The Best Store-Bought Taco Seasonings

The Best Store-Bought Taco Seasonings‚ÄĒRanked!

Can we all agree that tacos are among our favorite go-to weekly meals? I wish Taco Tuesday could be every day of the week. It’s because tacos are so versatile, so easy to make, are a relatively well-balanced meal, and are the perfect default dinner whenever I don’t want to spend more than a minute thinking about what I want to cook. Plus, those flavorful packets of taco seasonings make taco night come together even more seamlessly. With a simple tear of a seam, you can transform any boring ground beef or chicken breast into a star protein you’d happily buy from your local Mexican restaurant.


Here’s How It Went Down.

I went to my local grocery store and picked up five of the most popular taco seasoning packets and two and a half pounds of ground beef, or a half a pound per packet. I made one large batch of ground beef and then split it into 5 servings.

To honor the brands, I seasoned each batch of ground beef according to each packet‚Äôs instructions‚ÄĒjust cut in half (because each packet is intended for one pound of ground beef). Each packet recommends mixing the seasoning with a certain volume of water. We simply halved the amount of seasoning and water.

For McCormick and Ortega, we mixed half a packet of seasoning with 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons of water; for Bearitos and Old El Paso, we mixed the seasoning with 1/3 cup of water; and for Simply Organic, I mixed the half packet of seasoning with 1/4 cup of water. I brought each batch up to a boil and then down to a simmer for 3 minutes. Finally, time to taste test!


The results, listed from My Taste Tester least favorite to His favorite (the winner!).

Disclaimer: before I get into the rankings: all of these taco seasonings tasted very similar. My taste tester expressed some difficulty noting the differences between brands when he tasted the ground beef on its own, and it was nearly impossible to distinguish between brands when we paired the beef with a tortilla chip. I ultimately came to the conclusion that you can feel comfortable buying any of these taco seasoning packets to flavor your meat because they’re very similar in taste and all the toppings you’ll add to the tacos will really level the taste playing field.

Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix, 40% Less Sodium

Ortega taco seasoning mix 40 percent less sodium

It might be healthier because it’s lower in sodium, but testers agreed that this seasoning was the worst because it was very bland. The amount of seasoning and water needed made this meat look the most like cafeteria taco slop.


Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix, Original

Old el paso taco seasoning mix original

Although my tester agreed this flavoring was fairly underwhelming, he didn‚Äôt rank it last because there was a sense of familiarity in the flavors. While he likened it to Lunchables meat, another noted it tasted like ‚Äúthat yellow packet taco seasoning my mom used as a kid,‚ÄĚ which was right on the money! He was surprised to find that their mom‚Äôs go-to seasoning didn‚Äôt quite stack up to the other blends once he tasted the other kinds.


Simply Organic Spicy Taco Seasoning Mix

Simply organic spicy taco seasoning mix

He agreed this was the most distinctive seasoning blend out of all five choices. That‚Äôs because it‚Äôs very spice-forward and leans toward the ‚Äúspicy‚ÄĚ side. While it was ranked mid-range for some who thought it to be a bit too powerful, others fawned over it and marked it as his top choice. Because it was pretty polarizing depending on your spice preference, it landed in his #2 number two spot.


McCormick Original Taco Seasoning Mix

Mccormick original taco seasoning mix

Now, the overall winner: McCormick! With flakes of garlic and a well-rounded flavor profile, tasters pleasantly chowed down on this taco meat. Not too spicy and not at all dull, this taco seasoning packet was just right. Grab the red packet in your grocery store to make your protein the perfectly-spiced canvas for all your favorite taco toppings.


 Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? Some take Taco Tuesday’s very seriously so I wanted to bring you something you can use or pass on to other taco lovers. I know it can be difficult to find a taco seasoning that you or your friends like. This list is based on a friend’s opinion who take his taco seasonings very seriously. For his taste test regular meat was used but if you are vegetarian and or vegan you can always use vegan “meat”. If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, 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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Foods That Help Fight Inflammation

Inflammation¬†Is caused when your Immune system¬†becomes activated.¬†Inflammation Is when your Immune system Is trying to repair Itself from “Injury”.¬† The downside Is that out Immune system is chronically activated due to your lifestyle and diets. Because of chronic Inflammation, It can cause the acceleration In Aging. It can cause certain diseases¬†and cancer.¬†

The power of food choices can swing In either direction. Eating foods that are anti-inflammatory can help you win the battle against Inflammation. Today I will mention some foods that can help you fight Inflammation.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Main Ingredient (Oleocanthal). Olive oil can reduce inflammation, which may be one of the main reasons for its health benefits. Olive oil can reduce inflammation.  The main anti-inflammatory effects are mediated by the antioxidants. Key among them is (Oleocanthal), which has been shown to work similarly to ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug.

Kimchi

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Kimchi: Main Ingredients ( Live Probiotics). Kimchi goes through what Is called fermentation process. This process creates beneficial good bacteria known as (probiotics). These good bacteria are anti-inflammatory In the gut, help digestion, promote nutrient absorption and enhance immunity. Also, cabbage and daikon radish, often used in kimchi. 

Coffee

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Coffee: Main Ingredient: ( Chlorogenic acid). (Polyphenols) (antioxidants in both coffee and tea) may have positive effects on both immune function and chronic inflammation. people who drink coffee are half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. studies suggest that antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds In coffee could be responsible for the lower risks of many of these diseases.

Tumeric

Tumeric: Main Ingredient: (Curcumin). Curcumin has been known and studied to be a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Salmon

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Salmon: Main Ingredient: (Omega 3’s fatty acid).¬†Salmon contains anti-inflammatory omega-3s (wild is better than farmed) and has been known to help numerous ailments. If you don’t like the taste of Salmon like I don’t you can always take an Omega 3’s vitamin. If you are vegan or vegetarian here Is a link to Omega 3’s vitamin that I took.¬†

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†(Link)¬† ¬†¬†Vegan Omega 3’s

Porcini Mushrooms

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Porcini Mushrooms: Main Ingredient: ( Glutathione). They come with many health benefits and may help improve digestive health, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation and even kill off colon cancer cells. I personally don’t eat mushrooms. But I did know the benefits of eating this type of mushroom.

Mixed Berries

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Mixed Berries: Main Ingredient: (Anthocyanins). Mixed Berries offer a heavy nutritional punch. Mixed Berries are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. It has been researched that Berries have overall health benefits such as ~Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, and Age-related cognitive regression.

Green Tea

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Green Tea: Main Ingredient: (Epigallocatechin Gallate). Green Tea and Tea, In general, can help reduce heart disease and cancer besides helping with Inflammation.

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How to get glowing skin

Today’s post will be beneficial for EVERYONE! The one thing we are OBSESSED¬†with Is how to get glowing skin. The tips I will mention are very useful In my humble opinion. I do most of these tips myself that Is why I think I can recommend them. These tips are backed up by science of each of these Items that I will mention and the benefits they have for your skin.

Water

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It Is no secret that water plays an Important part In getting glowing skin. Water Is hydrating for the Inside and outside of your body. If you are a fan of plain water try adding some cucumbers, lemons or fruits. By adding cucumbers, lemons or fruit to your water you are naturally flavoring your water which hopefully will help you drink more water.

It Is generally recommended to drink 1 gallon of water a day. Washing your face at least 2x a day helps keep the skin nice and hydrated It also helps If you use a moisturizer will help lock some of that moister In.

Zinc

Zinc and Zinc supplements¬†come In a form of pills called¬†Bisglycine.¬†If you are wondering how you could get more zinc¬†you can get plenty of zinc from lentils and oats.¬†But if you think you aren’t getting enough¬†Zinc¬†you can always take zinc supplements.

If you think you are deficient In zinc or any other vitamins and minerals please go to your doctor and get a blood test. Your doctor will recommend the proper vitamins for you.

Dairy

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Dairy¬†we were brought up thinking we needed cow milk for healthy bones and teeth. Recent studies had shown why milk Isn’t good for our bodies. I won’t get Into It In this post here Is a link to some resources for why milk Is bad for us (why milk is bad )If you can try to limit how much dairy you are Intaking daily. And then slowly try to have less dairy each day or week. It has been proven that dairy can cause pimples & acne.

Here are a few more things that can help you achieve healthy glowing skin (If you aren’t Into taking vitamin pills.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C For Collagen Production (Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries & Kiwi)

VItamin A: Vitamin A repairs & Builds Skin Tissue ( Carrots and Avocados)

Vitamin E: Vitamin E Neutralizes Free Radicals ( Broccoli, Sunflower Seeds, Spinach, Peanuts, & Almonds)

Zinc: (Pumpkin Seeds, Chickpeas, Cashews, Mushrooms, & Wild Rice)

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Time to get to know me

I’ve been blogging on and off for years recently I decided to be more serious about blogging. You only “know” me from what I post. Behind the blog, I am a dog loving, recipe testing woman. I decided to do something fun and that Is the blogging tag to get to know the blogger behind the scenes. I decided It was time for (you) my readers to get to know me better. What a more fun way to do that than answer some questions that most of you may have.

15 questions to get to know me better (there will be a part 2 coming SOON)

1. Full name: Amanda Leigh

2. Zodiac sign

Cancer. My birthday is¬† ‚Äď July 5th

3. Last song I listened to

Jimmy Buffett ‚Äď Desperation Samba

4. How many tattoos/piercings do I have

I haven’t got any tattoo, but I’ve had one on my mind for a while now. As for piercings, I do have 3 in my left ear and 3 in my right ear (total 6)

5. The reason I started blogging

For years I have been blogging on and off. I have always enjoyed it, taking photos, editing and writing posts. Nutrition, Fitness, Health, Pet Health are something that interests me and I want to be able to share that with others.

What’s your Favourite Book?

The complete works of Edgar Allen Poe

6. Favorite Poet?

Edgar Allen Poe and Ernest Hemingway

7. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint Chocolate Chip For the Win!

8. If you could ask your pet 3 questions, what would they be?
1.
 Are you actually saying something when you bark?
2.
 Why do you hate cats? (This one Is for my Beabull my Pitbull loves cats)
3. Why did you choose me as your human?

9. Something I really really want

World Peace and Coffee

10. The meaning behind my blogging name

It’s my¬†first name (Amanda) and explains It all because I explain things that most bloggers won’t.¬†

11. Using one word, how would you describe your family?

My family Is like fudge mostly sweet with lots of NUTS! 

12. If you could shop for free at one store, which would you choose?

I would shop at the pet store (My dogs are SPOILED)!

13. Favorite Season?

FALL! I love all that fall has to offer. From the changing of leaves, from bright summer colors to reds, orange and browns and the weather turns dreamlike from the scolding summer heat to a nice cool breezy wind.

14. Any Pets?

Two boy dogs (a pitbull and a beabull) A beabull Is a mix of English bulldog and beagle. You can find both of them @bronxiethepit and @professor_snotters on Instagram. 

15. Favorite Quote?

Edgar Allen Poe said it best “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”

I hope you enjoyed these first 15 questions in getting to know me better. I will post part 2 soon and that will be another 15questions.  

Yesterday I posted a survey for (you) my readers. I will post the link here If you didn’t get a chance to check it out yesterday.¬†

Quick survey for (you) my readers!!

 

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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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How to get Into Ketosis

This will be a lengthy post. I will not only explain how to get your body In a state of Ketosis. I will explain In a few easy ways on how to get your body In Ketosis and how to stay In Ketosis. Normally, your cells use glucose, or sugar, as their main source of fuel. However, most of your cells can also use other fuel sources. This includes fatty acids, as well as ketones, which are also known as ketone bodies.

1. Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am a person who takes time to research EVERYTHING I DO NOT put anything that I don’t believe¬†In and I only put Information out there that I am 100% confident In putting on here.

2. Ketosis 

3. Diabetes

4. Coconut Oil

5. Exercise 

6. Fat

7. Fasting

8. Protein

~Links

Ketosis

It’s no secret that the ketogenic lifestyle has taken the world by storm over the last few months. Eating a low-carb diet Is beneficial for achieving¬†ketosis. When you enter Ketosis your body Is now using fat for energy Instead of carbs and sugar.¬† When your carb Intake Is low, glycogen stores are reduced and levels of the hormone insulin decline. This allows fatty acids to be released from fat stores in your body.¬†Your liver converts the fatty acids Into Ketones.¬†These Ketones can be used to fuel your brain.

It Is suggested that you maintain less than 20 grams of carbs per day to achieve Ketosis In a short few weeks. If you want (optional) you can add a few more grams of carbs back Into your macros.

Diabetes

A study has been done and researched that overweight people with type 2 diabetes who limited their carbs and sugar experienced daily urinary ketone expelling waste than their baseline levels.

Adults with type 2 Diabetes were allowed a bit higher digestible carb Intake. Digestible carbs are Net Carbs how to track net carbs (To calculate net carbs, first subtract all of the insoluble fiber from the total carbs and total fiber. If more than 5 grams of total fiber remains, you can also subtract half of the remaining fiber from total carbs. Then look at the sugar alcohols).

Using Coconut Oil to get Into Ketosis

Most of us most likely have coconut oil In our pantries. I use mine for many reasons. I use It to replace butter or oil In recipes, I oil pull with It and I use It everytime I make BulletProof Coffee. Bulletproof Coffee (Vegan,GF & Keto) Coconut Oil contains what most of us know It as MCT oils or the more scientific name (Medium Chained Triglycerides).

It has been researched that fat sources that have a higher lauric acid¬†(¬†Saturated Fatty Acid).¬†It has been researched that MCT Oils have been used to Induce Ketosis. Research suggests when adding coconut oil to your diet has¬†minimized digestive side effects like stomach cramping, constipation or diarrhea. I would recommend¬†starting with a small teaspoon of coconut oil and then gradually work your way up to a full tablespoon¬†until you reach 2 tablespoons. I mentioned Bulletproof coffee. For me, It’s the best way to get In MCT Oils.

Exercise

It’s no secret that exercise Is good for our bodies, mind, and soul. When we work out we release endorphins that make us happy and feel good. Did you know when you work out we actually deplete¬†glycogen?¬†Glycogen comes back when we fill our bodies with carbs. But when your carb Intake Is low glycogen also remains low which means your liver will produce ketones and you enter the state of Ketosis.¬†¬†Working out in a fasted state has been shown to drive up ketone levels.

Fat

We have been taught over the years that low fat Is the best way. Because we were also taught that If we consumed too much fat we would get fat ourselves. If that was the case then why do people following the Ketogenic lifestyle lose weight Instead of gaining weight? Because on the¬†Ketogenic lifestyle you are consuming healthy fats Instead of fats that are found In “junk”. The one thing to keep In mind Is that since the¬†Ketogenic lifestyle¬†Is such¬†high fat you want to make sure you are consuming good healthy fats.

Some healthy fats Include Coconut Oil, Avacado Oil, Olive Oil, Grass Fed Butter, Chia Seeds, Eggs, and Cheese just to name a few. High-quality fats are usually lower In carbs which is a good thing since you are following a low carb lifestyle.

Fasting

I have practiced on and off the last year and a half Intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting Is a practice of Fasting for around 16 Hours and you have an eating window of 8 hours. 

Have you heard of Fat Fasting? Fat Fasting Is used by people to help reach Ketosis at a quicker rate. When you do a Fat Fast you are consuming roughly around 1,000 calories which you guess It comes from Fat. Most people who do a fat fast will do an egg fast for 3-5 days.

Protein

With¬†Keto you want to consume moderate Protein.¬†protein should be high enough to maintain muscle when carb intake is low, especially during weight loss.¬†To calculate your protein needs on a ketogenic lifestyle, multiply your ideal body weight in pounds by 0.55 to 0.77 (1.2 to 1.7 in kilograms). For example, if your ideal body weight is 130 pounds (59 kg), your protein intake should be 71‚Äď100 grams.

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.

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0 Carb Whip Cream 2 Ingredients

If you are Interested In a certain section of the blog I took the time to number each section so you can skip right to what you are looking for.

1. Desserts/ Sugar Alternatives

2. Replacing Traditional Flour

3. Why you should make homemade whip cream

4. Ingredients 

5. Pictures of the products I used

6. Directions

7. Picture of what mine looked like after about 8 minutes

8. Links

Desserts & Sugar Alternatives

Desserts can be hard to come by when you are following a low carb or keto lifestyle. Most desserts that “Claim” to be low carb taste like dried out gym socks and other ones have hidden carbs. If you are following a low carb lifestyle than most likely you are trying or avoid all together Sugar and¬†Flour. You probably thought If you are avoiding sugar¬†the dessert or baked¬†goods¬†might not taste good. The answer to that Is yes and no. It all depends what type of “sugar” alternative that company uses. There are many “sugar” alternatives out there that can make “almost” anything taste good. The one thing I found that works for my low carb baking Are Sugar-Free Syrups. I love to use them In place of sugar and even sugar alternatives.¬†

Replacing Traditional Flours

Flours aren’t part of a low-carb lifestyle. Coconut¬†Flour¬†Is okay to use and almond flour but what If you are allergic to almonds or coconuts and you want to bake something? You are probably thinking how to replace the flour. I remember back when I use to be Vegan that I used flaxseed meal A LOT!¬†The best thing about flaxseed meal Is that If you ran out of flour or If you are low carb¬†you can use flaxseed meal as a¬†flour alternative.¬†For example, in baked goods, coconut and almond flours, or almond or¬†flaxseed meal, can be used in place of traditional all-purpose flour, and sugar-free or dark chocolate chips in place of milk chocolate (which contains more sugar).¬†

Why you should make your own homemade whip cream

Unfortunately, the store bought¬†whip cream you are used to doesn’t jive with a low carb or keto lifestyle. If that doesn’t get you Into making your own homemade version of this frozen topping then maybe all the “other added” sugars and¬†suspicious Ingredients¬†that you can’t pronounce. There Is¬†sugar-free cool whip.¬†That does fit within a low carb or keto lifestyle¬†the problem with It Is that It contains Hydrogenated oils¬†and that Isn’t very healthy If you are trying to lose weight because of the cholesterol.¬†Luckily there Is always a homemade version of your favorite treat you just have to look for the recipe and adjust It according to your dietary needs. You can make this “junk” free, easy and delicious homemade whip cream.

Here Is how to make this delicious homemade whip cream In about 10 minutes and 2 Ingredients!

Ingredients

1/2 cup of heavy cream (Ultra Pasteurized)

2-4 light drops of sugar-free pumpkin syrup (you can use any sugar-free syrup you like)

Here Is what I used. You want a high-fat content so the cream will turn Into whip cream the lower the fat content the lower chance It will work. I tried this recipe many times and this Is what has worked for me and hasn’t let me down.

                              Pictures Of What I Used

                                            Heavy Cream & Sugar-Free Syrup

Directions:

First Add your mixing bowl In the freezer about 15 minutes before you make this recipe.You can use a Hand mixer or a Hand whisk but the hand whisk will take longer.¬† I didn’t do that (I forgot) and It took a bit longer for the Heavy Cream to whip up. Start off on a low-speed setting. Add your sweetener of choice. Only add a drop or two of the sweetener so you don’t add too much. You can always add more sweetener you can’t take It away. As the cream thickens slowly Increase the speed. After about 4 minutes start checking If the cream starts having soft peeks, which Is what you are looking for. As you see the cream slowly starting to have soft peaks start lowering the speed. You DO NOT WANT TO OVERBEAT IT! When you over beat the cream will start to lose volume and break up like butter. Pay attention because you don’t want that to happen and It can happen VERY QUICKLY! If for some reason you forgot to adjust the sweetness you can do It at this point. And BOOM! There you have It homemade whip cream that won’t break your carb budget.¬†

1/2 cup of Heavy cream got me just little over 1 cup. So you can always double the recipe If you are looking to have a big batch on hand. When my whip was done I put It In the freezer like regular whip cream. If you opt for the fridge you can enjoy homemade whip cream for about 2 days. 

You can put It on pancakes Is what I did. You can eat It out of the bowl, use It for Ice Cream toppings or even frost a cake or cupcakes.

Picture of what mine looked like when It was done

20180430_131809As you can see from the picture It Is nice and fluffy. It’s sweet but not too sweet. Of course, If you are used to the frozen whip cream than this might be an adjustment for you. But If you are like me and you like to make homemade things as often as possible then I highly recommend this recipe. Another great thing about this recipe Is that you can make It Into homemade whipped frosting.

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)

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Keto Pizza Sauce

This Is an easy no-cook (just a few minutes to heat through) pizza sauce. This sauce has no sugar, no dairy and It’s Gluten Free. If you want to make this Into a “pasta” sauce all you have to do Is change the seasonings and add some type of “milk” to make It thicker If you like your sauce on the thicker side. I like my sauce thin so I add NO liquid at all.

I decided I would post this recipe because It’s for anyone who Is low carb and Keto and this sauce Is just too good not to share with all of you. The one thing I set out to do with being Keto Is that I want to show all of¬†you (my lovely subscribers) that spending hours In the kitchen making homemade Sunday sauce Is the thing of the past.

You probably remember that any sauce you buy Is loaded with garlic, onions, and herbs and the taste still didn’t seem right. The recipe I came up with Is a combo of two different recipes to make this very tasty pizza sauce. This¬†recipe can get but Into a high powered blender! I honestly never made sauce before going, Keto. Did I mention that this recipe Is also vegan and allergy friendly? Sorry If you have any allergies to the Ingredients In the picture. I made this sauce according to my food allergies and dietry needs.

                      The Stuff I Used For The Recipe

The seasonings you see are the ones I chose to use for this recipe. You can always change the seasonings according to your taste or preference. 

Ingredients

1 28 oz. can of Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes ( Or just peeled tomatoes)

1 Dash of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

2 Tbsp of Italian Seasoning ( Or to taste)

2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder ( Or to taste)

2 Tbsp of Seasoning Salt (Or to taste)

2 Tbsp of Garlic Seasoning (Or to taste)

1 Medium red onion (roughly chopped) (Optional)

With the Ingredients above¬†EVERYTHING¬†can be made to your specific taste. I personally like Garlic so I don’t mind the Garlic taste.

                             Directions

In your food processor blend the red onions until slightly mushy. Now In your blender add EVERYTHING! Blend until all the Ingredients are well combined. (OPTIONAL) If you want you can heat the pizza sauce over medium-low heat until bubbly. 

And that Is It. You now have yourself the perfect pizza sauce. I paired this recipe with a homemade pizza dip (I’ll post the recipe soon!)¬†

¬† ¬†What It Should Look Like When It’s Done

It should look like this If you decided to heat It up

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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.

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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Instagram: coffee_glutenfree

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.

Here some links to my Social Media Handles

Instagram: coffee_glutenfree

Twitter: Amanda Explains It

Snapchat: amandaleilei (CoffeeandGlutenFree)