Keto Salmon or Tuna Salad With Cheese Crisps

Keto Friendly, Budget Conscious Salmon or Tuna Salad with Cheese Crisps. Very simple to make!

Did I mention I live on a pretty tight budget? Canned fish is the only way I can afford to eat fish. This Salmon or Tuna Salad is yummy and colourful, full of protein, and full of heart-healthy Omega-3 Fats. I try to have two meals a week featuring fish.

The cheese crisps are so simple to make, and they taste like the delicious crispy, cheesy bits on pizza or casseroles that everyone fights over!

The secret to a good tuna or salmon salad is to allow the flavours get to know one another before tossing them on lettuce leafs. Don’t rush the process. I make this a good hour ahead of meal time and assemble it right before serving. I prefer salmon over tuna salad, but you can use either fish in this recipe. As this salad is packed with protein and healthy fat, it should be considered a main meal of the day.

Keto Salmon or Tuna Salad with Cheese Crisps

Drained Wild-caught Tuna Fish or Salmon (212 g)
2 tbsp Mayonnaise (not low fat)
2 tsp full-fat sour cream if needed
1 tsp onion flakes
1/2 tsp Mrs Dash original
salt and pepper to taste
Mix the above and let sit in your fridge for at least 15 minutes to give the flavours a chance to blend.

Serve on a bed of 100g of washed, hand-torn romaine lettuce, with 20g of bell pepper, thinly sliced, Decorate with seven grape tomatoes and serve with Cheese Crisps. This salad is very low carb as long as you go easy on the tomatoes! One substantial serving

Nutritional Value for the Tuna Salad version, without crisps:
Calories: 525
Fat: 28g
Protein 57.2
Net Carb 7.1

Cheese Crisps:
Preheat oven to 350F
Line a baking sheet with either a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper or tin foil (spray foil with a bit of Pam)

Ingredients:
Shredded cheddar cheese or a mixture of cheddar and any hard cheese that can be shredded.

Don’t buy pre-shredded cheese if you are strict Keto. They add stuff to the shredded cheese to keep it from sticking together

Place one tbsp of shredded cheese at a time of the cheese mixture on your baking sheet.
Space well apart as this will spread.

Bake for about 10-15 minutes max, but watch your oven! The crisps should be golden brown all over, and the edges should be dark brown. Remove the sheet from oven. If there is a lot of grease on the crisps, blot it off with a paper towel. Carefully slide the cheese crisps onto a plate and allow them to cool. Store in an airtight container. These have a shelf life for about 3-4 days. They never last that long as they are addictive!

Nutritional Value varies depending on the cheese you use. Weigh the cheese before baking and use that weight as your guide to looking up the nutritional value.

©2016 Katherine Walden

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Keto Cozy Turmeric Bullet Proof Coffee Or Tea

A warm and cosy Keto Turmeric Coffee or tea. Spicy, evocative of Christmas, anti-inflammatory and Keto friendly. Low Carb.

Winter arrived precisely at 2:45 PM on December 4, 2016. Never mind what the calendar said! After church, I decided to make a quick trip up to my local City Market to grab a few things for a Keto Friendly Taco Salad. I’ll post a recipe for that later on! I left behind a bright, sunny and relatively warm day as I entered the store. When I exited the store, a mere 10 minutes later, the weather had turned. The sky was grey; the cold wind howled, and the air felt like snow.

I assumed the traditional winter turtle-like position known by all Canadians; Canadians living outside of Vancouver, that is. Shoulders hunched so my coat’s collar could rise, head scrunched down to take advantage of the collar’s warmth. I grabbed my mitts from my purse. No Canadian would go out in December without a pair of gloves stashed in a coat pocket or a purse! I turned the speed up on my power chair and scooted home as fast as I could. All that was on my mind was my version of Spicy Bullet Proof tea, AKA Cozy Turmeric Coffee (or tea).

When using <a href=Turmeric, always add a pinch of black pepper. Pepper releases the full nutritional benefits of this powerful anti-inflammatory spice.” width=”233″ height=”155″ data-pin-nopin=”true” />I had read that it is probably best for ladies to skip the butter in  Bullet Proof Coffee as the fats in coconut oil and the natural hormones in butter send confusing signals to our hormonal balances. As I was retaining water a few days earlier and I was in a brief stall in my Keto Journey, I decided to do some ‘experimenting’ – call me a mad scientist.

A pinch of black pepper releases turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties; I was feeling a little bit achy that morning.

Turmeric has MANY other health benefits, but I don’t like it plain, so I spice it up to take the edge of the raw earthiness.

As soon as I arrived home, I made this recipe using a robust black tea:

Cozy Keto Friendly Turmeric Coffee or Tea Ingredients:

2 cups STRONG coffee or 2 cups strong black tea
2 tbsp unrefined, virgin coconut oil (start off with one tbsp if you aren’t used to coconut oil)
A pinch of black pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mix
1/2 tsp ginger powder
Stevia (or your favourite sweetener) to taste

KetoTurmeric Coffee or Tea will warm you on a cold winter day from the inside out and take the stiffness out of your joints ALL the ingredients in an immersion-friendly container such as a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Blend until creamy. You could add a bit of heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk if you fancy a bit of froth. Do not attempt to mix this in a coffee mug or a travel mug! Turmeric stains clothing immediately, and it is very hard to remove the stain!

I drink this from a Contigo Travel Mug AKA Adult Sippy Cup. I seriously cannot live without my Contigo mug. As I am disabled, I am pretty klutzy. It was either a travel mug or stock in laundry soap!

Calories 264 Carbs (Net) 2.2 g Protein 1 g Fat 27.3

©2016 Katherine Walden

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Can a Disabled Person Lose Weight with a Keto Diet?

Is it possible for a disabled person to lose weight and be more healthy by following a keto diet? This person living with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease and Gastroparesis and who had gallbladder surgery believes so!

A little about me.
I am a disabled person living with a neuromuscular disease called Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT). I have some of the rarer complications than many individuals who live with this genetic disease. I use a cane, walker, or power-chair depending on the weather conditions or activity I will be participating in. I also know I must lose weight if I am to continue to remain mobile.

I have extremely poor balance, and since birth I have experienced a slow progression of the loss of strength in my muscles, starting from the feet upwards and the hands upwards. This loss of muscle strength is due to my peripheral nervous system no longer functioning the way it was created to do. I wear orthopedic boots and braces whenever I leave my home.

I also have Gastroparesis which is a condition in which the spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach does not function normally. This form of Gastroparesis is probably related to CMT as my esophagus’ ability to squeeze food down to the gullet is affected as well as a lack of coordination in my swallowing mechanism. I don’t have any of the severe pain that many people have with these conditions. Thank goodness!

I underwent gallbladder surgery over 25 years ago, resulting in a minuscule bile production.  Bile is what our bodies use to help break down fat during digestion.

As a disabled person, I realized that if I wanted to continue to be able to stand and walk, I needed to find a safe way to ensure I lose weight gradually. I began researched Ketosis Dieting after my friends and relatives lost a significant amount of weight on the Keto Diet. They saw a marked improvement in their health.

When I researched the Keto Diet lifestyle, I discovered that this diet is often suggested to those with neurological disorders. About ten years ago, I was able to lose weight, over 130 pounds in all, but I did so in not the smartest of ways. By extreme dieting and starving myself, I dropped the weight but didn’t learn the life skills to keep the weight off. I found by following a Keto Diet; you learn how to maintain a low-carb lifestyle once you lose the weight you wish to lose.

Here are a few things I have discovered during the first nine weeks of living a Keto Diet Lifestyle. I have lost almost 18 lbs, and I’ve dropped a pant size. I have significantly more stamina while standing and working in my kitchen. At the beginning of this diet, I would have to sit every few minute due to the difficulty I have in keeping my balance while doing mundane tasks. I now only have to sit if I need to write something down or read a recipe. Yes, I want to lose weight, but I also want to live as active a lifestyle as I can.

Here are a few other things I have learned about myself in these nine weeks.

What works for ME and what doesn’t work for ME might not work for YOU.

First what works:

1. I remind myself to EAT MORE FAT. Fat in itself does not make me fat. It helps me feel satisfied. Feeling satisfied cuts my cravings, helping me to lose weight. Unhealthy fats such as oils that are chemically altered (trans fats) are fats I avoid. I use Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Cacao Butter, Animal Fats, and Butter as my main oils. I use dairy fats, such as heavy cream and cream cheese, in moderation.

2. I am forgetting about worrying about calorie deficits for now. Within two weeks of this diet, my body self-regulated and now tells me when I have had enough. I have a lot of weight to lose (80lbs at this point). When I get closer to my goal, then I will need to pull in the reins, but for now, I am not going to worry. I am by no means eating anywhere near what I used to eat in a day! I’m feeling quite satisfied at the end of every day. I made a self-imposed rule that my kitchen closes for business, outside of water, at 7:00 PM each evening. I have not yet been tempted to break that rule.

I eat under 20g of net carbs a day; I eat a moderate amount of protein a day as well. I used this calculator to figure out my daily’macros.’ Macros are basically the amount of fat/protein/carbs that are recommended I consume each day. The Keto Diet dictates that 20g of carbs a day helps your body burn the fat you are storing. Too MUCH protein can cause your body to convert that extra protein to glucose which will stall weight loss as well. I have learned my digital food scale is my best friend for meal prep. Who knew grams were so much easier to calculate than cup measurements?

Net Carbs –  Look at all packaging of anything that goes in your mouth. By law, they have to list the carbs and/or sugar.  Take that number per serving (and serving sizes are always ridiculously small on any package. They are always way less than the average person would consider ‘a serving’.

Subtract any fibre listed from that first number. That is your net carb. You are allowed 20 net carbs per day for this diet to work.  If you go over that, the high-fat diet will just make you fatter. But sugars, both natural and added, is what made me fat. Cutting ALL grains (rice, wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, etc etc)  and starchy root vegetables dramatically made the difference.

3. I try to eat or drink most of my fat by mid-afternoon, and I have a lighter meal for my last meal.

4. I drink at least 80 oz of water throughout the day, and I don’t count coffee as a liquid.

5. I keep my carbs down to about 15g-20g net per day. I don’t freak out if I go up to 22g a day. It won’t throw me out of ketosis. Net carbs are calculated by just subtracting the fibre carbs from food from the gross carbs listed in the nutritional value of anything you consume. I use Cronometer an excellent online program that also has apps for IOS or Android. You can keep track of your calorie, fat, protein and carb intake and it will tell you how well you are doing in getting enough vitamins and minerals. I love the recipe feature, I’ve created a whack of personal recipes, which Cronometer stores, so I don’t have to be figuring out carbs every time I make something.

6. I make sure to get enough salt! I had to give up my repulsion of salt, My father was a salt addict and died of a massive heart attack due to his carb addiction combined with an abnormally high salt intake. I also take a potassium supplement and a magnesium supplement, daily.

7. I LISTEN TO MY BODY even when it is telling me something different than what armchair ‘experts’ on the Keto Diet would try to say to me.

What doesn’t work for ME

1. Eating too much bacon or any fatty food in one sitting is/was not good for my digestive system.(wah!!!)
The current digestive issues I experience from consuming too much fat at one meal will be fixed soon. I will be taking Ox Bile and another digestive aid. This ox bile supplement will be arriving via Amazon very shortly. I had no idea I was supposed to be taking this! When I had my gall bladder out years ago, my doctors didn’t advise me about life without a gallbladder or follow-up on a diet plan. Many medical doctors now recommend that those without a gall bladder take this supplement with every fatty meal. Fortunately for those with ongoing gallbladder issues, there are medications and natural treatments that can help manage gallbladder issues that were not available to me 25 years ago.

2. I discovered that I cannot practice Intermittent Fasting, a common practice for many Keto dieters to help lose weight. I cannot fast beyond 15 hours a day. I have very slow motility (the rate your food moves through your digestive tract) due to a mechanical issue not related to weight issues. Eating one large meal a day made me sick to the point I had to broth fast for 24 hours.

As I progress in this new lifestyle, I will keep you up-to-date! While I want to lose weight, I want to gain knowledge!

©2016 Katherine Walden

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Keto Style Oven Baked Fried Chicken

Scrumptious Keto Style Oven Baked Fried Chicken - Gluten Free Low Carb

I love fried chicken, and this Oven Baked Fried Chicken Recipe is a perfect marriage of an occasional treat while keeping that treat low-carb and Keto friendly. This dish is also gluten-free but satisfies those of us who miss breaded fried chicken.

My secret glue to stick crushed pork rinds to chicken? Mayonnaise! Mayo is more efficient than the traditional egg and milk dip. And no, pork rinds don’t taste like pork in this recipe!

While Keto is high fat, moderate protein, low carb in nature, deep-fried food is not suggested, due to trans fats and overheating of healthy oils. I prefer the oven baked approach.

I do not include the nutritional values for the chicken as everyone weighs chicken in different ways. If you are coating more than two chicken legs, adjust the recipe. My tip for weighing chicken. Weigh it before you bake it, subtract the weight of the bones after eating, and place the weight of dark meat, boneless, into your food diary. I use Cronometer.

Keto Style Oven Baked Fried Chicken

Prep and Baking time: 45 – 50 minutes

Ingredients
30g or about 20 Pork Rinds
2 tbsp Almond Flour
2 tsp Zero Carb BBQ Spice Mix
Salt and Pepper to taste
1.5 tbsp Mayonnaise (approx – depends on the size of chicken)
2 chicken legs with thighs attached.

2 servings (Or one huge serving)

Nutritional Values for everything except the chicken.
400 Calories Carbs Net 3.3g Protein 17.1g Fat 27.5g

If you are baking more than 2 chicken legs, double the recipe accordingly.

Directions:

Coat chicken with mayonnaise. Rub it in with your fingers. Place in the fridge for about 1/2 hour. Make sure to wash your hands well with soap and water. Do the same to any surface the chicken touched.

Preheat the oven to 375F

Place all other ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse until rinds are crushed and the other ingredients are well incorporated.

Place breading mix in a shallow bowl, large enough for a chicken leg to fit. Place one chicken leg at a time in the breading, cover each piece of chicken thoroughly.

Place chicken in a well-greased cast iron frying pan or a non-stick baking dish. I use coconut oil to grease the pan. It adds a subtle flavour without being obvious.

Place chicken in oven, close door and turn down heat to 350. This will help the almond flour from not browning too quickly.

Bake chicken at 350F for 20 minutes, uncovered. Watch occasionally to make sure chicken is not getting too brown, if so, turn the pan around. Lightly tent the pan with tin foil, bake for another 20 minutes or until the joint fluids run clear.

Save the drippings to sauté spinach!

Tips:
Store Almond Flour in the freezer in a ziplock bag, sealed tight.
Pork Rinds can be found in Mexican grocery stores and Asian supermarkets as well as many convenience stores and truck stops. They come in different flavours!
Coconut oil – be sure it is Virgin, Unprocessed oil!

©2016 Katherine Walden

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Creamy Spinach and Ground Beef – Low Carb & Keto

Low Carb Keto Style Creamy Spinach and Ground Beef

This was my first experience cooking Keto Style, I have improved since. For a newbie, I would say my attempt at incorporating fresh greens into my diet turned out pretty well. I’ve made several versions of this simple recipe since. I’ve even scrambled eggs with spinach. Green eggs!

Failure confessions:
I substituted kale. Let’s just say I dumped the bitter mess. Cooked kale is not one of my favourites.
Frozen Spinach didn’t work as well, it was too clumpy and didn’t mix well with the beef
I tried other cheeses, without much success.
Make sure to chop the garlic very fine, no one likes a chunk of garlic with spinach.

Creamy Spinach and Ground Beef

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
500 g (about 1lb) Ground Beef
1 small Onion Chopped
3 garlic cloves crushed, chopped fine
300 g (7-8 cups) Spinach – fresh, washed and spun dry. – chopped coarsely
30g (1/3 cup) parmesan cheese
250g (1 cup) Sour Cream
Salt and pepper

Add olive oil to hot frying pan.
Add onion, saute until just translucent, add garlic and beef.
Make sure beef is cooked through and crumbled.
Drain excess fat

Add chopped spinach, a bit at a time, stirring each time to ensure it is incorporated evenly in the beef and it is not in clumps.

Add salt and pepper.

When spinach is wilted, sprinkle on the cheese, add cream, heat until just bubbly.

Serves 4
Nutritional value for one serving 375g (1.5 cups) approx
Calories 552
Net Carbs 7g
Protein 40g
Fat 39g

Serve over zucchini noodles if you have a vegetable spiralizer. I have one on my wish list! They look like a lot of fun!

Substitute spinach with riced cauliflower, then substitute parmesan cheese for cheddar.

©2016 Katherine Walden

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Keto Friendly Low Carb Chocolate Mousse

Keto Friendly Low Carb Chocolate Mousse - Only 4 Ingredients - 5 minutes to make with and immersion blender.

How I invented Keto Friendly Low Carb Chocolate Mousse

My kitchen closes at 7:00 PM. This is a self-imposed rule. This usually isn’t a problem, except when I am writing or editing. I forget to eat and my eating window quickly closes in on me. Today was no exception. I had a BPC earlier in the morning, then had a small lunch a few hours later. Around 6:00 PM, I heated my leftover Broccoli and Cheddar Soup for supper but I soon realised I was low on protein and fat for the day.

A thought crossed my mind. Dare I? I dared. After all, the soup had broccoli and I had my powdered greens early in the day. My veggies were eaten, now it was time for a legally sanctioned treat. With gleeful anticipation, I created this rich, decadent, chocolaty and super easy dessert. It took me less than 5 minutes to make and I used 4 ingredients. I’m not kidding.

I am sure you could use this mousse for a filling in a Keto friendly, gluten free cake or for a low carb icing if you are serving your sweets immediately, it’s quite substantial but not overly sweet.

I didn’t think of such things as I am not a baker. I just scooped the awesomeness and put it in a bowl and ate it as is.

Yield: 1 Serving
Calories: 423; Fat 25.6g; Net Carbs 3.4g; Protein 45g

Ingredients:
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp New Zealand Unflavoured Whey Powder
Stevia drops
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions
Put everything into a very clean and chilled immersion blender friendly bowl or measuring cup.
Use the whisk attachment of an immersion blender. If you don’t have one, use a regular whisk or hand beaters.

Beat until creamy and thick. (About 1 minute!)

Tips:
Read your Whey powder nutritional value labels carefully! I use grass-fed, unflavoured whey whenever I can. As it is lower in carbs and higher in nutrition.
Clean your immersion blender easily by putting a couple of drops of dish soap in the bowl you used to whip the cream. Add hot water and place the blender in the hot soapy water and let it spin for a few seconds. Rinse and it is clean!

©2016 Katherine Walden

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Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe – Low Carb Keto Friendly

Soup Recipe Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe - Low Carb Keto Friendly

Low-Carb, Keto Friendly, Broccoli and Cheddar Easy Soup Recipe

(Another on-the-fly recipe by Katherine)

ingredients

240g (8.5 oz) Broccoli Chopped (Peel Stems)
40 g (1.4 oz) Cheddar Cheese – freshly grated
2 cups Chicken broth
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
Mrs Dash Seasoning, Salt, Pepper, pinch Nutmeg.  Feel free to substitute with your favourite spice.

Optional:
1/2 small onion chopped fine, cook with broccoli
The nutritional counts of this recipe do not include the onion.
I didn’t think to add onion when making this the first time and I honestly didn’t notice the difference!  However, it might be nice.

Optional garnish – 2 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled as a garnish. Again, the nutritional values for bacon are not included in this recipe.

Directions:

Heat chicken broth and water to a low boil.   Add 1/4 pinch of salt if you are using low-sodium broth.
Add chopped broccoli (and onion if you are adding it). Cook until broccoli is tender.

Transfer everything to a high-speed blender, blend until smooth, then return everything to the pot, lower heat to medium.
Tip A food processor will not blend this soup well as it will not break down the fibre in the broccoli. Use a blender!

Add the heavy cream, cheese, and spices. Stir gently on medium heat until the cheese is completely melted and incorporated.

Optional: If you like a really creamy soup without any texture, use an immersion blender at this stage. I also like a lot of cracked pepper in my soup.

2 Servings
Each serving: 301 calories; 6.88 g net carbs; 25.5 g fat; 10.60 protein

Excellent source of Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A.

A soup recipe that’s easy, low carb, keto friendly and gluten free. Not only that, it warms me to the bone, and is very filling. What more could a person want?

©2016 Katherine Walden

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