Keto French Toast with Blueberry Compote and Whipped Cream!

Today in one of my favorite facebook groups a member posted the recipe for Keto friendly bread that had about 1 net carb per slice. They had tried the recipe and it looked amazing so I had to try it out. Today was the perfect day because K only had a half day at school and with her sisters being a bit under the weather they have been very good just resting and watching their new favorite show Umizoomi…. yeah so fun!

When I took the newly baked bread out of the oven I realized that with this addition to my Keto recipes a whole new world was opening up to me for meals and menus. As I sliced the beautiful loaf I immediately knew that what I really wanted to do with it was make French Toast.

Even before eating Keto this wasn’t a meal we made frequently but every time I would make it I would wonder why we didn’t make it more. As I looked at the fresh bread on the counter I wasn’t sure if it would live up to my usual French Toast hype but I knew I was going to give it a try.

The first thing I did was grab some blueberries to make a quick compote to go on top and then I whipped up some healthy whipped cream. After everything was made I assembled it and waited for my most critical judges tried my new dish. All three girls loved it and so did I!

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Here is how I made it all:

For the bread:
**this is not my recipe! It was shared in a facebook group I’m a part of!**

7 eggs
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup butter (I melted mine)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Preheat oven to 355 F. Put eggs in brown and beat for 1-2 minutes one high.
Add remaining ingredients and beat until completely mixed.
Scrape into a 9×6 loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 45 minutes or until skewer comes out of middle clean.

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I got 14 slices with mine because I sliced a bit thicker for my French Toast and because of that a serving (2 slices) was 2 net carbs.

For the Blueberry Compote I took 1 cup of frozen blueberries and 1/4 of a cup of my confectioners Swerve. I added a tsp of vanilla extract and heated it on the stove until it was bubbly and thicker, then I set it off to the side.

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For my whipped cream I took 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 tbsp of my swerve and a dash of vanilla and beat it until stiff peaks formed.

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I made a simple French Toast (eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and heavy cream) and made the French toast. For the entire dish I had 6 net carbs! I am so excited about this dish and I know that it might not be one I make all the time but it will definitely be made again!

Hope you guys enjoy and if you try it out leave me a comment below and let me know how you like it!

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Brown Butter Cube Steak With Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

I have a lot of fun finding amazing recipes on Pinterest and other social media sites where people love to share what they’re eating. To me though there is nothing more fun than going in the kitchen and just whipping something up with what I’ve already got in the house. And let me tell you, its a good thing I like doing that because it helps keep me on budget when I don’t waste anything in my kitchen!

I didn’t do what they recommend you do when starting Keto. I didn’t throw out all my pasta and rice and snacks. Why not? Because I’m on a budget and I’ve got three kids and a husband who aren’t all crazy about giving up all their carbs. That means that I have to make sure I’m determined to do this. Every single day when I look in my fridge, freezer or cabinets I am bombarded with choices that aren’t the best for me.

I am slowly transitioning my kids to healthier snacks but I have enough self-control to not need to empty my house of essentially everything to stick to a healthier eating plan. I know it sounds like it would be harder for eating right, and for some it might seem impossible. However, for those who actually know me you know just how stubborn I can be. I started on New Year’s Eve and I haven’t cheated once, nor do I miss my old way of eating.

So anyway… last night I was looking in my fridge and not sure what I was going to eat for dinner. The girls wanted waffles (hey, they love them!) and I knew that I was going to use up some other things so I gladly made them their waffles and started browning some butter on the stove.

As the girls devoured their waffles (with monk fruit sweetened syrup) I made a delicious brown butter cubed steak. I knew I wanted something else with it but I wasn’t sure I had the motivation to make anything substantial so I threw a bunch of different cheeses in a sauce pan with a diced jalapeño.

This was so delicious I ate two cube steaks! Luckily no one in my family loves jalapeño so I didn’t have to share!

To make this I just browned some butter in a skillet, when it was a beautiful caramel color I added my cube steaks and browned them. While they were cooking I took all different cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, swiss, cream cheese and heavy cream) and melted them in a sauce pan. As they melted together I diced a fresh jalapeño and added that. I just topped my cube steak with the cheese sauce and enjoyed it!

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I’m Melting!

So this past months has had a lot of ups and downs but none of the ups have been on my scale! I can’t believe the progress I am making. Not only am I making progress but I’m loving every minute of it. I never feel deprived or hungry. I don’t crave junk all the time and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on all the foods I used to love.

I was pushing my luck when I tried to button my size 18 pants before because I’m fairly confident I should have gone up a size in order to have them fit me. Now I have to wear a belt with my size 16 jeans because they are falling off of me!

I have no doubt that keto is working for me and I’m excited to give my body a chance to heal itself from all the damage I’ve done to it over the years.

Now I have not veered from the keto lifestyle once, nor have I wanted to, but my results have been phenomenal, even compared to others who are eating exactly the same as I have. I truly credit this to the Trim Tea that I drink every day. 1572068753__400x400__

There are so many added health benefits besides weight loss which is why I love this so much! I love that I am only one month in and reaping so many amazing benefits!

I was so sure before that I could keep doing what I had always done and outwork my bad eating. Obviously that isn’t the case and I’m glad I took the steps I needed to take to change my life!

One Month In…

So I’m a few days shy of being on Keto for a full month. Rather than wait the three more days to do my little first month summary I decided to take advantage of my kids playing happily in the yard to measure and share my progress.

I was so sure this was going to be a difficult way of eating since I have been so into my baking and cookies and bread. There are so many things that were simply part of my life that were really bad for me. When I was having a hard day I’d whip up a batch of cinnamon rolls where each roll had about 1,000 calories in it and 122 grams of carbs per roll! That is literally 6 days worth of carbs with how I eat now!

Still, I knew that I needed to do something to turn my life around and I was determined to give this a shot. It’s scary changing the way you’ve done things your whole life, but sometimes when you’re only digging yourself an early grave maybe change isn’t the scariest thing.

I didn’t even wait for the New Year, I started the day before knowing an arbitrary day wouldn’t change the outcome and putting things off even one day for me can be the difference between starting and giving up. So I made a feast for my mom and family for New Year’s Eve and I ate none of the potatoes and none of the bread. I didn’t know exactly what I was doing but I just knew carbs were a no-no.

Well, New Year’s Day I decided to weigh and measure myself. I couldn’t believe it when my scale settled on my all time high of 230! And then I took my measurements… I was mortified (especially because I had to have my husband measure me)!

The first week was a huge learning curve for me. I bought books and scoured the web for information. I reached out to mom’s in my mom’s group who were doing keto themselves and I took full advantage of all the resources I could find.

I didn’t go down to under 20 carbs the first week, or the second for that matter. I spent the first week cutting out the obvious carb laden foods and kept my carbs under 100 grams a day (technically eating low carb the first week). The second week I adjusted more and kept them under 50 grams the first few days and finally got into a good groove where I was keeping my carbs below 20 net grams a day.

I don’t know if this is why I didn’t get the “keto flu” or if it was the vitamins I take along with the water I was chugging all day long. Either way I never got sick from cutting out my carbs. I did get pretty tired the first week though as my body adjusted.

The second week came with not only a huge drop in my weight but a huge influx of energy. I was loving everything I ate and having the energy to take care of my kids without just sitting and watching them play. I was running around with them and enjoying them more than I had in a lone while.

The third week my weight loss stopped. I jumped around the same number on the scale and wondered if I could get below this number. Even when I was working out like crazy and limiting my food to the point where I felt like I was starving every day I never got below this number.

Luckily my brother had warned me this would happen and I just sucked it up and kept going. I didn’t cheat I just made more delicious food and played with my kids and did what I needed to do. Then all of a sudden my scaled dropped 2 pounds! I had beaten that horrible number that had taunted me for so long.

So now as I look back at the month and realize I don’t miss any of the things I gave up I now that this is something I can keep up long term. I am down 17 pounds (in one month!!) and I’ve lost 13 inches overall!

That is epic for me!

I have not worked out, I haven’t gone to bed hungry! I am so happy and so inspired by all the great changes I’m experiencing!IMG_8065

Keto with Kids

Unlike diets I am making Keto my lifestyle. It is the way I’m choosing to eat for the rest of my life. That means that my family will have meals made that are keto friendly.

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At first I was worried that my kids might be resistant to the changes and unhappy with the food choices they would be given. However, this is such an amazing time to be doing keto eating because there are so many resources right at my fingertips. Recipes for anything I can imagine are just a few keystrokes away. I am thankful for the people who went ahead and had to make recipes by trial and error.

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That said, I haven’t found a meal that my kids haven’t loved yet. There are literally recipes for everything you can imagine. I can make “cheese its” by simply baking cheese and then my girls aren’t eating the processed junk that I used to buy. And they taste EXACTLY the same! I can make pizza crust with cheese and coconut flour and it has the same texture as a normal pizza crust and the kids beg for seconds.

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I did think it would be hard to get my family on board but my husband likes to try the new veggie recipes I try and so far we haven’t found one he doesn’t like. The girls love to eat the bacon as soon as I’m done cooking it and hard boiled eggs are a go-to snack in our house. Taco bowls have replaced the shells and as long as they get extra cheese and olives they’re happy.

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As a parent sometimes we hesitate to do things we want to do because of out kids. We don’t have unlimited amounts of money to buy groceries to make multiple meals a day to appease our kids picky appetites. I get it. I am a mean mom though, I make a meal and that’s what we eat. If they don’t like it, after trying it, then I don’t make it again. I love that they have LOVED every new recipe I’ve tried so far.

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As a parent its our job to teach our kids to have a healthy relationship with food. Its so easy to go into the store and grab a bag of chips or a candy bar when the kids are whiny and hungry but what are we teaching them? We’re teaching them that these fake foods can make things better when in the end its wreaking havoc on their little bodies.

Especially as a mom to girls, I want my kids to know what real food is. I want them to know how to cook it and how to eat to live and not live to eat. I don’t want them to use food as a crutch for anything I want them to use it to fuel their dreams. As I shift our way of eating to a healthier way I know we’re all going to reap the benefits.

Don’t be afraid to take a healthier path for your family, even if there is a little resistance in the beginning the benefits are far greater than the struggle!

My Keto Journey Starting Out

2017 was a hard year for me! It beat me up and I struggled with depression as I tried to overcome the obstacles that came in my way. After Christmas I reached an all-time low and came to the conclusion that things needed to change.

For those who have read previous posts, you know I’ve had a miscarriage and it is devastating, I have had more since then and it has been difficult to deal with. For the most part that’s why I haven’t been as active on social media or in my real life for that matter. I have holed myself up in my house and eaten my feelings.

After Christmas I started to research new ways of eating because for me I have been unhealthy and eating poorly. Since I have three girls I can’t afford to eat myself to death, and that’s what I felt like I was doing. I bought books on the ketogenic diet after hearing so many great things about it. I prepared my mind and my kitchen for some major changes.

On New Years Eve I knew I couldn’t wait until the next day to make a change, because there is always another tomorrow to start but I needed to change today. I went into the New Year at my heaviest weight ever (230) and I was determined to never be that weight again.

I eased into this new WOE (way of eating) but just cutting out grains and sugars. I was sure it was going to be a struggle, but I found the whole process freeing. It didn’t take long for me to start reaching my macros and get into ketosis.

Not even a month in and I am down to 213 and I have lost over 7 inches over all. I was telling my husband last night that this is the easiest thing I have ever done to lose weight and I feel so amazing each and every day.

I have a long way to go and I know that not having those crazy cravings right from the start is a huge blessing (its not this easy for many people). But I have never felt so full and not wanted to munch on everything in the house all day. I have had a blast exploring new recipes and finding healthier snacks for my girls.

I plan on updating about once a month with my progress to share with everyone because I find it encouraging to see other people doing well and hope that my story can help to inspire others wanting to make a change too!

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Fat Bombs

I have been eating a keto diet (more like way of life) since New Years Eve. After another miscarriage I knew things had to change and the only one who was going to make the changes was me. I am currently down 17 pounds and 6.5 inches overall! I am loving the way I feel and look lately.

I spend a lot of time googling and looking on pinterest for recipes that I would like and I love trying new things. Today my searches failed me because I really wanted to make some chocolate chip coconut fat bombs (I love my fat bombs!) and couldn’t find anything. I decided to modify the fat bombs I already make to get just what I wanted and I want to share in case anyone else wants to try!

Here is the recipe!

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  • 6 T Butter, softened
  • 6 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 c monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ c Almond Butter
  • ¼ c Lindt Excellence 85% cocoa
  • 1/2 c dried shaved coconut flakes

 

In a blender I mix everything except the coconut and chocolate and blend until smooth. Then I break the chocolate up into small chunks and add that with the coconut. When it’s all blended together I take a small ice cream scoop and make uniform balls on a cooking sheet and parchment paper. I put them in the fridge to set for about half an hour then I move them to the freezer to harden. When they’re hardened I put them in a ziplock bag and enjoy them whenever I am in the mood for something sweet!

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If you try this and enjoy leave me a comment and let me know!

2 net carbs – 2 grams protein – 11g fat

 

Chilled Chai Tea Smoothie

IMG_7236So I love Chai Tea. I love love almost all tea, which is good since I hate coffee and I have kids haha.

Since going keto I haven’t found a good recipe that tastes like what I love so I decided to play around with the keto approved ingredients I know about and make my own smoothie.

This turned out much better than I expected and its perfect for a hot day in Florida. (Not that I see any of those in the near future…) Since I loved it so much I decided it would be worth sharing in case anyone else wanted to give it a try!

Chilled Chai Tea Smoothie

1 cup chilled black tea
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp monk fruit sweetener
1 tbsp MCT oil (optional)

Just place all ingredients into a blender and blend until well mixed. The longer you blend the thicker it will get because of the heavy cream. I made mine a little thicker but then added some ice cubes to chill it even more.

I hope you enjoy and if you do try it out leave me a comment below and let me know how you liked it!

A Fresh Start

2017 was hard for me. It was emotionally taxing and I struggled with things I never thought I’d have to face again. The start of the new year brought new challenges that I had to face and as we head into the first weekend of the new year I am ready to step into a fresh start.

Since just before the new year I have been eating keto. I am surprised at how easy the transition has been for me. I haven’t gone fully keto yet, I’m taking baby steps into this healthier eating and I’m bringing my kids along for the ride. So far they love everything!

There are so many exciting things to look forward to this year. My SIL is due with her baby any day and my other SIL is coming to visit this month too. I am excited to get my house looking pretty, and hopefully get on track with keeping it clean all the time. I love that my girls are learning to take care of their things and be kind to each other.

I know I’m not the only one who had a rough year last year. Lots of people are looking forward to the fresh start a new year brings. The thing is, it won’t be any different than the year before unless we make it different. Things will always stay the same if we only keep doing the same thing.

We can’t control everything that happens but we can control our reactions. We can control the choices we make and how we take care of ourselves and treat others. This year I am taking back my health, I am taking back control of my house and I’m going to cherish my family more.

You want a better new year, then make it a better new year!

Baby Of My Heart

When I met your mommy you were already there
with your beautiful smile and curly brown hair
I gave you a flower with a rattle inside
You gave me a smile so open and wide

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I loved you from the first time we met
How lucky could one guy get?
Your mommy and me fell in love too
And all of our love we shared with you

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You grew so fast and stole my heart
I knew we could never be apart
So I asked your mommy to marry me
And now we are a family

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I had to make it all last forever
My love for you will never end, Never!
We went to court and it was done
you are my child, my first one.

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God placed you in my life to care for
And I could never ask for more
You may not have my DNA
But you have my heart each night and day

*I wrote this for my husband to give to K when we finally talked about the whole adoption process. Since then I have told my friends about telling her about the adoption and I mentioned some of the things we wrote to help her understand. I wanted to share it with everyone since I have been asked to read it by almost everyone I spoke with. A lot of my friends have reached out to me about how to discuss step-parents with their kids and this is  a cute poem that I’m sure can be helpful to explain how a stepparent could love them just like their own.*