Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Coconut Flour Bread

I love baking with coconut flour and almond flour.  They have been my favorite since low carbing.  Coconut flour is cheaper then almond flour.  I found this recipe on-line when I first started low carbing.  Don't remember where I got it.  I have made it a few times and really enjoy it.  It is a quick bread, does not rise very high, but it is very good.  I enjoy it with different nut butters, jelly, or just plain butter.  Tonight I will be enjoying it with breakfast for dinner:)

Coconut Flour Bread
6 LG eggs
1/2 butter, unsalted, melted
2 Tbsp sweetener of choice(I used xylitol)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup coconut flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease bread pan with coconut oil or spray with olive oil.
Whisk all ingredients in medium size bowl until no more lumps.  Put batter in prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove and let cool completely on wire rack.  Slice and enjoy:)
15 slices
Each serving: Calories 106.4, Fat 8.7g, Carbs 4.1g, Fiber 2.4g, Protein 3.3g, Net Carbs 1.7g
Atkins: Phase 2 and up and extended induction. Coconut is considered a nut in Atkins. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What's Up?

Well, last Monday was my last day of smoking!!  The first 5 days was rough.  Ate anything and everything.  Went to the gym every day plus some and gained 10lbs:(  I have gained 17lbs back in 2 months and 10 of those lbs was just last week.  Told my self on Sunday that I need to get back on track.  So on Monday this week I went back to induction phase.  I am doing a clean induction, no sweetners, no processed foods.  Just real wholesome foods.  If its not meat, cheese, oils, eggs, veggies I don't eat it.  This week has been going good and I have been feeling better.  No cravings.  I have also lost 5lbs since Monday!! I'M BACK AT IT!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Coconut Berry Smoothie

I have been playing around with smoothie recipes.  I wanted one that would be great for Breakfast.  So I wanted it higher in calories and very filling.  I made this the other day for snack.  It was very filling, I could not eat much dinner that day has I was still full from this smoothie.  So I made it again today for breakfast and took a photo.  So I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  It is a nice break from eggs:)

Coconut Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup all natural greek yogurt(i used the greek gods all natural yogurt, green container)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup berries of choice(blueberries, strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, cherries)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder(i use pure protein plus)
1 Tbsp flax seed or flax seed meal

Blend all ingredients in blender until creamy.  Serve immediately.
1 serving
Calories 515, Fat 35.5g, Net Carbs 17g, Protein 30.5g
Atkins: Phase 3 and up due to higher net carbs.

Chocolate Strawberries & Creamsicles

I got this idea from HERE.  I used real fruit puree and just a little SF chocolate syrup instead.  I went to my local Family Dollar and got some popsicle molds for a $1.  Mine has 8-1/4 cup molds.  Depending on your molds you might have to play around with the ingredients.  I measured my molds with just plain water to see how much I needed.

Chocolate Strawberries & Creamsicles
6-7 large fresh strawberries to make 1/2 cup puree
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chocolate sugar free syrup(you could use vanilla too)

I threw the strawberries into blender until pureed.  Poured in whipping cream and SF syrup and blend until combined(Not to long or soon you will get whipped cream).  Pour into molds and freeze 4 hours or until
frozen. 2 cups of liquid prepared.

8 servings
Each serving: Calories 133, Fat 13.8g, Carbs 2.1g, Fiber 0.3g, Protein 0.8g, Net Carbs 1.8g
Atkins: Phase 2 and up

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Un-Potato Salad

I was craving potato salad, so I threw this together.  It went well with KFC grilled chicken:)  My family gave it 4 out of 5 thumbs up(my youngest would not try it, she don't like potato salad). 

Un-Potato Salad
1 16oz bag frozen cauliflower
2 slices bacon
2 large hard boiled eggs
1 celery stalk
1/3 cup mayo
1 Tbsp mustard
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 tsp McCormick salad supreme
1/2 tsp dill weed,dried

In medium skillet, cook bacon until crispy.  Remove and lay on towel.  Set aside.
Chop cauliflower into bite size peices while still frozen.  Put in a medium size bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes.  Drain off any excess water. 
Chop up celery and eggs, add to bowl.  Add mayo, mustard and seasonings.  Mix until combined. 
Crumble up bacon and fold into mixture.  Chill until ready to serve. 
5 one cup servings

Each Serving: Calories 160, Fat 14.3g, Carbs 4.5g, Fiber 2.8g, Protein 5.1g, Net Carbs 1.7g

Monday, June 4, 2012

My New Challenge

Well, I have been maintaining around 155-160 which I am very happy where I am at.  I have came along way to get here and I am very proud that I have made it.  Now, my next challenge is to quit smoking.  I know, very bad for you and why did I even start again.  I quit 2 years ago and was doing really good, then started social smoking with friends, well now it has become full time.  This time I am going to quit and quit for good!!  I want to be healthier and able to run without wheezing or coughing.  I am going to go cold turkey.  Hopefully, I won't gain too much weight, as everybody says quiting smoking makes you gain.  I am going to use exercise as my go to.  Making it my new habit:)  Could always use more, right?