Share Some Lemon with Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Making lemony fat bombs with cream cheese is easy with my Cuisinart stick blender

We all love chocolate, but it gets old after a while, am I right?! If you agree, you might like to share some lemon cheesecake fat bombs with your love this Valentine’s Day.

I have this cute little heart-shaped silicone mold that makes the perfect, pretty, presentation for these delicious lemon cheesecake fat bombs. Portable, shareable, and sure to delight that lemon lover in your life.

I found this recipe on Pinterest at Cookpadrecipes.com and tweaked it a little to make it more lemony, and add some lemongrass essential oil into my life. I always take the opportunity to add essential oils into my cooking to support my immune system.

I like to use Dr Axe’s brand of lemongrass essential oil because I trust his product (actually called Ancient Apothecary) to be quality tested, 100% pure and therapeutic grade.

Also, to make mixing the fat bombs easier, I used my handy Cuisinart Stick Blender which makes the job take about three minutes and delivers a smooth, creamy product.

Then, I just spooned enough of the mixture into the molds to fill them to the top, set the silicone mold on a small tray and put them in the freezer to harden. That will take a few hours to overnight.

Here is the recipe with my simple tweaks:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granular sweetener (like Pyure)
  • 2 tablespoons pure lemon juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1 TBSP finely grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp of lemon extract

That’s it! Mix well after softening the butter and cream cheese to room temperature and spoon into the molds. If you have any left over, either eat it right then, spoon into cupcake silicone molds and top with sugar-free whipped cream for an after dinner treat, or use any other molds you might have to make more fat bombs.

Here is what the end product looks like:

Pretty right? Surprise your love with this lemony treat, sugar-free yet satisfying with 0.5 grams of carbs and less than 60 calories per piece!

My Review of Real Good Pizza With Cauliflower Crust

Pepperoni Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Afternoon everyone, sorry I’ve been gone so long, yet today I’m back with my review of Real Good Pizza with Cauliflower Crust.

I’m sorry to say that I will honestly have to give this one a thumbs down. 😔

Not that it wasn’t edible, it was, but after having (and loving) the Real Good Pizza that uses chicken as it’s crust, this one was tasteless and dry.

I’m not sure where they went wrong, I’ve made Cauliflower Crust before and it turned out great. Maybe they added too much almond flour or not enough spices.

There was not very much marinara sauce either. If it weren’t for the mozzarella and pepperoni toppings, this one would have ended up in the trash.

One note, read the box! You are only supposed to eat 1/4 of the pizza for the proper macros. I remember the first Real Good Pizza I ate, I did not read the box-I ate the WHOLE thing, lol.

I saw 4 carbs and 25g of protein and thought that was for the whole pizza! 🤣 No! It’s for 1/2 the pizza. Now, remember, I’m talking about the one with the chicken Crust.

Nutrition information

This pizza that I tried today was Pepperoni with Cauliflower Crust. This one has 6g of carbs and 19g of protein per serving, which is 1/4 the pizza. It’s also 18g of fat, so I had a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bomb for dessert.

When you are following a Keto diet, you are supposed to have more (good) fat than anything. Fat bombs are a great way to get there! My Pinterest page has lots of different flavors if you’re interested!

Real Good has many different products to choose from, if I were you, I would try the chicken crust products, including pizza, enchiladas, and poppers. 😊

No, I’m not getting paid by Real Good Pizza or any of their products, I just wanted to share my honest opinion. As for me, I’m sticking to their original pepperoni pizza, must be the meat lover in me!

Questions, comments? Tell me what you think.

Hiatus

I just want to apologize for my absence as of late. My mother-in-law is on hospice and I have been overwhelmed and uninspired to write. I have not set any goals, nor made any resolutions. Right now I’m feeling tired and if I feel like cheating by taking some small comfort from food, I have…albeit not too much. I can’t seem to eat very much lately without feeling too full, so hopefully I haven’t fallen too far off the track.

I appreciate your patience, kind words and understanding during this difficult time and I will be back to blogging when I can. Please say a prayer for my husband’s mother as well as for him, he needs all the uplifting he can get right now. Thank you.

Festive Peppermint Cheesecake Pie

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My version of Keto Peppermint Cheesecake Pie

Good morning and Happy Holidays everyone! I just wanted to share with you the delicious recipe for sugar-free Keto Peppermint Cheesecake Pie I made for my family on Christmas Eve.

I got this recipe from my favorite place of course-Pinterest-and a lady named Brenda Bennett over at Sugar-Free Mom. I followed her directions and it turned out fine, except it was a little bit bitter…this I blame on the Peppermint Stevia, maybe because I bout Sprouts brand, idk.

Other than that it turned out fabulous, pretty, and tasted pretty darn good for sugar free. You might want to try another brand or adjust the Peppermint Stevia to your tastes. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s no-bake!

Her recipe called for sunflower seeds in the crust, I prefer almond meal. I’m going to leave you the link so you can go directly to her site for the exact recipe, pictures, and nutrition info. Get it right here

I hope you enjoy it at your next party or holiday gathering!

You may not see me until next year, as I have some family issues going on. I hope to be back at it stronger than ever in 2019! Happy New Year everyone!

The Great Butter Debate

The Great Butter Debate

Not all butter is created equal. I want to show you the difference between real butter and margarine so you can decide if you want to make the healthier choice. I want you to understand why margarine is downright dangerous, and why grass-fed butter is the best choice for you and your family.

What is Margarine?

 “Margarine is a butter substitute made from vegetable oils or animal fats” according to the web dictionary.  It was invented in France in 1869 because the Emperor Napoleon III issued a challenge to Hippolyte Mege-Mouries to create a butter replacement from animal tallow for the servicemen and the lower classes.

What is the difference between butter and margarine is clear. Butter is made from the butterfat of milk whereas margarine is made mainly of refined vegetable oil and water and may  contain milk. Some people call it oleo, since it was originally called oleomargarine, and in Britain, they shorten it to marge

Ever since I went Paleo before I became Keto, I knew that vegetable oil was not good for you and threw all of it out of my house. All we use in my house are these oils: 

  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • avocado oil
  • bacon fat

Those of us in the low-carb world are taught that we must get our fat from good sources like grass-fed butter, avocados, coconut products (oil, manna, butter, and milk), and somewhere I read that on a molecular level, margarine was just one molecule off of being plastic! Well, I don’t know if all that is true, but it sure scared me off of using it ever again. Just like being told that certain sweeteners like Equal and Splenda contain carcinogens made me make the switch to all natural Stevia, I made the switch to real, grass-fed butter (Kerrygold) and I’ve used it ever since. 

I found Kerrygold in tubs without olive oil added while on vacation!

The war between margarine and butter has been going on since the late 1800’s because the dairy industry saw margarine as the competition, which it is, and it still persists to this day. When it was first created, it was made using mainly beef fat, yet after the depression, manufacturers started using vegetable oil because of the shortage of beef fat, and in the early 1900’s commercial oleomargarine was produced by using a combo of animal fats and some hardened and unhardened vegetable oils.

After 1950, the industry changed due to problems with supply, legislation, and switched completely to making margarine with vegetable oils. The problem was the product was white compared to butter which was yellow, making it most unappealing to consumers. Thus began the practice of coloring the margarine which caused more problems and scared the dairy farms into passing legislation against the coloring method. Later during WWII, oleo became popular because there was a shortage of butter and around 1955 the law was repealed and margarine could be sold for the first time colored like butter.

By the 21st century, margarine became known as a spread and most brands phased out hydrogenated oils and became trans-fat free. Some brands created refrigerator stable spreads that contained only 1/3 of the fat and calorie content and other brands added Omega-3 fatty acids to their spreads, low salt, olive oils, or plant sterols to lower cholesterol (supposedly) to make them certified vegan oils. Today’s spreads are made from a variety of oils including safflower, rapeseed, soybean, cottonseed or olive oils.

Grass-fed Butter is Better

 Many studies have shown that people who eat grass fed butter have a lower risk of heart disease. The case against saturated fat has been debunked in recent years with several studies done showing no association between saturated fat consumption and heart disease. 

 Grass fed butter has many good fatty acids like conjugated LINOLEIC acid which studies show can have powerful effects on health. CLA is popular as a fat loss supplement which may explain why people who eat more good fats tend to lose weight, in conjunction with a low carb diet and exercise. Grass-fed butter contains 5 times more CLA than butter from grain-fed cows. 

 Another reason grass fed butter is a more nutritious choice is that it is higher in omega three fatty acid‘s and vitamin K 12 compared to better from grain fed cows. 

Several studies from different countries where cows are grass-fed show that dairy fat is linked to reduced heart attacks and strokes. One of these studies was from Australia, which showed that those folks who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of heart disease than people who ate the least. 

My favorite brand is Kerrygold, but there are other brands to choose from such as Organic Valley pasture butter and Anchor butter which is imported from New Zealand. Whichever brand you choose, just know that they are readily available online, in health food stores and some have even made it to your local grocery store. I have found Kerrygold at Walmart, Aldi, and Kroger, yet you can also purchase it from Amazon.

Another plus for Kerrygold concerns the subject of bioaccumulated toxins. See, dairy cows can store lots of yucky chemical pollutants in their fat, including their milk fat. so, if cows graze on contaminated soil and then ingest it, and you eat the butter, ice cream, or cheese that was produced by those cows, supposedly those toxins, including one called dioxin, go directly into you. 

In the case of Kerrygold butter cows however, Ireland has a very low toxicity rate in their soil (between 0-0.5 pg/g milk fat) which means that people eating products made with Irish cows milk have a a very low risk from a bioaccumulative perspective. That is another reason I stick with what I know, and that is Kerrygold butter!