Thursday, November 16, 2017

KETO Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake!

Yep. You totally read that title RIGHT! I suppose if you want to get TECHNICAL, it's Keto Cheesecake, drizzled in chocolate ganache, with a side of strawberries and whipped cream... OR the whole can of whipped cream... TOTALLY not pictured.. But who's to say I didn't add more? :p EVERYTHING is even more amazing with LOTS OF WHIPPED CREAM... Little berries, all the chocolate, ALL the FAT, and NONE OF THE CARBS! ... O.K., so there are SOME.. BUT, let's be seriously, this cheesecake is K E T O - LOW CARB - and DELISH!

P.S. . I wish I could take credit for the cheesecake 100%, but I simply cannot... Granted, I definitely decided to cover it in chocolate, and change it's name. Yep. That parts true... Other than that, one of my FAV low carb - keto cookbook authors, George Stella gets credit for this BEAUTIFUL creation.. [even though the top of mine for brown AF. NO idea why I can't make cheesecake PRETTY... ha]

So.. here you have it!

KETO Chocolate Covered Cheesecake [with strawberries]

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Recipe by: George Stella
Serves: 12
 
Prep time:  30 mins
Cook time:  1 hour 45 mins
Total time:  2 hours 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:
Non-stick spray
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup extra-fine ricotta cheese (for the best cake, blend your ricotta in a blender first!)
1½ cups bulk sugar substitute (recommended: Confectioners Style SWERVE)
⅓ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks


INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place the oven rack in the center position and preheat to 400°F. Spray an 8-inch spring-form pan with nonstick spray.
2. Wrap the entire outside of the spring-form pan in aluminum foil to prevent any water from seeping into the cake.
3.Make a water bath so the top of the cheesecake won’t split as it bakes: Pour about 1 inch hot water into a shallow roasting pan big enough to hold the cake pan and place it on the center rack of the oven to heat.
4. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese, ricotta, and sugar substitute for about 1 minute, until well blended.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk the cream, vanilla, lemon juice, eggs, and egg yolks until blended.
6. Turn the mixer on medium speed and slowly pour the egg mixture into the cream cheese mixture. 7. Beat just until blended; be careful not to over-whip.
8. Pour the batter into the greased spring-form pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the pan in the heated water bath and bake for 15 minutes.
9. Lower the oven temperature to 325°F. Continue baking for about 1 ½ hours, until the top is a light golden brown and the cake is pulling away from the sides of the pan.

10.Remove from oven and let cool on counter for 1 hour, and then refrigerate at least 8 hours before slicing to serve.

**Cooking times may differ with your oven, so be sure to toothpick it prior to removing.  The cake will rise up high, and then lower.  It will also be a little more giggly than your traditional, but it will harden up!


Make the ganache while cheesecake is COOLING, after about 45 minutes.

Ganache:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate (Hershey's or Lilly's)
2 Tbsp. Swerve

Instructions:
In a double broiler, bring cream and chocolate to a boil until chocolate is melted.
Mix in sweetener.

::DIRECTIONS::

  • Remove pan from cheesecake after about an hour
  • Drizzle ganache over cheesecake
  • Refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight
  • Serve with berries [of choice] AND lots of whipped cream! (homemade would be SO AMAZING!)

... I totally just put it in the FREEZER for about an hour 1/2.. HA! I told you that I was B A D at making cheesecake! :p


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pumpkin Keto Bagels!!

Everyone loves pumpkin, right? OR at least during this time of year...

BUT everyone is also trying to NOT GAIN WEIGHT -- well, I've found that Keto is that outlet for me... Following a lower carb, higher fat plan while still getting all the incredible nutrients I get from my daily shake, has gotten me incredible results over the last 3 months --- results below!

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Pumpkin Bagels -- with fat head dough

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INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cup Almond flour
1 tbsp Gluten-free baking powder
2 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
2 oz Cream cheese (cubed)
2 large Eggs (beaten)
3 Tbsp. Pumpkin purée
1 Tbsp. Swerve
1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Stir together the almond flour and baking powder. Set aside.
3. Combine the shredded mozzarella and cubed cream cheese in a large bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir again at the end until well incorporated.
4. Mix eggs, pumpkin, swerve, and pumpkin pie spice into flour mixture.
5.  the flour mixture  into the melted cheese mixture. Working quickly while the cheese is still hot, knead with your hands until a dough forms... If it gets hard, microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften up.  (You can totally use your Kitchen Aid, and the dough attachment if you have one!)

NOTE: It's very important for the dough to be completely uniform before proceeding to the next step. You shouldn't have pieces of cheese separate from areas of almond flour.

6. Divide the dough into 7 parts. Form/roll a long log with each part, then press the ends together to make a bagel shape on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. [wet or spray your hands with non-stick oil to help you roll!]

7. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until the bagels are firm and golden.

Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

VIEW THE ORIGINAL RECIPE HERE!

ENJOY <3


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Keto Pumpkin Pancakes!!!!

October = Pumpkin Season.. Actually.. September, October, November, December = Pumpkin Season in my house...

and SUNDAYS are for YUMMY breakfasts.. THIS one.. being one of the bests that I've made in awhile... mainly because I can't make a pancake if my life depends on it.. but today.. I DID IT!... They flipped beautifully and all.. Must've been a keto thing! :p

Keto Pumpkin Pancakes


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Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/2 - tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon erythritol [Swerve -amazon]
  • 1/8 teaspoon stevia glycerite [amazon]
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut, for cooking
Toppings: Maple Cream Glaze (below), whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice, optional


Directions:

  1. Mix together almond flour, spices, salt, and baking powder. Stir in the rest of the ingredients until well combined.
  2. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto pan and cook on medium heat, flipping each pancake once to cook each side.
**Makes 8-12 small - medium pancakes depending on how big you made them! (mine made 8 medium!)

Maple Cream Glaze

Ingredeints:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup swerve
  • 1 tsp. pure maple extract
  • 1 tsp. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. HWC (Heavy Whipping Cream)
Directions:
  1. In a small sauce pot, bring the water, swerve, and extract to a boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes. 
  2. Cool for 3-5 minutes. 
  3. Transfer to a small blender, or immersion blender
  4. Blend in cream cheese, until combined
  5. Blend in HWC
  6. Set aside 
**Serve pancakes with 1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp. glaze 

serves 3 -4 



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Faux Taters - KETO MASHED TATERS!

Seriously... I've had mashed cauliflower, but NOTHING like this recipe... Absolutely nothing like these at all!!!! They literally taste like MASHED POTATOES... Try them if ya don't buy it! :p


O.K... SO 1 cup of these bad boys DOES have 9 net carbs.. but guess what... they TASTE like mashed potatoes, like I said before.. SOOO they're worth it!

Mashed Faux Taters

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Ingredients:
2 cups chicken broth
1 medium head cauliflower, chopped up into small peieces
1 Tbsp. dried chives + garnish
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp butter + garnish
sea salt and pepper



Directions:
1. In a large pot, bring the broth, chopped cauliflower, garlic, and chives to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer for about 8-10 minutes, or until tender
2. Using a food processor, pour contents into processor
3. Add in cream cheese, cheeses, salt pepper, and butter, and pulse until combined, and pureed
4. Garnish with extra chives and butter

*Store extra in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator
- reheat in a saucepan for best results, stirring while heating.

Macros: Calories: 178 - Fat 12g - Protein 9g - Carbs 9g - Fiber 4g

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Keto Bagels - with only FIVE ingredients!

I've been making these bagels almost weekly... They're seriously a GO to in my house... #100PercentHubbyApproved

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INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cup Almond flour
1 tbsp Gluten-free baking powder
2 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
2 oz Cream cheese (cubed)
2 large Eggs (beaten)

Toppings (totally optional.. BUT HELLO): Everything Seasoning (Trader Joe's - GET THIS!), Sesame Seeds, dried onions, kosher salt, cinnamon and swerve (or stevia)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Stir together the almond flour and baking powder. Set aside.
3. Combine the shredded mozzarella and cubed cream cheese in a large bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir again at the end until well incorporated.
4. Stir the flour mixture and eggs into the melted cheese mixture. Working quickly while the cheese is still hot, knead with your hands until a dough forms... If it gets hard, microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften up.  (You can totally use your Kitchen Aid, and the dough attachment if you have one!)

NOTE: It's very important for the dough to be completely uniform before proceeding to the next step. You shouldn't have pieces of cheese separate from areas of almond flour.


5. Divide the dough into 6 parts. Form/roll a long log with each part, then press the ends together to make a bagel shape on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. If using a topping, sprinkle them over the bagels and gently press into the dough.

*I've also used a brush, and brushed melted butter over them before adding the seasoning.. YUM!

6. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until the bagels are firm and golden.

Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

ENJOY <3


Saturday, September 23, 2017

LOW CARB PIZZA!!! -- Fat Head Dough

If you're following the KETO bandwagon... Maybe you've heard of this FATHEAD DOUGH before... BASICALLY.. It's life.. AND it's easy... AND it can be made into just about anything... Keep up with me, and I'll share some of my other favorite FATHEAD Dough recipes soon!

Hubby wanted pizza this past Friday... And listen.. I ALMOST caved... We moved to Virginia in June.. and we haven't ordered pizza since.... So I didn't even know where to being.. where to order from, etc....

PLUS, I've been doing pretty great following my eating plan.. SO why ruin it?

I tried my hand at CAULIFLOWER crust a few weeks ago... and O M G.. it was nothing but a PIA.. seriously delish.. but not worth the time, effort, or clean up... So... NEVER again :p

THIS on the other hand... 4 ingredients + some spices then your toppings... and WA FREAKING LA!

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FATHEAD PIZZA

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzerlla cheese
2 Tbsp cream cheese, cubed
3/4 cups almond flour, blanched
1 egg
spices of choice: garlic powder, onion powder, mixed herbs (Italian seasoning, or a mix of oregano, basil, and parsley)

Directions:

*Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper - spray with cooking spray*
  1. Put mozzarella and cream cheese in a medium - microwave safe bowl
  2. Microwave for 1 minute, in increments of 30 seconds, and then another 30 seconds if needed
  3. Whisk egg in a another bowl, add in almond flour and spices
  4. Add to cheese mixture
  5. With wet hands, blend the mixture together
  6. Spread the "dough" thin onto the parchment paper, until even - Use a rolling pin if necessary - avoid any holes
  7. Bake at 425 for 8 minutes, and poke holes if they appear
  8. Add desired toppings, such as a low sugar/ NSA sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni or sausage, veggies, and spices
  9. Continue baking for an additional 10-14 minutes, or until slightly golden, and cheese is melted
  10. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes
  11. Cut into 8 slices
  12. EN-FREAKING-JOY!
<3

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Clean Week -- Coming October 2017!

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COMING OCTOBER 3RD!!!


The first step is always the hardest. I know, because I took that first step a little over 2.5 years ago. It wasn't easy realizing I NEEDED a change.. But I knew that if I didn't want to end up getting stuck on medications, and having to STAY on them forever.. Or being stuck on that roller coaster.. then I needed to just start...

BUT....

What if I failed? What if it didn't work?

I started a different way... A way I'm not currently using.. A way that I wouldn't have been able to keep up with.. Hell.. I got bored in 2 months...

3 months in--- I realized... I needed something else... THIS was it...

Exercise 30 minutes a day.
Eat clean.
Drink a shake.

That’s it! But trust me, I get it that many people remain skeptical about whether this will work for them too. Mostly because we convince ourselves that we simply don’t have time. That’s a super typical mistake we make. But the truth is, it’s all about priorities—if you want it bad enough, you will make time.

TIME... 30 minutes.. That's just a matter of waking up a little bit earlier.. JUST DO IT! :D

But for those that remain hesitant and not exactly ready to go full-throttle just yet, I’m so excited that Beachbody is introducing Clean Week.

Clean Week is a new program designed specifically to ease you into a healthy lifestyle. When this was announced at Coach Summit this year, I said under my breath: GAME CHANGER. Why? Because it is important that everyone get a taste of the Beachbody lifestyle and this nails it in a simple and non-assuming way. I love this!

This program is the perfect way to...


  • Ease into fitness with easy-to-follow workouts.
  • Learn the basics of proper eating—not just “dieting."
  • And get a taste of what Beachbody offers.
And get this, you’ll be able to try the workouts for FREE on Beachbody On Demand (BOD) when it’s released! No membership required, just enter your email, accept the terms & conditions and you’re set.

**You'll be added to a private support group!!**

[ASK me about a discounted FULL ENTRY TO GROUPS!!!!!]

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What is Clean Week All About?


Clean Week is a 1-week beginner level health & fitness program that eases you into a new healthy lifestyle. In these 7 days, you’ll learn how to eat right and workout in a way that won’t feel overwhelming—the program makes it feel EASY!


After just one week you can expect to:


  • Begin losing those first few pounds
  • Feel stronger physically and mentally
  • Have more energy throughout the day
  • Kick those unhealthy cravings
  • And feel CONFIDENT that you can continue!


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Clean Week Workouts

Daily Workouts

There will be 4 different workouts on Beachbody On Demand. Each workout focuses on a different fundamental of fitness: Active Flex, Strength, Core, and Cardio. You’ll rotate through each of these during the 7 days of the program.

Equipment

And the workouts don’t require any special equipment! The only required equipment for Clean Week is a set of hand weights, the size will depend on your strength, my guess would be 3-5lbs. A fitness or yoga mat is a good idea for some of the floor workouts, but not required.

Modifier

If you’ve ever tried another Beachbody program, you know that most include a modifier, someone you can follow along with if you’re struggling and need to slow down. Well, Clean Week is a little different as it includes an intensifier. If you feel like the workout is too easy for you, you can follow the intensifier for a more challenging workout.
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Clean Week Meal Plan

Nutrition Plan

The program meal planner that comes with Clean Week breaks down everything you need to know to start eating healthier. Since everyone is different, your nutrition plan during the program will be customized to fit your specific needs. You’ll learn how to plan and prep your meals for the entire week so you’re ready to go! There will be a variety of recipe suggestions that use ingredients anyone can easily find in their local grocery store.

Daily Shake

You’ll also get to try Shakeology, our complete nutrition shake, with a 7-day sampler pack.  I've always struggled with nutrition, and vitamin deficiencies, AND IBS!! Shakeology has really helped me! Plus, it helps curb unhealthy cravings—the hardest part of trying to eat healthier! You can learn more about Shakeology here.
And honestly, the shake is so good that you’ll feel like you’re “cheating” on your meal plan! 
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Here’s the quick summary of everything Clean Week:

  • Preview on BOD September 2017 -- SEPTEMBER 19th!! with release on October 3rd!
  • 4 beginner level workouts focused on different areas
  • Workouts 30 minutes 7 days a week
  • Very minimal required equipment
  • Introduction to nutrition basics & meal prep
  • Plenty of healthy easy to prepare recipes
  • Includes a 7-day sample pack of Shakeology
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What’s the Price of Clean Week?

The creators of Clean Week know that you’re not going to want to pay an arm and a leg for a fitness program when you’re not totally sure that it’s going to be right for you. This program is designed for you to try out home workouts and give Beachbody a shot for the first time—it’s not meant to be a huge investment!

So, how much does Clean Week Cost? Just $29.95!

And like I mentioned earlier, the workouts will be available for FREE on Beachbody’s streaming service, Beachbody On Demand. That means you can try the workouts before paying anything!

The $29.95 will get you EVERYTHING ELSE that you need to be successful: the quick start guide, meal planner, and 7 days worth of Shakeology.
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