)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Spinach

How to prepare:

  1. Lay 1 slice of turkey out
  2. Lay a slice of baby swiss on top
  3. Lather with about 1T of mayo
  4. Add ~10 spinach leaves
  5. Lay another slice of turkey on top
  6. Roll

Because this is fairly thick on it’s own, I typically fold by three rather than roll.

Anyway, that’s my Monday rant. 😉 I hope someone finds the meal plan helpful, even if it is just for ideas. And the Turkey Roll – try it! 🙂

Super Nutritious Green Smoothie

Working through Keto and I love it! I am still struggling with my calories, as in I am eating entirely too much. Working through it though.

One thing I have missed with this new lifestyle is my green smoothies. Well, thanks to my MIL, I have now found a green smoothie that not only fits into my daily carb intake but is ridiculously healthy too!

So, for anyone interested, here we go:

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  • 1T organic coconut oil
  • 1 handful raw nuts (pecans, almonds, etc)

When I add those 2 items it brings the calorie intake near 600, and carbs a bit to high for my liking. However, I will admit, it did taste better with these items.

Another suggestion, if this is not filling enough, is to add half an avocado. I have yet to try this. But plan to once I get my calories under control.

The combination of this and my bulletproof coffee gives me a little too many calories in the morning. So the next thing I am going to try is putting the smoothie ingredients – minus the milk – in my coffee and see how that turns out. I won’t lie, it’s sounds disgusting, but it’s worth a try!

Curry cabbage &pecans!

Let me start by saying I am much better at following a recipe than creating my own. I have yet to learn how to mix spices and leave it tasting good. Same goes for the food going in.

So recently I thought I would try another recipe that, in all honesty, I thought would bomb. However, it did not. No idea if anyone else would like something like this but I love it!

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Participating in the Keto lifestyle now I am very careful about the carbs i put in something and excessive about the fat being used. That being said here are the ingredients:

1/2 head chopped green cabbage
4 ozs cooked bacon bits (cut with kitchen shears and fried ahead of time)
1/2 c pecan pieces
1t yellow curry
1/4t each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
2T country crock butter (next time I will use unsalted, grassed butter)

1. Cut and cook bacon
2. Chop cabbage
3. Melt butter in pan on med – high
4. Add cabbage, pecans and spices to pan. Cook for about 5 min. Add bacon.
5. Cook / Sauté until cabbage is tender
6. Eat and enjoy!

I broke this into 4 servings: Calories 206, fat 16.5g, total carbs 2g, fiber 1g, NET CARBS 1g, protein 5g

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This recipe – in all honesty – is much like others out there. I; however, have tweaked it to my liking. I use Stevia A LOT because it has 0 carbs. BUT when I use a lot of it I tend to not like the taste. I think cocoa powder might have a funny taste too, not sure. So I tried a couple different variations and this is the one I like! MyMousse   1c heavy whipping cream 3t Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder 10 drops stevia extract I simply combined all ingredients in the small blender piece that came with my Ninja, and held the power down until I couldn’t see the liquid spinning any long.