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Week 3, Low Carb Subs/Recipes

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Week 3, and I've lost another pound, making a total of eight pounds since January 1. That's as much as a human head weighs!
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Or, as much as two liter bottle of soda plus a two-slice toaster. I found these items on a fun website, where you can see what things weigh. It helps put our weight loss in perspective:

My blood sugar readings were a bit strange the past week...still good compared to before the diet, but up a bit from the prior week for my fasting numbers. The prior week I got around 108 and 109, and this week I had around 121 and 123. We had several winter storms move through, which triggered migraines for me (changing weather always does). So maybe the migraines or the winter single digit temperatures had an impact. My numbers the rest of the day were good for me. For example, 100 before dinner, and 111 after dinner, so I don't think it was related to what I was eating. I'm also thinking I may need to drink more water, with the drier air in the winter, so I'll plan to work on that this week. We got about four inches of snow, so I got exercise shoveling that one day.

This week I wanted to share some delicious low-carb substitutions and recipes for traditionally high carb foods.
1) Drinks. I missed drinking milk, so bought unsweetened almond milk, which has only 1 gram of carb per cup, compared to regular milk that has 12 grams of carbs per cup. It tasted just a bit "thin" so I added a bit of heavy cream, and that made it much better. I also wanted to mention this little gadget I have called a milk frother that I got for Christmas. It runs on batteries and is like a tiny whisk that can turn cream into whipped cream, or blends drinks quickly, and saves the hassle of washing out a blender. It's $12.99 on Amazon.

So for my coffee, in a separate mug I put a tablespoon of cream and dash of cinnamon, use this frother to make it almost like whipped cream, and then put on top of my hot coffee. I did this for the almond milk too. I'll also mention that I bought some lemon-lime flavored seltzer water (zero carbs, zero calories...just water and flavorings). I wasn't a big soda drinker prior to going low carb, so didn't miss it tremendously, but it's nice to have a bit of this after dinner when I want something other than plain water and it's too late in the day for tea/coffee due to caffeine.

2) Pizza. I've tried several low carb pizza dough recipes now. The cauliflower crust was "okay." The crust made with canned chicken was "so-so." My definite favorite is called "fathead" pizza crust and is made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, almond flour, and an egg. I've found the key to making it crispy is to divide the dough in two pieces and make two smaller pizzas, and flip the crust over during baking to brown on both sides before adding the toppings. A video to making this recipe is below, and a link to the recipe only:


I often watch videos on the Cooking Keto with Kristie YouTube Channel for meal ideas.

3) Hash browns/"potato" pancakes. I'll put the video below for this recipe as well. This YouTube channel is another one of my favorites. The cook often does comparisons of various recipes, so you can watch him make them and taste them, and he reviews the final product. I made the hash browns with 170 grams of frozen cauliflower, 30 grams of radish, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1 egg. I didn't even use a food processor...just used a knife to chop things up after they cooked in the microwave. I made about eight small patties. These were soooo good! They would be great for breakfast or dinner. Will definitely make again.

4) Crackers. I also made these Parmesan, almond flour crackers, from the video below. I divided the dough in half, and made half into crackers, and cut the other half of the dough into tortilla chip shapes so hubby could use them to dip into salsa. Turned out great, and I will make again. You'll have to do the math to figure out carbs per portion, after you see how many servings you get, as it depends how thin you make them.

I'm realizing that math is really the hard part of this diet! I love trying new recipes and experimenting with new ingredients. I use a kitchen scale to measure everything out, and then have to figure out the total number of portions in the final product, divide by servings, figure out carbs per serving, etc. And then if I want to change ingredients next time, I make those adjustments. I think once I have a "sound" recipe for my favorites, the diet will get easier. Can anyone recommend any free recipe software that would help? I know there must be something out there, where you could enter in the ingredients that would include nutritional information like carb counts, and then if you change an ingredient or amount of something in the recipe, it would recalculate that for you. I'm thinking if I could set up a recipe book of my favorites, then I could print it out to keep in the kitchen, and could share it with friends and family.

So, that's my weekly update. Hope everyone is doing well with their 2019 goals! I saw that we just passed Blue Monday, when most people have broken their resolutions by now. If you did, that's okay...don't wait until next January 1 to make them again...start again today! If you are still keeping to your resolutions, then good for you! Have a great week!
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