I’m back in ketosis! Huzzah! So far I have lost about 5 of the 6lbs I gained over my birthday weekend… hopefully in the next day or two I’ll be back to where I was and on my steady way to my goal weight 🙂 So far I have successfully kept my net carbs at less than 20g per day consistently for the past week, and am fully back into my workout schedule.
Successful in Seattle
I even managed to keep myself on keto while on a day trip down to Seattle (where I had no access to the googles to check carb values on foods due to expensive roaming data…) AND even though a medium coffee from Tim Horton’s has significantly more carbs than I had anticipated… For some reason a medium coffee with 2 cream and 2 Splenda from Timmy Ho’s has a whopping 6g net carbs! This makes absolutely no sense to me as a large Iced Coffee with Splenda from McDonald’s is only 2g net carbs (and 1 cup of regular homemade coffee with cream and Splenda is only 1g net carbs)… if anything I would have expected regular Tim Horton’s coffee to have fewer carbs than McD’s iced coffee, not more. I think I’ll stick to my iced coffees or homemade coffee…
Fat Fashion Fund
I have added a new method of self-motivation to my repertoire; I started a “Dani’s Fat Fashion Fund”! For every pound I lose (retroactively) I will add $4 to the jar, and when I reach my goal weight I will use the jar money to buy myself some awesome new skinny people clothes! So far the jar has $60 😀 by the time I am at my goal weight it will be over $320.
So I know I am a little late to the game but, I have just discovered the amazingness that is avocados. Avocados are like… the most perfect keto food in existence. Super high in fat and fibre, and super low in net carbs. Today I made myself a baked avocado egg… it turned out pretty awesome! There are tons of sites out there with avocado egg recipes, but they’re all pretty much the same; cut avocado in half, take out pit, crack egg into the space, bake at 425 until the egg is done (10-20 min), top with spices/chives. Unfortunately the recipe I followed called for 1 egg per avocado half and well… I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say they weren’t using extra large eggs like I was. Next time I’ll know to use 1 egg per avocado instead 🙂 I also have a recipe for avocado fries that I’m excited to try, I’ll update once I’ve given it a go.
I also made fat bombs for the first time. I mentioned fat bombs in an earlier post, but didn’t actually get around to making them until today (mainly because I didn’t get over to Michaels until yesterday to get my silicone baking mold). So I started with this peanut butter fat bomb recipe and modified it a bit… I call them Monkey Bombs! 🙂 I replaced the Stevia with Splenda, and the peanut butter with Dark Chocolate Banana Monkey Butter, and left out the crushed peanuts (Monkey Butter already has bits of nuts in it). The original recipe has around 1.4g net carbs per bomb, and my version is slightly higher at 1.7g net carbs per bomb.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Banana Monkey Butter
- 4 tsp granulated Splenda
- 8 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup butter
- Exactly like the original recipe, mix all ingredients in a pot over medium low heat until melted and well blended.
- Place a silicone baking mold on top of a cookie sheet (I used a cutting board, as long as it is sturdy enough that it won’t flop around when transporting to the freezer).
- Pour the mixture into each of the 24 molds and freeze for 30 minutes.
Nutrition info per bomb: 149 Calories, 16g Fat, 1g Protein, 1.7g Net carbs.
Quest for Quest Bars
My last bit of good news for this post is that I finally found some Quest bars nearby! Quest bars are essentially just like every other protein bar out there, except they are super low in net carbs. They’re pretty popular on the keto subreddits, especially on /r/ketogains (the subreddit for keto in combination with exercise). I bought 4 different kinds; cookie dough (3g net carbs), mixed berry bliss (4g net carbs), peanut butter & jelly (4g net carbs) , and chocolate brownie (5g net carbs). I’ve tried all except the PB&J so far, and I think cookie dough is probably my favourite, followed by berry bliss. I’m not impressed with chocolate brownie at all… it tastes like someone burnt the brownies. This is especially unfortunate because the chocolate brownie flavour had a buy 3 get 1 free deal so I have 3 more to go through 😦
I wasn’t able to find ketostix at either of the health stores I went to for the quest bars, but I think I’ll be okay to keto on without them 🙂
Until next time… keto on!