Jamie Goes Keto! (Favorite Amazon Keto Products So Far….)

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Jamie here!

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!

 

SlimFast Peanut Butter Cups

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!)

Pyure French Vanilla Stevia Sweetener 

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!

Ketone Testing Strips

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.

Almond Flour 

(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 😉

Whisps

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!

Lilly's Chocolate Chips

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)

Nature Made Magnesium Citrate

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!

Giant Queen Olives

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!

Those Olives to Go or Olive Snack Bags would be super handy too!

Coke Zero

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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  1. This was very interesting. Do you have a blog I could follow to see your progress and any tips you have for going keto? I did check out the blog with diet plan that you mentioned but not sure if I want to pay $200 for that plan just yet.

    • Jamie here! Barbara – the Faster Way diet plan has really helped Laurie, but I totally understand not wanting to make a big investment. You can also check out Jen Garza’s Keto Starter Guide here – it’s less pricey but also very helpful in guiding you through the process. If you aren’t up for either of those – you can generally find out lots of info by googling the Keto Diet. Our friend over at http://www.KaseyTrenum.com offers meal plans and helpful articles free of charge! 🙂

      • Thanks so much for all the info. I will definitely check these out. Congratulations on your success so far–it sounds amazing! Would love it if you would keep us posted on your progress and any tips you have (like this post about what foods you like, etc.). And maybe Laurie could update us as well since you said she does this sporadically. Also, do you do the intermittent fasting? I have been trying this for about a month but don’t seem to make it past 14 hours.

        • Jamie here – I sure will Barbara! best of luck to you too! I have tried going a few days where I stop eating around 8 or so at night and in the morning I only drink black coffee until lunch time. I try and streeeeetch lunch time out so that I don’t eat until 2. (That’s about 18 hours) That’s as far as I’ve gotten! I think doing that once a week or twice a week probably really does make a difference!

  2. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time too! Thank you for the awesome tips to get started. So, how much weight did you lose in the first 12 days? Do you feel like this is a diet or a lifestyle change? I also can’t wait to hear more about the keto bread in a mug! 🙂

    • Jamie here! Amy I’ve lost somewhere between 7-10 lbs. I’m not 100% sure because my scale likes to play with my emotions on a daily basis 😉 It’s super important to measure yourself (waist, thighs, arms, etc..) before you start because that’s what will be the most surefire indicator of success. I lost 1 1/2″ in my waist so far (woohoo!) I feel like I will stay on Keto for 6 months to a year and then re-assess. Go to the doctor and get his advice, that sort of thing. I think I could keep this going long-term IF I allowed myself times to go off plan and enjoy life (Vacations, etc…) That said – I am SUCH a newbie that I don’t know how I’ll feel a few weeks/months down the road. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I’d love for you to come back and share your progress if you decide to take the plunge! P.S. Bread recipe has been added to the post 😉

  3. Im preparing to start. Thanks for these tips. Do u have a blog that I can follow you.

    • Lori – Jamie uses recipes and tips from KaseyTrenum.com if you’re looking for a good Keto site to follow! But I’m sure she’ll be updating us here now and then as well 🙂

  4. Russell Stover sugar free candy is really good and low carb. I love the peppermint patties but then pecan clusters are good too. Like you just need one after dinner you can get them at Walmart, dollar general, Publix.

  5. Couldn’t get link for slim fast to work. I love them and Lilly’s so much! I order Lilly’s from lucky vitiman and they are like $5 something a bag. Also have discovered choczero chocolate bark. It’s to die for!

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