VitaCup Vitamin Infused Coffee-My Review

My sample turned out to be a 16ct box!!

I received my sample of Genius blend from VitaCup in the mail yesterday and all I can say is Wow!! VitaCup is vitamin infused coffee that really delivers on it’s promises. Let me explain:

First of all, it has MCT infused in it, so it promises energy and focus-which it delivered! My eyes were opened instantly and my brain fog was lifted!

MCT oil is a type of fat found in various oils and dairy products like coconut oil and butter. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, these carbon atoms (6-12) are processed by the body differently than long chain triglycerides. They go straight from the gut to the liver where they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones.

MCT is used by people who want to lose weight, or increase their energy and focus during a workout. Others claim it aids in thinking and may help with certain forms of dementia.

Enlarge to read better all the vitamins infused into this coffee!

VitaCup coffee infuses this oil plus lots of vitamins like D3, B1, B5, B9, B6, and B12 for an energy boosting, metabolism supported cuppa joe to get your morning started with a kick!

Also included in the Genius blend are cinnamon and turmeric spices which are natural antioxidants that support heart health and are anti-inflammatory.

Just think, all you do is drink a cup of coffee in the morning as usual, and now your mood is lifted, you can focus on daily tasks, go workout with more energy, and the coffee tasted delicious as well!

Now, it is totally acceptable to jazz up your cup as you normally do if your thing is to add butter and sweetener (and maybe a splash of pure vanilla extract) like I do in the morning. That’s just how I roll.

Do try their coffee and tell me how you like it. Go to their website, (VitaCup) get a possible 20% discount when you sign up, log in and spin the wheel! Leave a Facebook review and earn points for future discounts. Every time you buy, you earn points once you’re registered on the site.

In addition, there are several varieties to choose from, Beauty Blend, Breakfast Blend and more! All have the vitamins you need for a fabulous start to your day already blended in a great-tasting cup of coffee.

The pods are responsibly designed to be recyclable, soy free, gluten free, BPA free, and made in the USA. What could be better than that??

PS: I got my sample on a Facebook promotion, so watch for that! It cost me $3.99 and they were nice enough to send a 16ct box! That is way more than 20% off.

(I got no financial compensation from this review)

Why It’s Good to “Eat the Rainbow”

Morning everyone, do you know why it’s important to “eat the rainbow”?

Because we cannot make our own Vitamin C, it is essential we get it from our diet. We need this important vitamin to help provide antioxidant protection, enhance wound healing, help synthesize collagen and more.

Living the Keto lifestyle means eating all types of low-carb foods, yet you could be missing your recommended amounts of Vitamin C and other nutrients.

Since fruits typically high in Vitamin C are not normally consumed on a Keto diet, it may be handy to have a list of the top ten foods that do. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to symptoms like these:

  • Dry hair
  • Slow wound healing
  • Rough, scaly skin
  • Increased bruising
  • Frequent illness or infections

So, oranges and other citrus may be out, what foods are in?

Top Ten High Vitamin C, Low-Carb Foods

  1. Bell Peppers-higher in Vitamin C than any citrus fruit
  2. Kale-also protects against 4 kinds of cancer
  3. Broccoli-provides more than 100% of your daily Vit C requirement
  4. Sugar Snap Peas-one serving exceeds recommended daily value of Vit C
  5. Brussel Sprouts-Low calorie, cruciferous veggie, helps meet daily goal
  6. Strawberries-can be consumed on keto since they contain less sugar
  7. Kohlrabi-a type of cabbage best eaten in soups or stews
  8. Cauliflower-rich in Vit C, delicious raw or cooked
  9. Red Cabbage-a veggie in the Brassica family
  10. Chicken liver-one of the only animal foods considered a good source of Vit C

Following a Keto diet doesn’t mean getting suboptimal levels of Vitamin C if you “eat the rainbow”. Try to incorporate some or all of these foods on a daily basis to maintain healthy skin, bones, and prevent certain cancers.

How to Make Baked Zucchini With Mozzerella

How To Make Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Every once I need a while, it’s nice to have something other than the same old veggie dishes over and over. The other night, I tried this delicious side dish with our meat and salad for dinner.

This recipe is so easy your kids can make it (supervised of course), and it’s the first time my picture of the finished product looked like the Pinterest version!

I pre-sliced my zucchini and when my hubby got home, I took it out, troweled off the extra moisture and placed the sliced zucchini on a baking sheet with some parchment paper on it. Next, I sprinkled seasoning salt on each slice and cooked them for 10-15 minutes.

Then I took them out and sprinkled them with Mozzerella cheese and returned them to the oven for 3-5 minutes until they were bubbly and a bit brown. They were so delicious!

Make these soon and let me know how you liked them!

Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Recipe:

  1. Slice zucchini into 1/4-1/2 in pieces.
  2. Place flat onto a large cookie sheet
  3. Sprinkle with seasoned salt
  4. Bake 350 for 10-15 minutes
  5. Remove and sprinkle slices with cheese
  6. Turn oven to broil
  7. Put the cookie sheet back in the oven for 3-5 minutes, watching closely so they don’t burn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 123.                 Calories from fat: 72

Total fat 8g.                      Total Carbs 2g

Sugars 2g.                          Protein 9g

Why I Drink ACV Tea (Why You Should Too)

Why Drink ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Tea? Why use ACV in general?

Well, first off-I know for a fact that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many benefits and uses:

  • weight loss
  • kills germs
  • home remedy for lots of ailments including arthritis, athlete’s foot, bone health, burns…the list goes on
  • pet care
  • hair care
  • cooking

The main reason however, is that I call it the mistake eraser. Yes, you read that right, I occasionally slip up and have a cheat…that’s why this blog is called Keto For Beginners. You are following me on this journey of ups and downs, hits and misses, trying things to see what works for me and what doesn’t.

If I’m being honest here, and I always try to be, I have probably not been in ketosis for a while now. I just learned that every time I cheat, I come out of ketosis, and then it takes about a week to get back in.

This is where ACV tea comes in and I’m hoping, saves my butt. Here’s why:

  • Detoxes the body
  • Slows the rise of blood sugar levels
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Reduces water retention
  • Increases metabolic rate

Much research has been done on how ACV works in the body and all of it’s many benefits, taken daily it should help at least maintain my weight if not help me lose a couple of pounds a month.

I’m no scientist, but my theory is that if I fall of the keto wagon, ACV tea will help me make up for my mistakes by speeding up my metabolism and helping me maintain a feeling of well being because I’m doing something good for my body.

Tools for making ACV Tea

How to make ACV tea:

Add this to 6-8 oz. hot water-2 TBS ACV with the “mother”

2 TBS pure lemon juice (Not the kind from concentrate)

Stevia to taste or raw honey 1-2 TBS (if not on keto)

Healthy shake of Ceylon cinnamon (click link to purchase)

Stir and drink this “tea” once a day or more. Some say before meals, I just drink it in the morning before my coffee, or in the evening after my dinner, one of the two.

Now, am I saying it’s ok to cheat? Absolutely not, I’m admitting I’m human, and I make mistakes. I go out to eat with my husband and sometimes I don’t have the willpower to say no to the chips and salsa.

I went with my mother-in-law to eat after her CT yesterday and we both sat down to a steaming bowl of grits. I knew it was wrong, but I wanted it anyway. 🙂

Now, I get to start all over getting back into ketosis. According to the experts, that takes time, depending on how much you restrict your carbs and other factors. Dinking ACV tea can help.

Where to purchase ACV

Amazon, through my links here on the blog (which helps me out if I make a few cents) or in your grocery store or health/whole foods store. Just make sure you get the kind with the “mother” as that is the most beneficial type of ACV.

Bragg is one brand and Whitehouse is another that I use sometimes. Never drink ACV undiluted, it is bad for your teeth and esophagus. That’s why you should drink it in a pleasant tasting tea.

Has anyone reading this taken ACV for a spin? Did you like it? Tell me about it in the comments or ask me any questions you have regarding this natural cure-all.

 

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Why I Refuse to Get Sick

Why do I refuse to get sick? Because I have too many people depending on me, duh!

Really though, I just don’t have time for it. Between appointments, writing, cleaning, errands and whatever else comes up-who does?!

So I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I was achy and as the day progressed, I felt feverish.  This was concerning since I was sequestered with someone who may have had strep last week while on vacation. 😳

The first thing I did to combat these symptoms was to do my oil pulling with a few drops of Oregano essential oil. For those of you that have been following me since Kimmy’s Patio, you know I really believe in the power of essential oils. (and oil pulling with coconut oil)

The next thing was to drink a glass of water with Lemongrass and Grapefruit essential oil in it. (One drop each) If you click on the link, you can get a couple of dollars off on his products (Dr Axe) with his subscribe and save feature.

After a while I still felt feverish, so I relented and took some Tylenol, although I’m loathe to take medicine normally. When all that failed, I went and took a warm shower thinking that might help me feel better.

Well, no. So I began to think maybe my breakfast of Carbmaster yogurt (this is a Kroger brand) and cantaloupe wasn’t enough. So I proceeded to make some 90second Keto Bread so I could have a sandwich for lunch.

After it came out of the microwave and I cut it in half

This bread is normally a fast fix for that craving you get for bread sometimes. This time, I followed a different recipe by someone who suggested then toasting the bread in a hot pan with a bit of butter.

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

For those who know me you know I ONLY use Kerrygold butter exclusively!!

Game changer!! It took longer but boy was it worth it! The bread tasted buttery, herbed and delicious! This new recipe suggested I add some dry herbs and then I decided to add in some Nutritional Yeast for that slightly cheesy taste.

I love sneaking Nutritional Yeast flakes into recipes like my egg cups, breads, and salads because it adds B Vitamins, protein, and fiber to your diet.

Yum! I figured two pieces was too much so I only ate half the bread, with salami, ColbyJack cheese, and avocado. Additionally, I added a tsp of mayo for the fat (my brand has 0 carbs)

My completed sandwich along with a few pork rinds for crunch

Once I finished that I got a happy surprise. I had made my favorite keto dessert the day before but neglected to mix it well because I didn’t feel like pulling out the mixer. So today I tried it with my handy Cuisinart Smart Stick. Wow! Smooth, creamy and delicious is how it turned out, in mere seconds!

Sugar free white chocolate keto pudding

I tell you, a couple of tablespoons of this rich, decadent dessert is all you really need to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings! It’s high in fat and calories,so a little dab will do ya.

Even after all of that, here is my approximate macros for the day so far:

1128 calories.  110g fat. 9.7g carbs. 23.4g protein

Now, while my macro ratios are ok, I try to stick to 1500 calories a day when I’m trying to lose a few pounds. I did not leave myself much room, did I? I don’t know, maybe I can eat a proper dinner and stay on track. I usually keep my carbs at or around 25g a day.

I feel full and satiated, even if I still feel yucky and blah all over. I’m getting cranky too, so it must be time for a break. 😊 Hopefully everything I’ve done today will keep the strep away, tonight I’ll have another glass of ACV tea (I’ve had one every night since I got home). Another of my cure-alls. You can read more about it in a past post here.

I hope you try some of these recipes and preventatives, let me know what works for you or not.

*Disclosure: Mentions of associated products, services, or businesses within the content of this blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. I only choose to promote products, services, or businesses that I have used and/or trust.