Low Sugar and Carb Toppings

Walden Farms makes outrageously tasty toppings and syrups for those who are either on a low sugar, low-calorie or low carb diet or are just diabetic.  You should try one or more and there is a sale right now on Vitacost.com.  There are some stores that carry some of the products, but you should check it out.   Any order over $45 has free shipping.  Chocolate sauce, jams, pasta sauce, salad dressing, etc.

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You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Dr. Oz had a guest, who spoke about the importance of low sugar in a diet.  Jorge Cruise has great recipes on his site, Jorgecruise.com.  But, he has a recipe for no-sugar, low-calorie chocolate cake.  It is small, it is quick and you cook it in the microwave for 60 seconds.  So, I tried it and even my husband liked it.  I recommend it for those with a sweet or chocolate tooth!

2 minute chocolate cake recipe:

1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend

1.2 cup almond flour

3 tablespoons unsweetend cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/2  teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg

2 tablespoons half and half

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, mix, pour 1/4 of mixture into a mug (can make 4 mugs, filled up about 1/5 of each cup because it expands).  Cook mug  in microwave for 60 seconds.

trim a little around the edge of the mug and then pour out onto a plate.  Then put whip cream on top.

Here are pictures of the process.  I would say there is about 2-3g of carbs in this little delicacy for the day!

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Best Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars?

I have been experimenting with new protein bars.  It is important to remember that carbs is the way to go in terms of protein bars, but also look at fiber.  You can subtract fiber grams from carbs to get net carbs.  I tried the new Luna Protein bar at 12g of protein, 17g of carbs, minus 3g of fiber totaling 14g net carbs.  (Purchased it at Target)

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It was pretty good, AND GLUTEN FREE, but I still prefer my Nature Valley Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bar, which is not gluten-free,  (there is also a Peanut, Almond, and Dark Chocolate one and a Salted Caramel Nut with similar info), and I love that it is DARK CHOCOLATE with 10g of protein, 14g of carbs with 5g of fiber, so that is 9g net carbs.  Still loving it more.  (Available online or at Target and Costco)

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My sister-in-law told me about a KIND protein bar and I will be trying that tomorrow and report back.  The one she told me about, I could not find (Nuts and Sea salt), but I found one at Trader Joes that was chocolate and peanut butter, so I will report its taste and if it could possibly be better than my favorite Nature Valley Bar.   This is gluten and wheat free, which is better for my diet!  So, I hope I like it.  7g of protein and 17g of carbs, 3g of fiber, so it is 14g net carbs.  I will keep you apprised of my results.

 

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Power Crunch Choklat is Da Low Carb Bomb

I got both Power Crunch Choklat bars in the mail.  The dark chocolate and the milk chocolate.  I have had the opportunity to sample both.  The milk chocolate is good and tastes like a good Nestle Crunch bar, only it has 5 grams of protein, 8g of carbs (7g net).  But, the dark chocolate is soooo good.  I love dark chocolate and this is a dark chocolate version of a nestle crunch bar.  Even my husband likes it.  It is worth getting and eating.  I like it even better than the regular crunch bar.

I got mine for the best price on Vitacost.com.  If you find a better price, write me.

Who said you have to suffer eating low carb?

 

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Chocolate Heaven and Still Stay Skinny

How would you like a protein snack/meal to die for? Something made up of Belgium chocolate, it tastes great, has 10g of protein and only 8g of carbs, 1 g of fiber–making it 7g of net carbs?

Too good to be true? Not if it is made by my favorite protein bar maker, Power Crunch.

Power Crunch Choklat. The company says this about it, “Real chocolate meets real nutrition in Choklat Crunch® – 10 grams of Proto Whey protein in world class Belgian chocolate.
Made with exotic Belgian chocolate and fortified with 10 grams of Proto Whey protein in each bar, Choklat Crunch® is truly a unique offering. With only 100 calories per serving, Choklat Crunch® is an indulgence to feel good about. Made without the use of sugar alcohols, a known cause of gastric distress, Choklat Crunch® is truly a gold standard in both nutrition and taste!”

It comes in dark and milk chocolate. I just ordered boxes of both and I will report on it as soon as I try it. Best deal I have found so far, Vitacost.com. $16.99 for a box of 12. Free shipping on orders over $49. I bought 3 boxes. I don’t mess around. It is chocolate low-carb heaven. My sister-in-law told about it, loved it, and that is good enough for me. I know I already love their regular chocolate and their peanut butter favors.

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I am excited. Forget fattening, non-nutritious candy bars. You can have this and stay skinny, be healthy.

Discipline is Learned, Not Eaten

At the end of the week of 4 days (usually only 3) of a restricted diet, and one all protein day, I lost 5.5 pounds. I am back to normal carb controlled eating. I will work hard to restrict myself to closer to 50g of carbs a day and try not to go to the upper level of 100g a day because I still want to lose 3 pounds in order to be closer to my all-time weight goal. It is always work. You can’t just give up. If I can lose weight, anyone can. I lose very slowly and my body LOVES holding onto the weight with my sluggish thyroid.

At the end of the day, you have to work on your motivation. It is KEY in weight control.

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It is Easter and I am not going to indulge in traditional Easter candy. I have no idea who came up with the idea as candy being attached to high holy holidays. “It is the day Jesus was born–have some chocolate.” “It is the day he has risen, have some chocolate.” And then, “it is your birthday, so have some cake.” We should focus more on spending time on things that we can do physically. “It is a holiday, let’s meet up with family or good friends and go for a walk and talk.” That is so much better for everyone involved.

Do something fun. Change the way you do things. Don’t teach children that when it is a holiday, they have to get a basket of candy or chocolate. They can color eggs and have fun, but come on everyone. Let’s change the way we do things in order to teach ourselves and our children better HABITS.

There is a lady in my Pilates class who discusses holiday foods like they are part of her holiday orgasm, but she also is very heavy and used to be even heavier–plus her husband suffers from diabetes. How has candy and chocolate associations to holidays helped out her life? Everyone who I know who is into all of this candy, has someone larger or ill in their home. So, think about it. What is wrong with special Easter omelets and turkey sausage with some delicious coffee?

If you want to look good and feel good, and teach your family to do the same….take a chance and change the way you do things. Change traditions. Not all are good. Teach motivation and discipline. I often get told that I have amazing discipline. You just have to teach yourself and coming from a disciplined father, I am sure a lot rubbed off on me. Do the same for your family.