Recipe Review: Low Carb Chili Dog Bake (LC, HF, GF)

If you’re following along with my weight loss journey on Instagram, you’re already aware that I’m a self-proclaimed casserole junkie. I love how simple they are and how easy it is to prep 10 lunches for the work week from one pan. One of my recent Pinterest finds is from Jamie Sanders (Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom) and it’s a biiiiig hit: Low Carb Chili Dog Bake. My one-liner about it is: you basically make chili, put it over hot dogs, top it with cheese, and bake it.

Okay, it’s a long one-line, but still. SO good. Here’s a snapshot of the ingredients directly from Jamie’s website:

I decided to make this a bit last minute on Tuesday (we needed lunches only for Weds/Thurs/Fri this week) so I made some edits based on what I had on-hand and I ended up liking it more than last time (and it’s lower carb!). The edits I made were:

  • double the recipe, with the exception of the tomato sauce and water
  • skip the bell pepper (bf hates peppers)
  • skip the celery salt (I didn’t have any)
  • skip the sugar substitute (I’m just meh about needing it in the recipe)
  • skip the tomato paste (I didn’t have any)
  • subbed the cheddar cheese for pepper jack cheese (it’s what we had in the fridge already)

Also, the first time I made this we were annoyed with cutting the hot dogs in a bowl (the recipe calls for cutting the hot dogs lengthwise) so this time around I just chopped them into bite-size pieces.

I didn’t bother adding this all to CarbManager until today (merp, hindsight) so six servings is a RIDIC amount of calories/serving, but as ten servings it’s stellar:

DEM MACROS, THO, OMG

This is a great meal from a macro perspective, especially if you’re IF’ing and you have no issues with a 541 calorie mid-day meal. Also, it’s SO freaking good. It’s a freaking CHILI CHEESE DOG in a BOWL! Love love love. I’ll for sure keep this in our keto lunch rotation.

Have any favorite recipes to share? Anything I should try and then review? Drop a line in the comments below!

Review: LoseIt App

Hi, friends!

Since I’ve basically always been trying to lose weight (no, really… like, my entire life. I know there are probably some of you out there who know these feels.) I’ve gone through my fair share of methods of tracking my nutritional intake. While I really enjoy the meticulous nature of hand-writing my intake in a crisp, clean notebook, it just isn’t realistic from a time perspective.Β Enter the wide world web and the 89millionbajillion ways you can track your intake/exercise. When I first started actively trying to lose weight, Sparkpeople was my jam. Since then, I’ve gone through various other websites/apps: MFP, Fitbit, FatSecret… the list goes on. Only in February of this year did I finally find the one for me: LoseIt.

Rating (free version): 4/5

I started out using just the free version of LoseIt, but within a week moved to the paid version. The free version is a great, simple way to log calories and compare and contrast calorie goals, total weight loss, etc. It’s standard. For keto, though, it’s not ideal. You don’t get access to macro goals unless you have the paid version, and we all know just how important those goals are for our lifestyle.

Rating (paid version): 5/5

LoseIt Premium

LoseIt Premium is fantastic. As mentioned above, you get access to “nutrition goals” for all sorts of things… our primary macros (fat, carbs, protein, fiber), weight loss, body measurements, etc. You name it. There are also myriads of ways to look at that data–macro graphs, daily graphs, food graphs… oh, it’s just so glorious.

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Daily Summary Data from LoseIt Premium

There are also “patterns”, which are derived from all of that data (all of this data is available under “insights” in LoseIt) that help you to identify what may or may not be leading to increased chances of successful goals. LoseIt Premium also comes with a recently released feature, The How, which is a well-written, well-researched blog (not necessarily keto, just FYI) with tips and tricks for nutrition, fitness, mental clarity, etc. LoseIt Premium also has all of the benefits of the other apps of similar nature–friends, badges, recipe creation, sharing foods, etc. It also pairs with common apps like Fitbit to give you a “calorie bonus” should you choose to use, and to help calculate total calorie expenditure for the week. What more could you want?

At a price point of $39.99, it’s less than $3.50 a month to get access to a great app (and support a small business that definitely has it’s heart in the right place). To learn more about LoseIt Premium, visit their website.

Are you using a nutritional tracking app? If so, which one do you love the most? Let me know in the comments below!

*As a note, I didn’t receive any perks or compensation for writing this review; I wrote it because I really do love this program and because I like to share what works for me πŸ™‚