A List of Low Carb Recipe Sites

“If I go on low carb, what the heck am I going to eat?”

It seem I hear that a lot – most people think it’s bacon, eggs, butter and steak.

The problem is that most people go on a low carb diet before they read up on it. They usually end up eating eggs and bacon until they’re about to puke at the thought of any more, then quit and say low carb doesn’t work.

It’s a little bit more varied than that. Continue reading “A List of Low Carb Recipe Sites”

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Recipe: Low Carb Chocolate Almond Fingers

Inspired by someone who did something somewhat similar (whose link I promptly lost), I happened to have one of those ice trays that allows you to create long, thin ice cubes to fit in drink bottles – and came up with this:

1/2 jar of Trader Joe’s Almond butter
2-1/2 scoops of chocolate low carb protein powder

All I did was mix the 2 in a mixing bowl. You need to get your hands involved here – it’s like baking bread. Kneading this mixture leads to a dry but oily clay of sorts that can be rolled into cylinders that can then be squished into the ice-cube tray. I then use a knife to skim off the excess ‘dough’ and use the remains to make a few more of the fingers.

If this doesn’t sound all that appetizing, my daughter did try one and her only comment was it ‘wasn’t sweet enough’, though maybe she was being kind.

I like ’em, though – this is my second batch.

Next,  I freeze the things. The result is a somewhat dry and not-overly sweet bar of sorts that works for me as a substitute when people are eating cake, cookies, and ice cream all around you. Please note – these do NOT travel well outside a freezer – consider them a frozen treat, like ice cream. As they have little water and are mostly oil, they freeze much slower than an ice cube – give ’em a day, though they unfreeze quickly – in less than an hour at room temp, they’re back to where they began.

I did notice an odd thing: one of these bars really seemed to fill me up the other day, leaving me unbothered by hunger for hours.

Maybe a fluke – I know – I’ll have to experiment further on this.

I ended up with 10 of these ‘fingers’.

An approximate nutrition breakdown for this is:

Calories: 198 / Carbs: 5.5g / fiber: 4g / net carbs: 1.5g / total fat: 15.2g / sat fat: 1g / protein: 13g

If anyone has any suggestions for a low carb ingredient to ‘bulk up’ their size-to-calorie ratio, send me an email at lcc@lowcarbconfidential.com – I’m open to suggestions.

A Vegetarian’s Blood Lust For Chicken Achieved

I don’t have anything against vegetarians and vegans. Whether they adhere to this way of life for health reasons, ethical reasons, or the perception that it benefits the environment, I respect their decision.

They sure eat some strange stuff, though.

I toyed with vegetarianism in the early 2000s and remember my experience with a packet of organic God-Knows-What that was supposed to turn a block of firm tofu into egg salad. Well, if you squinted at it from a distance it looked like egg salad, but I recall the flavor falling far short of what it was attempting to replace.

The whole fake meat industry is kind of absurd, really. Think about this in reverse: imagine industry trying to make a steak look like vegetables. Absurd, right? What you have is ex-carnivores trying to satisfy a natural blood-lust with a laboratory product made from what used to be food. I say ‘used to’ because whatever its original form, what remains of the soy or corn or whatever was the basis for a particular concoction is totally divorced from its original nature. Continue reading “A Vegetarian’s Blood Lust For Chicken Achieved”

Research Gone Wild

More ‘Research Gone Wild’ – where wacky researchers who apparently never talk to one another come out with more pronouncements to bewilder the public.

First: we’re exercising more, but fatter that ever. Huh?

34.7 percent claimed in 2009 they engage in regular leisure physical activity, up from 31.9 percent in 2008.

The prevalence of obesity among adults aged 20 and over has increased from 19.4 percent in 1997 to 28 percent in 2009.

In 2009, 9 percent of adults 18 and over had diabetes, up from 8.2 percent in 2008 and 5 percent in 1997.

Second: they’ve announced new dietary guidelines that…sound pretty much like the old dietary guidelines:

The committee has identified four major findings that may be taken to help Americans implementing better health and promoting dietary, nutrition and physical activity guidelines. First suggest that there is a reduction of overall calorie intake and increasing physical activity. They also suggest that people change foods by eating a more plant-based diet that with an emphasis on vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

Furthermore the committee wants to increase foods such as seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products and consume only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, and eggs. The experts also want to significantly reduce intake of foods containing added sugars and solid fats as these foods contribute excess calories and few, if any, nutrients. Finally they want Americans to reduce sodium intake to 1,500mg per day rather than the 2,300 mg currently.

The above reminds me of the kid who has a term paper due and submits a paper from last semester hoping the professor doesn’t find out.

Of course, that old bugaboo fat is demonized – and sodium, which doesn’t make you fat, is also poo-pooed.

And…more exercise! Even though the jokers in the first research found we exercise more than we did previously.

Now I’m not saying that I disagree with everything they say here. I disagree with the equal certainty of every statement. Why not say ‘cookies are bad. Veggies are good. Fat is OK. Don’t eat like a pig, and get some exercise – we really don’t know everything, so find what works for you.’

I guess that’s too complicated for we, the people.

Study Backs Heart-Healthy Effect of Dairy Fat

Oh.

You mean that all those years they told me that dairy fat was going to kill me…they were wrong?

Oops.

Seriously, it’s just one study, but reading this sort of thing makes me wish researchers could just come out and say:

Honestly, we don’t have a clue what’s good for you and not good for you – and all the research has us just as confused as you.

They won’t, however.

Here’s a quote from the story:

The researchers found that people with the highest levels of milk fat biomarkers, suggesting they consumed the most dairy fat, were actually at lower risk of heart attack; for women, the risk was reduced by 26 percent, while for men risk was 9 percent lower.

You can read it for yourself here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37571690/ns/health-heart_health/ns/health-heart_health/