Product Review: Revol Snax Coconut Bites

If you haven’t already heard about @RevolSnax, be prepared for instant happiness: these things are AMAZING. Their super-impressive Kickstarter just ended (they reached their initial goal in 5 days) and their production just began (they legit posted to IG TODAY that they are now in production). Based in Washington, DC and having adopted a keto lifestyle years ago, the brains behind Revol Snax were frustrated with the lack of convenient low-carb snack options that never tasted as good as homemade recipes. From that frustration was born these beauties:

Revol Snax Keto Coconut Bites

Revol Snax graciously sent me a box with one pack of each flavors to try and review for you all and let me tell you, I feel SPOILED. These little gems are so delicious, so decadent, and SO satisfying. The flavor options are (I bit into them so you could see the filling and because uh, duh, I wanted to try them all as soon as I opened them LOL):

Dark Chocolate with Almond Butter
These were the first ones I tried out of the package. The notes I took on my phone say: holy crap. Great little almond crunch and amazing chocolate flavor.

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You can’t really see the almond butter in this bite, but trust me, it’s in there.

Snickerdoodle with Hazelnut Filling
My notes: oh, the cinnamon. I love cinnamon and wow, so very cinnamony and SMOOTH.

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Snickerdoodle. Freaking delicious cinnamon nuttiness. YUM.

Matcha Latte with Vanilla Cream Filling
My notes: Perfect sweet and salty combo (not like, salty salty, but not overly sweet). Great filling flavor and absolutely perfect consistency. I want to take two bites and that means cleaning coconut crumbles off my boobs, but who cares.

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Matcha matcha matcha… Mmm.

And my personal favorite… Double Dark Chocolate with Ganache Filling:
My notes: Holy balls (literally). These are actually filled with ganache. Dark chocolate creamy goodness – how is this real life? Mmph.

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Decadent. That’s the only word I can come up with that is even CLOSE to describing how amazing these are.

What’s actually crazy about these delightful little gems is the nutrition info:

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125 calories and 1 net carb for TWO of these. TWO OF THEM. The nutrition info is basically the same for all four flavors, but visit their Kickstarter or website for the full info.

What’s even better is that because there is so much flavor and fat packed into these, they’re SATISFYING and FILLING. I took two out of the refrigerator the other night (keep in mind, I have a tendency to eat an entire mug cake WITH keto PB frosting at night) and after letting them warm to room temp, nibbled them (again, crumbs on your boobs, totally worth it) and was perfectly content dessert/snack-wise.

I’m SO excited for these to hit stores (they’re already available at DC Whole Foods! Woop woop!) and to see the continued success that Dave and Nadine of Revol Snax are certain to have!

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Recipe Review: Taste of Home Chicken Thighs with Shallots and Spinach (LC, HF, GF)

As part of my calorie-counting plans, Β I wanted to use actual recipes *gasp* for my meal plans. It’s just a little less thinking for me to plan all the things when I can at least start somewhere with an ingredient list. I decided last week that I wanted to incorporate at least three new meals or meal ideas into our week of dinners. Of course that meant heading to my favorite place to find such things, Pinterest.

I searched “low calorie dinners” and got really good results, but for things I wasn’t really down for spending the time/money on. Bird really love chicken thighs, so I narrowed my search to “low calorie chicken thigh dinners” and voila! Success. One of the results that came up was a list of 30 Healthy Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes from Taste of Home. There were quite a few recipes in there I was interested in, but nothing strikes my fancy like a dish with spinach. I put spinach in my scrambled eggs every morning I’m home (I drink BPC when I have to travel) and so finding a recipe that would just allow me to buy a bit more spinach? That’s meal-planning winning fo’ sho. Enter this freaking gem of a dish: Chicken Thighs with Shallots & Spinach by Jenna Johnannes from Wrightstown, WI.

Here’s the ingredient and instruction list:

Ingredients and Instructions for Chicken Thighs with Shallots and Spinach

And here are the changes I made:

  1. Instead of using seasoned salt, I used himalyan pink salt and Simply Organic Herbs de Provence (affiliate link for Amazon, just an FYI!). I also added waaaay more than 1/2 teaspoon of the herbs, because YUM. It’s so delicious.
  2. I went with the reduced-sodium chicken broth. I’m sure the wine would be delicious, but meh.
  3. I used full-fat sour cream (Organic Valley makes reallllly good organic sour cream!) because I don’t believe in low-fat and fat-free things, except for cooking spray, lol.

I also logged all of the things into LoseIt as a recipe and put it as 4 servings (she listed six, but I try to make things that we can each just have half of, that way there aren’t leftovers to mess up my pre-planned lunches). Here’s what the recipe looked like:

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1010 calories for the whole shebang is perfect – that meant a 505 calorie meal for each of us. SO EXCITING when it just works out well! I knew that probably wasn’t quiiiite enough food for me after a really long day, so I added a side of roasted zucchini (zucchini, chopped with olive oil + salt + pepper, roasted at 400 degrees for 15 minutes) so the total meal came to 606 calories (29.4g fat, 14.2g net carbs, and 39.7g protein). Also, it plated up beautifully:

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This recipe was definitely a winner – can’t wait to rotate it in to a meal plan again in a few weeks!

Weight Loss Pro Tip: Use a Big F*cking Cup

In case you missed my IG post earlier this week, I had a miserable minute or twelve when I weighed myself and had gained a substantial amount of weight (substantial is in the eye of the substantiater – YMMV). House-buying, work-changing (eventually? Shoutout to my job for keeping me around <3), living-in-two-places, moving, (temporarily) losing our Maine Coon cat… the excuses are limitless. I was eating like shit and telling myself all the physical labor from moving would keep the balance.

WRONG.Β 

I weighed in at 230.2.

230.2.Β 

Fucking. Hell. Man.

I haven’t weighed 230 since after I put weight back on post car-accident. Granted, the lowest I’ve gotten since my car accident is 202. And my current weight pre-moving was 217.8. But, still. That number hit me like a ton of takeout containers. Normally I’d wallow in self-pity and give myself another five days of eating bullshit to get my ass in gear, but nope – straight on the calorie-counting train of goodness.

A big part of successful weight loss for me is drinking water – I know, I know. That’s a big part of successful weight loss for everyone. But listen – for me, it’s one of those things that if I don’t constantly have water near me, I’ll forget about it until I’m so dehydrated I can barely function. Enter my Weight Loss Pro Tip: A Big Fucking Cup (I edited in the title because not everyone knows me and my foul mouth :D).

Bird got me this for Christmas last year:

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It’s 24-oz and, most importantly, it has a STRAW. I drink out of it ALL THE TIME. Having it near me and it being so accessible – I just do. I’m on my fourth one today and it’s only 6PM. That means I’ve already had 9 cups of water. It also means I’ve peed about 10 times, but I digress. Bonus: it saves you some small change when you get it refilled at Starbucks – just tell them you have a “personal cup” and make sure to take the lid off/straw out for them.

PS – I have been faithfully planning/tracking my food for five days now (today included) and am already down 3.8 lbs. So, wahoo to me and eff you to my recent poor decisions. Time to kill it.

July KetoDelivered Box Review!

Hi, loves!

I’ve had some blogs floating around in my brain but no time to dedicate to writing, so today I’m using a lunch break to crank out some words! I’ve been changing up my diet a lot, trying new things, new macros, new ideologies, and figuring out what works best for me. This hasn’t produced much in the way of weight loss, but it’s been an interesting practice in figuring out a way for me to stay sane and still work on my health. KetoDelivered has been an excellent source for finding great low-carb, whole food snacks and meal ideas, and the July box was extra-fantastic. I love getting to open these boxes:

KetoDelivered July 2017

It included:

  1. Front Porch Pecans – the Sea Salt flavor, which holy crap, this company isn’t kidding when they say they’re perfectly seasoned. They’re extra super-duper good on my favorite coconut milk yogurt from So Delicious ❀
  2. Parm Crisps by Kitchen Table Bakers – there are a lot of parmesan crisps to be bought these days, but these guys have the BEST flavor. They’re rich, and have perfect keto macros. Oh, and they’re really freaking good as crouton subs in salads!
  3. Fat Snax Cookies – the Ginger Turmeric flavor. HOLY FREAKING GOD THESE ARE AMAZING. Duuuuuuude. Slay me. I would eat 1,000 of these. Except that after eating just one of the two in the pack, my sweet tooth was perfectly satisfied and I even shared (I know, I know, crazy – me sharing my cookies).
  4. Simply Beyond Spray On Herbs – the Rosemary flavor. This stuff smells amazing, and tastes great. My only complaint is application – it doesn’t really spray all that well, and it ends up being kinda messy to use :/ Otherwise, a tasty alternative to buying fresh herbs that we’d never actually use all of.
  5. Good Dee’s Blondies Baking Mix – I first ordered from Good Dee’s way back when there were only two products and you could only get them at certain times of the year – so. worth. it. These little baking mixes are divine, and the company is very responsive to questions (I need to find out if I could use my silicone or if I needed to explicitly follow the instructions on the packaging), which is always great when you’re following a super-specific diet. I haven’t actually made these yet, but I know this company, and I know they’ll be great.
  6. Vermont Smoke & Cure Beef Sticks – the Cracker Pepper Flavor. I don’t know about you, but I freaking love beef sticks. These are by FAR the best I’ve ever had, and at 80 calories, 6g of both fat and protein, what more could you want in a keto snack? I had these the same night I opened the box because they perfectly fit my macros πŸ™‚

And last but not least….

7. YumButter Β – Plant Protein & Probiotic – Just a few words – grab. a. spoon. #sofreakingdelicious

Interested in subscribing? Drop me a line or visit my referral link to get keto goodies delivered to your doorstep! Clicky clicky!

 

Haven’t blogged since February? Whoops.

Hi, friends!

I definitely go in waves with blogging… sometimes I’m on it like nobody’s business, and sometimes life gets in the way and it’s three (almost four) months since I’ve written.

Since I last blogged, here are someΒ (mostly awesome) things that have happened:

  • I went to Costa Rica with my darling friend, Tina. We spent a week there, exploring the country and drinking more Four Loko than I knew I could. I feel so incredibly lucky to have this gal in my life–she brings me so much joy and love and the BEST DAMN FISH TACOS a girl could hope to eat stateside.

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Why yes, I did wear basically nothing but a bikini all week… πŸ™‚Β 

  • I celebrated the marriages of four of my favorite people in the world ❀ Sara and Steve got married on April 22 and Mary and Bruce got married April 29. It was a whirlwind of weeks leading up to both weddings, but I wouldn’t trade getting to stand by both of these beauties as they said their “I Do’s” to their now husbands.
  • Not as cool: my post-concussive disorder diagnosis was reconfirmed, so I’m getting some more MRIs, a new neurologist, and a new spinal specialist, too. I’m keeping my chin up with this stuff, though, because I have the GREATEST PT I could have ever hoped to have. InMotion is such a fantastic place to be treated for life-altering issues, and even with all of the crap that goes along with this injury, I’m so grateful that I have such positive folks in my life to help me cope ❀

 

In diet-related things, uhhh, I’ve been fucking off for the last month or so o.o. I haven’t weighed myself, so who knows what numerical repercussions there are, but I do know that I’m totally sugar-addicted again, and that’s gotta go. It’s about that time where we pick up a Whole30 again, so we’ll be starting a low-carb-ish Whole30 June 1. Until then, I’m definitely still using the “I have a date” excuse and eating more Ben & Jerry’s than I am anything else.

How have things been in your worlds? How’s life, both food and not-food related? Tell me all the things! ❀

Cauliflower Hash Brown Patties – OMG YUM (LC, GF, DF, Keto)

So friends.

On Sunday I just wanted potatoes. I woke up and it’s what I was thinking about–fucking POTATOES.

So I went a pinterest-ing to look for mock potato breakfast recipes with cauli in them, but I just wasn’t inspired. So instead, I just did my own thing, and made these beauts:

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KetoDeb’s Cauliflower Hash Browns

KetoDeb’s Cauliflower Hash Browns (Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Ketogenic)

Ingredients!

  • 1 Bag of Green Giant Steamable Riced Cauliflower
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Things You’ll Need!

  • A microwave or the time to pan-steam the cauliflower
  • A cutting board and knife
  • Cheese cloth/paper towels/a strainer with holes small enough not to let the riced cauliflower through
  • A mixing bowl and mixing spoon
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • A baking sheet
  • An oven

Steps!

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Steam the cauliflower according to the directions (this is a great time to get out some tissues and dice that shallot).
  3. Let it cool (I didn’t do this, because I was impatient, and I definitely burnt myself, lol).
  4. Once cool, drain the excess water from the cauliflower. You can do this with the bag it’s in, or cheesecloth, or paper towels, or even a strainer if the cauliflower won’t fall out. I got a lot of water out of it, so that should be your goal!
  5. Put your steamed, drained, riced cauliflower in a mixing bowl (I’m a Pyrex gal myself).
  6. Add all of the other ingredients and stir until the egg is fully mixed through. You should have a fairly disgusting looking bowl of mush.
  7. Put parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on your baking sheet (do NOT skip this step, it’ll suck, trust me) and place dollops of your cauli mixture on the sheet. Depending on how you’d like these to come out, they can be whatever size you want–slightly bigger than quarter size is fine, but I prefer them to be slightly bigger than baseball sized (you can also make them rectangular, whatthefuckever, really). Smush the dollops into even, consistent heights to ensure even bake-time.
  8. Stick ’em in the oven! Bake 14-16 minutes or until they start to crisp. As long as you keep a close eye on them, you could let them in longer to get a nice brown crust.
  9. Remove from the oven and let them cool for about five minutes, then you’ll be able to easily remove them from the parchment paper/silicone mat without them breaking on you.
  10. Serve plain, with ketchup (there are low-carb varieties, in case you haven’t seen them!), as a side with cheesey eggs–you name it!
  11. EAT!

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Served with cheesey eggs, of course ❀

You could change up this recipe for days… put in different spices (I think Herbs de Provence is going to be my next choice), make them spicy, spread the mixture out on a pan, bake it, then top with eggs and bake again for a hash brown quiche… limitless. options. Also, if you don’t need these to be dairy-free, adding in literally ANY cheese would bind them more and give them an even better consistency than what they already have!

If you decide to make these, let me know how you like them, what changes you made, etc.! I’d love to keep changing it up and making it better as time passes πŸ™‚

 

Keto Meal Planning – It’s Simple, I Promise!

Hi friends! So this is a super-long blog with a LOT of words, but bear with me, that doesn’t mean it’s complicated, I promise! I did feel, though, that I was writing sort of haphazardly, so I apologize in advance if I’m a little all over the place.

I get a lot of IG questions about meal planning–how do you plan ahead for the entire week? How do you economically grocery shop for everything you want to make? How do you stick to it and not get off track?

I meal plan in one of two ways: 1) I’m not bored, so let’s keep it simple, or 2) I hate everything and I need new meals in my life.

I’m also a “keep the staples in the house” kinda gal, so I’ve almost always got chicken, ground beef, and salmon in the freezer, and bacon, butter, cheese, cream cheese, and heavy cream in the refrigerator. I never run out of coffee/tea, and I think I keep the egg farmer in business with how many eggs I buy. I also buy fresh veggies (and frozen, depends on my schedule/mood) every week, and anything else is based off of option 1 or 2 above. One of the MOST important parts of meal-planning for me is finances. I am extremely budget-conscious, and that plays very heavily into my meal-planning/grocery shopping.

Let’s take meal-planning meal-by-meal to make it as simple as possible.

Breakfast meal-planning:

  1. I hate getting out of bed in the morning. I don’t want to get up earlier than I have to to get to work by 8:30, so I’m not going to make myself eggs and cheese for breakfast on work-days. Instead, I’m a HUGE fan of Bulletproof Coffee, and I have a nice routine down where I boil my water after my shower, mid-makeup I come out and grind the coffee beans and then French press my coffee. Before I head out the door, I blend in butter and MCT/Coconut oil with an aerolatte and drink half on the way to work and half when I get here (not intentionally, it just always happens that way).

Mid-morning snack meal-planning:

  1. I’m pretty much always hungry around 10, whether I BPC or eat a full meal at 6:30 AM, so I always comes to work prepared. Sometimes I nuke a quest bar for 15 seconds and eat that, but the more cost-conscious option is to bring two hard-boiled eggs. I hard-boil eggs on Sunday night and eat them through the week (I leave the shell on, though I’m not entirely sure why). This is a simple and super-cheap way to get a good snack in mid-morning.

Lunch meal-planning:

  1. Always, always, always make your lunch the night before. It saves so much early morning stress to already have it packed!
  2. I’m a salad-for-lunch kinda gal.Β Sometimes I switch over to everything I’d put in my salad being in a wrap, but not often. On Sundays, I buy a 3-pack of Romaine and chop/spin 1 head, fill my salad container for Monday, then chop/spin another head to get me through til Wednesday. I have this super amazing salad bento-box looking thing from Rubbermaid that I love. I put walnuts, crumbled gorgonzola, and protein in the top part (often times my protein is lunch meat that I chop, but this week it’s bacon I chopped/cooked last night) and bring a little refillable container of ranch dressing with me. I never ever get bored of this meal, so I have it just about all the time, lol. You can of course buy bagged, chopped lettuce, but it’s much cheaper to get the heads and DIY.

Afternoon snack meal-planning:

  1. CUCUMBERS. I’m telling you. This is the only answer for me. They’re crisp and cool and a great pick-me-up if you get sleepy in the afternoon. Sometimes I put my leftover ranch on them, but most of the time I just eat them. I slice them every night when I make my lunch so they don’t get yucky, and keep the remaining cuke in a ziploc in the vegetable drawer until it’s gone (I get the seedless hothouse cucumbers, and two of those gets me through the week of snacks).
  2. I also almost always have a Tervis Tumbler full of tea in the afternoon. The caffeine boost is nice, and I freaking love tea.

If I’m not bored, dinner meal-planning is super simple for me. I’m going to have a protein, I’m going to slather it in fat, and I’m going to have a veggie, and I’m going to slather that in fat, too. If I am suffering from boredom, I start with Pinterest. I have a fantastic love affair with Pinterest, and I’ll often come away from my boredom feeling excited about new dishes to make, new recipes to alter (I really love to cook, so changing things up is a past-time of mine), etc. Either way:

Dinner meal-planning:

  1. Start with what you have. Most of the time when people say they “have no food in their house”, they don’t mean it. I know that right now, I have three packs left of a multi-pack of boneless skinless chicken breast from Costco in the freezer. And two salmon filets. And two packages of ground beef. Even if I’m suffering from boredom, I can find something new and exciting to make with what I already have (that budget rules the roost, I tell ya).
  2. Work around your own schedule. I know that on Tuesday nights, I have about 20 minutes between getting home and needing to change/leave for club volleyball. So I need something that a) isn’t going to take forever or can be made the night before and b) won’t make me puke on the court. This is almost always cheeseburgers, which I make on Monday night when I make Monday night’s dinner, and then heat up when I get home on Tuesday. If you’re into leftovers (I’m not NOT into leftovers, I’m just a salad-for-lunch kinda gal) then you can make up a few extra cheesburgers, and take them for lunch on another day of the week. For me, and probably for most folks, making my life simpler is the best way for me to stick to something like planning ahead for five days/grocery shopping ahead/eating well/not being an asshole to myself.
  3. If you buy fresh or frozen veggies regularly, it’s totes okay to have “grilled chicken/frozen veggies” as your dinner meal-plan. Then you can have whatever seasonings/veggies you want, add in some butter or fat of some kind, and you’ve not only stuck to your plan, but you’re not grid-locking yourself into broccoli on Thursday and Brussels sprouts on Friday, no matter what.

With all of this taken into consideration, the actual most important part for me is to WRITE THIS SHIT DOWN.

I use a Happy Planner, so I have the Meal Planner extension (from the home expansion) and I use that. It has a lovely schedule for the days, I fill in the meals, and there is a grocery list on the opposite page (that I use for the next week, rather than the week we’re in). Because I use my HP for EVERYTHING, it’s super-simple for me to keep track of what I’m making, what I need to take out of the freezer and when, etc.

TL;DR: Use what you have. Buy what you don’t have. Change it up if you’re bored. Make lunches the night before. Write everything down so you don’t forget to take out the frozen meat and you stick to your plan of eating well. Kick ass. Repeat.