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Low Carb Taco Casserole

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Here is an awesome recipe I found the other day that I wanted to share with you guys. Here goes….Check it out!

Taco Casserole Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 chopped tomatoes, large
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Anaheim peppers
  • 1 cup grated high-quality sharp Cheddar

Ingredients for Tortillas

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Avocado Oil or Coconut Oil

Directions

In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil and saute the onion until soft, 5 minutes. Add the ground beef. As it cooks, season with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, sweet paprika and salt. When the meat is almost cooked, stir in the tomatoes. Turn off heat and set aside.

For the anaheim peppers, set the peppers over the flame of a gas stove, or under a broiler. Cook the peppers, turning as needed, until the entire pepper is blackened. Put the peppers in a sealed bag or container to steam and cool; rub the blackened skin off with your fingers. Chop, then mix in with the meat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, tapioca flour, cumin, chili powder and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the water, eggs, and oil. Slowly add the coconut flour mixture to the wet ingredients, whisking constantly to eliminate clumps.

Heat a tablespoon of avocado oil over medium heat in a non-stick skillet. Pour a little less than 1/4 cup batter in the hot pan. Let the batter sit untouched for one minute then put a lid on the pan and cook one minute more. Flip the tortilla and fry for 1 to 2 more minutes. Continue frying tortillas until the batter is used up, making sure there is always a thin layer of warm avocado oil or coconut oil in the pan.

Preheat oven to 375 °F

Coat the bottom of a 2 quart square or round baking dish with a little oil. Add a layer of 4 tortillas. Cover with half of the ground meat. Add another layer of tortillas. Cover with more ground meat and the grated cheese.

Bake 30 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting. 

Optional: Add lettuce, tomatoes, and diced avocado as toppings once casserole is baked and cool. Enjoy!

Low Carb Cashew Turmeric Chicken Salad

Being I am a huge fan of chicken salad I needed to find a good low carb recipe for this to help fill in the void. This one definitely hit the spot on flavor. Check this out!

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Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped, cooked chicken, approx. 1lb
  • 6 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 3/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1 inch piece of turmeric root, peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Cracked black pepper

Cashew Cream Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole, raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

First soak cashews at least 4 hours or overnight in cold water. Drain and rinse.

Put the cashews and 1/2 cup water in a high-powered blender. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, until the consistency is similar to whipped cream. The texture should be very creamy with no bits of nut left at all.

Next, in a small bowl, whisk together 6 tablespoons of cashew cream, plus the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, Dijon, olive oil, turmeric root, parsley and salt.

In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, dressing, celery and shallot, and add all the other ingredients in together. Once mixed evenly you can add black pepper if you like to taste. That’s it! Enjoy! Really the hardest part with this recipe is prepping the cashews ahead of time for later use. Other than that this is a breeze to make, and it tastes amazing. Give it a shot.

Benefits Of A Ketogenic Diet

Where to Begin

The Benefits of a Ketogenic, or Keto Diet are vast to say the least. With that being said let’s take it from the top.

Fat Loss

This is the most popular reasoning that people have attached themselves to the keto diet….Thanks to TV ads and social media. Some of the promises made by slick marketers on how keto will drop bodyfat effortlessly, or selling you some type of keto supplement to help cut weight is almost always snake oil.

But there is truth in the fact that a keto diet will help keep your insulin levels low, which creates a great environment for your body to burn fat. When you are not taking in a lot of carbohydrate, especially 50 grams or less per day, your body will have to pull from other energy sources to fuel itself. The next fuel source from stored glycogen, or carbohydrate would be your bodies stored fat, which is how the magic happens. Once your body begins using stored fat as fuel you will begin to really see some progress in your fat loss goals.

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Greater Hormone Response

Not only does a keto diet aid in fat loss by utilizing stored body fat, it can also aid in increasing key hormones such as growth hormone as well. When the bodies insulin levels are lowered from eating keto, this causes growth hormone to stay more elevated. The benefits of more growth hormone production is tremendous, but here are a few key benefits…

Better Energy Production, Vitality, Joint Support, Fat Loss, Better Looking & Skin, Better Sleep Quality.

So eating keto is not just for weight loss purposes, but really can have anti-aging benefits as well by increasing growth hormone production. Lets move onto the next benefit.

Helps Build Mitochondria

Mitochondria, are the power plants of our cells, turning the nutrients we uptake from foods into ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which is our cells energy source. The more mitochondria we have the more energy we can receive from food we eat. When the body goes into what’s called ketosis, after eating keto for a while, this state puts new demands on our bodies’ mitochondria, which causes the body to adapt by producing more mitochondria. This means more energy, and an increase in physical performance.

Better Cognitive Function & Reduction In Brain Fog

When the body is in Ketosis, it naturally produces more GABA, an amino acid that acts like a neurotransmitter, a calming neurotransmitter to be exact. Depressed GABA levels have been shown to cause brain fog, which now explains why a lot of dieters that go Keto begin to notice a certain clarity after a few weeks, due to the increase in GABA.

Ketogenic diets have also shown to cause a decrease in cognitive decline in patients with certain nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

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So eating a ketogenic diet is not just something that can be beneficial for weight loss purposes, but can be an aid to keep you healthy as you age. But always remember even eating keto you can not ignore food quality, which I can’t stress enough. Until next time.

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies!

Found this new recipe and wanted to share it to all of you. A solid low carb dessert, and who doesn’t like peanut butter honestly. Check it out below!

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup all natural peanut butter

1/3 cup date paste

1/2 cup vanilla Pro-3 Protein

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a food processor. It is generally easiest to start with the peanut butter and date paste. After this is mixed pretty well, start adding in the protein powder and salt until all ingredients are mixed well together. This recipe will serve 12 portions, so once everything is mixed, distribute the batter evenly into 12 pieces, all rolled up into a ball. Then take a fork and you can press the cookies out on a baking pan that is lightly greased in coconut oil. Put them in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. That’s it. Enjoy!

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Steak and Shirataki Stir Fry

New low carb recipe for you guys to check out. Hope you like it!

Steak and Shirataki Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 2 packages or approximately 14 ounces shirataki noodles
  • 1 pound top sirloin or skirt steak cut into ¼ inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2-inches ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 4 heads baby bok choy, thinly sliced

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Open the packages of shirataki noodles and drain the noodles in a colander. Rinse well under cold water.

Add the noodles to the boiling water. Boil 2 minutes. Drain.

Heat a large skillet or a wok over medium-low heat. Do not add any oil. Add the shirataki noodles to the dry skillet and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, using tongs to frequently turn and move the noodles as they cook. This process dries out the noodles. You’ll know they are dry when they suddenly start to squeak as they are moved around the skillet. Remove the noodles from the skillet and set aside.

Whisk together tamari, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, coconut aminos, fish sauce, ginger and garlic.

Pour half of the mixture over the beef. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Wait several minutes for the pan to get really hot, then add the beef. Cook, stirring just a few times, until meat is cooked, 3 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate.

Let the pan heat up again and add Avocado Oil. Add the shredded carrots and bell pepper. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the bok choy. Cook until just tender, 2 minutes.

Add the noodles and the reserved marinade. Toss the noodles well to coat. Add the beef to the pan and cook just until heated. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Keto Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Muffins

Check out these bacon cheddar breakfast muffins. Here is the approximate nutrition breakdown per muffin.

Per 1 Muffin

Calories 200

Fat 15g

Carbs 4g

Protein 15g

Recipe (Ingredients)

  • 2 ½ cups finely ground almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into small squares

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 375 °F/190 ºC and line a muffin pan with 12 liners, or use a silicone muffin pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together butter, heavy cream and egg until smooth. Stir in the bacon and cheddar.
  • Combine the almond flour mixture with the bowl of wet ingredients, stirring gently to combine. The batter will be very thick.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling the cups almost to the top.
  • Bake until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, about 16 minutes.
  • Presto!

To keep these bad boys as fresh as possible be sure to store them in the fridge after they are finished and simply re-heat them in the microwave.

 

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Guide to Fast Food Dining

How many of you have been on a business trip or vacation where you have been driving for hours, and one of the only options to stop and eat are the golden arches of McDonalds. At times we can get in a pinch with our busy schedules and lifestyles that can make it not as practical to eat the best quality food choices. So I decided to put together a small list of my top 5 low carb fast food meals that can help you stay on track with your meal plan….And no, they do not involve a “supersize” of any kind, sorry not sorry.

  1. Chipotle Bowl– This one almost doesn’t even seem like fast food being the quality of meat is better than some sit down restaurants. But one a good note, Chipotle now has online ordering, so if you know you will be passing through a certain area around a certain time, you can have your meal ready for you when you walk in, pay and get outta there probably within 2-3 minutes. As far as what to get on your bowl I would suggest the following…

*Chicken, or Steak, Fajita Vegetables, Lettuce, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cheese.

Getting a serving of all these ingredients will put you at about 20 carbs total, mostly coming from the guacamole, which is mainly fiber.

2. Naked Chicken Chalupa from Taco Bell– Yes Taco Bell made the list! If you order there naked chicken chalupa without tomato, this will keep you around 15 carbohydrates total.

3. KFC Grilled Chicken- Order KFC’s Grilled Chicken with a side of green beans and you are at approximately 10-12 carbs total. Perfect, and plenty of protein and fat to keep you feeling full.

4. Subway Double Chicken Chopped Salad– Make sure to order this with the avocado to add some more fiber and healthy fat and you will still only be at 10 carbs total, and about 40 grams of protein. Solid option, and tasty as well.

5. Arby’s Roasted Turkey Farmhouse Salad- This one made the list for its minimal 8 carbs total.

Well there you have it. 5 solid options all from various places. When making the list I wanted to pick out different places for each one, so that way at least there is some variety. These fast food spots do have other accommodating meals for low carb eaters as well, but I wanted to put meals that I have actually eaten myself and would actually recommend to you. Hope this helps some of you guys traveling a lot to stay on track. Until next time.

 

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Low Carb/Keto Donuts!

I found this low carb donut recipe the other day and had to pass along the recipe to those of you who may have a bad sweet tooth like me. This allows you that slight pleasure so you stick to your meal plan as much as possible. These will definitely be 100X better than going to your local shop and getting the real deal. Here is the recipe below. Give them a shot. Enjoy!

Keto Donuts!

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Silicone Donut Pan

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ½ cups finely ground almond flour (280 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder (1.25 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (2.5 ml)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (1.25 ml)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature (60 g)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (180 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (2.5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon liquid stevia (2.5 ml) (or your favorite sweetener)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat oven to 375° F/190 ºC
  • Lightly butter/grease the donut pan.
  • Whisk together almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and stevia (or other sweetener) until smooth.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients and the egg yolk mixture together.
  • Spoon the thick batter into the donut pan, using ¼ cup to 1/3 cup of batter for each donut.
  • Bake until the donuts are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean, approximately 15 minutes. Allow donuts cool for approximately 10 minutes in the pan before removing. Continue cooling the donuts on a wire rack.
  • Serve plain, or drizzle with melted dark chocolate for added flavor and nutrition benefits.

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5 Reasons Low Carb Diets Work

This time of year there will be a lot of people jumping on the new year’s resolution train with there weight loss goals. Before you get too wrapped up in all the noise that is coming in about ten days, let me share with you five simple reasons low carb diets work, and why I would recommend them as a place to start to get the body you want.

  1. They Are Easy to Follow!– This has to be the number one reason by far to choose a low carb diet. No counting points, no subtracting certain nutrients to get the “net sum”. All you need to mainly focus on is keeping those carbs low. Staying consistent on a diet plan is hard enough without any extra nonsense to track.
  2. They Increase Nutrient Density, While Decreasing Total Calories– In the simplest terms, low carb diets tend to cause things like this to happen. Instead of ordering the french fries, you order a salad. Or instead of having dessert at a restaurant you tough it out, go home, and eat celery and peanut butter for a snack. In these scenarios, by choosing a low carb alternative you are also simultaneously decreasing total calories consumed AND you are increasing your nutrient density.
  3. They Work Fast– It is no mystery that low carb diets have a quick effect on us. Results begin to show in as little as a week of consistent meal planning. This can be important for those that need to “see” the results to keep them motivated.
  4. They Reduce Sugar– Pretty simple, but important none the less. reducing sugar will keep your blood sugar and insulin levels more stable throughout the day, promoting more of a metabolic environment. From a health standpoint reducing sugar is beneficial for a multitude of reasons. If you consume excess sugar consistently, and the liver becomes full of glycogen, any excess sugar then being consumed will convert directly to body fat, and also contribute to a fatty liver.
  5. They Increase Protein Intake– This last one is really by default because a low carb diet is going to be more rich in foods with less carbohydrates. Different types of meats all have little to no carbs per serving, and are rich in protein. The higher the protein intake is, the more satiation you will feel, helping prevent you from over eating. Also, eating more protein contributes to maintaining lean muscle mass while dieting, which in turn keeps your metabolism steady.

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Satisfy That Sweet Tooth With Dark Chocolate Squares

Here is a great desert recipe to satisfy that sweet tooth and help keep you on track with your fitness goals. Check it out.

Ingredients

  • approximately 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 8 ounces high-quality dark chocolate
  • 1 ounce Brazil nuts, or approximately 8 whole nuts, chopped up

Main Equipment Needed

Food Processor, Microwave, Ice cube tray, Baking Sheet

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 °F.

Spread coconut out on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and cool. Pulse in a food processor a few times to chop the coconut flakes into smaller pieces.

Use a serrated knife to chop the chocolate into tiny pieces. Put half the chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining chocolate. If needed, continue heating the chocolate in 15-second intervals and then stirring, until completely melted.

Stir the coconut and chopped Brazil nuts into the chocolate. Pour the chocolate into each cube in the tray (using a bowl with a pour spout makes this easier). The chocolate will come about halfway up each cube. If desired, ingredients can also be pressed onto the top of the chocolate squares (like coconut flakes or dried fruit).

Put the tray in the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set, 2 to 3 hours.

Carefully remove the chocolate squares from the tray. Store in an airtight container in the pantry, or in the refrigerator if your house is warm. The chocolate bites will keep for several weeks.

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