I’ve pretty much always been able to eat somewhat freely and still stay in shape, that is, until I had 3 kids in 4 years. This last time after Taso, I began to realize that things were not going to be as easy to get back to pre-pregnancy weight as before. I actually hadn’t even had time to get there in between having Xander and getting pregnant with Taso. When it seemed like I was going to need to do more than just start working out, I knew my eating habits had to drastically change. My friends (and cousins-by-marriage) Andy and Ashley have been following the ketogenic lifestyle for just over a year now, and seeing them transform became my motivation.
They didn’t just look thinner each time I saw them, but they just looked BETTER! They were happy, had more energy and just couldn’t speak more highly of this lifestyle change that they had made. I decided that after the new year I would also start this journey and wow, has it made a difference!
Now, almost just over 3 months later, I am down 18 pounds and just absolutely feel better overall! My hunger has continued to decrease (only eat 2 meals a day with maybe one snack). Yes, I do workout, but usually only once, maybe twice if I’m lucky, per week! I have been able to build and tone muscle so quickly and seeing my own transformation is my new motivation!
Do I miss sugar and carbs? Yes. Have a found better alternatives? YES! It hasn’t even really occurred to me to “cheat” because I really don’t want to feel the way that I was feeling before! I am not a very creative cook and actually don’t enjoy cooking very much, but being keto sort of forces you to do it. Here are some of my favorite meals and snacks that I’ve found via Pinterest, Facebook and getting creative in the kitchen myself!
I have always been the biggest fan of breakfast foods--especially sweet breakfast foods. I would eat pancakes for any meal of the day. Not the most ideal craving when living the keto life! BUT the good news is there is a way to eat those sweet breakfast foods while still sticking to the guidelines by just substituting a few ingredients and making your pancakes from scratch! (I know...who am I exactly? Pancakes from scratch?!)
I have found so many good options by just searching on Pinterest, but this is the best Keto Pancake Recipe that I’ve tried! You can find the original post/recipe here: Low Carb Spark
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp natural sweetener (Swerve or Stevia)
- 1 tsp baking powder
I like to really embrace the real pancake feel, so I added sugar-free syrup and 100% cacao chips on top of mine. The kids absolutely devour these too, so you know they’re the real deal!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding
I love tapioca pudding, so if you’re good with that texture, then this recipe is for you! This is my favorite afternoon snack to enjoy when I need a little pick me up! Besides chia seeds being a super food, even though they might be high in carbs, they are also high in fiber which balances out! (Subtract fiber from carbs and you get the net carbs). That being said, the carb count on this one can get a little on the higher side for keto with everything else added in for flavor, but it’s all about measuring and leaving out what you maybe don’t really need that day. Now that my body is fat-adapted (burning fat for fuel rather than sugar), I can be a little more liberal with my carb intake here and there without it making a difference. But here is this delicious, sweet little treat:
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp chocolate PB2
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 short squeeze of Chocolate flavored Stevia drops
- 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- ¾ cup almond milk
- Sprinkle of Lilys Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
Don’t let the cabbage part scare you off...you seriously cannot even taste it with the combination of delicious flavors in this filling dish! Todd found this one from a blog called That Low-Carb Life. It has given us some definite winners, but I could eat this one every week! And seriously, if I can make this, anyone can!
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 medium head cabbage, cored and chopped
- 24 ounce jar Rao’s Marinara
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 2 cups ricotta
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan
- 1 clove garlic, minced (or garlic powder for less garlic taste)
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
While that cooks, mix together the ricotta, parmesan, parsley and garlic in a bowl. I prefer the minced garlic clove, but that gives you a very strong garlic flavor since it will not be cooked down. An alternative would be the garlic powder for a more subtle flavor. Next, add in the mozzarella cheese and mix until melted. Last step is to add the ricotta filling on top and spread out evenly! Then, ENJOY! This has quickly become one of my favorite dinners!
Ok it isn’t quite as fancy as it sounds, but it is also probably the easiest meal that I’ve put together in a long time! Having a burger without a bun might not sound very appealing to some, but if you add enough toppings, you will not be disappointed!
- Ground beef
- Half of a medium avocado
- 2 pieces of bacon
- Mayo (made with avocado oil)
- Stone Ground Mustard
I hope these recipes give you a little inspiration and maybe some motivation to cut out some of those carbs! Let me know some of your favorite low-carb/no carb recipes in the comments!
**Please talk to your medical professional before starting any diet!**