keto gingerbread cookies

Keto Cookie Carb Comparison

VitaFiber is what makes these tasty cookies low carb, paleo, keto and such a delicious treat. Just in time for the holidays! For 20% off VitaFiber use coupon code VFGSCH20

For regular gingerbread cookies….

3 and 1/2 cups flour is 308 carbs

3/4 cups brown sugar 150 carbs

3/4 cup Molasses is 135 carbs

For regular gingerbread cookies its 593 carbs for 3 dozen! That’s 18.5 carbs per cookie! This is not including the frosting.

Keto low carb gingerbread cookies…

1 cup of VitaFiber is 48 carbs

1/4 cup of Monkfruit is 48 carbs

1 cup Almond flour is 8 carbs

1 and 1/4 cup Coconut flour is 20 carbs

The whole batch (3 dozen) keto low carb gingerbread cookies is about 124 carbs, making each cookie 3.5 carbs! This is not including frosting.

Click here for the Low Carb Gingerbread Recipe 

Cookie carb comparison for Keto No Sugar Cookies and regular sugar cookies.

For regular sugar cookies…

3 cups flour is 264 carbs

1 cup sugar is 200 carbs

For regular sugar cookies it is 464 carbs for a batch of 3 dozen cookies.

Making each cookie 13 carbs without frosting!

Regular frosting for sugar cookies is 332 carbs for a batch (about 2 cups). So say you frosted 30 cookies thats 11 carbs per cookie. Making each frosted cookie 24 carbs!

Keto no sugar cookies…

1 cup VitaFiber is 48 carbs

1/4 cup Monkfruit is 48 carbs

1 cup almond flour is 8 carbs

1 and 1/2 cup coconut flour is 24 carbs

For keto no sugar cookies it is 128 carbs for a batch of 3 dozen cookies.

Making each cookie 3.5 carbs without frosting.

Click here for the Keto No Sugar Cookies

My keto frosting is 48 carbs for the batch. (about 2 cups). So say you frosted 30 cookies with this, thats about 1.5 carbs per cookie. Making each frosted cookie 5 carbs!

Click here for the Keto Butter Cream Frosting

 

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Organic Beeswax Body Lotion

This easy homemade beeswax body lotion is fantastic for lots of different uses such as hair to keep the flyaways down or for men that need a strong hold on that crazy hair. This recipe my husband came up with is just to good to not share. I also use this beeswax body lotion for my face, as a lip balm, deodorant, works great for razor burn and foot care.

If you are using for deodorant I suggest using just a dab mixed with a couple drops of either olive oil or apricot oil with some essential oils of your choice. So that when you sweat you’ll smell of the essential oils. I prefer using cinnamon, tea tree and frankincense. All of which are antibacterial, killing bad bugs while feeding the good bugs that we naturally want to be healthy and strong. In 4 oz of your carrier oil you’ll use 1 drop of cinnamon, 5 drops of tea tree and 5 drops of frankincense. A couple drops of this mix with the beeswax body care lotion is perfect for your underarms. Be carful using any of the citrus essential oils as they will make your skin photosensitive and contribute to sun damage.

You can get these reusable cans and the pitcher on amazon!

4 pound Pouring Pot

8-Ounce Candle Tins (12-Pack)

What you need

2 Pounds BetterBody Organic Naturally Refined Coconut Oil

1 Pound  Beeswax Pellets

1/4 Cup olive oil

5 Drops  Cinnamon Cassia Oil 

10 Drops  Bay Rum Essential Oil

10 Drops Artizen Cedarwood Essential Oil

20 Drops Vanilla Oleoresin Essential Oil

Directions

In a double broiler melt the coconut oil and beeswax thoroughly. This step will take about 45-60 minutes to melt and thoroughly mix making sure both are incorporated well.

The wax and the coconut oil will look like it’s completely melted and combined much earlier than this. Don’t be fooled. Even when it appears as though the mixture is completely liquid and combined, it takes a fair bit of mixing to probably blend everything. If you pour out the mixture early, you’ll get small clumps of wax when you rub the lotion on your hands, body or hair. To fix this, you’ll need to re-melt everything again so it’s not a loss, but it’s a lot more hassle compared to giving everything an extra bit of time to really (and I mean REALLY) combine. This recipe made 9 cans of 8 oz. Tip, we used the refined coconut oil because it’s a neutral smell but if you like how coconuts smell you can use the unrefined also.

Turn heat off and let it sit for 5-10 minutes giving time to let it cool before adding in the essential oils.

 

 

Ketogenic Diet

Hello!

The information I share in this post is a summary of things to help you on your journey. Learning about your hormones and how they work is complex but when you understand it, you will see just how easy it can be to improve your health.

I first want to give a big shoutout to Andrew Gonzales at Four Peaks Crossfit in Fountain Hills. Thank you for being an awesome coach and trainer! This post is for those who want to know more about a Ketogenic diet. I put up links to help you with your research. I wanted to also bring up fasting because it also goes hand-in-hand with Keto and exercise. Do your research and never stop seeking the truth about your health.

The ketogenic diet is a great way to improve your health, but often people only associate keto with weight loss. The ketogenic diet can help with weight gain and building muscle. Keto can assist in mental focus, clarity and more energy. Keto in conjunction with intermittent fasting or long term fasting can help aide in aging, diseases and sickness all while protecting the muscles.

Our bodies make hormones in response to what we put in our mouth. It’s true that all foods have calories however the hormone response to fat is different from the hormone response to carbs/glucose. For example the hormone response to an avocado is different from the hormone response to an apple. Both contain healthy nutrients but only one will spike insulin, increase inflammation and turn on fat storage signals.

There’s an entire category of food that many people will put in the “healthy” column of their diet plan, and even go out of their way to eat more of. When you understand the hormone response to this collection of mass produced ingredients, you’ll understand why we are in the midst of a national crisis of diabetes, obesity and neurological disorders.

You should think about grains and the reasons why you should avoid them.

The problem with grains is that they are a concentrated source of carbohydrates that dramatically increases insulin in your bloodstream. It is this carbohydrate density more so than questions of “simple carbs” or “complex carbs” or “whole grains” that makes any type of grain-based food a questionable choice for health, even ignoring lectins or other natural defenses that grains have evolved to discourage animal consumption.

Many people believe that if they eat “whole grain” that makes it a healthy choice, but ultimately the amount of carbohydrates is still going to require a high amount of insulin for your body to process. Eating the wheat bran and wheat germ is going to shift the balance of simple and complex carbohydrates, and slow the digestion process down slightly, but your body will still produce the same amount of insulin, if not more, potentially over an even longer span of time, to handle the blood glucose that gets created when all carbohydrates, simple or complex, are broken down during digestion.

Virtually all foods have carbohydrates, but not all foods have the density of carbohydrates like grains. Grains, whether they include complex carbohydrates or not, contain a large dose of carbohydrates. Regardless of whether your body processes these carbohydrates fast or slow (indicated by the food’s glycemic index), this total glycemic load requires an insulin response that effectively shuts down fat burning.

It’s all about keeping your insulin low.

It’s about eating the foods that do not drive your insulin up. High insulin is what causes weight gain and prevents fat metabolism. Insulin causes inflammation and inflammation is the platform on which many metabolic diseases develop. It all starts with that hormone insulin.

Here are some other links to help you.

B’ Hydroxybutyrate and Butyrate

Mitochondrial function

Glucagon and Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Dr. Jeff Volek (Low Carb Athletes)

Find out more here at Beyond weight loss!

Mark’s Daily Apple talks more about grains.

Here is a great article on corn.

Read more about fasting here.

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Disclosure

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this subject is provided for informational purposes only, it is not meant to substitute medical advice provided by your physician or any other medical professional. You should not use the information I give for diagnosing or treating a health problem, disease, or prescribing any medication. I’m not a Doctor and you should consult with your health professional before making any major health changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keto Cinnabons

I have been wanting cinnamon rolls for a while now and I’m so happy I got up the courage to make these! Have you ever made homemade cinnamon rolls?! If you have, you know the work it entails. This recipe is so easy takes about 30-40 Minutes in all.

What you will need

1 and 1/2 cup Shredded mozzarella

1 cup Almond Flour Blanched

2 tbsp Cream cheese

1 Egg

1/2 tsp Baking powder

Heat the mozzarella with the cream cheese in microwave safe bowl 30 seconds then stir it up. Add the egg, flour and baking powder. Mix well. If it seems to need more almond flour add some to make it easier to work with. In the original recipe it says to cut 6 balls from the dough and roll them out. Fill it with the filling and roll it up, then cut each 6 in half to make 12 cinnamon rolls. I didn’t get that far so I made 7 big ones. Bake at 350F. for 15-20 minutes.

For the filling

4 tbsp water

4 tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute (Golden)

4 tsp Cinnamon

Boil the water first than add the sweetener and cinnamon cook for about five minutes. Let cool while you roll out the dough.

I also added vitafiber VitaFiber IMO Syrup – Prebiotic Fiber Sugar-Free Sweetener after the filling cooked to help the filling stay creamy and not stiff. I added a drop vanilla extract and some raisins as well. You don’t have to but if you wanted raisins and nuts than I’m sure that would be delicious!

For the frosting

4 tbsp Cream cheese

4 tbsp Butter/gee

2-3 tbsp Heavy cream

1/8 tsp Xanthan gum

1 tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit 2:1 Powder Sugar Substitute (Classic Powder)

I didn’t like the frosting in the original recipe. I tried it and there just shouldn’t be yogurt in frosting. It’s just my opinion, try it you may like it.

I found this wonderful recipe at Sugarfreelondoner

 

 

 

 

 

Low carb

The Missing Ingredient for Amazing Keto Bread

Amazing Keto Bread

If you're like me, you came to the keto world with a terrible carb addiction and every meal was bread. Sandwich bread, pizza crust, or even just my terrible tempting nemesis... Toast. Like you I'm sure, I tried every keto-friendly bread recipe I could find. So many of these look like fluffy loaves of bread, but they all we're missing something in either the taste or texture departments, sometimes both. Or worse, their main constituent ingredient was whipped eggs, and the result was basically an omelette loaf. 
The good news after trying so many recipes, I found one recipe that was almost the one... It was just missing a final ingredient to give it everything you need for mouth watering keto french toast, sandwiches and so much more. It's become a staple part of our keto diet here and I know when you give it a try you'll find baking in your oven regularly too! The magic ingredient is sour cream. It gives your bread a smooth texture, kicks the taste up a notch in complexity and keeps the texture from being crumbly. The whole loaf of bread comes out to 12 grams of carbohydrates, that's lower than 1 slice of store bought bread. 
That's how you eat your french toast and lose weight too!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 12
Author: KetoPig

Ingredients

  • 6 Large eggs separated
  • 4 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1.5 tbsp Sour cream
  • 2 tbsp  Cream cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut oil melted
  • 1.5 cups Almond Flour Blanched
  • 3 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan gum
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of tarter for the egg whites

Instructions

Directions

  • Pre heat oven to 350F 
  • Separate the eggs and whip up the whites with the cream of tarter and set aside. 
  • Then add all your dry ingredients to your egg yolks and all other wet ingredients and mix. 
  • Add that mix to your egg whites and blend together.  
  • Pour your mixture in your bread pan and bake @ 350F for 50-55 minutes and check with toothpick.

Notes

My bread pan was to big 9x5x3 but it still came out great so don't worry how big your pan is.

I wanted to note that in this recipe I used blanched almonds.

Pictures below are to show what it looks like to use a smaller bread pan and I used the same recipe!