Low Carb Ideas for Snacks

My Keto Journey

At the end of 2017, I decided to change my way of eating. I was 5’5 and 165 lbs and unhappy with the way I looked. At this time I had just turned 56 years old, had a job where I sat all day for 40 hours per week, Caretaker my adorable mom, and never made time to exercise..  Food was a big part of my life growing up. I swear I think my first solid food as a baby was most likely cornbread.  In the south, every event is celebrated with food.  Sometimes no event is required to get together for a big spread.

 

Good Morning America

About this same time I saw a segment on Good Morning America about the “Keto Diet”. I had never heard of it. Amy from GMA was doing it and she looked fabulous.  Having no idea what it was about I bought the book,  “The Keto Reset Diet” By Mark Sisson. I watched a few YouTube videos, joined a few Facebook groups, looked at some recipes and decided to give it a try.

 

I missed my Potatoes Most of All

First of all, I need to let you know that I am not extreme.  My diet was to simply restrict, sugar, potatoes, pasta, bread, chips and just about everything I had grown to love. It was not easy.  I miss my sweets, pasta, and potatoes most of all. Did I tell you I live in Beer City?  I had just become very fond of Noble” The Village Tart” Hard Cider. 

My Struggles

My husband and I live with my sweet southern 85-year-old mom who loves to feed people.  If she prepares a meal and you do not eat she gets offended.  With that being said I knew the odds were stacked against me that I would be strong enough to succeed at eating low carb. I approached it with baby steps.  By the end of 3 weeks, I felt better and had more energy.  My clothes especially the waist felt better.  It took planning. Making sure I have good food options around is key.   I had to let mom know I could no longer have her cornbread, spaghetti, chicken and dumplings, and huge biscuits.   The main thing was to find some good replacements for the things I truly missed and enjoyed.

 

Planning and Research

Finding good tasting food required research.  I was pleasantly surprised to find some products and recipes that were very good.  This was so important for me to be successful.  There were a few low carb products that failed for me.   They had low carbs but the taste was not enjoyable. I needed choices I could grab and take to work each day.  I get bored with eating the same thing every day so I try to keep it interesting or I will blow it.

Meal Suggestions

I start every day with a cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream, MCT oil and 5 squirts of Sugar-Free Carmel Pecan Syrup. For lunch,it might be Pimento cheese, chicken salad, egg salad, or salad with grilled chicken.  For my evening meal usually, stick with meat (usually chicken) and a vegetable or salad.

 

Holidays, Birthdays and Big Celebrations

I allow myself to blow my keto date on special occasions. We have to live.  What is the point in life if we cannot enjoy eating our favorite foods at least once in a while? The point is I am trying and I will stay on course most of the time.

 

Goals for me
  • Going on long walks or hikes
  • Try new recipes
  • Connect more with the low carb community and women over 50 groups
  • Live in the moment
  • Accept that I will never look 20 years old again
  • Yoga
  • Visit my local Farmers Market more.  There are great selections of berries and vegetables.

 

Amazon has the biggest selection of low carb/keto products

Amazon has been key in keeping me on track.  My keto community-recommended products. It was amazing to find them on Amazon. I try not to run out.

 

 

 

 

Carbquik Baking Biscuit Mix


Doctor’s CarbRite-Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix 

Legendary Foods | Delicious Pecan Pie Flavored Almond Butter-this one is pricey 

ChocZero’s Keto Bark, Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt. Sugar-Free, Low Carb. No Sugar Alcohols

 

Just the Cheese Bars, Crunchy Baked Low Carb Snack Bars. 100% Natural Cheese. High Protein and Gluten Free, Grilled Cheese (12 Two-Bar Packs)

These are great with guacamole.


 AdvantEDGE Carb Control Protein Shake Chocolate Fudge Ready-to-Drink,-I take this to work for breakfast occasionally

 

Book-The Keto Reset Diet 

Kindle Book- Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook-120 Delicious, Quick and Easy Keto (very inexpensive)

Kindle Carb Chart-(very inexpensive) 

 

Swerve Sweetener, Bakers Bundle, 12Oz Granular and Confectioners pack of 2

Quest Nutrition Peanut Butter Brownie Smash Protein Bar, High Protein, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Keto Friendly

6G Net Carbs

 

 

 

Utz Pork Rinds, Original Flavor – Keto Friendly Snack with Zero Carbs per Serving, Light and Airy Chicharrones with the Perfect Amount of

Salt

Quest Nutrition Sour Cream & Onion Protein Chips, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Potato Free, Baked,

3g net carbs

Tom & Jenny’s Sugar Free Soft Caramels

Moon Cheese 2 OZ, Pack of Three, Assortment (Gouda, Pepper Jack, and Cheddar), 100% Cheese and Gluten Free

Cheese puffs -Delicious

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan’s Skinny Syrups | Sugar Free Carmel Pecan Syrup | Healthy Flavors with 0 Calories, 0 Sugar, 0 Carbs

Nature’s Way 100% Potency Pure Source MCT Oil from Coconut- Certified Paleo, Certified Vegan- Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free

 

Click link Here is one of my favorite Low Carb Soups

Click above(highlighted) for complete recipe.  You will love this soup.

 

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One of my favorite low carb influencers -Click here -Cooking Keto with Kristie is amazing.  You will enjoy her very much.

 

 

 

These recommendations do not come lightly.  I would not share a product if I did not think it would pass your taste test. Several cookies I tried were big flops! I would love to hear from you.  If you have recommendations please share with me!

My keto journey definitely takes a village!

 

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