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❤ Creative Keto Meal Ideas & Sweet Valentine’s Day Discount

Posted on February 14, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

It’s time for the Week Six Weigh-In if you’re participating in the 2019 Keto Challenge. You can post your progress in the group thread, or here on this post if you prefer. It’s never too late to join in! See the challenge details here.


Keto SnacksHappy Valentine’s Day ❣

I’ve had some VERY interesting and definitely creative keto meals over the last few days.

All surprisingly delicious. 😉

From a breakfast salad to a no-bake keto dessert for dinner and “breakfast in bed” – and a serious save at a little joint that seemed to serve nothing but carbs & alcohol lol, here’s what I’ve been eating the last few days…

Creative Keto Meals This Week

This “no-bake keto dessert” was actually my DINNER on Monday night. 🙂

I love the keto granola you hear me talking about all the time, but I rarely ever snack – so I tend to make a meal out of it. Sometimes as a bowl of cereal, other times just in fun combos like this one.

This is the Peanut Butter Macadamia keto granola and cream cheese topped with blueberries and drizzled with Macadamia Sea Salt nut butter from an FBOMB packet. 😍

No Bake Keto Desserts

I woke up a pound lighter the next morning, even after devouring this massive fat bomb as a late dinner. 😉

❤ Valentine’s Day Special ❤

Today you can get the keto granola 20% off! Sherry added the extra discount to my link, good through 11:59pm eastern tonight:

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She has the discount coded into my affiliate link for you, so you’ll see it automatically at checkout when you use the link above. 💕 ⁣ ⁣⁣

Breakfast Salad?

On Tuesday morning I was craving spinach. Go figure! lol…

I had three eggs fried over medium (in extra butter) on top of a BIG bed of baby spinach which I drizzled with the extra hot butter, with 28 grams of sea salt dry roasted macadamia nuts.

Everything weighed and measured because I’m “macro ocd” like that. 🤣

Fast Easy Keto Breakfast Ideas

That was fantastically delicious!

I couldn’t eat it all so I finished the other half for lunch. It was especially good all mixed together. 😉

The Most Challenging Restaurant Menu!

I honestly felt like I was down to two choices: leave and go somewhere else, or give up and just eat carbs. This was seriously the MOST challenging restaurant situation I’ve been in – EVER. 😛

Normally I choose a restaurant and look up nutrition facts or menus online before I go and know what I’m going to have before I even get there.

This was a date, and my date chose this fun little place to take me for dinner. My date also eats about the same way I do, by the way (that helped!).

Options at the Flying Squirrel in Chattanooga were limited to mostly carbs & alcohol, but we found some things to combine & enjoy from the menu: blackened salmon, crispy grilled mushrooms topped with a local farm fresh egg, tzatziki for dipping, and a huge colorful salad to share. 🥗

Keto Meal at Flying Squirrel in Chattanooga TN

Everything was absolutely delicious…

Especially the mushrooms fried crisp in a cast iron skillet with a local farm fresh egg on top. That was definitely our favorite part of the meal!

Keto Restaurant Appetizers

The blackened salmon was fabulous too, and the tzatziki was great for dipping this n that between the salmon and mushrooms and salad.

Keto Restaurant Ideas

I was really unsure about the salad, but we decided to get it to share and put that in the middle of the table. It was a mix of “winter greens” and was FULL of interesting textures & flavors.

Creative Keto Restaurant Meals

This was halfway through the salad. You can see just how colorful it was! 🙂

Keto Salads - Low Carb Restauraunt Ideas

After dinner we went to a concert at a small venue in downtown Chattanooga, where I had two rum & diet coke drinks. Which is probably two past my limit, lol. 😉

The stamp on my arm that says “you’re old enough to drink whatever you please” says: You are the wind beneath my wings. With a chicken. ??

Keto Night Out - Traveling Low Carb

A lot of people say alcohol knocks them out of ketosis even if it’s low or zero carb, but that’s never been the case for me. Of course I don’t drink very much when I do drink so perhaps it’s more a volume thing?

Regular rum and Diet Coke is zero carbs, btw.

I was out of town for this concert so I stayed overnight, and the next morning I raided the condiment rack at the otherwise carb-filled breakfast bar in the hotel. 😉

Low Carb Hotel Condiments

I love cream cheese & peanut butter together. It tastes like peanut butter pie, and makes for a good kick start on the go. ❤

I also brought keto friendly snacks with me: pecans, macadamia nuts, Fat Snax and NUI keto cookies.

Keto Snacks for Traveling

I only actually ate one Double Chocolate FatSnax Cookie with one of each of the peanut butter & cream cheese packets – plus water & coffee – and I was on the go again.

I’m not a big breakfast eater. 😉

I had to get back and pull off a full work day still, so for lunch I ordered low carb take-out from a local BBQ place.

This is the “Pigs in the Garden” Salad with pulled pork & bacon over a beautiful bed of mixed greens. 💚

Keto Salad Ideas - Low Carb BBQ Take Out

Delicious! And it’s A LOT of food, so I ate half for lunch and the other half for dinner last night. 😉

 

Sherry is running a 20% off Valentine’s Day Special on her Lolli’s Low Carb Granola that is good until 11:59pm eastern time tonight. She has the discount coded into my affiliate link for you: http://lollislowcarbgranola.com/lowcarbtraveler … so you’ll see the discount automatically at checkout when you use that link. Enjoy!

Keto Granola Valentine's Day Special

What a great way to treat yourself! 💕

 

I was planning to get out for a hike today because this is my FAVORITE holiday of the year, and one I spend celebrating everything under the sun that I love.

Unfortunately I came home from LA last week with the flu or a head cold, and I am STILL sick. The last two times I went out the wind was chilly and just made me feel worse – so I ended both plans a little early in favor of getting back in a warm place, lol.

I think I’m going to stay in with some chicken broth, take-out and good movies the rest of the week and the weekend and just take it easy.

I’ve already had a steroid shot and I’m halfway through a round of antibiotics, so I think this one is just going to have to run it’s course. 😛

On a positive note, I’m eating a variety of beautiful foods lately AND my weight is dropping consistently this week. Both have been good for a few smiles!

How are things going with you?

I would love to hear your plans for Valentine’s Day, and for the weekend. 🙂

Don’t forget to weigh in today too…

Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. Enjoy the 20% off discount on that delicious keto granola. The discount ends tonight: Thursday at 11:59pm eastern time (end of day on Valentine’s day!).

The Cinnamon Pecan Crunch and Peanut Butter Macadamia are my two favorite flavors. ❤

 

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11 Nutrient-Dense Paleo Smoothies for a Healthy Snack

Posted on February 13, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

Sometimes the best paleo snack is a nutrient-dense smoothie filled with vitamin-rich fruits and veggies that you can blend up in minutes. Wether you’re looking for a portable snack for a workout or a full on meal replacement, these are the best paleo smoothies to fuel your body and mind.

1. Strawberry Mango Smoothie

This paleo smoothie not only offers a delicious combination of bright fruity flavors, but it also provides an abundance of natural beauty benefits. Strawberries and mangoes, the main ingredients, both support healthy glowing skin. The coconut milk used as the liquid base helps out with smoother skin as well.

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup mango, diced
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup ice cubes
1-2 tsp honey

Instructions:

1. Combine the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more coconut milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Adjust honey to taste. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1
Difficulty: Easy

(Love mangoes? Also try: 4 Ingredient Mango Chia Pudding)

2. Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie

When you have certain sweet cravings, sometimes you can turn the flavors into a healthy smoothie instead. Such is the case with this delicious and creamy cinnamon apple pie smoothie! The drink is rich and sweet, and still comforting – definitely a better alternative to otherwise unhealthy desserts.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 green apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 frozen banana
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

1. Combine the ingredients in a powerful blender and puree until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Adjust sweetness to taste. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1

3. Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Eating healthy does not always mean that you have to abandon past favorites. For example, the classic flavor combination of strawberries and cream can be enjoyed in this luscious paleo-friendly smoothie. Coconut milk is whipped into a thick cream to top the blended strawberries for a dairy-free delight. Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight and skim the thickened milk from the top for the best results.

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups strawberries, frozen
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup chilled coconut cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine the strawberries and almond milk and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Pour into glasses, leaving room at the top for the whipped coconut cream.

2. Use a hand blender to whip the coconut cream and vanilla together. Pour on top of the strawberry smoothie. Serve immediately.

Servings: 2
Difficulty: Easy

(You’ll also love: Life-changing Almond Butter Smoothie)

4. Thick and Creamy Peach Smoothie

Peaches and creamy coconut milk are absolutely delicious together in this easy paleo smoothie recipe. Juicy peaches add natural sweetness to the snack along with honey and vanilla. The fruit also provides high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C to help out your vision and immune system.

Peach Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen peaches
1 tbsp honey
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup orange juice
Dash of vanilla
Pinch of cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Combine the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more coconut milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1
Difficulty: Easy

5. Vitamin C Smoothie

This delicious and creamy smoothie contains a high amount of the antioxidant vitamin C, thanks to its natural ingredients. Oranges, strawberries, and carrots each provide their own dose of the vitamin, ensuring that you will receive well over the daily-recommended intake. Vitamin C helps to fight harmful free radicals that are linked to cancer and heart disease.

Vitamin C Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 orange, peeled
2 medium carrots
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup coconut milk (or coconut water)
1 tbsp honey
Dash of vanilla extract
3/4 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

1. In a powerful blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more coconut milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy

6. Bedtime Banana Smoothie

Bananas offer a naturally sweet bedtime paleo snack option without adding any processed sugar. Bananas are also an excellent source of vitamin B6, which aids in the production of serotonin, a relaxing neurotransmitter. The smoothie also adds an orange for a touch of brightness and vitamin C. If you use frozen bananas in the recipe you can omit the ice cubes.

Bedtime Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 bananas
1/2 orange, peeled
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp honey
Dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients in a powerful blender and puree until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy

(If you love banana, try these: Cinnamon Banana Bread Energy Balls)

7. Tropical Smoothie

This is the perfect smoothie for brightening up your morning. Sweet peaches and mango add refreshing flavor to the creamy smoothie. The tropical fruits and coconut milk pair naturally well with each other. Fresh or frozen fruit can be used; add ice to adjust the consistency.

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen peaches
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tbsp honey
3/4 cup coconut milk

Instructions:

1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust honey to taste. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1

(Try this too: Fat Burning Tropical Paleo Granola)

8. Simple Blueberry Smoothie

Both of the main fruits in this smoothie are great for weight loss. Certain flavonoids in blueberries help to shed belly fat, and bananas are high in fiber and keep you feeling full. The blueberries in this easy smoothie are also packed with antioxidants and are beneficial to your brain health.

Simple Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Dash of cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1
Difficulty: Easy

9. Green Spinach Smoothie

This is a delicious green paleo smoothie to make at home and is an easy introduction to green smoothies in general. The apple and banana nicely balance the flavor of the drink. You also receive a long list of healthy benefits from spinach as superfood, an added bonus. It contains potassium, iron, calcium, vitamin K, and fiber, to name a few.

Green Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1/2 apple, chopped
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tsp honey
1 cup spinach

Instructions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

10. Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

Although the main flavor in this smoothie is the sweet pineapple, the other ingredients make important contributions as well. Banana makes the drink creamy, ginger adds a hint of spice, and spinach provides a nutritional punch. Brighten up your day with this tropical tasting smoothie recipe, and make sure to use fresh pineapple (versus canned) for less sugar.

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

2/3 cup frozen pineapple pieces
1 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/4 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy

11. Kiwi Smoothie

This bright, flavorful green smoothie is bursting with vitamin C. One kiwi provides over 200 percent of the daily-recommended intake of the important immune-boosting vitamin. Other nutrients that are prevalent in the small tangy fruit include vitamin K, potassium, folates, and copper. To peel a kiwi, cut it in half and use a metal spoon to run along the inside of the skin to scoop out the fruit.

Kiwi Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 kiwi, peeled and halved
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1/4 cup ice cubes
Dash of honey, if desired

Instructions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more coconut milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Servings: 1
Difficulty: Easy

More Superfood Paleo Smoothies and Drinks to Try:

3 Easy Golden Turmeric Milk Recipes for Arthritis and Joint Pain
8 Fruit-Infused Detox Waters to Drink Daily
5 Healing Turmeric Ginger Tea Recipes for Weight Loss
Strawberry Banana Smoothie for a Quick Breakfast
Soul-Satisfying Pina Colada Paleo Smoothie
Stress Reduction Detox Water

11 Nutrient-Dense Paleo Smoothies for a Healthy Snack
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8 Energy-Boosting Portable Paleo Snacks – The Best Bars, Bites and More

Posted on February 12, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

When you’re looking to increase your energy, whether it is to get through a tough workout or just to get through a long day at work, try one of these make-ahead energy-boosting paleo snacks. The best protein bars, energy bites and nutrient-dense snacks.

1. Key Lime Bars

Lime and coconut ensure that each bite of these energy bars is bursting with flavor. The paleo snack bars have the flavor of key lime pie without all the added effort of making a pie. They will also provide you with natural energy and fiber. Dates are used as a natural sweetener and have a low glycemic index.

Key Lime Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup cashews
2 cups pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/8 tsp salt
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 1 lime

Instructions:

1. Place the walnuts, cashews, dates, and coconut flakes into a blender or food processor and pulse to finely chop. Add the salt, lime zest and juice and blend until the mixture starts to clump together, 1-2 minutes.

2. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and transfer the mixture onto a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Press into an even square and chill, wrapped, for about 30 minutes. Cut into desired size of bars, wrapping each bar in plastic wrap to store in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Servings: 9 bars
Difficulty: Easy

(You may also like: Coconut Lime Energy Bites)

2. Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Bites

Having regular, small meals throughout the day can help to keep your metabolism up and energy levels steady. Healthy paleo snacks like these energy bites will help with that process. Nuts provide healthy fats and protein, and there is also some chocolate for the sweet tooth, which can be adjusted to taste. This recipe does not require any cooking and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup coconut flakes, plus more for coating
Pinch of salt
1 cup pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions:

1. Add the macadamia nuts, walnuts, coconut flakes, and salt to a food processor. Mix until finely ground.

2. Add the dates, vanilla, and cocoa powder to the blender. Mix well until everything is combined. If necessary, add a couple drops of water at a time to make the mixture stick together better, with the blender still running.

3. Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Use your hands to form small round balls, rolling them in your palm. Roll each ball in the extra coconut flakes to coat if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Servings: 8-10 medium balls
Difficulty: Easy

3. Chai Spiced Almonds

In this high energy paleo snack recipe, almonds are mixed with a blend of Chai spices for an extremely flavorful and delicious portable snack. Naturally sweetened with honey and roasted in the oven, these almonds will be gone in a flash. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves add a warm spiciness to the nuts. Enjoy them hot out of the oven or store at room temperature in an airtight container for later.

Chai Spiced Almonds

Ingredients:

2 cups raw almonds
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the almonds on the baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, stir together the cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Heat the honey in a medium glass bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Transfer the toasted almonds to the bowl and stir to coat. Add the spice mixture and mix well to coat the almonds. Spread the almonds back out on the baking sheet and sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired. Place back into the oven for 6-7 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a plate to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 2 cups
Difficulty: Easy

(Also try: Easy Honey Mustard Roasted Almonds)

4. Curry Roasted Cashews

Raw nuts are a great for nibbling on the go, but sometimes are lacking in flavor. Give snack time a delicious punch with these curry roasted cashews. Curry powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne ensure that your taste buds will be happy. The roasted cashews can be served warm or kept at room temperature in an airtight container (if they are not all eaten in one sitting!).

Curry Roasted Cashews

Ingredients:

3 cups raw cashews
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Dash of cayenne

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place all of the ingredients into a small bowl and toss well to coat. Spread the cashews out in an even layer on the baking sheet and roast for 40-50 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Serve warm or store in an airtight container.

Servings: 3 cups
Difficulty: Easy

(Looking for more high protein snacks? Try these: 11 High Energy, High Protein Paleo Snacks)

5. Salted Cranberry Granola

This version of granola blends salty, sweet and tart flavors together. Granola is great for snacking by the handful or as your morning cereal. Making your own granola at home lets you have control of the ingredients, and allows you to focus on whole and natural foods.

Salted Cranberry Granola

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, shelled
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 nutmeg
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp sea salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the walnuts, almonds, and coconut flakes into a blender and pulse a couple of times to break the mixture into smaller pieces.

2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and nutmeg together for 40-50 seconds. Add in the mixture from the blender and stir to coat.

3. Spread the mixture out onto the baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once, until the mixture is lightly browned. Remove from heat. Stir in the dried cranberries and salt.

4. Press the granola mixture together to form a flat, even surface. Sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired. Cool for about 15 minutes, and then break into chunks. Store in an airtight container or resealable bag.

Servings: 6
Difficulty: Easy

6. Carrot Cake Energy Bars

To get proper fuel for your day, turn dessert into an energy-boosting paleo snack. In this recipe, the delicious flavors of traditional carrot cake are transformed into a raw energy bar. Simply blend the ingredients together and form into a square – it’s ready in no time. If necessary, add a few drops of water to the blender if the carrot mixture does not clump into a ball.

Carrot Cake Energy Bars

Ingredients:

3 cups shredded carrots
3/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of salt

Instructions:

1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse a few times to break everything up. Then blend continuously until the ingredients have broken down and start to clump together into a ball.

2. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and turn out the mixture onto a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Press into an even square and chill, wrapped, for at least an hour. Cut into desired size of bars. Keep refrigerated.

Servings: 6 bars
Difficulty: Easy

(Also try: Carrot Cake Energy Balls)

7. Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix

Perhaps one of the easiest Paleo snacks to put together, trail mix is always convenient to have around. The main flavors in this trail mix recipe include tart cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and coconut flakes. There are also white chocolate chips; if you want to keep the recipe strictly Paleo then substitute dark chocolate chips.

Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix

Ingredients:

2 cups walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 5-6
Difficulty: Easy

8. Cherry Pie Energy Balls

Get the delightful taste of cherry pie without all the effort. Tart cherries, spiced cinnamon, and nutty pecans all combine flavors in these small round bites. You could also add cocoa powder to the recipe to make chocolate cherry energy bites. Store them in the refrigerator.

Cherry Pie Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Add the almonds, pecans, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor. Mix until finely ground. Add the cherries and dates to the blender. Mix until everything is combined. If necessary, add a couple drops of water at a time to make the mixture stick together, with the blender still running.

2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes. Use your hands to form small round balls, rolling them in your palm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Servings: 12-14 bites
Difficulty: Easy

Also Try These Addictive (But Healthy) Paleo Energy Balls:

Paleo PB&J Energy Balls
Cinnamon Banana Bread Energy Balls
Lemon Pie Energy Balls
Nutrient-Packed Beet Root Energy Balls

8 Energy-Boosting Portable Paleo Snacks – The Best Bars, Bites and More
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KetoCon 2019 🔜 Counting Down to the Biggest Keto Event of the Year!

Posted on February 12, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

One lucky reader is going to win a 3-day pass to the KetoCon event in Austin, TX this year! Keep reading for details on how to enter, and also how to watch the presentations from home if you can’t travel to the conference…

I had SO much fun at KetoCon 2018 and am already planning to be at KetoCon again this year in June. It’s the ONE place where you can get a serious keto education and also meet all your favorite bloggers & friends in the keto community. 🙂

Plus you’ll get to sample TONS of keto friendly products from their HUGE exhibitor hall – which has endless booths full of samples to enjoy!

KetoCon 2019 Keto Conference

KetoCon 2019 is going to be bigger and better than ever!

If you want to join us in June for the next big KetoCon keto conference now is the time to get your ticket – before the price increases on March 1st.

It’s a 3-day event in Austin, Texas and it was TONS of fun last year!

In addition to three full days of educational keto talks you’ll get to meet all your favorite low carb bloggers and friends AND your favorite keto companies.

It’s a great place to learn and get inspired & motivated, a super fun social time with low carb friends, and the exhibitor hall has endless booths full of delicious keto samples to enjoy.

I discovered some GREAT new keto friendly foods there last year, and also got to meet the people behind the products I already love – like Pili Hunters and FatSnax and Legendary Foods plus the FBOMB team, just to name a few.

Ketocon 2019 - Keto Conference in Austin TX

The Science and Stories of Keto | Austin, TX | June 28-30, 2019

June 28th will be here before you know it!

Right now you can get the best deal on your KetoCon 2019 tickets, before the price increase on March 1st. They have all kinds of activities that are new this year too…

They’re hosting a “5K Fun Run & Walk!” the night before the event, Daily Yoga sessions, cooking demos, giveaways, challenges and a Jazz Concert – in addition to the sessions, speakers, stories, vendors & samples, and getting to hang out with a HUGE group of keto friends. 🙂

Browse Through The KetoCon 2019 Website

Here’s what past KetoCon visitors and vendors say about their experiences:

“I loved the mix of science & stories! The VIP Dinner, the downloads and the unlimited VIP water and coffee station were great!” – Julie Bycott

“KetoCon 2018 was our first time attending, and definitely not the last. It is a place where keto is the norm. Powerful doesn’t begin to describe it!” – Julie Morgan

“I had a great experience at KetoCon! I met some remarkable, inspiring people and it was great to interact with them on all things keto!” – Shiela Nelson

“Being able to participate in KetoCon provided the very best atmosphere to engage in the Ketogenic Community. We can’t wait to do it again!” – KetoSports

“This was my first experience speaking at a large conference. It was like having my family there! If you’re thinking of attending, I highly encourage you to.” – Jade Nelson

“I love the mix of people and topics at KetoCon. You meet amazing, like-minded people. KetoCon is one of the most well-organized events I’ve been to.” – Hanna Boethius

 

For me personally it was incredibly inspiring and it made a HUGE difference to meet people in person that I’d only known online up to that point.

I came home with a serious dose of motivation after spending three days with such an amazing group of people – speakers, vendors and other attendees alike, all of them!

From my personal experience, KetoCon has the LARGEST vendor booth / exhibitor hall of any keto event. Not only can you talk one on one with the owners and developers of the products you love (or want to try!), but they have FUN activities and there’s lots of social time all through the vendor area.

I don’t mind to admit it was my favorite part of KetoCon last year. 😉

 

Note: If you can’t make it to the conference in person this June, there IS an option to download all of the presentations after the event.

You can get your Download Ticket now, and once the event is recorded and uploaded, you’ll have unlimited access to those recordings.

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I had SO much fun at KetoCon 2018 last summer, and cannot wait (!!) to attend KetoCon again this June.

I know a lot of people couldn’t attend last summer on such short notice – so hopefully this advance notice AND the amazing deal on tickets right now will help you be able to come join us in person this time. 🙂

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Are you planning to attend?

I really look forward to meeting so many more of you in person this time!

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. I mentioned I’m going to give away a 3-day pass to KetoCon. 🙂

All you have to do is leave a comment here on this post with the reason you’d most love to attend KetoCon 2019. I’ll do a random drawing on Sunday February 17th from all relevant comments – and announce the winner on Monday February 18th.

 

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Breastfeeding and Infant Weight Gain

Posted on February 11, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a remarkable 40% of Americans aged 20 or over are obese. If we include those who are overweight, the percentage jumps to an astounding 72%! That means that more than two thirds of Americans age 20+ are overweight or actually obese. These statistics are sobering, especially in light of the recently announced report indicating that, for the second year in a row, life expectancy for both American women and men has declined.

When should efforts begin that might be effective in reducing these astounding rates of overweight and obesity? The CDC also reveals that 21% of children (ages 12-19) are obese, with 18.5% obesity in children ages 6 to 11. Perhaps most heart-wrenching is the fact that 14% of 2-5 year olds are obese as well. These statistics would certainly support dietary education and intervention programs very early on.

But, how early should we be starting these educational efforts that can positively impact the incidence of overweight and obesity in Americans?

In a 2018 study published in JAMA Pediatrics, Canadian researchers investigated the relationship between breastfeeding versus formula feeding looking at two parameters: changes in the gut bacteria, and risk for becoming overweight. The study looked at 1,087 infants, equally representing boys and girls, who were exclusively breastfed (according to reporting by the mother), versus infants who were exclusively formula fed until until they were three months old.

The researchers demonstrated some profound differences in the array of gut bacteria in breastfed infants versus formula fed infants. In addition, risk of becoming overweight was doubled in the formula fed infants versus those who were breastfed. The authors concluded that breastfeeding may be protective against becoming overweight, and that the effect of breastfeeding, in terms of weight gain, may well be mediated by the changes observed in the gut bacteria. It found that infants receiving formula demonstrated changes in their gut bacteria that have been demonstrated in other studies to be associated with excessive weight gain.

It is not known how long or persistent these gut bacterial changes might be, but the authors did speculate that these changes may set the stage for weight gain during childhood and adolescence as well. They indicated that early infancy should be considered to be a critical period for gut bacterial changes that may well be influential later in life.

The take-home message here adds to the ever-growing body of evidence that supports breast-feeding as being the superior choice for infant nutrition.

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3 Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shots to Get Rid of a Cold

Posted on February 11, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

Are you recovering from a cold or flu, or just need a quick and easy boost for your immune system? Try one of these potent, energizing and healing 4-ingredient apple cider vinegar wellness shots that you can put together in minutes.

Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shots

1. Apple Cider Vinegar and Ginger Wellness Shot

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ginger Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shot Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 tbsp apple cider
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
pinch of cinnamon

Directions:

Juice the apple and ginger using a juicer.
Mix the juice with apple cider vinegar and pour in a glass.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Wellness Shot

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Lemon Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shot Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 lemon, peeled and chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

Juice the lemon and ginger using a juicer.
Mix the juice with apple cider vinegar and pour in a glass.
Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and serve.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar and Beet Wellness Shot

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Beet Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shot Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 medium beet, peeled and chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of turmeric

Directions:

Juice the beet and carrot using a juicer.
Mix the juice with apple cider vinegar and pour in a glass.
Sprinkle with turmeric and serve.

Also Try These Immune-Boosting Drinks:

Turmeric Tea Ice Cubes
Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink
3 Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Teas You’ll Love
8 Fruit-Infused Detox Waters to Try
5 Healing Turmeric Ginger Tea Recipes

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3 Fruit-Infused Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks for Bloating and Gas Relief

Posted on February 10, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

Feeling bloated? Try one of these incredible fruit-infused apple cider drinks to help relieve uncomfortable bloating, gas pain and digestive upset.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

1. Cinnamon Apple, Strawberry and Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Drink Ingredients

Ingredients:

4 cups filtered water
5 strawberries, sliced
1 granny smith apple, sliced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cinnamon stick

Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Drink for Gas Relief

Directions:

In a large pitcher add all the ingredients.
Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving.
Serve with or without ice cubes.

2. Cucumber and Strawberry Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Strawberry and Cucumber Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Ingredients

Ingredients:

4 cups filleted water
½ medium cucumber, sliced
6 strawberries, sliced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Strawberry Apple Cider Vinegar Drink for BLoating

Directions:

In a large pitcher add all the ingredients.
Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving.
Serve with or without ice cubes.

3. Lemon, Strawberry and Mint Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Ingredients

Ingredients:

4 cups filtered water
½ medium cucumber, sliced
½ lemon, sliced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
bunch of mint

Cucumber and Lemon Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Directions:

In a large pitcher add all the ingredients.
Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving.
Serve with or without ice cubes.

You’ll Also Love These Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks:

3 Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shots to Get Rid of a Cold
3 Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drinks to Try
3 Cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Ginger Detox Teas

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Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Ginger Detox Tea (3 Easy Recipes)

Posted on February 9, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

Next time you need a soothing, healing and healthy hot drink to fuel your body and mind, try one of these incredibly easy apple cider vinegar detox teas.

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea Recipes

1. Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Ginger Detox Tea

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Ginger Tea Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 cups boiling water
1 inch ginger root, peeled and sliced
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
raw honey to taste

ACV Ginger Tea

Directions:

Cover ginger with boiling water.
Let steep for 5 minutes.
Add apple cider vinegar and mix to combine.
Strain and pour in a cups.
Sweeten with raw honey to taste and serve.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Chamomile Detox Tea

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Chamomile Tea Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 cups boiling water
2 tbsp dried chamomile florets or 2 chamomile tea bags
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
raw honey to taste

Chamomile Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea

Directions:

Cover chamomile with boiling water.
Let steep for 5 minutes.
Add apple cider vinegar and mix to combine.
Strain and pour in a cups.
Sweeten with raw honey to taste and serve.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Green Detox Tea

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Green Tea Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 cups boiling water
2 tsp green tea
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
raw honey to taste

Apple Cider Vinegar Green Detox Tea

Directions:

Cover green tea with boiling water.
Let steep for 5 minutes.
Add apple cider vinegar and mix to combine.
Strain and pour in a cups.
Sweeten with raw honey to taste and serve.

More Healthy Drinks for Your Health and Wellness:

3 Superfood Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drinks
3 Fruit-Infused Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks for Bloating and Gas Relief
3 Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shots
8 Fruit-Infused Detox Waters to Drink Daily
5 Healing Turmeric Ginger Tea Recipes for Weight Loss

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Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink Recipes – 3 Superfood Tonics

Posted on February 8, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

If you are trying to lose weight and need a healthy drink to keep you hydrated and your body functioning at peak performance, try one of these energizing and refreshing apple cider vinegar weight loss drinks.

Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink Recipes

1. Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink

Preparation time: 1 minute
Servings: 1

Easy ACV Drink Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp raw honey

Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink

Directions:

In a glass mix water and apple cider vinegar and drink.

2. Lemon, Cinnamon and Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink

Preparation time: 1 minutes
Servings: 1

Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp raw honey

Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink

Directions:

In a glass combine all the ingredients and drink.

3. Pink Grapefruit Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink

Preparation time: 1 minute
Servings: 1

Grapefruit Drink Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp raw honey

Pink Grapefruit Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Drink

Directions:

In a glass combine all the ingredients and drink.

Also Try These Healing Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks:

Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Ginger Detox Tea
3 Fruit-Infused Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks for Bloating and Gas Relief
3 Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shots

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Ketones, Ketosis Levels & Bio-Individuality + Exogenous Ketones: Useful, or NOT?!

Posted on February 7, 2019 By In Diet With no comments

If you have questions about ketosis, ketone levels, using exogenous ketones, glucose and ketone testing and all that jazz… you’ll LOVE this video!


Dorian and his wife (Mr & Mrs Mojo!) are the coolest, smartest and most resourceful people. They’re the couple behind Keto Mojo. I so enjoyed chatting “ketones & ketosis” with them at the Metabolic Health Summit last week.

Fortunately I was able to get Mr Mojo himself live on video to share some of that great information with you too!

Live with “Mr Mojo” on Ketone Testing & Ketosis

Candid discussion about ketone testing and ketosis with the founder of Keto Mojo including the use of exogenous ketones and varying glucose & ketone test results.

The Keto Mojo Ketone Testing Meter (that’s our 15% off discount link) is the gadget I use to test my glucose & ketone levels when I do my “6 Day Clean Testing” product reviews on keto products for you. 😉

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Main Points Covered In The Video:

[0:39] My biggest take-away from the MHS event: “context”

“There are NO hard and fast rules for keto!”

[1:03] What is Bio-Individuality?

“Why do our ketone tests all give us different numbers?”

2:05 – Finding Your Baseline: Your Base Glucose & Ketone Levels

Note: This is our 15% off discount link for the Keto Mojo testing kit.

“One ingredient or food may affect you differently than other people.”

5:30 – Why would a food produce no glycemic response (not affect glucose levels) yet still tank my ketone levels?

* I may have to backtrack on this statement about the Quest Pizza – more on that below. 😉

6:38 – You can only manage what you can measure.

8:05 – So if it’s not the food or ingredient that’s the problem, and it’s YOU… what next?

How do we start to determine what to eat, what NOT to eat, what to test – and how to go about that testing process?

8:36 – The context: Internal and External factors that affect Ketosis. Gut flora, microbiome, environment, etc…

Taking all the factors into consideration.

12:10 – What is the next step to figuring out your individual intolerances or issues?

The process of elimination, aka elimination diets.

14:30 – Health Issues, Gut Flora, Microbiome – How They Affect Ketosis & Weight Loss

Figuring out what to test and what to do next vs following extreme elimination trends.

17:50 – Data & tracking is key, otherwise you’re just guessing.

18:10 – Just Starting vs Long Term Keto

There’s a lot you DON’T need to worry about when you’re just starting out!

21:18 – Do your Ketone Levels really matter? Is higher better than lower?

What’s the difference between an athlete that reads 0.5 and a sedentary housewife that measures 2.5 ketones?

“Don’t go chasing ketones, chase RESULTS.”

24:37 – Keto is not “one size fits all” – You have to find what works for you.

25:04 – Are exogenous ketones bogus? Should you take them or not?

Exogenous ketones have their place in therapeutic practices (cancer patients, epilepsy, dementia, etc) but they have NO effect on weight loss and they do NOT put you in true nutritional ketosis. They’re simply an expensive “energy drink” with a very temporary effect.

All you end up with is expensive pee. (lol) 🙂

29:30 – How does Keto Mojo compare to Precision Xtra or other meters?

31:00 – Urine Ketone Testing Strips

32:47 – Higher Ketone Levels for EGO purposes (don’t fall victim to that!)

33:30 – Using Collagen Protein, Building Muscle & Burning Fat

Build muscle in the gym, burn fat in the kitchen. 😉

35:30 – Why Selfies Are The Best Tool for Monitoring Progress

Closing points:

KNOW What works for you. Get as many data points as you can.

Also see:
4 Ways to Improve Your Ketone Levels for Optimal Weight Loss & More Energy


I mentioned in the video that the Quest Pizza knocked me out of ketosis while I was at the event, but I *may* have to backtrack on that statement.

I realized in hindsight that I hadn’t tested my ketone levels otherwise that day, and while I didn’t eat anything questionable (just steak & avocado before that) – I’d like to test the Quest products again while I’m at home and NOT traveling.

Dorian’s talk on both internal AND external factors, and our earlier conversation about traveling raising cortisol levels, piqued my interest – and made me want to retest those products in my usual environment.

I actually really LIKED the Quest Pizza and the Quest Chips (the new ones). I haven’t tried their new bars or cookies yet, but stay tuned as I review their newest product line – for both flavor, texture AND glucose/ketone response. 😉

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Thoughts or Questions on Ketosis or Ketone Testing?

Do you have a Keto Mojo testing kit, or do you test glucose or ketone levels at all. Why or why not, and if so – how do you test, and how often do you test?

If you’d like to get one, this is our 15% off discount link for the Keto Mojo kit.

Have you tried the newer Quest products?

Did you like them, NOT like them, have a response to them at all?

Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

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