5 Benefits of MCT Oil on a Keto Diet

5 Benefits of MCT Oil on a Keto Diet

MCT oil has recently taken off in the keto world of dieting. It’s a supplement that not many know about before stumbling upon keto groups and forums.. So why is it that MCT oil is so pertinent in the keto community? What makes it so special? Here’s what I’ve come to conclude..
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KETO Pizza Crackers (High Protein)

KETO Pizza Crackers (High Protein)

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I love pizza and I love crackers..therefore, the Keto Pizza Crackers were destined to be born. (Especially after I bought some great dips only to realize I had nothing to dip in them).

These crackers not only taste AWESOME (like a cross between a mozzarella stick and a cracker!!), they also pack a ton of health benefits. They are high in protein and high in Omega-3 fatty acids which can be lacking in a typical diet. If you’ve ever experience the dreaded “dry eyes” from going low-carb, these crackers will be a great help!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Serves: 4 (about 9 crackers each)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup(52g) flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup(56g) almond flour
  • 1/4 cup(24g) kraft parmesan (dry)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
  • Spices: (optional) 1/8 tsp of each:  Basil, oregano, chili pepper flakes salt, pepper, rosemary, majoram, thyme, garlic and onion powder OR  1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp(30g) olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp(15g) mozarella cheese
  • 2 tsp(10g) cream cheese
  • 2 tsp(10g) egg whites
  • 1/2 tbsp water (or as needed)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400* F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.DSC_0069
  3. Add your egg whites and olive oil. Melt the cream cheese and mozzarella (about 20-30s in the microwave), stir and add it as well.DSC_0065
  4. Using a spoon (I found my hands worked best!) combine all ingredients into a soft dough ball. Add a little water as needed.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment or tinfoil(if using tinfoil, spray well with oil). Press the dough down with your hands to form a thin rectangular shape(rolling pins won’t work well). Be sure to fix any cracks or gaps(these will not be an issue after baking!)DSC_0067
  6. Optional: Sprinkle the top with additional parmesan, salt and basil.
  7. Optional: Gently cut into desired shapes using a pizza cutter before baking OR you can just break the whole chunk after baking. DSC_0071
  8. Bake for 6-8min then broil the top for a final minute (WATCH CLOSELY WHEN BROILING. I burnt the first batch this way LOL).DSC_0076
  9. Cool then remove from the baking sheet and enjoy with some low-carb marinara sauce or pizza dip! (SO GOOD)DSC_0096DSC_0094

Nutrition per 1/4 of recipe: 14.7F/2.9C(NET)/9.5P & 4.5g fibre

Fudgey Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Keto)

Fudgey Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Keto)

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Dessert for breakfast is kinda my thing if you haven’t noticed…

Thankfully these muffins are packed with healthy fats, micronutrients and fibre that will keep you full for hours! A muffin with a cup of bullet-proof coffee has become my new go-to breakfast!

These are super easy to make and freeze well for an easy make-ahead breakfast or snack!

Ingredients:

*If not using vitafiber syrup, you can try adding an additional 30-60g almond flour and a bit of almond milk or heavy cream, you’ll also need a little more sweetener.

**You can use all of one sweetener to replace the 2. Just take into account the fact that Truvia is 3x sweetener than sugar so you’ll likely need 7-9 tbsp of a typical sweetener that measures like sugar rather than the 3 tbsp called for.

Vitafiber acts like a flour and sugar substitute and helps the muffins to rise slightly better.

Serves: 15

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350*
  2. Spray/grease 2 muffin pans with coconut oil or line with muffin wrappers (I also spray the wrapper with coconut oil to prevent sticking!)
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in your wet ingredients and then fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips (I reserved 1 tbsp(15g) chocolate-chips to decorate the tops), add additional sweetener if needed.DSC_1057
  5. Use a muffin scoop to evenly disperse the batter to make 15 muffins.DSC_1059
  6. Top the muffins with a couple chocolate chips each and place in the oven for 15-18min.
  7. Muffins should be almost set (DO NOT over-bake!). They are meant to be fudgey so after 5-7min remove from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack to set fully. (OR eat one immediately because being impatient is a part of baking). DSC_1064
  8. Store in an air-tight container after muffins have cooled completely. Freeze, store on the counter for a few days or store in the fridge! Enjoy!

Nutrition (1 muffin): 16F/5C(NET)/7P & 7g fibre

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Keto Lasagna WITH NOODLES!

Keto Lasagna WITH NOODLES!

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I don’t know where to begin. This lasagna was EVERYTHING.

It tastes BETTER than regular lasagna..BETTER. I am being 100% honest guys. You need to make this like ASAP.

The “noodles” themselves are delicious on their own but pair that with a ton of cheese, meat and sauce…and OMG. That’s all I can say.

I slightly tweaked this recipe from it’s original I found here. (The author, Kyndra is a genius & I give her full credit!)

Ingredients:

Noodles:

    • 2 eggs
    • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (I used half real parmesan and half dried)
    • 1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (130g)
    • Pinch of each: majoram, thyme, rosemary
    • 1/2 tsp basil
    • 1/2 tsp oregano
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups of lower-carb pasta sauce (I used “Classico Tomato Basil” but added some salt, splenda and basil to taste )
  • 3/4 cup (90g) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 tbsp 2% cottage cheese
  • 1/3 chopped onion
  • 1oz finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Pinch of each: majoram, thyme, rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Noodles

  1. Preheat oven to 375° Line a 9×13 baking dish with tinfoil sprayed with oil or parchment paper.
  2. In mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, cream together cream cheese and eggs.DSC_0954
  3. Next, add Parmesan cheese and spices. Mix to combine.DSC_0959
  4. Fold in mozzarella cheese and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Spread the mixture into the baking dish, forming an even layer. DSC_0957
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. When the “noodles” are done baking, cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then cut into thirds. This makes three perfectly sized “noodle” layers for an 8.5 X 4.5 X 2.5 loaf pan.DSC_0978DSC_0983

*NOTE: You can also make the noodles ahead of time and store them in your fridge or freezer!)

For The Filling

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine ground beef, onion, peppers and  your spices. Cook until the meat is browned.DSC_0966
  2. Drain excess fat from pan and add ¾ cup of your sauce to meat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.DSC_0981

Putting It All Together

  1. Pour ¼ cup marinara sauce into bottom of loaf pan. Top with the first “noodle” layer
  2. Layer a third of the ground beef mixture. Top with ¼ cup mozzarella cheese and 3 tbsp cottage cheese, and cover with another “noodle” layer. Repeat these steps.
  3. Cover the top “noodle” layer with remaining ground beef, and mozzarella cheese.DSC_0990
  4. Sprinkle a little parmesan and basil over top. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!DSC_0998DSC_1022DSC_1036

If you guys don’t find this down-right epic then you might be crazy. This recipe is amazing and I just wanted to again than the original author for sharing such a wonderful dish!

Nutrition per serving(serves 4): 35F/8C(NET)/48P 

*Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links

OTHER SIMILAR RECIPES YOU MAY LIKE:

Philly Cheesesteak Stir-fry
Philly Cheesesteak Stir-fry
Keto Beef Stroganoff (With Noodles!)
Keto Beef Stroganoff (With Noodles!)

High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

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Keto Cinnamon Rolls…saying those three words together is just plain weird right?

But maybe not.

Keto Cinnamon Rolls are DEFINITELY a thing, but making keto cinnamon rolls vs. the regular flour and sugar laden cinnamon rolls is a whole other ball game.

First off, almond flour, the base to this recipe, has no gluten. Gluten is the protein found in bread that gives it it’s elasticity and airy-ness. No gluten=no gluten strands formed=dense “bread”.

Thus, in this recipe I have added vital wheat gluten(the isolated protein from bread) back to the recipe, this means we have all the gluten we need, without the carbs!

Tip:*Xanthan gum is also great for creating a similar texture to gluten!*

I’ve also added a teaspoon of sugar to this recipe. (OMG SUGAR, SAM, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, THIS IS A KETO RECIPE!! SUGAR??).

Yes, I realize sugar is not keto guys, I haven’t lost it(yet) but thankfully yeast is a pretty greedy little monster and will eat up all of that sugar for us while it activates!

(I feel like I can relate to this on a physical level..GIVE ME ALL THE SUGAR.)

But it’s pretty great, huh?

This recipe also offers a whopping 20g of protein and 4g of fibre per serving making this a totallllly acceptable breakfast option (or lunch or dinner..I don’t judge).

What doesn’t this recipe offer??

Okay, maybe a self-baking option…but I mean where’s the fun in that? Obviously watching dough rise is one of my favourite past times..

But enough jokes, since this recipe isn’t going to bake itself, this is where you come in.

High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup vital wheat gluten(36g)

-2 scoops(56g) Quest all purpose whey protein

-2 cups(224g) almond flour   +1/4(28g) cup reserved

-1/2 an envelope yeast (or 1 1/4 tsp) 

-1 tsp sugar (will be eaten by the yeast!)

-2 tbsp truvia sweetener (or 1/4 cup of sweetener that measures like sugar)

-1/4 tsp salt

-6 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

-2 tbsp water

-2 1/2(37g) tbsp butter

-1/2 a well beaten egg

Filling:

 -5 tbsp truvia (or 1/3-1/2 cup of sweetener that measures like sugar)

-1/2 tbsp cinnamon

-3 tbsp butter-softened

-Pecans (optional)

Glaze:

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-2 tbsp cream cheese

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1-2 tbsp almond milk (optional- makes a glaze rather than a thick frosting)

-1 1/2 tsp pasteurized egg whites(safe at room temp.)

-2-3 tbsp splenda or another sweetener(to taste)

Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients except the reserved flour in a large bowl.
  2. Heat your butter, milk and water in a microwave safe cup for roughly 50s to a minute. 
  3. Stir the warm mixture into the dry ingredients along with the egg.
  4. Use a spoon to start forming a dough. Add the extra 1/4 cup almond flour as you go to make it less sticky.
  5. Use your hands to begin kneading the dough.
  6. Knead it for roughly 3-5min (it contains quite a bit of vital wheat gluten so we want to be careful we don’t over-knead or it will become too dense).
  7. Next form the dough into a neat ball and sprinkle the bottom/sides of your bowl with almond flour before placing it back down.
  8. Cover the bowl with a towel and move it to a warm location like an oven that still has a bit of heat in it but is not hot, or use the microwave method (just heat water or nothing particular in it for about a minute or so before placing the dough in to rest).
  9. After and hour, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on an (almond) floured surface. 
  10. Roll the dough to be a rectangle roughly 12×9 inches in size (about 1/4 inch thick)(see instructional photo for a better idea-don’t mind the 5-year-old style rolling pin)DSC_0441
  11. Using a spoon, spread the butter gently over the entire surface of the dough then combine your cinnamon and sweeter of choice and sprinkle on top. DSC_0446DSC_0452
  12. Roll the dough, long-side to long-side, being careful not to tear it. Tuck in the ends and use your fingers to press any cracks back together if they do occur. DSC_0458
  13. Next, slice the dough into 7 even pieces and place them, inner-side up, in a butter or coconut oil greased baking dish. DSC_0469
  14. *Cover the rolls and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes in a warm location.DSC_0476
  15. Finally, bake the rolls uncovered at 375* for 15-18min. (I purposely took them out a little early so they wouldn’t over-bake).DSC_0483
  16. Combine your coconut oil and cream cheese in a microwave-safe dish and microwave it for 30 seconds.
  17. Mix in your egg whites, vanilla and sweeter and almond milk until it becomes smooth.
  18. Drizzle or spread on the glaze on each cinnamon roll and then don’t wait for them to cool at all, just tear them straight out of the pan and devour them like a crazy hungry keto monster. DSC_0510
  19. JK. If you want to be normal and not burn your mouth(that definitely didn’t happen to me…..)then wait for the cinnamon rolls to cool before gently removing them from the dish with a knife or spatula (trust me, it will make your life SO much easier).
  20. NOW you can devour them. ENJOY!DSC_0565

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  21. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freeze until you have another cinnamon roll craving!

*Note : You CAN skip step 14 if you are in a hurry BUT I recommend completing the recipe as written for best results.

Nutrition per 1/7 of recipe WITH frosting (these are SO filling btw guys): 31F/5C(NET)/20P

Nutrition per 1/7 of recipe WITHOUT frosting: 27.5F/4.8C(NET)/20P 

*If you get a chance, please give me a quick follow on Pinterest. I have just started an account and will be sharing some of my recipes there first!  All you have to do is click the pinterest button at the bottom of this page and it will take you to my account, or click the follow button in the homepage main side bar! Thank you for your amazing support guys, as always!

Chocolate Almond Swirl Banana Bread For One

Chocolate Almond Swirl Banana Bread For One

 

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Today was a great day, finished all my cardio, slept in a bit & oh..just got the best package ever. Don’t you love it when you hear the doorbell ring and you just know..Yup, like Christmas morning, my Cellucor 3 pack of protein showed up! Of course I tore into them and opened each one immediately (although I wasn’t planning to use them until later). They all smelt amazing. I ordered the Molten Chocolate and Cor-fetti cake batter flavours. In this recipe I used the chocolate of course..because I am a chocolate girl 100%. But I am crossing my fingers that Cor-fetti will change that for me.

Anywho, whipped up this little aesthetic beauty before bed. I am currently writing this post as I posted a photo without the recipe and am now getting multiple complaints..haha I guess i should stop torturing you all with my food porn but I can’t help but be a bit lazy when It comes to typing out the recipe.

BUT I am doing this for you guys at 1:00am because I love you all soooo much and I know you can’t wait another minute to make one of these delicious creations for yourself.10013917_10152276355004043_1959181294_n

Did I mention this was outrageously delicious & chocolatey? Oh, and yes. The macros are for the entire single serving loaf. So no sharing required. (Not like that was an option anyways.. 😉  hehe.  )

Okay, done rambling, here’s what you’ve been waiting for.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 27g (0.8 scoop) Cellucor Molten Chocolate Whey (you could probably do a full scoop, just fitting my macros here, haha)
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/16 tsp baking soda
  • 1/16 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1-2 tsp truvia sweetener (more or less to taste, also depends on the ripeness of your banana, I usually use a little extra as the sweetness tends to diminish a bit with baked goods using protein powder)
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana(63g)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 2 tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips (6g) (I used the enjoy life brand)
  • 1/2 tbsp natural almond butter
  • pam spray

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350*F. Spray a single serving loaf pan or ramekin with pam/olive oil spray, set aside. Combine your dry ingredients until no clumps are left. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. (Do not stir in chocolate chips or the almond butter!). Next stir the wet into the dry ingredients and combine until smooth, taste and add additional sweetener as desired. Spoon the batter into your greased ramekin or pan, now swirl in the almond butter and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Place in the centre of the oven for 15-20min. (Baking time will vary depending on the pan you choose, DO NOT OVERBAKE. )Watch closely and when a toothpick comes out clean, it’s done! You can also under bake it slightly if you are one of those people like me that like things a little fudgey still in the centre…haha. And that’s it! Let it cool for about 5 minutes and eat with a spoon or cool completely and remove from the ramekin/pan and place on a plate. Top with whatever your heart (*ahem* macros..) desire. Enjoy!

Macros for entire recipe: 15F/24C/31P, 7g fibre

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Paleo Coconut Curried Shrimp Over Stir-fried "Rice"

Paleo Coconut Curried Shrimp Over Stir-fried "Rice"

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I made this recipe because of my recent obsession with shrimp! I used to hate them because the first time I tried them was in a greasy chinese food dish that just didn’t taste that great. But once I tried them fresh I completely changed my opinion of them. Honestly shrimp are so versatile and super good for you!  Now I just buy frozen and thaw them overnight in the fridge and they  are great in many dishes..so far this is my favourite dish. It reminds me of being on vacation eating tropical food!  Continue reading “Paleo Coconut Curried Shrimp Over Stir-fried "Rice"”

Low-Carb Pizza Frittata For One

Low-Carb Pizza Frittata For One

Hot out of the oven.This is my first post on this new blog! I hope you like this recipe, it is delicious on a cold day! 🙂

I love pizza, but since I started eating healthy I felt as if I had to give it up… But I was wrong. This little dish contains all the delicious flavours of pizza without the extra fat carbs and sugar! Let’s get to the recipe…

Ingredients:

-1/2 to 3/4 cup egg whites (I used egg beaters)

-1 tsp milk

-3 tbsp chopped red or green pepper

-1/4 a tomato chopped

-1/2 tbsp green olives chopped

-4 turkey pepperonis sliced into quarters(*or substitute with deli ham, but the pepperonis really add something!)

-2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

-1 tsp parmesan cheese

-1/4 tsp basil

-1/4 tsp oregano

-salt/pepper to taste

-2 tbsp pizza sauce or pasta sauce(I used prego)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450*. Spray a ramekin with pam and place on a cookie sheet.(To catch anything that spills).

Chops vegetables and pepperoni and place the red/green peppers in a small microwavable bowl with a small amount of water. Cover and microwave on high for 30 seconds. (Pour out water after)

In a bowl, combine egg whites, salt, pepper, oregano, basil & milk and whisk until frothy. Stir in 1 tbsp of the cheddar cheese.

Add half of the vegetables & pepperonis to the ramekin. Pour the egg mixture on top and stir lightly.

Place in the oven for about 15mins, take out and quickly top with the pizza sauce, rest of the vegetables/pepperoni, cheese and parmesan.

Put back in oven for another 15mins or so. (For a more crispy top, put the oven on broil for the last 3 minutes.)

Take out and let cool for a few minutes(It’s very hot!) Serve and Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts For One: 6g fat, 5 carbs, 2g sugar, 14g protein

I don’t measure calories because I believe if you have fat/sugar/carbs in order, calories just fall into place 🙂

Keep checking back for tomorrow’s posts: 

-Healthy High Protein Yogen Fruz Frozen Yogurt (Tastes exactly like it!)

-Broccoli and Cheese Pasta For One 

Fat-Free High Protein French Toast