I have been a junk food junkie for ever and ever – but something changed in me last Tuesday morning and I decided to just jump on the Keto bandwagon. Like right after I put down my third cup of sugary creamery coffee it was go time.
Actually – I'll back up just a couple steps and say that I have MANY friends and acquaintances who have done keto successfully for the last couple years. (Our friend Jennifer even offers this great Get Started course! It is super inexpensive and she holds your hand through the whole process!)
Anyway my friends are always offering to help me get started and I'm always like – LOOK FRIEND. STEP AWAY FROM MY BREAD.
But the thought's been rolling around in my head for awhile and seeing as I was my heaviest EVER this winter – I decided it was time for a change. Keto here I come!
Now I am no Keto expert (I've only been on it for 12 days – UPDATE: 18 days!) – but as a newbie I wanted to share a few things that are saving me in this transition stage. As with any diet – do your homework to see if the Keto diet is right for you! I'm no expert, these products just helped me keep with it 🙂
Amazon Keto Products I Love
**Keep in mind as you're reading these that Keto folks only get to have around 20 grams of carbs a day (varies based on weight and goals). You get it. It's HARD! Anything super low carb is glorious miracle food!
They. Are. So. Good. The box comes with 14 peanut butter cups and I treat myself to one after dinner when the kids are all eating cookies RIGHT IN MY FACE. They're only 1 net carb!! The chocolate is a little darker and harder than a Reese's Cup – and the peanut butter is drier – but delicious.
(Looks like they're sold out on Amazon – you can also try and order them from Walmart,but there's only 1 box left at a store near me!)
Keto people are supposed to have natural sugars (like Stevia) and this one has an added flavor. I do a couple of squeezes of this into my coffee and add some heavy whipping cream for a super low carb coffee.
Plus there was an eCoupon for it last time I checked!
As a newbie I had no idea if eating this new way was putting me in ketosis or not. These strips told me I WAS in ketosis and it was such a morale booster! Plus it will let me know when I go out of ketosis, so I can figure out what food caused it.
(or try Coconut Flour if you have a nut allergy)
OH MY GOSH I can't even tell you how much almond flour is saving me. For a hot minute I thought I might not be able to eat bread anymore – but you can actually make coffee mug bread in the microwave with almond flour! WHAT??? I will show you!! Check out my Almond Flour Coffee Mug Bread Recipe here!
I use my bread circles for mini pizzas, little sandwiches, I toast it and cut it up like “croutons” to sprinkle in soups, or to add texture to other dishes, etc… My next goal is to figure out almond flour tortilla chips 😉
Seriously – if you are a cracker or chip addict, do yourself a favor and grab a couple bags. These are JUST cheese that's been baked into little crackery chips. I took a ziploc baggy of them with me when we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant on Sunday. I dipped them in salsa and munched away so I wouldn't be too tempted. It worked so well! (I was so proud of myself for not giving in to the chips)
By the way – you get to eat 23 of these and it's only 1 carb!
So let's address the elephant in the room. These are $9 A BAG chocolate chips. Also – I DO NOT CARE.
Guys – when you're really excited about losing weight and you know what normally trips you up (sweet tooth here) – you can talk yourself into anything. I found these before I found the SlimFast Peanut Butter Cups – and I was just grateful that I was able to have chocolate period. (These are just 2 net carbs per 60 chips!)
There are a gazillion recipes out there where you can make yourself some keto candy with these – like Keto Almond Bark. (YUM)
About a week and a half after I started Keto I started getting some achey legs at night. I asked MANY people who had been on Keto for a long time, and I found out that I was likely low on electrolytes and magnesium. I ordered this Nature Made Magnesium Citrate – and it even had a nice 25% OFF coupon!
These are my 11pm go-to (along with the last item on the list). Almost no carbs. Like I can eat 2 or 3 and it's still less than a carb. They're that salty, briney and kinda crunchy thing I'm craving around 11pm. If you're a pickle person – it's sort of the same thing with those!
Please don't judge me friends. I'm just being honest here – if I weren't able to have a sip of Coke Zero now and then (which has no carbs) then I might be a meaner mom. It makes me “lazy keto” because it's not a natural sugar – but that's a-ok with me!
Also if you're a Prime Pantry member you can get these for only $2.66 per 12-pack!!
Want to know the perfect I-have-all-the-cravings late night snack? Put 3 giant olives on a plate, a handful of Wisps, and a Slim-Fast PB cup. Snuggle up with a good book or some social-media stalking, and make your way slowly around the plate 3 times. You're welcome 😉 (Only like 2 net carbs!)
(Laurie actually is uses a diet plan that incorporates keto a couple days a week – you can check that out here! She sincerely loves it guys – no kidding.)
Now I really want to know – do you have any favorite keto foods or products that help you stick with it? What about recipes? I truly want to hear what they are – please leave me a comment so I can try it out!
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