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


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Microwaveable Thanksgiving Sides

If you’re new to my blog hello how are you and welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while. I’ve done a series called the best and worst of something or sometimes I use the word horrible. When I do those type of posts I always link them at the end of those type posts. I realize not everyone may read that far down. So what I am going to do Is I will be posting just the bad and worst of something so that way If you are curious about something you can use that posts as a reference and as I continue the series I will continue to add the new best and worst of posts to that specific post I will keep you all updated as I update It I hope all of this makes sense?


The typical American spends nearly quadruple more time sweating in the kitchen on Thanksgiving compared to a typical weekend day, according to the USDA. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas, I get it: the roasted centerpiece takes long enough. So save time ( I know that you know that I know that you do)—and oven space—by hitting the “easy button” with these showy side dishes that can be cooked completely in your microwave.

I will cover everything from soups and salads to bread and dips, these microwave recipes will make your holidays far less stressful.


Paleo Pumpkin English Muffins

Paleo pumpkin muffinsSteering clear of wheat or maybe you or someone you know Is gluten-free? Bake a batch of these quick pumpkin English muffins. Made with coconut flour and cashew flour instead of all-purpose wheat flour, these muffins are gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. And the pumpkin puree and pie spice make them tender and tasty, too. Running to the Kitchen’s base recipe is for one, so simply multiply by the number of people sharing your table and cook each in a separate ramekin.

Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.


Microwave Cheddar and Herb Biscuit in a Mug

Microwave cheddar muffin

If you have 60 seconds, then you have all the time you need to “bake” Bigger Bolder Baking’s savory muffins in your microwave. A pat of butter and a couple spoonfuls of cheddar cheese lend a crumbly, rich texture worthy of your holiday menu. Present them in an eclectic array of microwave-safe mugs to fit the party vibe.

Get the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking.


Low-Carb Keto Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Mashed cauliflowerCourtesy of Wholesome Yum

Instead of serving your go-to mashed potatoes, why not swap the carby side for mashed cauliflower? Wholesome Yum recommends using the veggie’s florets, microwaving them until fully cooked, and squeezing out all of the water after microwaving. These three secrets to success will leave you with a creamy, keto-friendly spud swap that’s perfect for pairing with any entrée.

Get the recipe from Wholesome Yum


2-Ingredient Queso Dip

Queso dipCourtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Cheese, please! Gimme Some Oven’s queso is ideal for casual holiday parties. Cream cheese and salsa verde make snack magic once warmed together in the microwave. Serve this dunkable side dish with a platter of crudites and multicolored whole grain tortilla chips.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven


Grape and Bacon Goat Cheese Pops

Grape bacon cheese popsCourtesy of That’s So Michelle

Savory, sweet, salty, and tart all at once, a platter of these bite-sized snacks will disappear quicker than the last glass of eggnog. The only cooking required is crisping up the bacon in the microwave for the crumbly coating that surrounds the goat cheese-wrapped grapes. We’re not forgetting about the entrée!

Get the recipe from That’s So Michelle.


Healthy Russian Olivier Salad

Russian saladCourtesy of Wholesome Yum

Wholesome Yum’s twist in the classic Russian Olivier salad is a mainstay at holiday gatherings. And after skimming the easy instructions, we can understand why. The cauliflower and carrots are the only micro-cooked components, which get tossed with pickles, eggs (pro tip: buy them hard-boiled), peas, and a mayo-based dressing. The result is an upgrade on the picnic favorite potato salad in a dinner party-worthy package.

Get the recipe from Wholesome Yum


Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Kale Salad

Strawberry kale saladCourtesy of One Ingredient Chef

Come holiday season, it’s fitting to serve a salad inspired by dessert! Sure, you could just sprinkle a handful of candied pecans over romaine but we know you’d rather plate this red and green recipe from One Ingredient Chef. The kale, strawberries, and mint are refreshing and raw—and serve as a nice complement to the cocoa-powder-infused balsamic dressing. Microwave the vinegar, maple syrup, and cocoa for a few seconds to help them incorporate easily.

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.


Microwave Pizza Dip

Microwave pizza dipCourtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Since three kinds of cheese are better than one, this kid-friendly side dish dreamed up by The Seasoned Mom features cream cheese on the bottom as well as mozzarella and Parmesan on top. In between the two, layer marinara sauce, turkey pepperoni, and your go-to veggie toppings. Then, microwave it for two minutes and pair with a “crust” of toasted baguette slices or warm breadsticks.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.


Roasted Butternut Squash Carrot Soup

Squash carrot soupCourtesy of Blender Happy

Blender Happy proves that you can use your blender for more than just smoothies with this winter squash and carrot soup. Start with leftover roasted vegetables from last night’s dinner and blend with broth and garlic for a bisque-like bowl. For those who own a blender without a built-in cooking function, microwave each bowl before serving for one minute or until warm.

Get the recipe from Blender Happy.


Edamame Avocado Hummus

Edamame avocado hummusCourtesy of Well Plated

Get your greens with Well Plated’s guacamole-inspired hummus. First, microwave thawed edamame (which adds protein and thickens the texture), then blend with avocado, cilantro, and other healthy holiday ingredients. The result is packed with healthy, satisfying fats that will keep you from reaching for a second slice of pie.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.


One-Minute Brown Rice Risotto

Brown rice risottoCourtesy of Dinner Then Dessert

Normally, risotto requires many minutes of repetitive stirring and sweating over the stove—but this 60-second side requires just the opposite. Ready-to-serve brown rice, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese help it taste like you spent hours in the kitchen. You’re the only one who needs to know it was done quicker than a Christmas carol.

Get the recipe from Dinner Then Dessert.


Crunchy Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Cous cous saladCourtesy of Laughing Spatula

After microwaving the grains for Laughing Spatula’s veggie-centric couscous and chickpea salad, fold them together with the fiber-rich legume, plus broccoli, cucumber, tomato, and red bell pepper. Add a handful of feta for a salty kick and a splash of lemon vinaigrette for salad guests will reach to for seconds.

Get the recipe from Laughing Spatula.


Holiday Crab Dip

Crab dipCourtesy of Flour on My Face

 Okay, seafood, with Flour on My Face’s Old-Bay-seasoned crab dip. Cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo join forces in the decadent base while canned crab makes it a cinch to stir together in a flash. Warm your bones by serving this creamy side dish straight from the microwave and pair it with a basket of crackers or old bay-dusted buttery biscuits. Because cheat meals don’t count during the holidays, right?

Get the recipe from Flour on My Face.


Broccoli Salad

Broccoli saladCourtesy of Mama Loves Food

Since everything is better with bacon, add Mama Loves Food’s festively-hued salad to your holiday spread. Hot-from-the-microwave bacon lends savory, salty goodness into each and every bite. Sunflower seeds, carrots, dried cranberries, and a mayo-based dressing help this taste just like the broccoli salad of your childhood potluck memories.

Get the recipe from Mama Loves Food.


BBQ Bacon Ranch Football Cheese Ball

Football bacon cheese dipCourtesy of Julie’s Eats and Treats

This cheesy side is a surefire trophy-winner if you’re hosting a squad of sports fans to watch the on-field action during your holiday gathering. Inspired by the winning combination of bacon (the only microwaved ingredient) and ranch, this cheese ball recipe combines a barbecue-flavored cream cheese, a pecan-studded coating, and string cheese “laces” for extra points.

Get the recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats.


Microwave Hot Cross Bun

Hot cross buns

Yes, hot cross buns exist beyond the song you learned on the piano in music class! Big Man’s World’s hot cross buns are remarkably versatile with Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan variations. They’re also appropriate parallel to dinner or even as a sweet dessert. Microwave the dried-fruit-flecked buns in mugs or bowls and finish with a cross of protein-packed frosting.

Get the recipe from Big Man’s World.


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Why You Should Eat Spaghetti Squash And How To Cook It

We’ve all been there: You see the giant yellow squash in the store and are instantly reminded of all the low-carb meals you came across on Pinterest, but you’ve never actually mustered the courage to tackle the sought-after veggie. To help you finally sub your go-to box of noodles with this low-calorie alternative. Not only is it a delicious low-carb alternative to your favorite pastas, but it’s also jam-packed with skin-healing vitamin A, energizing B vitamins, flu-fighting vitamin C, and bone-protecting calcium.


How to cook spaghetti squash

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out all seeds, being careful not to remove the flesh.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place cut side down on baking sheet and into the oven for one hour.
  5. With a fork, gently remove the flesh of the squash, almost fluffing it. Try not to go at it too hard—you want to keep all the strands intact to give it that spaghetti look.

 Tip: If you leave the skin intact, you can put squash back in and use that skin to hold it as a vessel, and it also makes for nice plating.

Now that the squash strands are removed from the skin, you can use them in any way that you would use spaghetti! The options are truly endless. Seeking a keto-friendly spaghetti squash dinner? Just mix the “noodles” or also called “zoodles” with marinated Cabecou cheese and a spicy pesto—you can even add an extra protein punch to the dish by tossing it with sliced grilled chicken or roasted salmon.


Should you replace wheat pasta with spaghetti squash?

Spaghetti squashBesides for the plethora of vitamins and nutrients that the winter veggie provides, swapping a two-ounce serving of conventional wheat-based spaghetti for the same size serving of spaghetti squash will save you over 180 calories. That means you’ll have more room to pile the spaghetti squash high (it’s less calorie-dense than traditional pasta) and make more room for fun sauces and toppings. If you’re not too keen on giving up your tried-and-true carb altogether, opt for experimenting with mixing a half serving of regular noodles with a few handfuls of spaghetti squash—you’ll get the best of both worlds!


Final Thoughts

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If you or someone you know is looking for one on one coaching you can reach me at all the links that I mentioned above.


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Keto Mistakes

Today I bring you another Keto post. Today I am going to talk about a few Keto mistakes beginners make or even the most seasoned person that has been doing Keto for years. Anyone who’s tried the ketogenic “Diet” can attest that starting isn’t as challenging as properly adhering to it. After all, your meals must strike a balance between low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat in order to maintain the delicate, fat-incinerating state known as ketosis If you are curious to know how to get your body into ketosis Click Here. However, much like many good things in life, investing effort will reap worthwhile results and help drive success. And in the keto “Diet” sphere, it’s all too easy to fall into common mistakes when you can enjoy cheese, almond butter, and avocados. Brush up on these common mistakes below before you embark on the eating plan to ensure you’re getting the most out of your keto experience—i.e. a serious brain boost and a slimmer waistline.

If you want to know my top Keto mistakes then please keep reading.


Eating Too Many Inflammatory Foods

There are seven different Inflammatory foods that we eat every day. The top seven culprits that cause inflammation include sugar, refined grains, vegetable oils, conventionally raised meats, processed meats, artificial food dyes and colors, and excessive alcohol. Maintaining ketosis and overall health requires you to center your diet around whole foods rather than processed foods, a habit that will also help kick junk food cravings to the curb. Choose healthy, keto-friendly nuts over chips and crackers and make delicious macadamia nut fat bombs to satisfy your sweet tooth…Choose unsweetened coffee, tea, and water over soda, sports drinks, and cocktails. Add more leafy greens, fatty fish, and other healthy foods to your “Diet” to help fight inflammation.


Not Getting Enough Vitamins & Minerals

By taking note of which micronutrients are commonly lacking in the ketogenic Diet, you can adjust your keto “Diet” plan accordingly to fill in the gap. During the first two weeks of going keto, your body flushes out essential electrolyte minerals—sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium—due to the diuretic effect that follows eliminating carbs. Since your body sheds water along with essential electrolytes, you’ll need to fill up on micronutrients. Avoid consuming your calories from foods that contain little to no micronutrient value. If you incorporate green leafy vegetables along with grass-fed meats and avoid processed foods, you should have all of the essential nutrients your body will need to thrive.


Skipping Out on Shut-Eye

Studies show that failing to get seven to nine hours of sleep (I sleep around 11 1/2 hours to 12 hours) each night can cause your stress hormone cortisol to spike, increasing cravings and hunger the next day—which can potentially kick you out of ketosis. If you’re not meeting your nightly shut-eye requirements I recommend scaling back by a half hour every night until you hit your sleep goal. Sleeping in a relatively chilly room (around 65 degrees I keep my room as low as 63 degrees I love it cold!) along with keeping a dark room ( I use room darkening and sound resistant curtain expensive but worth every penny) will help you get into a deep, restorative sleep more frequently. If you have trouble sleeping, supplementing with a natural sleep aid like melatonin can also work wonders.


Opting for Artificial Sweeteners

Just because diet soda has zero calories doesn’t mean it fits into your ketogenic diet plan. Diet sodas use several sugar substitutes that can signal to your body that a large amount of sugar is entering the body. This can lead to increased blood sugar levels. Plus, when you load up on zero-calorie sweeteners, you’re only going to increase your cravings for sweet foods and drinks in the future. Instead of diet soda, sparkling water can be a great alternative without the unnecessary sugar substitutes.


Ignoring Hidden Sources of Carbs

Probably the most challenging aspect of going keto is ensuring your carbohydrate intake remains low. That’s why you need to be careful of hidden carbohydrates in certain foods that may seem keto-friendly but are actually packed with sugar. Examples of keto foods that may have hidden carbs include chicken wings loaded with barbecue or buffalo sauce, breaded meats, milk, most fruits (blueberries are fine in small amounts), and low-fat foods such as yogurt. The general rule of thumb is to consume 20 to 30 grams of net carbs daily. If you exercise more frequently, you can get away with the upper threshold and still stay in ketosis.


Not Eating Enough Vegetables

Avoiding carbs while on keto has one major downside: You’re probably not getting enough gut-friendly fiber. To keep things moving along, I recommend eating nutrient-dense, non-starchy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. If you’re the type of person who likes to feel physically full after a meal, it’s important to include plenty of these low-calorie vegetables in your “Diet” so you’re not eating an entire bag of calorie-dense macadamia nuts in one sitting.


Not Eating Enough Protein

Contrary to popular belief, eating too much protein won’t actually kick you out of ketosis. Loading up on protein while on keto can’t trigger gluconeogenesis (GNG), a metabolic process that results in a production of glucose from non-carb foods, and put you right back on glucose-burning mode. Here are the three reasons GNG isn’t a real threat to your brain-boosting, fat-burning keto state:

  • Protein can’t ‘activate’ GNG because GNG is already happening during ketosis; the thing is, it’s happening at a low rate that keeps ketones as the body’s primary fuel.
  • GNG can’t pull you out of ketosis so easily; ketones are your body’s way of keeping GNG under control and preserving homeostasis.
  • Protein isn’t even the first choice for GNG, and GNG actually helps to build up muscle. GNG during ketosis is helpful for building muscle glycogen, which protects and heals muscles after exercise.


Final Thoughts

I’ve done many Keto related posts over the past few months. As my knowledge expands in the ketogenic lifestyle i like to share any updated information that i learned. And like always if you have any questions about today’s post please don’t hesitate in reaching out and i will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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1 Week Keto Update

A little over a week ago 9 days ago I finished the Pruvit Keto Reboot. (Link to that post will be at the end of this post). In today’s post, I will give you a rundown on how I feel and If after 1 week am I still doing Keto and If I plan on doing Keto long Term or just until I reach my fitness and health goals. Since this will be a lengthy post I’m going to label each section for you. So If you are Interested In reading a certain section you can scroll down and find that section. Everything I mention If possible I will add links to recipes that I mention some have links some don’t. I will mention pancakes that don’t have a link to the recipe will be at the end of this post.

  1. Keto Reboot Update
  2. 1-week post reboot
  3. Keto Update Continued/ Fat burning dressing (Link)
  4. Breaking Bad Habits
  5. Am I still doing Keto/ Intermittent Fasting
  6. Discalimer 
  7. Fitness/ Health Goals
  8. Links

Keto Reboot Update

9 days ago I finished the Pruvit Keto Reboot. I went 60 hours without food and survived on just liquids. I can’t say for sure If I lost any weight because I don’t own a scale. I will say this my clothes are a bit looser on me and my stomach Is flatter. I’ll Insert a 1-week picture update now. Scroll down for the continued update.

1 Week Post Reboot

20180425_120913 (1)This picture Is 100% real. I didn’t do any fancy posing I didn’t suck It In. This Is what my stomach looks like after 9 days post reboot and first thing In the morning with no food or water yet. Believe me when I drank water after I took this picture my stomach looked like I was 5 months pregnant.

Keto Update Continued

During the 3 days, I ate pretty light and I did eat keto per the Reboot after Instructions. I broke my fast around the 62-hour mark. I made a BIG cup of coffee and 2 eggs. It was the most delicious meal I ever had! My stomach was a bit queasy after. I think It was due to the fact that I broke my fast with coffee? (Yes I did drink water when I woke up). After I ate I made what Is called a fat-burning salad dressing. I will post the link to the original recipe below ( I did modify It to my personal needs I made It vegan).

https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2015/07/08/fat-burning-salad-dressing

I made a salad for lunch and pancakes for dinner. I will post the link to what I ate after the reboot. Day 2 post reboot I did keep It keto and simple keto simple recipes. The recipes were super simple and super easy to make but did require some Ingredients that I didn’t have on hand. (In a future blog I will post some of my favorite recipes from the past 9 days).  I have kept It Keto and haven’t gone back to my “old ways”.

Breaking Bad Habits

Since finishing the reboot I really, for the most part, haven’t gone back to my old habits. I have made some changes and If I didn’t do the Reboot this post wouldn’t even exist. When you are doing the reboot you aren’t allowed soda or caffeine or soda or anything. The reboot Is a liquid diet. During the reboot, my body detoxed from all the sugar and caffeine I filled my body with before and even the day of the reboot.

The main thing I noticed when coming off the reboot Is that I didn’t crave soda or sugary candy or junk food. It Is true what they say. This reboot does reset your body to a healthier lifestyle whether you are going keto or just want a fresh start for a healthier you. I did go back to soda (not often) when I do drink soda I drink coke zero and I will only have a small glass now back In the day before the reboot I could have a whole 2 liter In one day. I also didn’t go back to candy. I use to eat a whole bag full of sour patch kids In one day and In one sitting. I haven’t had sour patch kids In actually 2 weeks. I stopped eating candy 2 weeks before the reboot so my body wouldn’t go Into total shock. And as for junk food. I only eat either keto friendly junk food or Benitos chips. They aren’t that keto friendly In terms of carbs. But When the craving hits I just eat a few to satisfy that craving.

Am I Still Doing Keto/ Intermittent Fasting

I am still doing keto but It’s more of a trial basis. As currently I am recipe testing keto recipes and trying to either make It vegan It or make It vegetarian. I have been eating a lot more salads because It Is the easiest way for me to hit my macros and still have some room for when the junk food craving hit. I have started Intermittent fasting again and honestly, I didn’t do It on purpose I started drinking bulletproof coffee and I stopped eating when I wasn’t hungry anymore and with those things combined, I unintentionally started Intermittent fasting. I can’t say I mind It. The thing Is some days I can go almost 20 hours without eating because I’m just not that hungry. Also on those days, I eat maybe 1 meal and 1 snack for that day and that IS NOT HEALTHY!

So now I try and break my fast around 5 and eat until 10 or 11 pm. For some they don’t like going to bed full I, however, don’t mind going to bed feeling full. Also, I am up until 3 am so It does give my body some time to digest before I lay down.

Keto Long Term

As of right now, I can’t say If I will do It long term. I can say I do see myself continuing the Keto lifestyle for a long time but how long of a time Is to be determined. I can’t deny the results I maintained and saw from eating Keto for 9 days. The main thing I learned In these 9 days Is that keto Is mind over matter. If you are coming off of what Is called “The Standard American Diet” and you want to start the Keto Lifestyle than you might have to mentally prepare yourself. Keto Is a lifestyle, not just a diet. Diet Is something you do Short term to reach your ideal weight.

Disclaimer: I want to put a Disclaimer out there. If you have ever suffered from some type of eating disorder or your relationship with food Is bad. THAN KETO IS NOT FOR YOU! In the beginning when you switch your diet from low fat to high fat, low carb diet It can suppress your appetite. I should know. I think the reason for mine Is because of the Bulletproof coffee. Keto Is not designed for you to Intake little to no calories. Listen to me when I say the loss of appetite will go away and your body will go back to normal. Mine took about the 9 days to start being normal again and because your appetite Is suppressed you may also experience constipation. Before I went Keto I was “regular” and when I switched from an unhealthy vegetarian diet to a Keto/Vegetarian diet my body was backed up for about 3 days and then It took about 5 days to get back to full regular schedule. 

Fitness & Health Goals

I am VERY thankful to be a healthy woman. I don’t have any serious health “Issues” and for that I am thankful. I don’t have a certain weight I would like to see on the scale. I just go with the flow and If I had to put a number than I would say I would like to lose 30 pounds to start and then go from there. I stand at 5’5. So yes you can say I am overweight for my height. And as for Fitness goals. I do yoga 3-4 times a week to stretch and loosen my body back up. And when the gym opens up by my house I’ll join and start going to the gym. I also walk my dogs 2 times daily and to get some “extra” steps I walk the separate so that means I walk 4 times a day.

Links

 

Here are some links to recipes and where you can find me at and where I got my Pruvit Reboot Kit from. Disclaimer Some links are affiliate links but I do not make money If you click or buy anything from the affiliated links.

Chia Seed Pudding

(Link to the best Keto mousse around) Keto Mousse

(Links to Day 1 & 2 Of the Keto Reboot) Pruvit Keto Reboot Day 1

Pruvit keto reboot (Day 2) + Recap

(Where I bought the Reboot Kit From) katherineann.pruvitnow.com OR Katherineann.shopketo.com

How you can Reach her If you are Interested In doing the Reboot or If you have any questions on going Keto for the first time.  (Her Facebook) Katherine Serenbetz (@pruvitwithkat) There she posts everything from nutrition, recipes, at home workouts, and one on one consultation about your fitness and nutrition goals.

Her Instagram:  pruvitwithkat

I do hope you stick around as I put out sometimes shitty content (SOMETIMES) other times I post educational, Informative things. 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.

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.

Here some links to my Social Media Handles

Instagram: coffee_glutenfree

Twitter: Amanda Explains It

Snapchat: amandaleilei (CoffeeandGlutenFree)

 

 

 

 

Chia Seed Pudding

The one thing about being on Keto Is that we aren’t deprived. Honestly, since starting Keto I thought what about desserts? I have a sweet tooth and I like knowing I have a sweet treat on hand when the craving strikes. I am a seasoned baker In all different diet areas. I know how to bake for Paleo, Vegan.Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Atkins. Now I am learning how to bake Keto friendly desserts. For those of you who are new to my blog, I have food allergies and sensitivities. So baking sweet treats that are Keto friendly and safe for me to consume have been trial and error.

 Chia Seed Pudding Is so easy and only requires a few Ingredients most of them you probably already have. When I was Vegan I use to use melt Vegan Milk Chocolate and make Chia Seed Pudding that way. The old way I use to make It would take a bit longer. Now I can make Chia Pudding In 15 minutes and 99% of the time Is spend you mixing It. For this Keto recipe, I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate If you don’t like Dark Chocolate you can use whatever you like.

Here Is the Chocolate Powder I used

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4 Ingredient Keto Chia Pudding

You can change the Ingredients according to your preference and taste.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup of Plant Milk (I used So Delicious Almond Milk again you can use whatever you like)

4 Tablespoons of Stevia (or any sweetener of your choice)

1 cup of Chia Seeds ( I like chia seeds hence the cup but you can always use 1/2 cup)

1/4 Cup of Hershey’s Cocoa Special Dark ( Use what you like)

Directions:

  1. Pour all the Ingredients Into a big bowl.
  2.  Mix for 15 minutes

20180422_131101 Pictured Is about 10 minutes worth of whisking. Don’t worry If It seems liquidy It will turn to pudding.

20180422_213526 This Is 15 minutes of whisking and as you can see It did turn Into a pudding!

3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

TIP: You can add some low carb whip cream on top or you can add some fresh berries.

I hope you enjoy making this recipe. If you change anything or If you made It as It please let me know how It turned out.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Keep an eye out because I will be posting more Keto, Allergy Friendly, and Gluten Free recipes. I’m In the test kitchen phase now and as each recipe turns successful I will share It you my lovely subscribers. 

This Link Is an affiliate, however, I DO NOT make a commission If you buy anything.

AFFILIATE LINK —->katherineann.pruvitnow.com Or Katherineann.shopketo.com

Here Is an Instagram to a woman who Is Into fitness and WWE and knows a thing or 2 about keto. Here Is here Instagram pruvitwithkat

Here Is her Facebook Page: Katherine Serenbetz (@pruvitwithkat) There she posts everything from nutrition, recipes, at home workouts, and one on one consultation about your fitness and nutrition goals.

Low Carb Keto (Homemade) Pizza Sauce

Keto Pizza Sauce

The Best Damn Keto Mousse EVER! 

Keto Mousse

I do hope you stick around as I put out sometimes shitty content (SOMETIMES) other times I post educational, Informative things. 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.

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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Twitter: Amanda Explains It

Snapchat: amandaleilei (CoffeeandGlutenFree)

 

 

 

Bulletproof Coffee (Vegan,GF & Keto)

Today I bring you something cool. Bulletproof coffee. If you have been living under a rock then you already know that Bulletproof coffee has taken America by storm. Bulletproof coffee promises to Increase energy, help digestion, suppress appetite, and even help with metabolism. Bulletproof coffee started out In the Paleo community or even those who aren’t full Paleo or even Paleo at all.

What Is Bulletproof Coffee?

If you are unfamiliar with what bulletproof coffee Is I’m going to explain to you what It Is. It’s described as a clean way of drinking coffee without all the sugar and cream. Bulletproof Coffee Is non-toxic, pesticide-free, and herbicide free ( herbicide a substance that is toxic to plants and is used to destroy unwanted vegetation.) You are blending It with chain triglyceride ( chain triglycerides (MCTs) are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCTs are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides. People use MCTs as medicine.) Bulletproof Coffee Is best If consumed first thing In the morning and on an empty stomach or with a light breakfast.

The original Bulletproof coffee involves blending coconut oil a well-known superfood high In medium chain triglycerides. If you didn’t know the original bulletproof coffee calls for grass-fed butter. The healthy fats blended with the coffee help create satiety (the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity) ward off hunger, jump-start the metabolism, and can help the caffeine from coffee digest more slowly, which prevents insulin crashes often caused by caffeine Intake. 

I know It sounds too good to be true butter and all. If you are all for grass-fed butter In your coffee you do you and add that butter. I am not too keen adding butter of any kind to my coffee. I’m going to give you some tips on how to make Bulletproof Coffee Vegan and still beneficial just like the original.

Tips:

1) If you aren’t keen on using grass-fed butter or even vegan butter you can simply replace the butter with 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil or non-organic depending on what you have. Also when looking for coconut oil make sure It’s cold pressed. By making sure your coconut oil Is cold-pressed you are avoiding pesticides and heating agents.

2) Another choice you can use In replace of butter Is coconut butter. I don’t use coconut butter mainly because It Is expensive. But It Is a good option If you are looking for a buttery taste to your coffee that leaves your coffee frothy. 

3) If you opt not to use coconut butter or any butter at all you can always add some heavy cream or some non-dairy cream. The coconut oil you add will still make your coffee frothy but by adding some type of creamer your coffee will be extra frothy.

I know you came here for the recipe and I’m about to give you the recipe. I just want to say sorry for adding some facts and getting sidetracked. I thought you would appreciate some facts before the recipe. 

Bulletproof Coffee Vegan, Gluten Free,& Keto

The Ingredients: 8 oz. of brewed coffee. ( I make 16 oz. because I love coffee)

1 Tbsp of coconut oil (or any type of butter you are using)

4 packets of stevia ( Or any keto, vegan or gluten-free sweetener of choice)

OPTIONAL: 3 dashes of Pumpkin Pie Spice

OPTIONAL: Creamer of choice

 DIRECTIONS: Blended the coffee and all of your Ingredients In a blender. Blend until nice and frothy. Pour Into your coffee mug and sprinkle some extra pumpkin pie spice as a garnish.

Use the pictures as a reference to what It should look like In the blender and I will post a picture of the Ingredients I use every day for my coffee. At the end of the post, I will tell you a little how I feel when I drink bulletproof coffee. 

The Ingredients I Use Every day For Bulletproof Coffee

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This Is What It Should Look Like While It’s Blending

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And This Is What It Looks Like When It’s Done Blending

 

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It’s nice and Frothy. When you pour It Into your mug the liquid will pour out first and then the froth. Don’t worry your coffee Is still nice and frothy on top. If you want you can add extra pumpkin pie spice I do. Pumpkin Pie Spice Is a good way to get flavor without extra carbs or calories. But like always you can add double the Ingredients If It fits your macros.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post?

Keep an eye out because I will be sharing tons of Keto recipes.

If you are Interested In joining the next Pruvit Keto Reboot The Affiliate Links will tell you when the next reboot starts.

This Link Is an affiliate, however, I DO NOT make a commission If you buy anything.

AFFILIATE LINK —->katherineann.pruvitnow.com Or Katherineann.shopketo.com

Yesterday’s Post (Keto Mousse) 

Keto Mousse

I do hope you stick around as I put out sometimes shitty content (SOMETIMES) other times I post educational, Informative things. 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.

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 Mousse

Since coming off the reboot I haven’t gone back to my old way of eating. I’ve tried to stick with Keto eating. I had some coke zero yesterday and I was fine no bloat or anything. Yesterday I made a small gut-friendly salad and for dinner, I made pumpkin spice pancakes all keto friendly. Today I will be sharing with you a recipe that Is SUPER SIMPLE to make and delicious. The best part about this recipe Is that It takes only 2 Ingredients with the 3rd being optional.

I honestly made this today and It was gone today. Seriously most of It was gone before It even hit the fridge to firm up. I mentioned that this recipe Is SUPER SIMPLE and that Is because It Is. This recipe Is super versatile. You can change It according to your keto needs and your macros.

                                  Recipe

~Ingredients: 1 box of sugar-free vanilla pudding mix

2 cups of Cold Heavy Cream (Not whipping)

Pumpkin pie Spice (Optional)

~Directions: Add the cold Heavy Cream to a stand mixer or a mixing bowl and then add the Vanilla Pudding Mix and If you’re using the pumpkin pie spice. On medium speed In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer mix until the Heavy cream starts to resemble a mousse.

It Should Look Like This

 

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You can either enjoy It now or you can pop It In the fridge for 1-2 hours for It to firm up. When I made this today hardly any was left after this picture was taken.

I hope you enjoy this recipe? Keep an eye out because I will be sharing tons of Keto recipes.

If you are Interested In joining the next Pruvit Keto Reboot I posted the link at the beginning of the post. Go check It out. There Is something for everyone.

This Link Is an affiliate, however, I DO NOT make a commission If you buy anything.

AFFILIATE LINK —->katherineann.pruvitnow.com

Pruvit keto reboot (Day 2) + Recap

I do hope you stick around as I put out sometimes shitty content (SOMETIMES) other times I post educational, Informative things. 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.

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.

Here some links to my Social Media Handles

Instagram: coffee_glutenfree

Twitter: Amanda Explains It

Snapchat: amandaleilei (CoffeeandGlutenFree)