A few weeks ago I sent an email, to my readers, asking for a favor. I wanted them to let me know if there were any topics they wanted to read about.
I received so many kind emails back, mostly just thanking me for the articles I have written. So many sweet and motivating messages … they really warmed my heart and meant a lot to me.
But some readers did send me some ideas for future articles. And it’s not too late to do so if you forgot or missed that email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For today’s article I wanted to answer Jayne’s question:
“What are your views on the ketogenic diet?”
Personally I love the ketogenic (keto) diet. I feel it’s a great way to lose a few pounds without depriving myself of the foods I enjoy.
If you aren’t familiar with keto, in a nutshell, it’s a diet high in fats and protein and low in carbohydrates. There are variations but that’s the basic one.
In fact (and maybe the reason I chose to write about this today), I just got back from some time away and I feel like I need to lose a little weight.
I usually don’t overindulge when I’m out of town but for whatever reason I did this time. It’s not even that the food was so wonderful, but the desserts and drinks were … lol.
So tonight I’m making chaffles. Basically it’s a waffle but made with cheese, eggs and almond flour. I use a little machine called the mini dash, which I picked up on Amazon for about $10. But I’ve seen them sold in big-box stores like Target and Walmart for the same price.
Here’s what mine looks like:
And the recipe I’ll be using:
4oz of cream cheese
Splash of HWC (heavy whipping cream)1
tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup of almond flour
Pinch of salt
1 tsp of baking powder
Mix all ingredients together and pour a little into the dash and close until it stops steaming, or is as crispy as you’d like. Makes about 6-8 chaffles (depending on size).
I’ll serve the chaffles with warmed keto maple syrup and breakfast sausage.
I’ve actually made many batches at once and frozen them, to later heat up in the toaster (like an Eggo™ waffle) for a quick snack or breakfast.
The keto diet is also good for diabetics. And those of you who have been with me for a while know that my fiancé is a diabetic.
He loves the keto desserts. Some desserts he’s not been able to eat in years. And now, thanks to the recipe variations made for keto, he’s able to enjoy them once again.
Here’s one of his favorite desserts – keto brownie/cake:
1 cup fine almond flour
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup melted butter
3 tbsp water
2/3 cup granulated erythritol, monk fruit or stevia
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Mix all together and pour into an 8×8 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Warning … sometimes this brownie/cake is too crumbly to pick up but you can still enjoy with a fork or spoon.
But having said all that … keto is not for everyone. If you have high cholesterol (some diabetics do), for example, you should check with your doctor. You might be able to do a variation of keto with maybe less fat.
So if there are any health concerns … check with your doctor before starting keto.
For a healthier you!
P.S. One of my favorite keto drinks is Cacao Bliss … if you haven’t tried it check it out here. It’s so delicious.