How Did Your Holiday Keto Journey Go?

Keto Couple

Ok so Christmas over, Hanukkah almost over, Boxing Day over & Kwanzaa almost over next is New Years and then the holidays are over. Wow, I don’t know about you but for me it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. We went to visit my mom for a traditional Christmas lunch where there was turkey, ham, potatoes, salad, and so on and so forth, there was stuff we could eat and we brought the candied nuts we made so we had some sweets, it was as hard as we thought it would be. 

From mom’s we went to my wife’s dad’s and there were tamales, pasole (Mexican chicken soup) potato salad, and yeah not much we could eat. I had some soup and picked out the hominy added cabbage and it was good. The funny thing was, I was still full from mom’s house but the old me thinks that each place we go I have to eat, but not this time. 

Something has changed, the way I look at food has changed. I don’t need to stuff myself everywhere we go because there is free food. I hear folks say they eat when they are sad, happy or when the food is free. I felt so good coming home and not passing out because I was stuffed. My wife and I were tired from the running but not stuffed and blotted from the food and by the way, we came home to a turkey we had cooking low and slow so now we can meal prep for the weekend & next week. 

I am so thankful for our new outlook on food, finally feeling like there is hope and we are in control. 

The Down Side: 

Ok so food wise we did great over the holidays BUT workout wise I failed. I have not worked out since 12/22 and won’t start back till 12/30 because I will be out of town for a few more days. My birthday is the 29th and we are on the run. I might get in a workout at the hotel late night 28th or early 29th but no promises. Monday I will get back at it hard and I will do some filming so you can see exactly what I am doing. I am not going to beat myself up over missing a few days, it’s not good but it is ok. 

My wife and I are so excited to be going into 2020 with a new outlook, new way of looking at food and goal to get toned up, tighten up some of this loose skin and helping others to get the same results so they can feel what we feel after years of suffering in silence hating the way we looked. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did for so many years.  We, my wife and I will be interviewing each other next week, this should be interesting. We will not hold back, so if you have questions you would like us to answer post them in the comments section. It should be fun.

Happy New Year to all. My you and your families be blessed in the new year.

Top 5 Simple Keto Snack / Sides For Holiday Table

Top 5 Keto Recipes

We want to share with you, our top 5 simple keto snacks for the holiday. You got company coming over, some might be on a keto journey and some maybe not so I want to share with you some recipes we have found that are easy to make and regardless if they are on keto or not everyone will enjoy.

I think is one of the most important things, is that the recipes taste good, this is not the 70’s where diet food taste bland, it tasted like crappy diet food. That’s one of reasons we never stuck to a diet, crappy tasting foods. Well not any more!

#5 Keto Jalapeno Popper Fat Bombs

These are the bomb, get it?

#4 Keto Sausage Balls

One thing on this recipe we changed, we use fresh Parmesan Cheese not the can stuff.

#3 Steamed Pork Cabbage Rolls

One change on this, I cheated I used ginger powder...

#2 Low Carb Brownie Bite Fat Bombs

#1 Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This is awesome side for any Holidays meal. Goes great with turkey or prime rib, any course.

One of our favorites.

Keto Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Here is a awesome taste Keto Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins, you might want to leave a couple for Santa I hear he is cutting back on his carbs…

We just tried these out and man are they good, seems like this time of year pumpkin spice rules so thought we would give it a try. Recipe came from Ruled.Me and they have some great simple keto recipes so get over there and check them out. I your sweet tooth is craving some pumpkin spice, this should hit the spot.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup canned pumpkin (real pure pumpkin – no sugar added)

1/4 cup organic, sunflower seed butter (no sugar added)

1 large egg, room temperature

1/2 cup erythritol

1/4 cup organic coconut flour, sifted

2 tablespoons organic flaxseed meal

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional topping: We tried with just cream cheese and didn’t enjoy so made a simple cream cheese icing: 3 tablespoons of cream cheese 1 tablespoon erythritol mix into a cream cheese topping… Sweeten to taste

Nutrition Summary: This makes a total of 16 servings of Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Each serving comes out to be 22 Calories, 1.1g Fats, 1.12g Net Carbs, and 1g Protein.

Christmas Cookies ~ Hurry Santa’s Coming

We have an emergency! Santa is on his way and so is Hanukkah Harry, we don’t have cookies yet. What do we do now? Well thank God for a quick & easy recipe from Sarah @ Cj’s Keto Kitchen, she has a sweet awesome keto frosted sugar cookie recipe that will leave Santa & Hanukkah Harry smiling and without breaking there keto diets…

Make sure to stop by Cj’s Keto Kitchen she has some great recipes.

Keto Caramel Pecans ~ Holiday Perfection

Quick, we got a party to go to and looking for a simple snack idea to take with us and also the party host is Diabetic, so what to bring? Well good question, this was the dilemma I was having till I saw Sarah’s newest post from CJsKetoKitchen.com . Perfect timing, I have been following her for awhile and she has some awesome recipes. Please go check out her website and her YouTube channel.

This is her Keto Candied Caramel Pecans.  These are delicious, easy to make keto snack, with only 4 ingredients. Its a nice sweet keto treat that will hit the spot when your craving something sweet, something salt, something nutty.

Here are a few shots of my wife Debbie working the magic on these Keto Caramel Pecans. Please watch the video of Cj’s recipe below.

Recipe:

Equipment

  • Large Sauce pan or Dutch Oven

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole roasted pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 c. brown sugar substitute We use Sukrin gold
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Once the butter is melted, add the brown sugar substitute to the saucepan, and stir constantly until melted
  • Add in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and stir to combine
  • Continue to cook down the mixture, stirring frequently for 7-8 minutes until it begins to thicken
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add in the pecan halves. Toss to coat them all well
  • Place the coated pecans in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Put the pecans in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to cool and harden
  • Once ready, break apart any chunks of pecans, and serve as is. Store extras in an airtight container

Notes

*All nutrition information is approximate. Please read and use your own labels for more precise information.

Nutrition (per serving) About 6 ServingsCalories: 259.3 | Fat: 27.7g | Carbs: 4g | Fiber: 3g | Protein: 3.08g | Net Carbs: 1g

Thank you Sarah @ CjsKetoKitchen for this awesome recipe.

General Tso Chicken Keto, OMG!

I don’t know about you, but I have been a fan of General Tso’s chicken for years. I love some good old Chinese food, and pretty much any Asian foods. It has always been one of my go to’s for take out or the buffet. It got the sweet, slightly spicy, and sticky goodness I love. So when I found this recipe I had to give it a shot and it’s great for a chilly night with the wife. So thank you to Sahil @ Headbanger’s Kitchen he did a awesome job developing this Keto friendly General Tso Chicken please check out his site. It’s not hard just a little prep, but it is so worth it! My wife Debbie got in on cooking, remember Team Work.

Ingredients

  • 17.64 oz Chicken Thighs You want to use boneless and skinless chicken
  • 0.18 oz Garlic
  • 0.18 oz Ginger
  • 1.76 oz Spring Onion Separate the white part and the green part.
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar 
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil 
  • 1/2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine 
  •  Salt & Pepper to taste
  •  Psyllium Husk (as required)
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 
  •  Oil/Lard/Ghee/Bacon Fat for deep frying
  • 1 Tbsp Chicken Fat
  • 1/4 Cup Chicken stock 
  • 4 Dried Red Chillies 
  • 1 Tsp Stevia or preferred sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp Xanthan Gum (not in his recipe I added) Helps thicken sauce

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting the chicken thighs into small bite size pieces. Then in a large bowl add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and marinate with 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp vinegar, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, baking powder and 1 egg.
  2. Then individually dip and coat each piece of chicken in the psyllium husk. Once done breading the chicken heat your oil for deep frying. You can alternatively shallow fry as well.
  3. Once the oil is hot fry the chicken in batches. It should take 3-4 minutes to cook each batch. Since I cook by intuition I cannot give you a temperature for the oil. But to test it I add a bit of the batter in and if it floats up the oil is generally hot enough.
  4. After frying the chicken set it on paper towels to drain of any excess oil.
  5. In a frying pan heat up the chicken fat or any Keto approved cooking fat and fry the garlic, ginger, chillies and spring onions.
  6. Fry until the garlic starts to turn golden brown and then add in the chicken stock, 1/2 tbsp vinegar, 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce and stevia and cook till it starts to reduce a bit and get syrup like. You can also add the cooking wine if you have access to that and also add some hot sauce if you want to make it spicier. If the sauce looks too little compared to the chicken add in some more chicken stock, this is where I added the Xanthan Gum a little at a time to keep from clumping up.
  7. Once the sauce has reduced a bit then add in the chicken and give everything a good mix. Once the chicken is fully coated garnish and finish with the green part of the spring onion.

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Avocado, Super Keto Food? Why?

One of my favorite things about being on a keto diet is the fact I get to eat Avocados and I don’t know about you but I love avocados. After starting keto and learning the benefits of avocados I was a happy fellow and my wife, she loves them to so there ya go.

What can you do with avocados you ask, well good question. You can cut that baby open, pluck that big seed and eat by it’s self or make Guacamole, Avocado Shake, Puddings, top a Salad, Extreme Fudge Avocado Cookies. So many goodies, you got to give them a try…

Benefits:

Although it’s chock full of calories, avocado is perfectly fine to eat on a keto diet, which is great because it’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients. In fact, they’re packed with the potassium your body needs to stay functioning properly.

When your body is low in potassium, it comes with an array of possible side effects, including: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. Getting plenty of potassium in your diet can possibly prevent you from developing one of these health issues. Potassium may also help improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

However, the reason avocados are acceptable on the keto diet is that half of a medium avocado contains nine grams of carbs. Seven of those grams of carbs are fiber, which means you’re only consuming two grams of net carbs when enjoying your avocado. So, go ahead and have that avocado and enjoy.

• The amount of nutrients in avocado is very high.

• An average avocado has between 500 to 800mg of potassium which is good for energy, blood sugars and the heart.

• It is also a physiological relaxer that helps with your sleep and blood pressure.

• Folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A

• It is loaded with fat soluble vitamins which also enhance the absorption of other nutrients Keto-Friendly • Per cup, an avocado has 12 grams of carbohydrates

• Net Carbs: 2g / cup High Amounts of Fat

• 77% of avocado is fat – mostly monosaturated.

• Fiber ~ 75% of insoluble fiber • Food for bacteria • Insoluble fiber speeds up digestion – too much of it could give you diarrhea. • Two types of Insoluble Fiber: Fermentable and Non-Fermentable Phytonutrients

• Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, Anticancer, Antimicrobial, Supports blood sugar • Carotenoids (Fat Soluble) • Phytosterols

Quick Easy Snack ~ Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

One of the first snack recipes I found was for these super easy to make Keto Peanut Butter Cookies. These where a God sent, although the keto diet isn’t hard I was worried I wouldn’t find any snacks or desserts and who doesn’t like something sweet every now and then?

I have followed Joe Duff aka The Diet Chef on YouTube for some time and he has simple recipes that taste great and with good macros. I have tried many and these cookies are awesome. If you over cook them they will be crumbly, so try not to over cook them. I only cook for 10 minutes, Enjoy

One of my favorites

Keto Fried Chicken – You Better Try Some

So one if the things I love is good old fashion Fried Chicken and when I started my keto journey I figured it was out. Well a friend shared with me a recipe and I thought this is going to suck but I made a batch and well, I can have Fried Chicken and it’s GOOD.

Here is the recipe, keep in mind you can change it up. I like mine spicy so I add a little cayenne pepper, try new things and don’t be intimidated.

Ingredients: serves 4

Spice & Herb Mix:

2 teaspoons Paprika

1/2 teaspoon Thyme

1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 teaspoon dried Basil

1/3 teaspoon dried Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt

1/2 teaspoon Mustard Powder

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 teaspoon White Pepper

1 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (Optional)

1 1/2 cup Unflavored Protein powder, (I use Isopure Protein Powder)

2 cups almond milk, unsweetened

1 egg

4 large chicken breasts or 8 thighs, cut into pieces (If using Chicken Breast I half the to cook better)

2 cups coconut oil (for frying)

Method:

Combine all the spices into a bowl, mix well and divide into two large bowls. In one bowl, add the almond milk and egg, mix well until combined. Add the chicken and leave to marinate over night or for a few hours.

To the other spice mix add the protein powder and mix well. Take the chicken out and dip into the protein spice mix until the chicken is coated well. For a better crunch you can double dip or repeat the last step.

For deep frying bring the coconut oil up to a medium heat and fry the chicken for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. For Air frying place in the air fryer and drizzle some coconut oil over the top, air fry for 8-9 minutes at 180/350 degrees turning once. Let is cook down a little before that first bit & enjoy… Try it and leave comment on what you think about it.