- Palmini is a low carb pasta substitute made 100% out of a natural plant known as Hearts of Palm. When this plant is cut and cooked in the proper way, it’s resemblance to regular noodles is remarkable. Not only does it look like pasta, but it can also taste like pasta if you add the proper sauce!
More and more products are coming out that make it easier for the low-carb dieter. Some of them have not been very good tasting. However, I saw a pancake and waffle mix that was PALEO at Costco one day and I thought I would try it. It is called Birch Benders and it is made with coconut flour. Very easy to make with water and I didn’t even need to put butter on it because it already tasted buttery. These are very low-carb and will work with a low-carb diet. Two decent sized cakes are 16g of carbs minus 5 g of fiber is 11g net carbs! If you want to stay between 50 and 100g of carbs a day and you really feel like some pancakes, this is a decent alternative.
So, Costco is hit or miss on this product. I looked it up online and apparently you can get it at Target, but I think more of the Target.com (online) because I could not see it at my local Target. It is also available on Amazon.com. They are really good and fluffy and I really didn’t miss the wheat flour version of cakes.
In my search of different places to buy Birch Benders mix, I saw that they now make a frozen waffle! They have all kinds–Buttermilk, Protein, etc….but the one you want for low-carb, made from coconut flour is the PALEO version. I looked on their website for a location and near me, it said Whole Foods, Ralphs, Target, and Sprouts. I didn’t look at Ralphs yet, but Target and Whole Foods–couldn’t see it. One Sprouts was out (there was a sale), but the one closest to my house had it. I bought it and I tasted it today. It was really good! I put my low-carb syrup on it that I got from Ralph’s market and had it and again, low-carb and tasted like any other frozen waffle. So, if you want you or your kids to eat a quick carby breakfast item, they are better off with this lower-carb, coconut flour version of a frozen waffle. It didn’t even taste dietetic.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Stir dry ingredients very well (so you don’t end up biting into a clump of baking soda!). Add wet to form a dough. Shape into cookies – I used a cookie scoop to first form balls and then shape into cookies. Place on a cookie tray, and bake on the center rack 10-12 minutes. Let cool an additional 10 minutes before handling, as they are very delicate at first but firm up completely once cool.
Sheet of uncooked cookies: (used a tad more almond flour)
These are good cookies. Obviously, not as sweet and as exciting as a regular sugar/carb loaded chocolate chip cookie…but with the chocolate and the chewiness, I am happy! Great with milk or coffee. I used Truvia. Obviously, regular sugar is tastier, but I want to lose weight and still get a cookie fix!
I make homemade cauliflower pizza crust pizza. It is not that hard to do. Takes about 10 minutes to make one and then the cooking time is not long. It is even easier if you buy already riced up cauliflower in a bag from a store like Trader Joes, Costco, etc. and it is not expensive at all.
I have a recipe that I have used to make a pizza with Cauliflower crust. It is really good. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/the-astonishing-cauliflower-pizza-crust-you-have-to-taste-it-to-believe-it.html
Below is my caulfilower-based home-made Margherita pizza and salad that I shared with my husband. Less than 5g of carbs per half of that 9 inch pizza. Totally delish and low carb. The base was delish and didn’t miss the pizza crust.
DID YOU READ THAT RIGHT? 5g of carbs per HALF of a pizza!
AND LOOK AT HOW GOOD MY PIZZA LOOKS! Tasted good too. You can do whatever toppings you like. I make mine margherita style.
Because the base is mostly cauliflower and cheese….it is low carb!
PRE-MADE CAULIFLOWER-BASED CRUSTS:
But what about the already-made cauliflower pizza crusts out there at the stores? Costco has them, Trader Joes and now Green Giant has one.
Green Giant is no different than many of the others out there that are pre-made. The slices are made to be able to be strong and stiff like regular pizza crust (My pure cauliflower home-made one is not that solid, so you can’t hold it and need a knife and fork–but it is low carb.
Green Giant says that their crust is low-carb. I have news for you, it isn’t low-carb, it is just lower than regular pizza crust. It is 16g of carbs per quarter of the whole pie. If you eat the whole pie, it is 64g of carbs. Yes, there is no wheat, but it is only 80 percent cauliflower and the rest is a bunch of stiffeners and junk. Such as: Rice Flour, Corn Starch, Corn Flour, Corn Meal (I never recommend corn in a diet at all because of all of the starch in it!) and that crappy oil–Canola Oil (what the hell is a Canola anyway?)
Now, don’t get me wrong. A regular wheat pizza crust is way more carbs. 1/4 of a pizza crust from Trader Joes is approximately about 50g of carbs. So, that is a lot! If you eat the whole thing, you eat about 200g of carbs. No wonder people on My 600 Pound Life are able to keep the weight on so much. For many of them, their food of choice is pizza.
On this diet, if you eat between 50 and 100g of carbs per day, a quarter of a wheat-based pizza could ruin everything. So, 16g of carbs of an already-made cauliflower-based pizza crust seems great and especially for those who are gluten and/or wheat sensitive. However, I still think that is a lot of carbs if you want to lose weight.
Remember, if you make a cauliflower and cheese pizza crust from the recipe above, you can eat the entire damn pizza for about 10g of deliciousness.
My husband convinced me to go to California Pizza Kitchen for their new cauliflower-based pizza. I was excited to go somewhere, where I could get someone to cook for me and it be pizza without wheat.
Again, the nutrition on this pizza crust was same issue with how many carbs and filler are in their crust–not much different than the pre-made ones at the markets. It tasted ok, but I felt like I was definitely going to have to spend two days to just get my weight back in order and sure enough–that is what happened. So, I don’t really recommend it for a diet, but for those who can’t eat wheat and want just a slice if they are weight conscious–it was good. I happen to like my caulfilower base better and I can eat more.
Total Fat 14grams
Saturated Fat 8rams
Total Carbohydrates 85grams
Dietary Fiber 4grams
I met someone who is upset that their child eats candy. However, this same person thinks that Yoplait yogurt is a healthier choice. The food industry has certainly fooled and convinced a lot of people that the items that they buy are healthy, when in fact, they are not. People have no idea how to read labels. Now, I am not a perfect label reader and yes, I am guilty of using sugar substitutes, which are NOT healthy. HOWEVER, this blog is about weight loss and keeping weight off and not health. But, I will try to cover both a little here.
So, let’s look at it.
Yoplait Mixed Berry: This has about 4-5 tablespoons of sugar in it (not much protein either)
|Total Fat||2 g||Potassium||230 mg|
|Saturated||1 g||Total Carbs||25 g|
|Polyunsaturated||0 g||Dietary Fiber||0 g|
|Monounsaturated||0 g||Sugars||18 g|
|Trans||0 g||Protein||6 g|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
A Kit Kat bar: This has about 5-6 tablespoons of sugar in it
1 bar/4 fingers
|Total Fat||12 g||Potassium||0 mg|
|Saturated||7 g||Total Carbs||29 g|
|Polyunsaturated||0 g||Dietary Fiber||1 g|
|Monounsaturated||0 g||Sugars||22 g|
|Trans||0 g||Protein||3 g|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily
- Servings: 1 bar/4 fingers
So, is saying no to the candy bar in favor of a yogurt really necessary if the sugar is about the same? Maybe you should just eat the damn Kit Kat if you are going to eat that much sugar…..but if you want ot watch sugar in your diet, you have to read labels!!
If you want to give yogurt to your child, it would be better to find one low in sugar and possibly has the probiotics in it. The plain ones have the least amount of sugar, but not everyone can eat the plain one.
List of yogurts who have probiotics:
List of yogurts, which have low sugar:
This is a link to a list of yogurts to eat instead of what you have been eating:
I have also written that the best tasting low sugar yogurt is this one:
Low sugar, high protein: (mostly the same for all flavors)
SO, the point is to read the labels and get to know what you are eating! Sugar can be disguised in healthy looking packages!
Newest craze: Acai bowls. Acai smoothies also! Any fruit bowl or smoothie–same issues!
Yes, they are delish! But, if you want to lose weight or maintain weight, you can’t eat these! You can get one, have about 3 or 4 bites and then pass it on to someone else.
On a healthy diet, you should not go beyond two small fruits a day if you want to maintain weight or lose it.
FRUIT is healthier than a candy bar, but fruit has SUGAR. Any sugar will convert to carbs, then add fat to your body if you supersede 50-100 g of carbs per day.
So, educated yourselves and stop eating things just because people say it is healthy.
Too much sugar is not healthy.
- Planet Smoothie 18-oz Acai smoothie: 370 calories, 10 grams fat, 43 grams sugar
- Robek’s 14-0z Acai Especial Bowl: 385 calories, 5 grams fat, 69 grams sugar
- Jamba Juice power size Acai Super Antioxidant: 560 calories, 7 grams fat, 92 grams sugar
Eat two small fruits a day and stay thin!
New obsession! Costco has it, but not right now, they have the Boom Chikka Pop stuff (which is also really good, but twice the calories of Skinny Pop). Skinny Pop tastes like movie theatre popcorn to me, but it is pretty low calorie and low carb. I ran out of my Costco large bag (my husband ate it too–DARN!) and I stocked up from Target. They also have individual small bags for your lunch–100 calories and 7 net carbs. I am waiting for the next Costco delivery after their assortment of Boom Chikka Pop runs out (special right now, buy one bag, one free). I ordered a bag from Target of their White Cheddar ones too. I think I am going popcorn crazy–but you still have to be careful and count carbs!
If you want to lose weight, you need to have 6 small protein meals a day and your carb intake cannot be higher than 50-100g of carbs. Sometimes getting those in-between breakfast, lunch and dinner snacks can be hard.
Costco now has a new product. It is an Orgain protein drink with 21g of protein, is Organic, tastes like Chocolate (better chilled) and is 1 net carb with ZERO grams of sugar. They used to only have the powder available and now it is in ready-to-go bottles in a box. They have the Vanilla Bean version online (chocolate is in the store by the Ensure drinks) and the Vanilla one is $49.99 for a box of 24, with 16 grams of protein.
I tried it. Not bad for a ready-to-go protein drink and it sure cuts the cravings down until you have your next meal. I recommend this product because it has chocolate and because it is LOW in carbs.
I bought these on Monday. I was super excited. I was impressed that they had everything that I like.
They have protein (6 grams)
They have nuts, they are high fiber (7 grams)
They are low carb 14 grams) and that means that 14g of carbs minus 7 grams of fiber is only 7 net carbs.
They have chocolate!!
They have sea salt, yet are low sodium(110 grams).
They are very similar to Kind bars, except that you get 30 bars in the box for under $17 and they are less carbs, as far as I know.
I have to say that they are delicious. Not too big, and the right amount of chocolate, sea salt and nuts. AND a great low cal protein for your one of six protein snacks (meals) per day.
And they are kosher too!
I recommend them highly!
This is a re-post of my talk about Thanksgiving meals. However, I want to add that I am making a delish low-carb and healthy side dish this year that is different. I am making the Barefoot Contessa’s Balsamic-Roasted Brussels sprouts with Pancetta (ham). It looks amazing. I had something similar at my favorite Italian restaurant and I loved it. I will let you know how it came out ! DELISH roasted brussels sprouts and here is the video of her making it. the video There are 8 g of carbs in brussels spouts for a cup of them. There are 3.3 g of fiber in a cup of Brussels sprouts. So, net carbs is 4.7 g per cup. So much healthier than pumpkin pie and so filling and delish, you won’t have room for the pumpkin pie.
So, the rest of the Thanksgiving Blog…..
I have talked to many people about Thanksgiving food. I am not sure how it came to be that a holiday designed to give thanks and spend time with relatives–has now somehow turned into a carbolicious food fest.
A few years ago, I went to my husband’s cousin’s house for Thanksgiving. I had a tough time finding something decent to eat. The turkey was ok, but there was no salad. There were green beans, but they were smothered in horrible bad GMO Velveeta cheese and not some kind of low-fat bovine growth hormone-free cheese. And there were those horrible processed onion things were on top. There was white bread in unhealthy fattening stuffing, cranberry sauce (sugar fest), white GMO dinner rolls, margarine (where is the organic butter?) and nasty box-made mashed potatoes. No wonder people get fat. Then, there is pie! One small slice of pumpkin pie alone is 300 calories. I think the average amount of calories eaten at Thanksgiving dinner tops 1500, easy.
AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THE SUPER-SIZED PORTIONS THAT PEOPLE SERVE THEMSELVES, AND MORE THAN ONE!
Here is what most of the portions looked like at the cousin’s house (throw in a non-nutritious dinner roll):
Next is the proper size of a “Traditional Thanksgiving Meal–made in a more healthy way–and the right measured out portions. At least if you eat this, you will not gain a lot of weight. (4 ounces of protein and keep in mind, only 50-100g of carbs per day. More on the veggies, less on the stuffing and potatoes. In this picture–turkey, a touch of stuffing with mushrooms, just a splash of cranberries (not the canned stuff), and a serving of veggies. Perfect!
It takes 30 minutes of running fast for 3 miles to burn 300 calories, and about an hour to do fast walking to lose 300 calories. You would have to walk for 5 hours to burn off that dinner. It could take many days of exercise to burn off that meal.
What I had for Thanksgiving:
For breakfast, I had a Western Bagel Perfect 10 low carb bagel with egg and cheese on it.
I made turkey meatballs and sauce with spaghetti squash for lunch.
For dinner, my husband and I had the sliced turkey breast that we bought the day before. We had a little gravy and had some great grilled asparagus and baby broccoli, with a great salad with cheese. A nice normal sized portion too.
And my snacks in between were nuts and a protein bar.
For after-dinner dessert, I had low carb ice cream.
I was full, satisfied and happy. I didn’t gain a pound. I will do something similar for Christmas.
If I am stuck at a person’s house again:
I will either eat before I get there and just have some turkey.
I also could ask the host in advance if there are going to be vegetables and salad, and if not, I will bring my own.
**I have NO qualms or embarrassment that I have to eat a certain way. If you are embarrassed, you can just say it is for “doctor’s orders for more greens.”**
You should never have to gain weight or make yourself sick with wheat products, gluten or excessive carbs to make others feel comfortable.
If someone gets their panties in a twist over it, they either do NOT give a damn about you and your quest to be skinny, of they feel guilty because they wish THEY could go on a proper diet and they are either too stubborn, too carb-addicted or afraid to rock the boat in their relationships.
Any way you look at it, YOU have to take care of YOU! There is a good chance that you gained weight because you have trouble saying NO! Learn healthy boundaries for your own happiness and stop worrying about others.
There are always food saboteurs out there. Like the man in my Pilates class, who is thin and brings the class (who are there to get in shape) brownies or chocolate cake. I think he gets some sick, twisted enjoyment out of watching them eat his stuff. He never knows what to do with me, because, I always tell him, “No thank you. I don’t eat sugar anymore.” And the fact that he still asks me, shows how manipulative he is!
What if the problem is your cravings cause the problem with eating fattening things?
Yes, it is hard to get over cravings, but it is possible. I did it! Takes a few weeks, but you have to stick to it and find healthy alternatives (I write about that all of the time in my blog, just do a search).
If someone is having onion rings, I sometimes will allow myself to eat ONE, then I am done. Fried food with breaded batter=unhealthy and fattening.
You have to learn this and get over what McDonalds got you addicted to eating. Those carbs are killing America-and you and me. We have to take charge of our bodies, our mouths and our lives. Eating potato starch, pie sugars, fatty cheese, white breaded stuffing carbs and sugars–even once or twice a year is not showing respect for your body. Even ONE cheat is do-able, but it is nothing but bad food city all the way through on this crazy holiday food fest.