Craving something sweet on Keto? These are REALLY simple and tasty! Seriously 4-6 ingredients is all. This recipe only makes a tiny batch of low carb cookies (8-12), so if you are wanting a bigger batch, double up for sure! The nuts here are optional. I actually used some of my previously made keto granola on top since it had a mix of pecans, pistachios and almonds. You can also add cinnamon, but again, totally optional! These keto cookies would be great for a gathering like a potluck with keto and non-keto people alike!
This salad is really delicious and perfect if you like to make things ahead that you can use for lunches and sides for the next several days. Of course, as I post this we are in the holiday season, so it would be an ideal dish for gatherings! I personally love brussels sprouts, but if you don't, I encourage you to still give it a try! When they are shredded, tossed with citrus dressing, bacon and cheese, ummm….you might have an entirely different opinion of brussels sprouts! Aside from taste and all that, these little green guys pack a punch when it comes to nutrients! Here's the nutrient profile of these cruciferous veggies according to Dr. Axe: A half cup of boiled Brussels sprouts (about 78 grams) provides approximately: 28.1 calories 5.5 grams carbohydrates 2 grams protein 0.4 gram fat 2 grams fiber 109 microgram vitamin K (137 percent DV) 48.4 milligrams vitamin C (81 percent DV) 604 international units vitamin A (12 percent DV) 46.8 micrograms folate (12 percent DV) 0.2 milligram manganese (9 percent DV) 0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (7 percent DV) 247 milligrams potassium (7 percent DV) 0.1 milligram thiamine (6 percent DV) 0.9 milligram iron (5 percent DV) 0.1 milligram riboflavin (4 percent DV) 15.6 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV) 43.7 milligrams phosphorus (4 percent DV) Brussels sprouts nutrition also contains some vitamin E, niacin, pantothenic acid, choline, betaine, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. Lots of reasons to love them and include them regularly in your diet. One of my favorite things about cruciferous vegetables in general is their liver loving power! They are full of phytonutrients, carotenoids, flavonoids, and glucosinolates that help neutralize toxins and support the liver in order to do it's job of detoxing the body.
The holidays can be a really hard time when it comes to temptations and trying to stay on track with healthy eating. Thankfully there are some truly delicious ways of "indulging" without regretting it later. NOW, I have to preface this with the fact that I am all about having a treat here and there with ZERO guilt! A couple of caveats: if you are sensitive to certain foods, those don't count as "treats"! I do not at all find it worth having things that send you backwards with your health! The other things is that I would encourage that treats still have very high quality ingredients, organic when possible, gluten free if necessary! These brownies do have some applesauce in the recipe which might cause keto people to twitch...but, fear not! There is only 1/2 a cup of unsweetened applesauce in the entire recipe which, depending on the size of the brownie might amount to 1 carb per brownie from the applesauce. I do not believe in "keto foods". Instead, I encourage a whole foods, nutrient dense approach to keto that involves using foods to help reach a ketogenic metabolic process. This means you can have a little applesauce within a recipe if the overall carbs are still low, keeping blood sugar stable.
I admit, I can't stand carrots. Can't STAND them. But I LOVE Carrot Cake. It is hands down my favorite cake! In fact, as a rule I have it on my birthday, every year. Well, except this year. Not sure exactly what happened...I often just make it myself (and I love to!). I had some before my birthday but I didn't love it and it didn't have cream cheese frosting so, it didn't count. :) To make up for it I made some today. It is, after all, still my birthday month! However, I'm done with my big splurges for now, so I made this one a low carb/keto version and it is GOOD! You can modify this recipe and make it using coconut sugar if you prefer that as a sweetener. As for the cream cheese frosting, if you are vegan I would just go without the frosting. I'm not sure if there is a great dairy free substitute. However, using full fat coconut milk would probably work for some kind of a frosting like topping!
We've barely dipped our toes into September here in Oregon and just like that it's soup weather! It's been delightfully cooler, overcast and a little drizzly. For this girl with autoimmune stuff going on the heat just really packs a punch! So, I am one happy camper right now!! This weather spells RELIEF for me! . . Last night we cozied up on the couch and my dad brought the movie "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks over and we filled our bellies with delicious warm soup! This is one of those that we make again and again in my house. It's a favorite for sure. . . If you are a keto/low carb person, the cauliflower is perfect. Otherwise, red potatoes are amazing! We actually did red potatoes last night. I am a big fan of carb cycling and so we carbed it up a little last night (plus it's my birthday weekend so it's all about living a little, right?!). . . Recipe adapted from eatingwell.com
This recipe is under "Sides & Stuff" on my website, but truly, I could eat just this for a meal and be 110% satisfied! It's full of lots of good fat, protein and nutrients. I am careful to use animal products that are without added hormones, antibiotics, nitrates and nitrites. You can use cauliflower florets for the recipe or riced cauliflower like I did. It has amazing flavor! This dish is one for Keto and non-keto folks alike!
This is truly one of my favorite "go-to" recipes. It's one that is so darn easy and yet delicious at the same time. I love to make extras of this one and eat it over the course of a few days. You can also do whatever you'd like with it in terms of having it for lunch, a snack, even a side dish for a BBQ or potluck. It offers a good dose of healthy fats and protein so you will be feeling pretty good for hours after eating this yummy salad! The good news with the avocados is that because of the lime juice, they tend not to brown as easily. I have also kept this in a mason jar before as well for better preservation. Enjoy!
Summer Lemon Cake (gluten free)
Chicken Verde Taco Bowl
Blueberry Breakfast Bars (low carb, gluten free)