What to Put Into a Low Carb Gift Basket

Low Carb Gift BasketsWhat to Put Into a Low Carb Gift Basket

One of my little sideline businesses is custom gift baskets and so I think about gift baskets a lot. I mostly make gift baskets for kids but I also do a lot of gourmet gift baskets for Amazon. I was thinking about what I as a long time low carber would would like to see in a low carb gift basket if I was lucky enough to get one!

Low Carb Food Gifts for your Basket

The foundation of a Ketogenic diet (or Low Carb High Fat) is well, fat! Coconut oil is my favorite for many reasons.

  • It has a high heating point for frying. I love the way it tastes and keep in mind that some brands have a coconut taste and some do not.
  • It is high in MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides).
  • Coconut oil is the basis for many great keto recipes.
  • It has a mild laxative effect which can be very helpful and welcome on a low carb eating plan.

I think that a good coconut oil would be one of the first things I would add to your carb free gift baskets.

My next favorite oil is Avocado oil.  I use it to make home made mayonnaise, you can check out my recipe here.  This oil has a nice light taste so it’s perfect for making mayo or just as a base for a salad dressing.

Rounding out the fats in a low carb gift basket would be a great nut butter.  Almond butter, Cashew Butter and Macadamia Butter are my favorites.  You can make recipes with them, spread them on celery sticks, or heck just a tablespoon in your mouth can be a lifesaver!

Good Fats for Your Low Carb Gift Baskets

 Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 15 Ounce NOW Foods Avocado Oil Artisana Organic Raw Almond Butter – 14 oz


The Spice Lab's 1 kilo - Premium (Food Grade) Himalayan Crystal Sea Salt Pink (Coarse)The Spice Lab’s 1 kilo – Premium (Food Grade) Himalayan Crystal Sea Salt Pink (Coarse)

Himalayan Sea Salt Belongs in Your Low Carb Gift Basket !

Himalayan Sea Salt is a wonderful thing! It looks beautiful and it tastes fantastic. It contains over 80 minerals and elements. On a low carb diet, electrolyte balance is important and plenty of sea salt definitely helps with this. I keep a little container of pink salt chunks around because I sometimes suffer from leg cramps. A couple of those under my tongue and it’s all better for me.

When I was browsing through Amazon looking for salt to buy for this article, I came across these other sea salts with amazing variations! Sea salt with Sriacha! Rosemary Sea Salt. Bacon Sea Salt. Bacon. Sea. Salt. Ok, fine I ordered some of that too and it’s awesome!

Now Foods Stevia Extract Liquid, Dark Chocolate, 2 Ounce BottleNow Foods Stevia Extract Liquid, Dark Chocolate, 2 Ounce Bottle

Finally Something Sweet For a Low Carb Gift Basket

While I have really worked hard to let go of sweet tasting things, every now and then I just want it. And when I do, it’s usually something I make myself with good ingredients and I sweeten it with Stevia drops.

I like the Liquid Stevia drops because it’s easy to have sweetness control and they come in various flavors like Vanilla, Hazelnut and Chocolate.

Dark Chocolates Make Great Low Carb Gifts
Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate (2 Pack)Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate (2 Pack)

If I’m not making the sweet thing myself, then I like the convenience of a gourmet dark chocolate which is naturally low in carbs.

My favorite is the 85% Dark Cocoa Lindt Chocolate, partly because it’s readily available where I live.

I find the 90% is too bitter and the 70% cocoa is too sweet and just makes me want to eat the entire bar. For me the 85% dark cocoa is just right with just a hint of sweetness and the full rich dark flavor. And most important, it satisfies that chocolate craving yet doesn’t make me want to devour the whole thing.

There are only about 2 net carbs per square and as you can see the squares are pretty big.  Something nice to savor as it melts in your mouth.

I hope this gives you some ideas the next time you need some low carb gift ideas.  A carb free gift basket is a great way to go and they are pretty easy to put together.  And any one of these single items would make a great gift for that low carber on your gift list!

Low Carb Gift Basket





Mocha Walnut Coffee Bites – Chocolate Fat Bomb Recipe

chocolate fat bomb recipeMocha Walnut Coffee Bites – Chocolate Fat Bomb Recipe

DaVinci SUGAR FREE Coffee Liqueur Syrup 750mlDaVinci SUGAR FREE Coffee Liqueur Syrup 750ml

There’s something magical about the taste combination of chocolate and coffee together, don’t you think!?

This chocolate fat bomb recipe takes flavor to a new height with the addition of a magic sugar free coffee liqueur flavor syrup that I found.

The flavor is deeper and more intense than other chocolate fat bomb recipes that I have made before. The addition of walnut butter makes it smooth and a walnut half garnish makes it crunchy and pretty!

I keep these in the freezer for those chocolate emergencies. You know what I’m talking about right?

Let’s get going so you can be enjoying these in no time at all!



Tools you will need for making these low carb chocolate fat bombs

I just want to talk about the tools for a moment because having the right tools for the job saves both time and money. For the silicon pans, I have bought the cheap ones from China and after a short while they harden and crack.  Don’t be tempted by the $2 silicon pans! My Wilton pans are under $10 and I have been using them for years without a problem.

If you don’t have a set of pyrex glass measuring cups put this on your birthday or Christmas wish list.  When I bake, make pancakes for the kids or make this chocolate fat bomb recipe, you mix everything right in the pyrex mixing cup and pour it out.  Only 1 bowl to wash!

Ok, enough already!

Ingredients for Chocolate Fat Bombs Recipe (makes 24)chocolate fat bomb recipe

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup walnut butter (in a pinch you can use almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup dry unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar free coffee liqueur syrup
  • 3 packets Splenda or equivalent (tweak this to your liking, I prefer semi sweet)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 24 walnut halves

Instructions for Mocha Walnut Coffee Bites

  1. Measure Coconut oil, walnut butter, cocoa powder, coffee liqueur syrup, and sweetener into a glass measuring cup with pouring spout.
  2. Microwave for 30-40 seconds and no more!  It’s very important to still see lumpy stuff in the glass otherwise the coconut oil seems to separate and your chocolate won’t look pretty.
  3. Stir the contents of the glass until all the coconut oil is melted.
  4. Stir in the heavy whipping cream.
  5. Pour into the silicon molds. If you are using the Wilton 24 cavity mold that I use, fill each cavity half full.

    low carb chocolate fat bombs recipe

    Before adding the walnut halves

  6. Place one walnut half onto each cavity.
  7. Place tray in the fridge or freezer until set.

For 2 of these Mocha Walnut Coffee Bites:  180 calories, 3 Total Carbs (1 net Carb), 21 g Fat, 3 g Protein.

These chocolate fat bombs keep very well in the freezer in a zip lock bag and I would advise you to do that because they really do taste so good!

 DaVinci SUGAR FREE Coffee Liqueur Syrup 750ml Wilton 24-Cavity Silicone Baking Mold Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set Futter’s Walnut Butter – Organic (Raw) – 16 Ounce


Gluten Free Sausage Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Gluten Free Sausage Stuffing Gluten Free Sausage Stuffing for Thanksgiving

One of my favorite parts of a turkey dinner is the stuffing!  You don’t have to give that up with a low carb Thanksgiving meal!  This gluten free sausage stuffing recipe uses no bread or flour and so it is also a low carb turkey stuffing!

I make this easy sausage stuffing recipe every time I roast a turkey and I have to admit I don’t really follow a recipe and it’s a little different every time I make it.  It just all depends on what I have on hand and my mood!  But I tried my best to give you a basic recipe here for Gluten Free Sausage Stuffing that you can tweak to your liking.  Here is a link to a slightly different low carb turkey stuffing that I made last year.  Last year I felt my stuffing was a bit bland and so I made some tweaks and this one was really, really good.

Gluten Free Sausage Stuffing Recipe


  • 2 lbs pork sausages (no filler or wheat)
  • Large handful each of fresh sage and fresh parsley, choppedgluten free thanksgiving stuffing recipe
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup pork rinds lightly crushed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 tbsp poultry rub or seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to make your gluten free sausage stuffing

  1. Remove sausage meat from casings and place in large bowl
  2. Add eggs, fresh herbs, onion, crushed pork rinds and seasonings
  3. Mix all together.  I find it easiest to use my hands!
  4. Stuff the dressing into the turkey cavity.

Note 1: If you choose to use ground pork instead of the sausages, then you will need to add more seasonings.  I would double the poultry seasoning.

Note 2: I usually have more stuffing than I do turkey cavity.  This year I pressed the remainder of the stuffing into a silicone loaf pan.  It made an excellent low carb meatloaf and sliced very well for sandwiches for my carb loving family!

Ideas for Using Leftover Gluten Free Sausage Stuffing

This is my favorite part!  I love using up my low carb turkey stuffing after Thanksgiving.  Here are a few ideas:

Scrambled Eggs and Sausage stuffing: Just saute some leftover gluten free stuffing in a green pan, add a couple eggs and scramble.  Delicious!

 Low Carb Turkey Stuffing Soup:  Use any of your favorite cabbage or vegetable soup recipes and add a cup or two of  leftover sausage stuffing. Unbelievable satisfying and perfect for a cold winter night comfort food.

 Gluten Free Sausage Stuffing CasseroleGluten Free Sausage Stuffing Casserole:  Place 3 cups leftover sausage stuffing into a glass or silicone pan.  Add 6 beaten eggs and top with 1 cup shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Makes a nice breakfast quiche!

So there you have it!  I really hope you enjoy your low carb Thanksgiving meal!


low carb turkey stuffing




The Big Book of Healthy Cooking Oil

Best Healthy Cooking OilThe Big Book of Healthy Cooking Oil

What is the best healthy cooking oil ?  This is one of the most frequently asked questions in any of the low carb and keto groups that I belong to.  Walk through the supermarket aisle and you will be faced with a number of different oils, all of them screaming Heart Healthy, non GMO and even Gluten Free.

There is just so much misinformation out there when it comes to choosing a healthy cooking oil that I can understand how people are getting so confused!

Recently, I became aware of a new book written by Lisa Howard called The Big Book of Healthy Cooking Oils. I agreed to read it and write my thoughts on the book.  I have written on this blog before about choosing a healthy cooking oil, but even I had a few things wrong!

What are Healthy Oils?

The first section of the book is just all about the oils.  Lisa Howard goes through all the oils and you find out which ones are good, bad and ugly.  There are healthy oil comparisons and charts and detailed information on each and every cooking oil.

Using this book you will find out which cooking oils are best for frying, what oils to use for baking and high heat and which oils should never, ever  be heated.

You will also know what to do with the many new oils that are showing up on shelves these days.  Oils like Macadamia, Avocado and Walnut Oil.  I have been using Avocado oil a lot lately and found out that it falls in the category of fruit oils and that it is safe for medium heat cooking such as saute and simmer.

This section of the book is really valuable. I especially liked the healthy cooking oils chart where you can see at a glance what the oil is, what heat can be tolerated, the type (saturated, nut, fruit, seed, tropical, animal fat), the origin of the oil and notes and suggestions about usage.

There is also a lot of good information about what to watch for in the supermarket when buying and proper storage at home.

Bottom line, if you want to know what are the most healthy cooking oils for each situation, this book is an invaluable reference.

Cooking with Unrefined Oils

But we haven’t even mentioned the Cookbook!  Yes, this book is also a Healthy oils Cookbook!

The 85 recipes are broken down as follows:

  • Recipes with Saturated Fats (Coconut Oil, Butter and ghee, Palm oil).  These recipes are high heat recipes.
  • Recipes with Monounsaturated Fats (Olive, Avocado, Macadamia oils).  These recipes are medium heat recipes.
  • Recipes with Polyunsaturated Fats (Flaxseed, Walnut, Sesame, Pumpkin).  These are the Do Not Heat oils.

The Big Book of Healthy Cooking Oils: Recipes Using Coconut Oil and Other Unprocessed and Unrefined Oils – Including Avocado, Flaxseed, Walnut & Others–Paleo-friendly and Gluten-free


Every single recipe is gluten free and paleo friendly. For those of us doing keto we would probably tweak some of them and even avoid the more starchy ones. But I still got lots of great ideas from the book and plan to ketosize a few of these recipes, so watch for them in a future blog post!

I highly recommend this book both as a reference book for the most healthy cooking oils and as a cookbook to learn how to use these oils.

To learn about Lisa Howard, and get more great recipes be sure to check out her website at The Cultured Cook.

Low Carb Chicken Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bake

low carb chicken cream cheese jalapeno poppersNot sure what it is with me and cream cheese jalapeno poppers lately but I seem to be on a real kick! The love affair started when I did the Egg Fast and discovered just how yummy a cream cheese omelet with sriachi is. Then, for transitioning off egg fast I came up with this Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Omelet.

But it’s just not enough, People! Life is too short to be without cream cheese jalapeno popper everything! I was staring at a rotisserie chicken sitting in my fridge the other day and just went for it. I’m calling it, wait for it …. Low Carb Chicken Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bake!

This one is so easy my kids could do it. The first time I made it was the bomb but I didn’t pay attention, I just threw it together. It was so good my son and I fought over the last portion so I knew I had to share it on my blog. But the second time, I tried to make it too fancy and it wasn’t as good. So here it is, in it’s 5 minute glory. This one is dedicated to all the working moms out there!

PS: The cherry tomatoes are optional, they look pretty and I had buckets of them from my garden

Low Carb Chicken Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bake

(4 servings but I often eat 2!)

Tools neededLow Carb Chicken Cream Cheese


  • 8 ounces leftover rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup aged cheddar, grated (reserve ¼ cup for sprinkling on top)
  • ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 jalapeno pepper thinly sliced


  • Place shredded chicken in even layer in silicone cake pan.
  • Sprinkle the cherry tomato halves over the chicken.
  • Microwave cream cheese for 30 seconds (or more) to soften and make it a bit creamier.
  • Mix ¾ cup grated cheddar into the cream cheese.
  • Spread the cheese mixture in an even layer over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle with jalapeno slices.
  • Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese is bubbly.

The portion amount is going to look very small, but this is super rich.  In fact if you diced the chicken up instead of shredding it, this would be like eating a hot cheesy dip. And you could totally do that with a bowl of pork rinds.

I might also serve this over cauliflower puree for an even bigger bowl of creaminess when you just need that comfort food.

We liked it so much that I have made it 3 or 4 times in the past couple weeks!  I hope you like it too.

Nutrition: 322 Calories, Net 3 carbs, 25 Fat, 14 Protein





Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Omelet

cream cheese jalapeno poppersDo you ever have a food enter your mind and not leave? I was in Costco the other day and the sample lady was there giving out those yummy cream cheese jalapeno poppers. The smell was amazing but all that breading? Ugh, no. But of course then I couldn’t get them out of my mind! I really, really wanted those jalapeno poppers!

So yesterday I deciding what kind of omelet to make and the jalapeno poppers came to mind. I imagined that an omelet stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeno would taste pretty darn good. And it did!

Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Omelet

Tools needed for recipe

  • Non stick pan – I use only the green pans now, no toxic chemicals from Teflon pans!
  • Whisk


  • 1 tbsp buttercream cheese jalapeno poppers ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (4 tbsp), cut up into small pieces.
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh jalapenos (wear gloves PLEASE!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Place 1 tbsp butter in green pan on Medium heat. While butter is melting, whisk eggs in small bowl. Pour eggs into cream cheese jalapeno popperspan and lift edges until egg is almost set. Sprinkle cream cheese pieces and chopped jalapeno over the eggs. Fold omelet in half. Wait a few seconds and then flip over and cook for another 30 seconds.

This is one seriously cheesy creamy dish that tastes an awful lot like those jalapeno poppers. In fact, this just might be my new favorite low carb breakfast dish!  This is also a great Egg Fast Transition dish for those of you doing the Egg Fast.

Hope you like it!


Mascarpone Hazelnut Low Carb Cheesecake Muffins

low carb cheesecake muffinsI may have called these babies muffins, but really they are personal sized Low Carb Cheesecakes!  I normally make cream cheese muffins as an alternative breakfast or lunch but I had some macarpone cheese in the fridge and thought it might elevate that standby recipe a bit!

And so it did! The addition of the hazelnut element made it even more of a treat.  You could actually dress this little cheesecake muffin up with other flavor options like caramel and pecans, but my Dad has three Hazelnut trees in his yard and so I always have buckets of raw organic hazelnuts in the pantry.  If you are not that lucky you can also score raw hazelnuts on Amazon.

You will need either a regular blender or an immersion blender will work as well.

Mascarpone Cheese Hazelnut Low Carb Cheesecake Muffins

Torani Sugar Free Hazelnut Syrup, 750 ml


  • 4 eggs
  • 6 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free Hazelnut syrup
  • 2 packets Stevia or to taste
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
low carb cheesecake muffins

Love my Silicone!


  1. Place the eggs, cheese, syrup and stevia in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour batter into 6 muffin tins (I used a silicone muffin pan like this one, they pop right out!)
  3. Sprinkle cheesecake muffins with a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes
  5. They will taste more cheese-cakey if you then let them get cold in the fridge.

After they are cold, serve with a teaspoon of chopped hazelnuts on each muffin.  If you are eating dairy, then top with a dollop of heavy whipped cream for a dash of deluxe decadence.

Egg Fasters!  If you want to eat these while on the egg fast, then just leave out the nuts.  Pour the batter into 4 larger muffin tins instead of 6.

For the Egg Fast, each low carb cheesecake muffin (1/4 of the recipe) will count as 1 egg, 1.5 ounces cheese and 1 sweetener serving.  You could make a nice buttery/cinnamon sauce for the top.






Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Recipe

avocado oil mayonnaise recipeI really like mayonnaise. I mean I really, really like it! When I am doing the Egg Fast, I use more than I normally would. It was starting to bother me that all the store bought mayo around here were made with either canola oil or soybean oil. So I decided to make my own avocado oil mayonnaise recipe.

I talk a little about oils and fat in another article if you want to read a list of which fats and oils are best for the Keto diet.

The issue I have with the oils used in store bought mayonnaise is the high Omega 6 content as well as the fact they are partially or fully hydrogenated.  Not good!

Making homemade mayonnaise is really dead simple!  All you need is a jar and a stick blender. The recipe below can be customized with whatever oils and flavor you want.  Add dill weed or make a curry mayo or a chipotle mayo.  The possibilities are endless!  In the avocado oil mayonnaise pictured here, I used a teaspoon of dried cilantro.

A word of caution, don’t make a homemade mayonnaise recipe with extra virgin olive oil!  Just dont! I think every single person who attempts homemade mayo makes this mistake at least once.  We think because it’s a nice healthy oil it should make a great mayo.  NO!  It tastes like dog doodoo (not that I know first hand what that tastes like!) and you will end up throwing it out.  The secret to making your own mayonnaise is using an oil with very little flavor. 

Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Recipe


  • 1 cup avocado oil
  • 1 large egg (allow to come to room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard – Do Not Forget This! It somehow makes the mayo set better!
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs (optional.  this is where you could add cilantro or dill or what have you)
  • Himalayan sea salt (a few twists or to taste)


Put all ingredients in a wide mouth jar.  Using the immersion blender, run it until the mixture emulsifies and looks like mayo.  How easy is that!?
Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender (Brushed Chrome)

I have made mayonnaise using a regular blender and yes, you can do that. You have to first blend the egg and other ingredients and then slowly drizzle in the oil.

The immersion (or stick) blender is just my tool of choice for this job! I like the Cuisinart because it comes with a perfect jar that fits the blender and has measurements up the side. It also works beautifully!

I hope now that you have seen how easy it is to make your own mayonnaise that you will give this a try!


stick blender mayonnaise







Low Carb Gift Ideas for Christmas 2015

Low Carb Gift IdeasI’m hoping you landed here because you have a loved one on your gift list who is doing low carb or keto and you are looking for low carb gift ideas.  And boy do I have ideas! Things that I use myself or really, really want! And I’m going to hit all the price points so that you can choose anything from a stocking stuffer to a major gift.

I’ve been doing a low carb diet for many years eventually finding my way to Keto.  I love to cook and to me it’s so satisfying to have the right tools and the ones that make my life easy.  There are some items that I use almost every day, while others I pull out once in awhile, and so happy that I have them available to me.  That said, there are a few things that I would like to add to my arsenal and so I might be cheeky enough to post a different list of those so that my family members know what sort of gift I might be looking for under the tree!

Low Carb Gift Ideas – Silicone Bakeware

I can’t even begin to explain my obsession with silicone bakeware. If you have read any of my recipe posts, you probably already know this!

They are useful for so many things and your low carb friend or partner will love it as well. I have loaf pans, muffin pans, cake pans, candy molds in many shapes and silicone baking mats.

You can make egg muffins, low carb bread, any manner of low carb fat bombs and other treats.

I especially love Wilton products because they are so well made and they last and last. If not Wilton, then choose a brand name you have heard of. I have used some of the cheap no name silicone molds from China and it’s not too long before they harden and crack.

 Wilton Easy Flex Silicone 6 Cup Muffin Pan Wilton Easy Flex Silicone 10-Inch by 15-Inch Mat Wilton Heart 24-Cavity Silicone Mold

Immersion Blender -Awesome Low Carb Gift!

 Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender (Brushed Chrome)

This handy little device is also called a stick blender. What’s it for? Well, let me tell you that the thing I make most often with this is home made mayonnaise. Once you try that, you’ll never be going back to store bought mayo.

But I also pull it out of the drawer for any cooking job that requires a few lumps removed.

For example, sometimes I’ll make a big pot of low carb veggie soup for the family and while I like my soup chunky, I will put the stick blender in a for a few seconds, just enough to cream some of the veggies. It eliminates the need for any type of broth thickening agent.

It’s also a great emulsifier for salad dressing and sauces. Cleanup is simple, just run the end under hot water.


Veggie Noodles will make your Low Carb Friends Happy!

Veggie noodles are a staple on most low carb diets.  We use them in place of pasta.  My favorite noodles are zucchini noodles covered with meat sauce and a sprinkle of cheese.  There are a few options here.  For the serious cook, the Paderno tabletop spiralizer  is tough and can take on a large variety of vegetables.  The mid range choice would be something like the Veggetti.  It is hand held and quick and I own one of those.  If you have small children, please keep it up and out of the way or get one of the other options.  I cut my hand the first time I used it because I didn’t read the instructions for how to clean.  And most children wouldn’t either!

If I am just cooking something quick for myself, I go with my tried and true Vegetable peeler!  It makes great noodles in a hurry.  I really like this multi function one that does peeling and julienne with the same gadget.  Julienne veggie peels are perfect for salads and stir fry.

 Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, 4-Blade Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta UberChef® Premium Stainless Steel Multi Peeler


Low Carb Gift Idea – The Right Pan for the Job!

 Green Earth Frying Pan 3-Piece Set by Ozeri (8

Let’s talk pans. I use one of 2 pans depending on what I am cooking. For bacon and hamburgers and the like, nothing beats a good old cast iron pan.

But for omelettes and crepes I need my non stick pan. We have all by now heard the bad news about teflon pans and so I made the switch to green ceramic pans. They are non stick like the teflons but are the better choice for your health since they don’t leach toxic chemicals into your food.

The same kind of rules apply to using them like don’t use steel utensils as they will scratch and try to keep the heat moderate and not high. I have 2 sizes of these and I am very happy with them.

The Ozeri is the one I have and the one I recommend. Beware of ‘green pan’ fakes!

Low Carb Peeps Love Their Coffee!

 Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender

Bullet Proof that is! What makes a great Bullet Proof Coffee? Well, I have been in enough low carb and Keto groups to know that we all have our own recipe that we think is the best. Most of them involve a blender.

I know that many people use their Magic Bullet for this. I have also seen many posts in the groups start off like this: My Bullet exploded this morning … Don’t be that person! I have a Magic Bullet and I love it but it is NOT meant for hot liquids! It even says so on the box.

Your blender size needs to be able to hold an equal amount of coffee to empty space. In other words, if you are making a 16 ounce Coffee (the size of a Starbucks Grande), then your blender needs to hold at least 32 ounces.

I have owned many blenders over the years. They all break eventually. Except the Vitamix. My Vitamix is now about 15 years old and I use it almost daily and not just for low carb food prep. My teens make smoothies and protein shakes in it. I fully expect that I will never need to buy another blender again.

I know that any one of these gifts would be well loved and appreciated  and not only for people who are on low carb diets!  These items are pretty awesome for anyone who cooks now that I look over this list!  Maybe you’ll end up with something here under the tree for yourself!  You won’t be disappointed in these selections.

Egg Fast Diet Plan – Day 3

Egg Fast Diet Plan Day3Egg Fast Diet Plan – Day 3

Wow, what a day this was!  Day 3 started with me sleeping in by 1 hour and 15 minutes!  And this was the first day that my boss was back from vacation.  No way was he going to beat me into the office!

I am so thankful that in my fridge was a bowl full of boiled eggs and and a tupperware container of cream cheese muffins.  I didn’t get to make my own coffee this morning, I stopped at Timmies near my office and got a black coffee.

So about the coffee, I actually drink it black now most of the time.  The only reason I make the lattes while I’m

egg fast diet plan coffee[2]

Timmies Black!

on the Egg Fast diet plan is because it makes it easy to use up those fats!  Between the Egg Fast and doing a 30 day Zero Carb experiment, I managed to kick both the HWC and splenda habit.  I have used a little bit of sweetener during this egg fast, but the 1-2 servings a day is a tiny fraction of what I used to have.

So here is the breakdown of Egg Fast Diet Plan Day 3

6:45am – Tim Hortons large black coffee!  Nothing more I can say there, and I did beat my boss to work.  :-)

Egg Fast Diet Plan Boiled eggs with butter[2]

Boiled Eggs with butter

8:30am – 3 boiled eggs chopped topped with 2 tbsp butter.  I microwaved for 30 seconds to warm it a bit.  It was actually quite divine.

12:30pm – 3 cream cheese muffins.  These were the muffins that I made yesterday on Day 2.  With my muffin pan, 3 muffins = 2 eggs, 2 cheese and 2 fat.  So happy to have those in the fridge for these emergency situations.

5:30pm – Oopsie bread with scrambled egg topping.  See how fancy I made them!?  Theymade me feel swishy just having them on my plate!

egg fast diet plan oopsie bread with scrambled eggs[2]

Fancy Oopsies!

Here is how I made the Oopsies.  You will need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 ounce cream cheese
  • 2 bowls
  • egg beater
  • donut pan.  (I actually was inspired by fellow Egg Fast group admin Elizabeth, who makes hers in a whoopie pan.  It made them look so beautiful!)

Instructions for Oopsies:

  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. Seperate egg whites into one bowl and put yolks into the other bowl.
  3. Beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form, set aside
  4. Rinse off beaters and beat cream cheese and egg yolks on low speed until smooth.
  5. With a rubber spatula, fold the egg yolk mixture in the egg whites gently until incorporated.
  6. Spread the mixture into a donut pan (or a whoopie pan will work)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, and then let cool.

What I did with mine is scramble an egg in butter, and then I put the egg in the little indentations from the donut pan.  I ate 4 of them which equaled 1.5 eggs (half the recipe), 1.5 cheese and 1 egg scrambled in 1 tbsp butter.

After eating dinner I had the realization that because I slept in and drank black coffee, I was short

egg fast fat bombs

My little fat bombs

on fats.  So I made some quick fat bombs in the freezer from yet another great idea that I read in the EF group.  I melted 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp butter and 1 teaspoon sugar free salted caramel Torani.  They are in the freezer right now.  I will update this post tomorrow with a picture and a verdict of what I thought of them!

UPDATE:  Ok the fat bombs look pretty but were too salty for my taste.  I do like the sweet/salt flavor combination but I think using salted butter and salted caramel together was too much.  On the good side, they were nice and creamy and something to savour and let melt in my mouth.  I will be experimenting with this one for sure.

So the last thing that happened is that my brother in law called and is arriving in town tomorrow afternoon.  I may not be able to get a post together and I may also have a transition meal, depending on when he arrives.  More to unfold!