Easy Vegan Keto Recipes

HAPPY SUPERBOWL SUNDAY EVERYONE! GO PATRIOTS! Here is another “lazy” or easy kinda of post. If you have been with me for a while now I did a series called the best/worst of something. I’ve been working to put all the best and worst posts into its own separate post so you can reference when you need it. Before the new year, I wanted to start a new series. I didn’t know what to call It in the beginning and I called it lazy keto vs. strict keto. I didn’t like the word lazy because that Implies that I am calling you lazy and I AM NOT calling anyone lazy. So I changed the name to “easy”  which is still not the final name. 

The Idea behind this series is that I give you the easy way out but still with max benefits. Let’s be honest there is really no “easy” way out but I’m giving you quick meal recipes, quick exercises that take less than 30 minutes a day and I give you exercises that you can do throughout the day that you might be doing already but didn’t know.

If you have any ideas that you want to see in this series you can comment on this post or you can reach me at any of the links plus my email that Is all linked at the bottom of every post.


From restaurant menus to new products on store shelves, ketogenic foods are all the rage right now. The keto diet focuses on high-fat, low-carb foods that are low in sugar with a moderate amount of protein. And if you’re interested in giving this diet a try, you may be wondering what plant-based foods are keto-friendly and if it’s possible to be vegan on a keto diet.

While there are certainly vegan items that should be avoided or limited—like starchy root vegetables, beans, and berries—there are tons of healthful, satisfying vegan foods, from leafy greens and cauliflower to almond butter and tofu, that you can eat when trying a keto diet!

We’ve scoured the web and some of our favorite food bloggers to find you the very best keto-friendly vegan recipes. 


Crispy Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry

Opt for almond butter! Recipe here.


Seitan Negimaki

Recipe here..


Tofu in Purgatory

This vegan take on shakshuka is sure to impress.


Zucchini Noodles With Avocado Sauce

This recipe looks healthy and satisfying.


 Coconut Bacon

You can sprinkle this stuff on everything!


 Vegan Thai Soup

A simple recipe that is packed with flavor. Recipe here.


Green Curry Kale & Crispy Coconut Tempeh

Get the recipe.


 Cauliflower Fried Rice

YUM!! Recipe here.


 8-Ingredient Zucchini Lasagna

This recipe is the perfect low-carb dinner!


Remember, plant-based diets are clinically proven to be one of the best ways to lose weight and safeguard against obesity. While the keto diet may be fine to try for a short period of time, it’s not recommended long term.

Additionally, scientific evidence that a nutritious plant-based diet is beneficial for your health continues to mount; countless studies show that vegans have lower rates of heart disease and diabetes and may even live longer!


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section. If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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Easy Meal Prep For The Ladies

Here is another “lazy” or easy kinda of a post. This time I bring you easy meal prep ideas just for the ladies (don’t worry men yours is coming tomorrow). If you have been with me for a while now I did a series called the best/worst of something. I’ve been working to put all the best and worst posts into its own separate post so you can reference when you need it. Before the new year, I wanted to start a new series. I didn’t know what to call It in the beginning and I called it lazy keto vs. strict keto. I didn’t like the word lazy because that Implies that I am calling you lazy and I AM NOT calling anyone lazy. So I changed the name to “easy”  which is still not the final name. 

The Idea behind this series is that I give you the easy way out but still with max benefits. Let’s be honest there is really no “easy” way out but I’m giving you quick meal recipes, quick exercises that take less than 30 minutes a day and I give you exercises that you can do throughout the day that you might be doing already but didn’t know.

If you have any ideas that you want to see in this series you can comment on this post or you can reach me at any of the links plus my email that Is all linked at the bottom of every post.


On a weeknight after a long day of work, looking forward to a good dinner that you already have prepped is a game changer. Odds are, you probably don’t want to come home and make a meal that’s going to take a ton of time. For moments like that, we’ve rounded up our favorite, easy dinner meal-prep recipes (many of which only require one pot or pan to make!). But just because they’re quick, doesn’t mean they are lacking flavor. You won’t have to spend your entire Sunday afternoon meal prepping with these super simple recipes.


10-Minute Creamy Bucatini

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Beef & Broccoli Bowl

Beef-and-Broccoli Bowl


Sun Dried Tomato Chickpea One-Pot Pasta

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 Grilled Veggie & Black Bean Bowl

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 Sheet-Pan Tilapia

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 20-Minute Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

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 Cumin Spiced Beef Wraps

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 One-Pot Spinach Pea Pasta

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 Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp

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 Chili Lime Sweet Potato Skillet

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 Mozzarella Tomato & Basil Pesto Chicken

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Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

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One Pan Baked Fish and Chips

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 Middle Eastern Three Bean Salad

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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Pruvit’s New Keto NAT

Pruvit’s New Keto NAT

This next generation technology makes Keto NAT the first of its kind all natural exogenous ketones, bioidentical to the ketones your body makes.

Using a unique and proprietary all-natural fermentation process, this new ketone technology brings greater bioavailability for maximum absorption.


Keto NAT is now a Pruvit mainstay

Click Here for Keto NAT Raspberry Lemonade

Click Here for Keto NAT Splash

Click Here for Keto NAT Heart Tart

(Get Keto NAT Heart Tart while supplies last because this is a VERY popular flavor and when in stock sells out fast!)


 

Pruvit Keto NAT All Natural Ketones

Keto NAT Details

First of its kind all natural pure therapeutic ketones

All natural fermentation process

Better Bioavailability/Quicker Ketosis

Increased appetite suppression

Favorable fat loss

Contains C-Med 100 (AC-11 DNA Repair)

Supports healthy cell function

Extends DNA telomere length

Rapidly repairs DNA

Elevates essential amino acids

Dairy-free and Gluten-free

Boosted immune function

Better performance

Keto NAT was released in two flavors, Raspberry Lemonade and Splash (watermelon-grapefruit fusion), both of which are Keto Max flavors.


Keto NAT Ingredients

N8 Max NAT Blend 12.6 g –

  • KetoNAT™ (R-Beta Hydroxybutyrate, L-Taurine, Fermented L-Leucine, C-Med 100).
  • Other Ingredients: Erythritol, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Rebaudioside A (Stevia extract), Vegetable Juice Color, Xanthum Gum, Beta Carotene, Caffeine (if Charged version, Decaf available).
  • Caffeine equivalent to a 16 oz coffee.

Supplement Facts – 

  • Calories: 45
  • Total Carbs 5 g
  • Sugar alcohol 4 g
  • Net carbs 1 g
  • Vitamin B6 294%, Vitamin B12 4167%, Calcium 270 mg, Sodium 910 mg

What is C-Med 100?

Pruvit ketones have been advancing for some time and the additional of AC-11 in the new Keto Max and Keto Kreme formulas was one such advancement.

C-Med 100 is the new trade name for the AC-11 DNA repair (Inner Bar of Uncaria Tomentosa) and Keto NAT contains a proprietary amount of C-Med 100.

The Keto Reboot Kit also contains AC-11 within its Signal OS pills.


What is R-Beta Hydroxybutyrate

Beta Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is the ketone body found in exogenous ketone supplements which are typically bound to salts and minerals. Pruvit’s Keto OS, Keto MAX and Keto NAT formulas are all a bit different. (What are the effects of BHB? Link to study)

Pruvit’s Keto OS formula uses a racemic blend of ketone salts using both the D+L isomers.

Keto Max uses only the D isomer which is bioidentical to the ketone bodies your liver makes. This is one reason why Keto Max is a stronger formula (roughly 40% stronger than the OS). It has a quicker uptake, quicker spike and is more rapidly absorbed.

What we know at this time is the new Keto NAT formula is more bioavailable than Keto Max so theoretically it should provide a stronger effect i.e. more energy, better appetite control, and better performance.


Keto NAT vs Keto Max

I finally got a chance to try both flavors of Keto NAT! To me, both flavors have the same great taste, but it did give me more energy, more intense focus and I wasn’t as hungry.  I love these benefits!

I’m excited for this “cleaner” formula and can’t wait until Keto NAT Key Limeade comes out!


When Will Keto NAT be for Sale

Keto NAT Raspberry Lemonade and Keto NAT Splash are now mainstay Pruvit flavors!

Max will eventually be phased out to be all Keto NAT formula.

Keto NAT samples and Harvest Sunrise Samples


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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Bone Broth (Updated)

Last week I fell ILL with a stomach bug. It didn’t matter what I tried to eat It just well… You know.. I drank bone broth and if you read the post you’ll know that drinking bone broth has tons of benefits. I was ILL for days and then when I drank bone broth I felt better within hours.
Why Haven’t You Tried Bone Broth Soup Yet?

Bone broth has received some major buzz lately and it’s certainly for good reason. This stock is special because it contains a good amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, and many other nutrients.

I suggest that one of the best components of bone broth is its rich collagen content, which can be beneficial to our joint and skin health. “Collagen is made up of different amino acids and is considered one of the most abundant proteins in humans. Consuming collagen is also beneficial for our joints,  especially since it makes up a large portion of them.

With this in mind, it’s worth mentioning that big soup brands like Pacific Foods are definitely getting in on the bone broth action, as the brand has recently released an organic bone broth soup line that features spins on old-time classics such as Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Noodle Soup With Chicken Bone Broth.

And unlike some cans of chicken noodle soup which are jam-packed with unpronounceable ingredients and tons of sodium, Pacific Foods keeps things simple with organic ingredients and a relatively reasonable sodium content (430 mg). So how do Pacific Foods keep up with chicken noodle soup from competitors like Progresso? Keep reading to find out more.


Pacific Organic Chicken Noodle Soup With Chicken Bone Broth

Pacific foods organic bone broth chicken noodle soup

1 CUP SERVING: 100 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 430 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 7 g protein

When compared to the Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle soup that the two products do not differ much nutritionally. However, that Pacific Foods soup contains less sodium than the Progresso version. In addition, there is slightly more iron, calcium, and vitamin A in the Pacific Foods soup, which can likely be attributed to the bone broth as well as the fresh vegetables.


Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle

Progresso chicken noodle soup

1 CUP SERVING: 110 calories, 2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 690 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

While Davidson explains that this Progresso soup uses chicken stock, she notes that this is essentially bone broth. This is why the protein content is identical in both soups, she says, along with the fact that they both use chicken meat as well.

In conclusion, when it comes to these two products, Davidson tells us that they don’t differ much because chicken stock is still bone broth, technically. “If you were to compare this soup to a vegetable stock, then you would notice more of a difference.

That being said, Pacific Foods new line of bone broth soups are still a lower-sodium alternative that contains skin-nourishing collagen! (This bone broth-based soup has 280 milligrams less sodium than Pacific Foods’ Original Chicken Noodle Soup.)

If chicken noodle soup isn’t your thing, Pacific Foods also offers Curry Chickpea (8 grams protein), Hearty Italian Vegetable (9 grams protein), and two 10 grams protein per serving soups: White Bean Kale & Millet and Caribbean Black Bean.

Buy a 12-pack of Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broth Chicken Noodle Soup: $4.74 each, Amazon


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

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If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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Lazy Keto vs. Strict Keto

Hello, how are you? Welcome if you’re new and welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while. If you’ve been here for a while you might remember a series called the best/worst of something and in that series, I ranked the best and the worst products. I’ve been thinking for a while what series I would like to introduce next and I decided to come up with (not the final name) a lazy series. In this series, I will be bringing you content about different things for people that are pressed for time. Yesterday I posted the first post you can Click Here to read about how to lose weight in a lazy way.

Today I bring you not just a “lazy” post but it is another keto post. This one is a definition between what is lazy keto vs. strict keto? If you want to learn more than please keep on reading.


The definition of Lazy keto varies significantly from person to person and can be confusing for those who are new to the ketogenic lifestyle. With the recent popularity of the ketogenic “diet” along with a ton of misinformation available from social media and websites cashing in on the trend alike, many think lazy keto is what eating ketogenic is all about (trust me it’s not).

The Lazy keto approach is typically not tightly tracking calories or sticking to protein and fat macros but instead keeping your carb intake under 20 grams or less per day.


Why Are The Keto Police Condemning Lazy Keto?

For many, going lazy keto might even include eating whatever they want as long as it fits within their carb count including sugars, bad fats, grain-based fillers and chemical additives in packaged foods.

Now I’m certainly not the Keto police (I actually don’t even agree with the ketogenic “diet”), but I’m sure you would agree that eating bad food doesn’t match up to the ketogenic way of eating for losing weight or dealing with a disease. Continue reading so I can explain why lazy keto or IIFYM (if it fits your macros) may not be the best approach to drop the extra pounds that you’re hanging onto.

Most people new to keto are doing some form of lazy keto or even low-carb disguised as keto, and I understand. Keto is a vast topic and can get pretty scientific when you start to educate yourself. It can be intimidating!

If lazy keto is what you need to change your life and it will allow you to take control of your health then sit back in the recliner and get comfortable. It is a significant lifestyle change, and you may need to ease into a more comprehensive keto diet to see the long-term health benefits or fit into that new dress by your birthday.


Lazy Keto Works But For How Long

It makes sense when you go from eating sugar filled, starchy carbs and fast food to cutting them out of your “diet”, focusing on your health and eating a whole food diet with fewer carbs you are going to see a change in your body for the better.

If you drink soda and eat french fries all day and suddenly stop you are going to drop some weight and probably feel much better no doubt.

I’ve seen lots of people drop massive amounts of weight doing lazy keto and I have seen hundreds quit because their body is different and they don’t see the immediate results they had hoped for from a more laid-back approach.

There are some things to consider if you are thinking about the lazy keto approach or if you’ve been doing lazy keto and have hit a weight loss plateau.


Tracking Keto Macros Sucks

I agree! Tracking everything you eat all day long can be annoying and time-consuming for most of us. After being on keto for some time, I don’t obsess or log everything I eat on a daily basis either.

I suggest those new to keto start by tracking and getting to know not only the carb counts but also the fat, protein and calories you’re consuming each day and how your body reacts to the changes. I think you will be surprised how quickly the totals of the food you eat each day adds up. Once you have a handle on it, then you can relax and not track as often or at all.


The Lazy Keto Approach Often Ignores Other Essential Macros

If you are not balancing your calories, fat and protein consumption along with your carb intake, you are probably missing out on many of the extended health benefits from keto and your ultimate success as time goes on.

Fat Is Crucial To Your Success

Healthy fat is the most significant energy source on the ketogenic diet. When you get the daily fat consumption macro right for your body and goals, it not only helps tremendously to satiate your hunger but it will help curb cravings for traditional carbs. Taming the desires to snack on high carb food will help you stay on track for longer and meet your goals.

I hear all the time from people doing lazy keto “I’m starving in between meals.” as compared to someone who has their fat macro dialed and has become fat adapted saying “I’m not even hungry.”


Protein Is Key To Ketosis and Your Physique

Getting the proper protein is critical for optimal health and also continuing to burn ketones for energy. When ketones aren’t present, the body can break down amino acids from the protein in your muscles via Gluconeogenesis (GNG) by turning protein into glycogen that can be used as glucose for fuel. The downside to Gluconeogenesis (GNG) is that it keeps your body from moving into ketosis.

Even worse if you don’t eat enough protein your body starts breaking down your lean muscle mass for fuel and it can result in damage to your body, your health, and overall performance.

So making sure you are getting the right amount of healthy fat and not over or under consuming protein is vital to your success. Remember Lazy Keto ignores these essential macros almost entirely.


IIFYM Is A Disaster Waiting To Happen

For some “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM) is a form of lazy keto where you eat whatever you want regardless of whats in it as long as you’re under 20-25 grams of carbs each day.

RANT WARNING!!!! IIFYM is a pet peeve of mine so forgive the rant that’s about to ensue. 

The web and social media groups are filled with people sharing low-carb desserts, sugar-free candy and prepackaged foods filled with crap calling it keto. In my opinion, encouraging one another to indulge in low-carb replacements for the foods like brownies and ice cream that frankly got people unhealthy and overweight in the first place is a misstep.

Do you think that’s a recipe for long-term success? Of course not. Keto is all about healthy whole food, removing processed foods, sugar and consuming food that is good for us.

If you fill your daily carb intake with desert replacements and packaged foods, you may be hitting your carb goals, but you’re setting yourself up for a fall later by not changing your unhealthy relationship with food from your high carb living past.

Of course, everything in moderation. An occasional keto dessert or a pint of Halo-Top is fine, but don’t overdo it. Remember this is a total lifestyle change, not just a fad diet. You are working on your mental relationship with food as much as the tastes and dependencies you have developed over a lifetime.


Should You Go Lazy Keto or Strict Keto

If you are just getting started, I suggest trying a more informed approach by tracking what you are eating and seeing how you react to the new changes in your diet. You will learn a great deal about your body and the foods you eat.

On the other hand, if you’ve been doing lazy keto for a while and are hitting a stall in your weight loss or want to try and maximize your results why not give a more focused approach a try?

Try it for a few weeks and see what may be causing you to stall. Are you overdoing the fat, overeating or under-eating protein or consuming too many calories? You will know for sure with just a little more effort, and you can adjust as needed. I think you will be surprised by how much impact even small changes can have on your keto success.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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Keto//os vs. Ketones

Here is the first post of a few Pruvit related posts. Any pruvit posts are affiliated but I DO NOT make a commission If you click the link or buy anything.  All opinions in today’s post are my own. If you are looking to get into Ketones or you want to know to learn more about The Ketogenic Diet you can reach the person who I buy my ketones and reboot through here Pruvit Promoter Katherine S.

Did You Know?

That one serving of Keto OS elevates your ketone levels and puts you into ketosis.  The skinny is – you help your body burn fat rather than glucose (carbs/sugar). It suppresses appetite and is a great tool for Intermittent FastingWhat I love most about drinking ketones is how they make me feel – good and with sustained energy throughout the day, focused, and much better workouts!

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Ketones Vs. Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic Diet will also put your body into ketosis, however, it’s very strict – less than 20 grams of carbs per day. To put that in perspective – one cup of rice has about 48 grams of carbs. But what if you don’t want to follow a super strict “diet” but you still want the benefits of being in ketosis?

Or what if you want to make your transition to a low-carb or ketogenic “diet” a lot easier?

 Please Keep On Reading!

This is where Keto//OS sets itself apart from every other supplement on the market and I’ll explain it this Keto OS review. 

Here are some of the benefits of drinking therapeutic ketones:

Sustained energy, Increased focus, Suppressed appetite, Better mood, Better sleep, Muscle preservation, Clear skin, Fat loss.

Keto OS Results – My First Time

I’ve had two rounds of experience drinking Keto//os, but the first time my commitment wasn’t there if I am being totally honest (my lifestyle/“diet” was since I’m being honest it was complete shit).

The first time I started drinking Keto//os (Raspberry Lemonade) was in December. 2017 and it helped me to eat healthier and get some fat loss going.  I lost about 8lbs in six weeks!

This was huge for me since the prior year I’d gained a little extra pouch through the holidays. I LOVE CAKE!!!!

I couldn’t seem to get any fat loss going. I’ll be honest I was putting my body through hell. I had food allergies and food Intolerances that I had no Idea about. And to top it all off I was going back and forth between vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian. Now I am gluten-free (because I gotta be) and I am vegetarian because with all the food allergies and Intolerances It just makes sense for me and my body. However, after starting the ketones I noticed my clothes started to fit better and I wasn’t as hungry. 

Like many ( I am no exception) with any lifestyle change we get excited about starting, I got complacent after a while. I got out of the habit of drinking Keto//os, and I started eating badly again! (Sorry Body)!

Keto Max Results – Committed to Ketones!

Round #2 with Keto//os It Was Now Or Never!

I joined beachbody on demand and I started doing  HIIT training – light running, yoga, and light weights) and I do that 2x per week and take Saturday and Sunday off.

I also ate a strict ketogenic diet (vegetarian) the first couple of weeks getting back on the ketones which helped a lot to get my body burning fat for fuel. But after a while, I just didn’t feel like following a strict Keto diet was for me, so I added back some carbs on my workout days and non-workout days.

Now I do a lot of Intermittent Fasting, and Intuitive Eating and I eat good “most of the time.”

Since being back on ketones, I have my energy back, my mood is lifted, my skin is clear, and I’m a LOT more focused and productive in life. 

Why Am I Writing About Pruvit Keto OS?

I originally set out to review Keto OS because before I tried it, my sister did and she had great results! She got me hooked, thanks sister! 

Drinking Keto//os gave her energy and helped suppress her appetite so she was able to make better food choices and get to those workouts in which all contributed to her body changes. She lost a lot of weight!

So what is Keto OS and how does this first-of-its-kind supplement put your body into ketosis?

What results can you expect with Keto OS? And does Keto OS have side effects? Keep reading my Keto OS review!

What is Prüvit Keto OS and How Does It Work?

Prüvit’s KETO//OS “Bio-hacks” your body into ketosis in under an hour.

Keto OS contains a patented formula of the highest quality ketone mineral salts (BHB -Betahydroxybutyrate) in a blend of amino acids and minerals.

Normally, ketones are only produced in the body during periods of fasting, but when’s the last time you fasted, or even at less than 20 grams of carbs in a day? Gave up pizza, bread, cakes, or even alcohol?😉

 

In fact, you can pee on a ketone test strip 45-60 minutes after you drink it to “pruvit.” These are available at drug stores.

However, don’t get too hung on on peeing on stuff, blood ketone tests are far more accurate than urine strips but they’ll give you an idea when you’re first getting started. Once you’re in ketosis for a while, your body will start to utilize the ketone bodies more efficiently. 

What is Ketosis? It’s Our Native State

 

Ketosis is our native state – when we were hunter-gatherers, we would go into ketosis and burn fat (instead of muscle) until we found our next meal. Our bodies thrive going in and out of ketosis!

Do You Have to Eat a Special Diet?Ketogenic diet

Many people ask me how to take Keto OS, and this is my recommendation:

  • Drink 1-2 servings of Keto OS per day and a new diet will follow naturally – because you won’t be as hungry and your carb and sugar cravings will be squashed!
  • Use the MCT or Keto Kreme in your coffee in the mornings, and a Keto Max in the afternoon(this is my current schedule)

Will you burn more fat if you eat a low carb or Keto diet?  YES, of course! At least go low carb if you’re looking for fat loss!

What Does Keto OS Taste Like?

Keto OS Orange Dream 2.1

 

Keto OS Orange Dream 2.1 tastes like a creamscicle and contains MCT.

Pruvit brought their exogenous ketones to the market place using Dr. Dominic D’Agostino’s patented formula of ketones + MCT (medium chain triglycerides, which is fat extracted from coconut).

MCT allows the ketones to have a more “slow release” and can give an edge to appetite suppression and help keep you feeling full.

The Orange contains a bit of milk powder to bind the MCT to the ketone body (it’s gluten free and Kosher certified, but not dairy free or vegan). 

Keto OS Chocolate Swirl 3.0

Keto OS Chocolate Swirl 3.0 tastes like a tootsie roll and is delicious mixed with iced coffee and heavy whipping cream!

Chocolate Swirl is unique since it’s the only Pruvit flavor that contains a prebiotic which can help with digestion. 

It’s also Vegan, Dairy-free and gluten-free.

Keto Max Maui Punch

 

Keto Max Maui Punch tastes just like a fruity punch!

What’s different about the Max flavors?

Max salts are a bit different from the OS salts. Max contains the most pure, most bio-available form of ketones, meaning your body can more easily absorb it so there’s a faster uptake, quicker peak, and provides more energy – Max is 40% stronger.

All Keto Max flavors are gluten-free, dairy-free and Kosher Certified and contain CMed 100 (AC-11) for DNA repair.

Keto OS Max Raspberry Lemonade

 

Keto Max Raspberry Lemonade is so refreshing and tastes great with a squeeze of fresh lemon!

It’s the perfect mix of sweet and tart! I never seem to get tired of Raspberry Lemonade (even though it does have a bit of a salty after taste).

Keto Max Heart Tart

 

Keto Max Heart Tart was a Valentine’s Day exclusive, but since everyone loved it SO much, it’s now on the permanent menu!

Heart Tart reminds me of strawberry jello or a strawberry sweet-tart, it’s DELICIOUS!

Keto Max Splash

 

Keto Max Splash is a light, citrusy, watermelon-grapefruit fusion!

This new flavor contains AC-11 DNA repair and added B3, B6 and B12 Vitamins.

I love the Splash, I am low on Vitamin B so it gives me an added boost of energy and it’s very light and refreshing.

Keto Kreme with Functional Fat Technology (FFT™)

 

Keto Kreme is a fat supplement powder you mix with your coffee or tea that’s great for boosting fat loss, an energy and brain boost, and is very filling and yummy!

How to use:  FAST on the Keto Kreme until you get hungry, then drink a Keto OS or Keto Max, then when you get hungry (lunch time or later) eat a low carb/high fat meal. Super burn!

Or: Drink half hour before dinner (I love it with mixed with decaf tea) to help fill you up before dinner.

What’s in Keto Kreme?

  • Healthy serving of fat (12 grams) made from coconut oil, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides) and sweetened with stevia.
  • Four different patented collagen formulas, new “Functional Fat Technology” *FFT
  • Collagen, which benefits: hair, skin, nails
  • Can even mix with just water and ice as a shake
  • CMed 100 (AC-11) for DNA Repair

Keto Reboot 60 Hour Fast

Pruvit’s new is becoming a very popular way to reset your metabolism for a full body reset. A lot of changes can be made in 60 hours and bad habits broken.

The Keto Reboot was an AMAZING experience, and I’ve done it several times! Some people do it monthly! Keto Reboot is a 60 hour fast (no food) using Keto Max, Keto Kalm Tea, Keto Broth, and Signal-OS capsules for DNA repair.

 

Keto OS Blue Ocean Unleashed

 

If you like Pina coladas….

If you want to try Pruvit’s strongest product, Blue Ocean is amazing! THIS is the flavor I drink for those days where I have a lot of work to focus on, or a tough workout.

Amped ketones are magical, and Blue Ocean tastes like a pina colada!

Pruvit’s Special Flavors

Keto OS White Midnight Unleashed

White midnight samples for sale

Pruvit released their “Mystery Max” Amped Midnight in early December.

This is a black cherry vanilla flavor and is “AMPED” like the Blue Ocean, contains AC-11, and its original release was purple (almost black in color) and is delicious!

They took the beet powder out so now it’s “White Midnight.”

Keto Max Envy (During St. Patty’s Day)

This St. Patty’s Day exclusive flavor tastes just like mint chocolate – GREEN ketones!

My favorite way to drink Keto Envy is to mix it with Swiss Cacao and whip up in a blender with ice, water and a little heavy whipping cream.

NOW we’re talking chocolatey mint cookie flavor! Which I love because I love chocolate and mint.

There are more new flavors such as Purple Reign (grape), Keto Jellies (jellybean), Key Limeade (awesome new lemon/lime flavor) and the new Harvest Sunrise.

Does Keto OS Have Any Side Effects?

Like any supplement, not everyone will have the same exact experience. If you’re sensitive to caffeine and drink the Charged version late in the day, then you may have trouble falling asleep, just like coffee may keep you up.

Some people report an upset stomach when they are adjusting to the Orange flavor (since it contains the MCT oils), and this is the reason to start with half a pack for at least a few days, or longer if necessary.

How I Feel Drinking Daily Ketones

I’ve been sailing through each day no longer experiencing those slumps of energy like I used to. And I’m not relying on coffee as much these days. No more brain fog, and no more afternoon coffee. Much more focused!

I’ve also been powering through my workouts at the gym and pushing myself whereas before I might just stop when it got too tough.

It gives me energy to get my butt to the gym when I would sometimes blow it off….you know how that goes. Half the battle is getting there!

Final Thoughts

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Keto Coffee Creamer

Today I talk about some of the best keto coffee cream creamers that are on the market today. I’ve done quite a few Keto posts. I’m curious to know if you like these type posts or no? If you enjoy these keto posts I will continue to do them if you don’t then I will do them once in a while. Just comment and let me know what you think.

If you are interested In the ketogenic lifestyle or going vegan or vegetarian you can reach me at the links I mentioned In the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

Keto Coffee Creamer by Left Coast

Left Coast Performance started with the goal of bringing affordable, high-quality MCT oil to the market. Since then, they have grown to sell other supplements, such as bone broth and ketone powder. They aim to use just a handful of ingredients in each of their products for maximum nutritional benefit. Because their keto coffee creamer is oil-based, it must be blended before use to get the right consistency. (leftcoastperformance)

Nutritional Facts: ghee, MCT oil. Servings: 32 , Carbs: 0, Flavors: cacao, unflavored

Form: liquid

Let’s compare some of the other features:

This creamer is gluten-free and contains only five ingredients

Has zero carbohydrates

Comes in two different flavors

Each bottle has 32 servings, which is over a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

The Left Coast website is minimal, without any useful resources

 Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer

Bulletproof is a health brand that sells numerous coffee products and even has several cafes located throughout the US west coast. In addition to coffee, they sell protein and other supplements, including MCT oil. Their product line is even more wide-ranged, including vibration plates, books, accessories, and clothing. Their website is impressive, featuring an educational blog and podcasts. A nice benefit with Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer is it is in powder form and does not require blending.

Nutritional Facts:  butter, octane oil, Servings: 14, Carbs: 6

Flavors: unflavored, Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

This Instamix does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Made with 100% grass-fed butter

Their website has lots of resources

Bulletproof specializes in coffee products and appears to be a well-rounded company

This creamer contains six carbs

Only has 14 servings per canister

Doesn’t offer any flavor options

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 

 Laird Superfood Unsweetened Original Coffee Creamer

Laird Superfood is named after Laird Hamilton, a self-proclaimed “surfer, fitness guru and coffee connoisseur.” He founded the company with the mission of finding a keto coffee creamer alternative to butter. Laird has since expanded their product line to include hydration powders, mushroom powder, coffee and more. You can find an educational blog and a recipe database on their website. (lairdsuperfood)

Nutritional Facts: coconut milk powder, sea-algae, coconut oil

Servings: 227, Carbs: 1

Flavors: unsweetened, original, cacao, turmeric

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in many different sizes and flavors

One one-pound package has a whopping 227 servings

Is non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and non-GMO

Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Contains no artificial ingredients, no added sugar, no chemicals and no fillers

Only contains one carb

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Coffee Booster Organic High-Fat Coffee Creamer

Ironically, Coffee Booster was inspired by its founder’s dislike of butter in coffee. The company’s mission was to create a keto-friendly coffee creamer that tasted good. They found the perfect recipe by adding in some cacao powder (and presumably some other techniques). So far their coffee creamer is their only product. You can learn a lot about the science of the ketogenic diet on their website. (coffeebooster)

Nutritional Facts: Carbs: 1

Flavors: cinnamon, naked, original, vanilla

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

  • Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee
  • Comes in several different flavors
  • Contains only three ingredients, which are all organic and non-GMO
  • Coffee Booster is solely focused on this product
  • Only contains one carb
  • Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Omega PowerCreamer Butter Coffee Blend

PowerCreamer started developing their butter creamer in late 2014 and spent over a year in research and development before taking their product to market. Their Omega Power Creamer is their only product, offered in four different flavors. Their website features a blog and recipe database for using their creamer to make tasty and healthy coffee drinks. PowerCreamer’s founders, Greg and Nick, make an effort to respond to everyone who contacts them. (powercreamer)

Nutritional Facts:

organic grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil

Servings: 20, Carbs: 0

Flavors: cacao, cinnamon, original, vanilla

Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains zero carbs

Available in several different flavors

Only contains four ingredients, including organic, grass-fed ghee

PowerCreamer is solely focused on this product

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

Only 20 servings per bottle

PowerCreamer is a very young company without a proven record of success

 

 Biona Organic Creamed Coconut

Biona is the UK-based child company of Windmill Organics, an organic food company. Biona sells a wide range of foods from pasta to yogurt and everything in between. Their creamed coconut contains 24 carbohydrates per serving, so while it may not be completely keto-friendly, it is a 100% whole food, making it one of the healthiest and least processed options out there. If you are strictly keto, this may not be what you’re looking for, but if you’re simply going for a healthy, whole food-based “diet”, this is about as close as you’ll get. (biona)

Nutritional Facts: coconut, Servings: unavailable

Carbs: 24, Flavors: none, Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains only one ingredient and no additives

Biona doesn’t use any herbicides or pesticides on their crops

All of Biona’s products are non-GMO

Contains 24 carbs and 7 grams of sugar

Meant for use in curry dishes, not necessarily coffee

Number of servings per container is unavailable

As a liquid, this will most likely require blending to mix well into coffee

Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone MCT Oil Powder by Divine Health

Colbert calls himself “America’s #1 doctor for faith & medicine.” He has office locations in Orlando and Dallas, and users can make an appointment with him right on his website for anti-aging treatments. He sells superfood mixes, MCT oil, ketone powders, collagen and a few books he has authored. His website is very transparent, including several contact email addresses and phone numbers. You can also find a database of recipes, challenges, and health-related articles. (drcolbert)

Nutritional Facts: Base ingredients: MCT oil, Servings: 30

Carbs: 3, Flavors: hazelnut, coconut cream, French vanilla, unflavored

Form: pre-blended powder

 

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in several different flavors

Has 30 servings per container, which is about a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

Does not require blending, just stir into coffee

This product is non-GMO, gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free and vegan

Can be used in a variety of ways, including with coffee, baking products, shakes and smoothies

Contains three carbs

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

Buyers Guide Information

I know you were looking for what are the best options, but here is some more detail as to why we might need good low carb coffee creamer products and brands to help us easily get a creamy tasting coffee without a load of sugary carbs.

Does Coffee Creamer Make You Gain Weight

Regular coffee creamer is a non-dairy creamer that usually contains high amounts of sugar to add to the taste. It usually has more sugar but less fat than half-and-half, and also may contain many unnatural additives. For those on a ketogenic diet, or just following a balanced “diet”, coffee creamer is not the best choice. One serving of coffee creamer can contain over a teaspoon of sugar. It will be difficult to remain in ketosis or lose weight if you start your day off with a splash or two of regular creamer in your coffee.

Can You Have Half-and-Half on Keto

Half-and-half is a slightly better option. It is made by mixing heavy cream with whole milk, resulting in a creamy but reduced fat choice. It only has about 20 calories per serving, 10-18% of which is fat. While half-and-half may be a wiser option than regular coffee creamer, it still contains lactose or milk sugar. Butter or low carb coffee creamers are overall the best choices for those wishing to lose weight through ketosis.

Benefits of Using a Low Carb (Keto) Coffee Creamer

~Avoiding the taste of butter or coconut oil

~Feeling satiated and alert for hours after consumption without needing to eat

~Avoiding the sugar and carbs of regular coffee creamers or milk-based creamers

~Enjoying a variety of healthy flavors

Some people are okay with using straight butter or coconut oil in their coffee, but not everybody can deal with the taste. That is the main reason people choose to use specially made low carb coffee creamers. (lowcarbyum)

Is Keto Coffee Creamer Bad for You

The short answer is probably not. The long answer depends on what creamer you are using. It’s always best to stick with the most natural form of food—which is why, technically, using straight butter or coconut oil is the healthiest choice. But what is not healthy is to force down something you hate the taste of. You have to enjoy your morning coffee—otherwise, what’s the point? That’s where low carb creamers come in. If you choose one that is processed with additives and artificial ingredients, then, of course, it’s bad for you. Instead, stick with whole food-based creamers with only a handful of ingredients.

And, Avoid These Other Ingredients

(If Possible)

Thickening agents

Preservatives

Artificial sweeteners and flavors

Added sugar

Hydrogenated oils

 

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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Keto “Friendly” Ways To Get Electrolytes

Today I will be talking about some Keto “Friendly” ways to replenish electrolytes. I use quotations because based on my research I found these

The popularity of the ketogenic “diet” continues to grow so does interest in how to optimize health while following this high-fat, low-carb eating plan.

Because the keto “diet” cuts out a number of food options, it’s a good idea to supplement with specific nutrients.

Not to mention, some supplements can help dieters reduce adverse effects of the keto flu and even enhance athletic performance when training on a low-carb diet.


The best supplements to take

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that boosts energy, regulates blood sugar levels and supports your immune system (1).

Research suggests that due to magnesium-depleting medications, reliance on processed foods and other factors, a good portion of the population has or is at risk of developing a magnesium deficiency (2). On a ketogenic diet, it may be even more difficult to meet your magnesium needs, as many magnesium-rich foods like beans and fruits are also high in carbs.

For these reasons, taking 200–400 mg of magnesium per day may be beneficial if you’re on a keto diet. Supplementing with magnesium can help reduce muscle cramps, difficulty sleeping, and irritability — all symptoms commonly experienced by those transitioning to a ketogenic diet (345).

Some of the most absorbable forms of magnesium include magnesium glycinate, magnesium gluconate, and magnesium citrate.

If you wish to increase your magnesium intake through keto-friendly foods, focus on incorporating these low-carb, magnesium-rich options:

Spinach~ Avocado `Swiss chard~ Pumpkin seeds~ Mackerel

Those following a ketogenic “diet” may be at a higher risk of developing a magnesium deficiency. Taking a magnesium supplement or eating more low-carb, magnesium-rich foods can help you meet your daily requirements.

 MCT Oil Medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are a popular supplement among keto dieters.

They’re metabolized differently than long-chain triglycerides, the most common type of fat found in food.

MCTs are broken down by your liver and quickly enter your bloodstream where they can be used as a fuel source for your brain and muscles.

Coconut oil is one of the richest natural sources of MCTs, with about 17% of its fatty acids being in the form of MCTs with potential metabolic benefits (6).

However, taking MCT oil (made by isolating MCTs from coconut or palm oil) provides an even more concentrated dose of MCTs and can be helpful for those following a ketogenic diet.

Supplementing with MCT oil can help keto dieters since it can quickly up your fat intake, which increases ketone levels and helps you stay in ketosis (7).

It has also been shown to promote weight loss and increase feelings of fullness, which can be helpful for those using the ketogenic diet as a weight loss tool (8).

MCT oil can be easily added to shakes and smoothies or simply taken by the spoonful for a quick fat boost.

It’s a good idea to start with a small dose (1 teaspoon or 5 ml) of MCT oil to see how your body reacts before increasing to the suggested dosage listed on the supplement bottle.

MCT oil can cause symptoms like diarrhea and nausea in some people.

MCT oil is a type of rapidly digested fat that can be used to help ketogenic dieters boost fat intake and stay in ketosis.

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, such as fish or krill oil, are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which benefit health in many ways.

EPA and DHA have been found to reduce inflammation, lower heart disease risk and prevent mental decline (9).

Western diets tend to be higher in omega-6 fatty acids (found in foods like vegetable oils and processed foods) and lower in omega-3s (found in fatty fish).

This imbalance can promote inflammation in the body and has been linked to an increase in many inflammatory diseases (10).

Omega-3 supplements can be particularly beneficial for people on ketogenic diets, as they can help maintain a healthy omega-3 to omega-6 ratio when following a high-fat diet.

What’s more, omega-3 supplements can maximize the ketogenic diet’s impact on overall health.

One study showed that people following a ketogenic diet who supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids from krill oil experienced greater decreases in triglycerides, insulin and inflammatory markers than those who did not (11).

When shopping for omega-3 supplements, choose a reputable brand that provides at least a combined 500 mg of EPA and DHA per 1,000 mg serving.

Those on blood-thinning medications should consult a doctor before taking omega-3 supplements, as they can increase your risk of bleeding by further thinning your blood (12).

To boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids through keto-friendly foods, eat more salmon, sardines and anchovies.

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can reduce inflammation, lower heart disease risk factors and help ensure a healthy balance of omega-3s to omega-6s.


 Vitamin D

Having optimal levels of vitamin D is important for everyone’s health, including people following ketogenic diets.

The keto diet doesn’t necessarily put you at a higher risk of developing a vitamin D deficiency, but since vitamin D deficiency is common in general, supplementing with this vitamin is a good idea (13).

Vitamin D is important for many bodily functions, including facilitating the absorption of calcium, a nutrient that could be lacking on a ketogenic diet, especially in those who are lactose intolerant (14).

Vitamin D is also responsible for supporting your immune system, regulating cellular growth, promoting bone health and lowering inflammation in your body (15).

Since few foods are good sources of this important vitamin, many health professionals recommend vitamin D supplements to ensure proper intake.

Your doctor can run a blood test to determine if you’re deficient in vitamin D and help prescribe a proper dosage based on your needs.

Since vitamin D deficiency is common, it may be a good idea for people following the ketogenic diet to get their vitamin D levels checked and supplement accordingly.


 Digestive Enzymes

One of the main complaints of those new to the ketogenic diet is that the high-fat content of this eating pattern is tough on their digestive system.

Since the keto diet may consist of up to 75% fat, those used to consuming diets lower in fat can experience unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea and diarrhea.

In addition, though the ketogenic diet is only moderate in protein, it may still be a higher amount than some people are used to, which can also cause digestive side effects.

If you’re experiencing digestive issues like nausea, diarrhea and bloating when transitioning to a ketogenic diet, a digestive enzyme blend that contains enzymes that break down fats (lipases) and proteins (proteases) may help optimize digestion.

What’s more, proteolytic enzymes, which are enzymes that help break down and digest protein, have been shown to reduce post-workout soreness, which can be a bonus for workout enthusiasts on a keto diet (1617).

Taking a digestive supplement that contains both protease and lipase enzymes, which break down protein and fat respectively, may help relieve digestive symptoms related to transitioning to a keto diet.


 Exogenous Ketones

Exogenous ketones are ketones supplied through an external source, while endogenous ketones are the type produced naturally by your body through a process called ketogenesis.

Exogenous ketone supplements are commonly used by those following a ketogenic diet to increase blood ketone levels.

Aside from potentially helping you reach ketosis quicker, exogenous ketone supplements have been linked to other benefits as well.

For example, they have been shown to boost athletic performance, speed muscle recovery and decrease appetite (1819).

However, research on exogenous ketones is limited, and many experts argue that these supplements aren’t necessary for keto dieters.

Additionally, most of the studies on exogenous ketones used a more powerful type of exogenous ketones called ketone esters, not ketone salts, which is the most common form found in supplements available to consumers.

While some people may find these supplements helpful, more research is needed to establish their potential benefits and risks.

Exogenous ketones may help raise ketone levels, decrease appetite and increase athletic performance. However, more research is needed to establish the effectiveness of these supplements.


 Greens Powder

Vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and powerful plant compounds that can fight inflammation, lower disease risk and help your body function at optimal levels.

Though not everyone following a keto diet is necessarily lacking in their vegetable intake, this eating plan does make it more difficult to consume enough plant foods.

A quick and easy way to boost your vegetable intake is by adding a greens powder to your supplement regimen.

Most greens powders contain a mixture of powdered plants like spinach, spirulina, chlorella, kale, broccoli, wheatgrass and more.

Greens powders can be added to drinks, shakes, and smoothies, making them a convenient way to increase your intake of healthy produce.

Those following ketogenic diets can also focus on adding more whole-food, low-carb vegetables to their meals and snacks.

While it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for fresh produce, a well-balanced greens powder is an excellent and easy way for keto dieters to add a nutrient boost to their meal plan.

Greens powders contain powdered forms of healthy plants like spinach, spirulina, and kale. They can provide a convenient source of nutrients to those following ketogenic diets.


 Electrolyte Supplements or Mineral-Rich Foods

Focusing on adding minerals through diet is important for people following a ketogenic diet, especially when first switching to this way of eating.

The first weeks can be challenging as the body adapts to the very low number of carbs consumed.

Levels of sodium, potassium, and magnesium can drop as well, leading to symptoms of the keto flu, such as headaches, muscle cramps and fatigue (20).

Additionally, athletes following a keto diet may experience even greater fluid and electrolyte losses through sweating (21).

Adding sodium through “diet” is the best strategy. Simply salting foods or sipping on a broth made with bouillon cubes should cover most people’s increased sodium needs.

Increasing your intake of potassium- and magnesium-rich foods can counteract losses of these important minerals, too.

Dark leafy greens, nuts, avocados, and seeds are all keto-friendly foods that are high in both magnesium and potassium.

Electrolyte supplements containing sodium, potassium, and magnesium are available as well.

People following a ketogenic “diet” should focus on increasing their consumption of sodium, potassium, and magnesium to prevent unpleasant symptoms like a headache, muscle cramps, and fatigue.


 

Supplements to Boost Athletic Performance

Creatine monohydrate: Creatine monohydrate is an extensively researched dietary supplement that has been shown to promote muscle gain, improve exercise performance and increase strength (2223).

~Caffeine: An extra cup of Coffee or green tea can benefit athletic performance and boost energy levels, especially in athletes transitioning to a keto “diet” (24).

~Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs): Branched-chain amino acid supplements have been found to reduce exercise-related muscle damage, muscle soreness and fatigue during exercise (252627).

~HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate): HMB may help decrease muscle loss and increase muscle mass, especially in those who are just beginning an exercise program or increasing the intensity of their workouts (2829).

~Beta-alanine: Supplementing with the amino acid beta-alanine may help prevent fatigue and muscle burnout when following a ketogenic “diet” (3031).

 


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Vital Proteins’ Collagen Peptides

 

If you’re into the keto diet, looking for a way to build muscle, or simply just want to lose some weight, the supplementation of collagen peptides could do wonders to help you achieve your goals.

Collagen has been one of the most raved about structural proteins in recent times when it comes to skincare, beauty, health, and performance. But, with the sales pitches coming from almost every angle, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not.


What Is Collagen and Why You Need It

Put simply, collagen accounts for approximately a third of your body’s protein composition. It plays an important role in the formation of your skin, bones, muscle, tendons, and ligaments and is found in your cornea, blood vessels, and teeth. It has so many scientifically proven health benefits which you can read more here.

In plain English, it’s the glue that holds everything together. It’s also why the word collagen derives from the Greek word “kólla” which means glue.

Those who are looking to build muscle or to increase mass and strength, a 2015 study showed that consuming collagen peptides while doing strength training increased muscle mass and strength .

For beauty purposes, consumption of collagen supplements helps improve skin elasticity, appearance, and minimize lines and wrinkles. Not only does it promote more youthful skin, but collagen also enhances the strength of your hair particles as well as your nails and joints (2)

For weight loss purpose, collagen also helps you reach your goals by helping you feel fuller for longer when compared to whey, soy, and even casein (4).

For keto “diet” enthusiasts, collagen peptides work very well when combined with the keto diet as it has a very low amount of calories and carbs.

For example, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (Unflavored) only has 70 calories for each serving (two scoops). So if you are looking for low carb protein powder to make your keto-friendly protein shakes, collagen powder is an excellent choice.


The Difference Between Collagen Protein and Other Types of Protein

The main difference between collagen and other proteins is the amino acid profile. Collagen has more essential amino acids such as alanine, arginine, proline, and hydroxyproline that make collagen unique in terms of how they benefit parts of your body such as hair, nail, ligaments, joints, tendons, skin, and digestion.


Vital Proteins’ Collagen Peptides

With so many collagen protein options to choose from, it’s common sense to pose the question of why you should choose Vital Proteins over other brands. What makes it one of the best collagen supplements out there?

In short, Vital Proteins’ collagen is grass-fed, pasture-raised, gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO. It’s Kosher and Whole 30 approved as well as being keto friendly.

It is unflavored and versatile so basically, you can use in any drink, dish and recipes that you wish to without destroying its taste and flavor. Another bonus is that this collagen is super soluble and easy to mix in both hot and cold liquids.

Many women in the keto community love this product and they use it every day and notice incredible results with their hair, nail, and skin. They experience healthier hair with less breakage and split ends.

If you are experiencing hair loss on a low carb ketogenic “diet”, maybe it’s not because of the diet itself, but could be due to many factors. One of the factors could be because your body is craving collagen. As we mentioned earlier, collagen makes up almost 30% of the protein content in our bodies. If you don’t consume enough of it, you might experience skin, hair and nails issues.

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Based on our experience coupled with facts gathered from the manufacturer themselves and the reviews from the health and fitness community, here’s a list of Pros and Cons of going with Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.


The Pros

 Grass-Fed Cows

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides “are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides”. I’d like to draw emphasis to the fact that the cows are grass-fed which always triumphs over grain-fed cows based. Grass-fed beef contains more cancer-fighting antioxidants and is also higher in Vitamin A and E (5).

To put it simply, grass-fed cows contain up to five times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed cows which is the key to reducing inflammation and aids in lowering the risks of chronic diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids are also critical in improving cognitive and behavioral function which impacts your overall well-being and physical abilities (678).

The fact that Vital Proteins’ Collagen is derived from grass-fed cows definitely wins a thumbs up from us in that arena.


 Bioavailability

If you don’t know what bioavailability means, it’s essentially the ability for your body to digest and absorb a solution quickly in order to maximize the benefits obtainable from that solution.

Based on my experience, I found it extremely easy to dilute the powder with cold water without leaving any nasty powder clumps in the mixture which goes to show how soluble it is.

The recommended dosage is 1 to 2 scoops of Vital Proteins into 8 ounces of any liquid to be consumed twice a day.

Having gone with the unflavored option, our liquid of choice to mix the powder with is coffee in the morning and a smoothie in the afternoon. The powder dissolved quickly and smoothly and there is no noticeable taste difference in both coffee or smoothie, which is a huge perk.

You can make your milkshake or protein shake by simply adding  1-2 scoops of this to your milk (or milk of choice). If you’re on keto, add 1 scoop of collagen in your coconut milk or almond milk. Optional choices are ice, sweetener, etc…

The unflavored collagen makes it so easy to add it to any other liquids without a noticeable change in flavor. If you like your coffee black, adding this wouldn’t change your coffee’s taste at all.


 Free from Gluten, rBGH, GMO, Dairy, and Ractopamine

If you’re looking to lose weight or to build a leaner and more toned figure, gluten is not your best friend. The fact that Vitals Protein is gluten-free makes this supplement highly attractive from all angles be it weight loss or muscle building.

It’s also nice to know that a collagen peptide supplement that derives from bovine hide does not contain artificial hormones that can be damaging to our health!


Contains Arginine and Alanine

If you’re looking to build muscle mass, the fact that this product contains Arginine and Alanine is a huge plus compared to other collagen proteins.

Arginine is critical in protein synthesis which supports the development of muscle mass and acts as a treatment for several health issues such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and erectile dysfunction (9).

Alanine is crucial as an aid to increasing carnosine in your body which acts as a powerful antioxidant. The more alanine in your system, the higher your acid-buffering capacity becomes thus allowing your muscles to push your workouts and training harder due to a slower lactic acid release in your muscles (10).


The Cons

The only downside to Vital Proteins I can think of is it’s a little bit more expensive compared to other collagen products. It is understandable because Vital Proteins use the best quality bovine hide collagen peptides to make their products. If you value quality and the amazing benefits of this product, I think the price isn’t an issue.

Also, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, collagen peptides are not for you unfortunately because they are sourced from grass-fed bovine.


How To Use Collagen:

Stir into hot/cold water or other beverages.

Add to coffee for extra creaminess and frothiness.

Add to smoothies and shakes as a protein booster

Add into any desserts and baking recipes


The Conclusion

If you’re looking for a high-quality collagen peptide supplement, we highly recommend Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. If you’re like many people, you will notice its benefits when you commit to a consistent intake of the supplement over a period of 6-8 weeks. You will appreciate the results witnessed after. Give it a try today!


Final Thoughts

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How To Drink Starbucks While On Keto

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

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When you’re on The Ketogenic Diet, at first, you feel like an unstoppable one-woman keto army—cooking at home, meal-prepping, even brewing your own coffee.

But damn, that’s hard—especially when all you want to do is go for a Starbucks run.

Good news, though: You don’t have to give up your beloved ‘bucks orders. There are plenty of options out there so you can stay keto and enjoy your fave morning (or afternoon, or evening) pick-me-up in the process.

Overall, you want to stick with four simple rules,  First, order sugar-free options, since sugar = carbs. Next, opt for heavy cream over regular milk (again, lactose is another carb). And then consider adding unsweetened nut milk(s) like almond or coconut to drinks. 

But those are just the basics. Here are some specific drinks—based on your specific needs (and mood)—that are still totally keto friendly

Black coffee’s always a safe bet, but if you can’t stomach that…

Black coffee—hot, iced, or cold brew—is always going to be a winner in the keto department but it’s a little…intense.

Still, it’s calorie-free with no sugar, which is definitely keto, Upton points out. At two to five calories per serving, coffee (brewed, espresso, or instant) simply does not have enough carbohydrates to get someone off track of their keto “diet”.

If you just can’t have yours straight up, it’s 100 percent okay to add heavy cream and a flavoring like cinnamon or sugar-free syrup. If you need a little sweetener (fair), bypass the sugar and try a little stevia. Sugar subs that have no calories or carbs can fit on the “diet”.

If you need something hot and sweet…I got you covered.

Sure, you can be on your keto A-game on most days, but sometimes you just need a good, comforting cup of something warm and sweet.

You can do an Americano (a.k.a., espresso and water) and add heavy cream and stevia, order a cappuccino or flat white with heavy cream instead of milk, get a mocha with half heavy cream and half water (to create a “milk”), or have a latte with an unsweetened nut milk and add your own flavoring.

The high fat and low sugar content of coconut milk can work on a keto “diet” if factored into the total daily allowance, Heavy cream has a high fat and low sugar content, making it great for keto.

Sure, not everyone is into coffee, but Starbucks clearly has some cool drinks that look amazing on Instagram. If you’re just going for the likes, you can DIY a pink drink that looks awesome in pics.

Plenty of people have shared a variation of this on Instagram, but it basically involves mixing Starbucks’ passion fruit iced tea with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, and cream. You can have it blended or just over ice. Voila!

This doesn’t have a lot of carbs so it would fit. One cup of herbal tea has about 0.5 grams of carbohydrate per eight-ounce serving, the sugar-free vanilla syrup has so little carbohydrate content that it can state zero on any packaging, and heavy whipping cream has about one gram of carbohydrate per ounce. At the same time, it has almost 100 calories which can help you meet your macro targets.

Any Starbucks hot or iced tea, without sweetener, is a safe bet, Upton says. Or you could get a chai-brewed tea and add some heavy cream to the mix. (Just make sure to ask for brewed chai vs. the stuff they pour out of a box—that has sugar in it… Actually, the boxed stuff has more than the daily recommended amount of sugar).

Be Cautious, though: Some of their blended teas and tea lattes (even if you sub in cream) are off-limits since they contain sugar.

Getting a Starbucks reward feels almost as good as winning the lottery, and you don’t want to blow it on something basic like black coffee.

If you have a reward that you can’t wait to spend, try asking a barista to mix up a keto-friendly Frappucino. Start with the basics: Order a Frapp made with unsweetened almond, coconut milk, or heavy cream, and whatever sugar-free flavoring is your pleasure (vanilla, caramel, hazelnut…there are a bunch to choose from).

Keto is about cutting carbs and not limiting fat. That’s why cream and coconut milk are okay.

Clearly, the bagel, croissant, and banana bread aren’t going to fly, but their bacon and gruyere sous vide egg bites are a solid high-fat, low-carb option, Warren says.

Per serving: 310 calories, 22 g fat (14 g sat), 9 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 600 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Starbucks has several protein boxes that are solid for when you’re on the go, but most also contain fruit (carbs) and crackers (totally obvious carbs).

Still, that doesn’t mean they can’t fill you up when you’re keto. You can opt for the egg and cheese protein box and just skip the fruit and bread, or go for the Felino Uncured Italian Salami and Manchego box. Starbucks also usually has string cheese and Moon Cheese handy, both of which would make a solid snack.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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